Straight talk, inspiration and hope – never give up these 3 keys to help you meet big challenges

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A northern California lakebed devastated by drought – just one of the many symptoms of climate change

The facts about climate change are looking pretty dire. With the Antarctic ice shelf melting, the continued rise in greenhouse gases and big governments effectively hamstrung and/or side-stepping the serious issues in favor of posturing and “talking a good game”, if you said we’re in serious trouble you’d be right. But as a writer I’ve learned that focusing on the negative – as pronounced and apparent as it may be – won’t help us reach the solutions we so desperately need.

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Blackfish – a distressing indictment of SeaWorld’s inhumane treatment of whales

Blackfish film logoJust finished viewing Blackfish, the sobering documentary revealing the inhumane treatment of killer whales by the powers that be of SeaWorld and similar venues.

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The fastest internet speed award goes to …

Top Internet Speet Rankings 2013

Ever wondered who has the fastest internet in the world? The answer may surprise you.

According to Statista.com, Japan and South Korea are ranked the top two fastest in the world. South Korean internet users surfed at an average speed of 13.3 Mbps, 53 percent faster than Americans whose connection speed averaged at 8.7 Mbps.  By comparison, the United States is ranked 8th in the global speed ranking.

The global average connection speed was measured at 3.3 Mbps, after having passing 3 Mbps for the first time in the first quarter of this year.

Fascinating to see the breakout on this. Wonder if it means the South Koreans are more data hungry or just that they love to chat more?

Seattle moves holiday fireworks to protect baby bald eagles

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Fourth of July isn’t a great time for animals. Fireworks and their accompanying sonic-like booms create terrified four-leggeds both in and outdoors. Suburban Seattle has taken the uncharacteristic action of moving its floating launch pad for next week’s July Fourth fireworks display to avoid frightening a pair of baby bald eagles nesting in a tree on the shore of Lake Washington.

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Up your awareness of what’s happening to our oceans

Plastic ocean trash

Here’s a fascinating video that shows what humans are contributing to our oceans.  Simple yet graphic. And worth viewing.

 

 

Preventing more plastic in our oceans is everyone’s business – and it’s really not hard to do, is it?

The people speak – and are heard

Speak up!Consumers are speaking up more than ever these days.

Online petitions for worth causes are growing in popularity (and frequency). And as more of us are participating, companies and even legislators are sitting up and taking notice.

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French honey contaminated by M&M’s

You’re probably read about it and wondered what it looked like. Bees in France have been returning to their hives with suspicious-looking bits of colored material. The result – colorful but contaminated honey.

Finally there’s a picture so we can see what the fuss is all about!

Understandably, the bee hive owners have had trouble getting rid of the contaminated honey. But it definitely is something for the Guinness Book of Records!

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