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Victor Panlilio
Geek, husband, Catholic Dad
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A tsunami of new data, every second.
The Social Media in Real-Time: How Quickly Data is Generated
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Ever wondered, how quickly data generated on internet and what happens on social media in one second?

Then wonder no more.

The team at +PennyStocksLab has designed an interactive infographic that visualize what goes on in the virtual web, every passing second - from YouTube videos to Google searches and from Instagram likes to to every email sent.

By the way, in the 1 second you've been on this page approximately 22574 GB of data was transferred over the internet.

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You might like - How Much Money Google, Facebook and Twitter Make Each Second :

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How green is your city? These maps compare green spaces around the world

The value of trees and plants in the urban environment is well documented: they improve air quality, shade against heat and provide an antidote to congestion, traffic and the pace of city life.

Making available significant ‘green’ living space is now virtually mandatory for cities around the world. But are they up to scratch?

To answer this question reliably, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) teamed up with World Economic Forum to create Treepedia, a website which measures and compares cities’ green canopies.


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A step in the right direction.
India Banned Literally All Disposable Plastic in Delhi, a Major Win for Planet Earth

'In a huge win for the environment, India has banned plastic in Delhi. The ban includes bags, cups and cutlery.

India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) introduced the ban following complaints of illegal burning of plastic and other waste at three local rubbish dumps. The ban took effect on the first day of 2017.

The illegal burning of waste was said to have been contributing to air pollution, which is a major problem in India. In a recent report by the World Health Organisation, New Delhi was found to have the worst air quality out of the 1,600 cities that were analyzed. India actually had 13 out of the top 20 most polluted cities. It is also the world’s biggest polluter after the USA and China.'

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Not your usual fume-spewing delivery truck.

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From Garbage Trucks To Buses, It’s Time To Start Talking About Big Electric Vehicles
First, to achieve disproportionate impact, you must target a disproportionate contributor to the problem. While medium and heavy trucks account for only 4% of America’s +250 million vehicles, they represent 26% of American fuel use and 29% of vehicle CO2 emissions. If you are looking for a way to address more problem (foreign oil dependence, climate change, air quality, you name it) with less solution, big vehicles are it. If you want to have outsized impact, don’t convince a Prius driver to go electric, electrify a garbage truck.
Lumbering fleets of conventional trucks and buses require a lot more maintenance and consume a lot more fuel than passenger cars. Conventional garbage trucks can require brake replacements as often as every 3 months, while the regenerative braking enabled by an electric battery can significantly decrease such wear and tear while saving fuel. Speaking of fuel, an average American driver burns 525 gallons of fuel a year. A garbage truck, by comparison, may only get 2-3 miles per gallon, and may consume 14,000 gallons a year, roughly 25 times more fuel than an average American car, and up to 70 times more than a lightly used, efficient car like mine. With 25-70X more fuel consumed per vehicle, the per vehicle fuel savings opportunity between big and small vehicles  is no contest. Electrifying big vehicles simply makes more economic sense.
Wrightspeed, one of the early leaders in the nascent big electrics market, develops hybrid electric drivetrains for trucks and buses. They claim that between fuel and maintenance savings, their hybrid electric drivetrains can offer ~$60,000 in savings per year per truck.

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Shell says it will start installing electric vehicle chargers at its gas stations this year

In a future where the world’s car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream brought in by people stopping for gas but buying something at the convenience store.

Some oil companies have accepted that the transition is happening and started installing electric vehicle chargers at their gas stations. Shell is the latest major company to jump on board.

Total, the major French multinational oil and gas company, announced last year a $300 million investment to install about 200 MW of solar capacity at 5,000 gas stations around the world.

Interesting to note that both Shell and Total are EU based oil companies. Europe certainly has a broader drive towards renewable and clean energy.


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This electric car is the first zero-emissions vehicle to finish the Dakar Rally

The Acciona 100% EcoPowered rally car powered its way to the finish of the world's toughest motor event without burning a drop of fuel and with no tailpipe emissions.

Built entirely in Spain, the home of Acciona (which is a leading Spanish renewable energy and infrastructure firm), the EcoPowered rally car is said to be "the most powerful electric car in the world" thanks to a 250 kW electric motor capable of producing 340 horsepower, coupled with six "ultra-fast charging" lithium battery packs with a 150 kWh capacity, and an onboard 100 W solar panel. With that battery and motor combo, the vehicle can run for about 200 kilometers "in race conditions," with a 60 minute charge time to 'refuel' the batteries.


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"posting to Facebook during off-peak times, such as very late at night, and on Sundays, leads to more engagement"

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“There are two laws that govern modern business relationships: Everyone exists online, and your digital reputation is forever.”

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E-waste is a global problem, and NIMBY solutions are woefully inadequate.
Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

Developed Western nations may be patting themselves on their backs about how well their recycling programmes are going, transitioning coal power stations top renewable energy, but often the problem has just been moved elsewhere. All over the world, due to obsolescence, we are replacing gadgets at an ever increasing rate. The problem is they are often not being recycled, and many contain rare elements which are being depleted instead of recycled. Making matters worse is the illegal global trade in waste (moving from countries with strict laws to other countries where they are just dumped).

In some cases this waste is being recycled, by poor people at great health risk to themselves, and where the burning of plastics etc is also causing dangerous air pollution. Some products, like Apple, are not even manufactured so that they can be easily recycled.

Manufacturers need to start taking more accountability and instead of just producing goods at an ever increasing rate, they need to be finding ways to better re-use materials from these discarded products.

From the article: Ruediger Kuehr, one of the study's authors, said the amount of waste being generated is higher than governments estimate, partly because of their narrower definitions, and should be a wake-up call to policymakers and consumers.

"We are all benefiting from the luxury of these electrical and electronic products to a certain extent, it makes our lives easier, sometimes more complicated," he said. "However if we want to continue like this we must be reusing the resources contained in electronic and electrical equipment."

A smartphone, for example, uses more than half the elements in the periodic table, some of which are very rare, and in the longer-run will be exhausted without recycling, said Kuehr.

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