The 2020s: What the next decade will bring for technology, health, climate change and more

Last Updated Dec 30, 2019 1:10 PM EST

In a new series, "CBS This Morning" is exploring the big topics that will dominate the conversation in the next decade, including technology, climate change and foreign policy.

Technology in the 2020s

The last 10 years have changed the way we get music, movies and news. The decade saw the arrival of the Amazon Echo and the rise of Spotify and Netflix. Meanwhile, Uber, Lyft and Airbnb transformed how we travel. So, what could the next decade bring?

CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson joined "CBS This Morning" with a peek into the future when it comes to tech innovations:

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Climate change in the 2020s

Over the last 10 years, sea levels have risen at an alarming rate. Biodiversity is reportedly declining faster than at any time in human history, and millions of people have been affected by extreme weather like hurricanes and floods. 2019 has also been one of the hottest years on record.

CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli discusses what we can expect over the next decade in the video below: 

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Plus, on the "CBS This Morning" podcast, Berardelli talks with Christiana Figueres, the former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. She explains why she remains "stubbornly optimistic" about combating climate change in the next decade and offers helpful tips on how people can personally help achieve sustainability in the episode below:

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Foreign policy in the 2020s

On the "CBS This Morning" podcast, "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan looks ahead to foreign policy in the next decade with CBS News national security contributor Michael Morell, a former acting and deputy director of the CIA, and Michèle Flournoy, who served as the under secretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration and is the co-founder and managing partner of WestExec Advisors. 

In the episode below, they discuss the importance of securing U.S. elections from foreign interference, the future of our relationship with China and where we can expect the presence of America's military:

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Health in the 2020s

The 2010s changed how and where we receive medical help. We saw many breakthroughs like CRISPR gene editing, which opened the possibility of curing genetic diseases. The FDA approved the HIV prevention pill Truvada, which can reduce the risk of infection by about 99%. And scientists used 3D printing to create tissue for an artificial heart that beats just like a normal human heart. 

Dr. Jon LaPook joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss what we might expect over the next decade in the video below:

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American culture in the 2020s

CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers talked with Wired Magazine senior editor Angela Watercutter and freelance culture writer Tre Johnson about what we can expect in American culture in the 2020s on the "CBS This Morning" podcast. In the episode below, they discuss how social movements will continue to galvanize people through social media, and whether we can expect to see widespread, tangible change as a result of the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements. 

Plus, Watercutter and Johnson discuss the future of representation in media and the changes we could see in the structure of streaming networks:

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