Posted on October 18, 2013 by Debra Atlas
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?
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Posted on June 28, 2013 by Debra Atlas
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.
Filed under: Observations | Tagged: bald eagles, fireworks, Fourth of July, Independence Day, National Audubon Society, suburban seattle | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 14, 2013 by Debra Atlas
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?
Filed under: Observations, Wake-up Call | Tagged: oceans, plastic | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 2, 2013 by Debra Atlas
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.
Filed under: Observations | Tagged: AquAdvantage, california state legislature, consumers, FDA, fracking, GE fish, genetically engineered, genetically engineered salmon, online petitions, science, US Fish and Wildlife | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Debra Atlas
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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Posted on July 12, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Who of us hasn’t either heard of or had a front row seat with a car-animal encounter? Sad to say, it’s the animals who lose almost every time.
Around the country and across the globe, we humans are beginning to get a bit wiser in how to mitigate this tragedy. Take a look at these amazing eco-bridges that are in place to help animals cross busy highways and even riverways.
More of these are definitely needed but at least it’s a beginning.
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Posted on June 29, 2012 by Debra Atlas
This massive dock that landed in Oregon is the likely the tip of the debris maelstrom to hit the West Coast for years to come
Seven feet tall, nineteen feet wide and 66 feet long, the concrete and metal dock that washed ashore in Newport, Oregon is a stunning residual remnant of last year’s Fukushima disaster. An awesome sight, the derelict dock that made the more than 6,500 mile trek from Minamisoma, Japan is a harbinger of serious debris yet to come.
Filed under: Observations, Recycling | Tagged: environment, environmental, Fukushima, International Pacific Research Center, invasive species, Japan, landfill, Method laundry products, Oregon Refuse and Recycling Network, Pacific Garbage Patch, Pacific Ocean, plastic, recycling, tsunami, Upcycle the Gyres Society | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 7, 2012 by Debra Atlas
It’s been my observation that whenever decisive action is taken that would benefit the environment, the scream goes up that taking such steps will surely mean the death of jobs in that area or region.
Case in point.
Filed under: Observations | Tagged: biodegradable, canadian plastics industry, Canadian Plastics Industry Association, compostable, environment, environmental, Eurpoean Commission, Jerry Maguire, plastic, plastic bag ban, reusable bags, Toronto | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 9, 2011 by Debra Atlas
Airport security lines, Photo by alist, Flickr
Just returned from a visit with friends and family this past weekend. Always nice to get away for a bit.
At the airport, as I was about to go through security, my mind swung back to the recent article I did on airport x-ray machines. As I stepped into the scanner, I told the TSA rep I didn’t want to be scanned and asked for an alternative.
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Posted on October 25, 2011 by Debra Atlas
The Occupy Wall Street protest has rapidly become a global phenomenon that offers a window into a different type of ecological unit: a totally organic type of social organization.
For more details, see http://bit.ly/oZlfTV.
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