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China’s President Xi Jinping is going to the Davos World Economic Forum this January, which again indicates that China attaches great importance to making globalization and global governance work again, even though now globalization is somewhat in shatters and in urgent need of change.
That too is beginning to evolve on a small scale as thousands of start-up businesses and hobbyists establish 3D-printing operations, infofacture products at near zero marginal cost, power their Fab Labs with green electricity, market their goods for nearly free on hundreds of global websites, and deliver their products in electric and fuel-cell vehicles powered by their own green energy.
Researchers at the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in partnership with the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda at the University of Maryland evaluated the visual content of each of the sites’ London 2012 pages to see which news outlets used photos well – compelling images, published large enough to see without clicking on them – and what sports, athletes and moments each outlet chose to highlight.
Stay up-to-date with local California news as well as U.S. and world news stories. China – already the top consumer – will drive two-thirds of the growth in global coal use this decade. Some contemporary issues may indeed defy bipartisan solutions, but evidence suggests that climate action and a clean energy revolution need not be among them.