In a Swedish documentary I’ve watched called “Science of the World”, they brought up the subject of global warming. In this documentary they explain that we have all have the knowledge and tools to be able to prevent the dramatic change of global warming. Still the humankind turns a blind eye to the reality. Mostly because we’re so uncomfortable of the consequence with global warming. If this a fact too, shouldn’t the world start concentrating on changing the mind state of the human? I know that there’s many countries who make laws, to get you be more considerate to the environment. Still, why not taking it a further step and make an inevitable international course about saving the environment?
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Hello Everybody, I am Jeevin from Oakland USA. I recently come across an extremely interesting proposal from the owners of the Beijing Subway. They have proposed to allow passengers the ability to pay their bills with plastic bottles. There are 4 machines in the underground of Shaoyaoju Jinsong that for each bottle that are placed into them, the person gets gets between .5 cents and 1.5 cents. If a person brings about 8 bottles, they will have enough money to travel 105 stations. This is just in the trial phase right now, but I believe that as it goes through a trial and error process, it will be extremely helpful in the future!
China spending on renewable energy soars!
World’s biggest polluter spends £4bn a year on wind and solar power generation in single region as it aims to cut fossil fuel use
Although China is the world’s biggest CO2 emitter and notorious for building the equivalent of a 400MW coal-fired power station every three days, it is also erecting 36 wind turbines a day and building a robust new electricity grid to send this power thousands of miles across the country from the deserts of the west to the cities of the east.
Jiuquan alone now has the capacity to generate 6GW of wind energy - roughly equivalent to that of the whole UK. The plan is to more than triple that by 2015, when this area could become the biggest windfarm in the world.
China leader’s ouster roils succession plans:
Bo Xilai was removed as party boss of Chongqing, a sprawling urban region in the southwest that he turned into a bastion of Communist revolutionary-inspired “red” culture and egalitarian growth, a day after being rebuked by Premier Wen Jiabao in a news conference broadcast live across the country.
Shanghai dialect fights to survive in modern China:
As the government maintains a decades-old drive to promote Mandarin Chinese as the official language, banning dialects from media broadcasts and schools, many young people are unable to fluently speak — or fully understand — the native Shanghai tongue.
An influx of migrants from outside Shanghai and the city’s drive to become more international have also combined to water down the local patois.
A scandal in southwest China reflects on a new world order:
The once in a decade power transition of the Chinese communist party may not go as smoothly as they had hoped.
It all began with Wang Lijun, deputy police chief of mega-city Chongqing, seeking political asylum at the US Consulate in Chengdu.
China brings supermarket concept to North Korea:
Decidedly un-communist development in North Korea: A new culture of commerce is springing up, with China as its inspiration and source. The market-savvy Chinese are introducing the pleasures of the megamart to a small niche of North Koreans, and flooding the country’s border regions with cheap goods.
Outside Pyongyang, much of the country remains impoverished. Millions rely on state-provided food, but poor agricultural yields mean they’ll get only a fraction of what they need to survive, according to the World Food Program.
Still, there are signs that a new found consumer culture is taking hold both in Pyongyang and in the border towns where Chinese-made goods are bought and sold every day.
The Chinese architect Wang Shu, whose buildings in a rapidly developing China honor the past with salvaged materials even as they experiment with modern forms, has been awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The selection of Mr. Wang, 48, is an acknowledgment of “the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals,” said Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize and announced the winner on Monday.
Mr. Wang’s major projects, all in China, include two in Ningbo, a coastal city south of Shanghai: the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, completed in 2005, and the Ningbo Historic Museum, completed in 2008.
Boost for Hollywood studios as China agrees to ease quota on US films:
Limit currently set at 20 blockbusters a year to be raised to 34 – but additional movies must be 3D or Imax versions.
Major American studios and independent film-makers alike are celebrating the deal to settle a long-running trade dispute, struck by Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.
It also allows foreign film-makers to keep a bigger share of box office takings: they will receive 25% instead of 13%. “This is a very big deal,” said Chris Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America.
This will be huge for the U.S. film industry.
Obama meets China’s leader-in-waiting:
US president Barack Obama has held his first meeting with the man who is expected to be leading China by the end of the year. Mr Obama told Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping that China must play fair in international trade, and vowed to keep pressing China to clean up its human rights record.