Acrophobics, you may want to scroll on—because this is the kind of news that might make you sweat. The world’s longest glass bridge has opened in China. At 590 feet high and 984 feet long, the Shiniuzhai Geopark crossing has earned the nickname “hero bridge,” because, as Bored Panda points out, the majority of tourists are freaking out while trying to walk it. Fair enough. Discuss
In a move that the New York Times has described as “landmark,” China has announced new measures that will make it part of international efforts to address climate change. President Xi Jinping’s country is the biggest polluter in the world, but a new cap-and-trade system—to go into effect in 2017—will seek to reduce greenhouse emissions across many of its major industries. China’s new policy will also seek to incentivize companies to use cleaner sources of energy. President Xi is currently in Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. officials. Discuss
A mysterious explosion at a port in Tianjin, China shook the city around midnight local time. The blast—which state media attribute to hazardous goods at the port, triggered a second explosion and shock waves that reached up to 6 miles away. The explosions killed at least seven people and injured up to 400. Several videos of the explosion showed up on social media, and they are pretty terrifying.
This week at the APEC Summit in Beijing, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the terms of a historic agreement to collectively slow their nations' carbon emissions. The deal between the nations—the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters—has been in the works behind-the-scenes for nearly nine months. According to the agreement, the U.S. will decrease their emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025 (compared to 2005) and China will begin to reduce their overall emissions by 2030. President Obama told the Chinese leader, “When the U.S. and China are able to work together effectively, the whole world benefits" ... Discuss
The spiritual sea of change taking place in China will not be without its challenges—some more complex than others.
While China is officially an atheist country, it is undergoing one of the most dramatic religious overhauls in modern memory. In 1949, the country was home to an estimated 1 million Christians. In 2010, that number was more like 58 million. And some studies are saying that by 2030, China could be home 247 million Christians—the most of any nation in the world. Read More
This year, for the first time since 2002, Hollywood’s box office revenues for July failed to hit the billion dollar mark. June managed to make just over $1 billion, but totals were still down 16 percent from 2013.
The fourth Transformers movie was supposed to save Hollywood’s summer in America, but it only pulled in about $245 million—easily the lowest in the franchise’s clattering, baffling history. Read More