2017년 12월 5일 화요일

10 years since Taean oil spill incident, 1.23 million people gave hand to create miracle


December 7, 2007 at 7:06 am. Hebei Spirit of Hong Kong national oil tanker collided with crane of Samsung Heavy Industries on the offshore of Manipo Beach in Taean-gun, Chungnam Province.
The accident caused a hole in the tanker oil tank and 12,547 pounds of oil hit the coast of Taean, the only coastal national park in Korea.
It was the worst marine pollution accident that the sea of life turned into the sea of death.

The hearts of the Korean looking at the black Sea were despair and anger itself. But the desperate mind that they could not leave the oiled sea could lead people their way to Taean.
People from all over the country who ran to Taean, even in cold weather, pumped oil up on the seashore.
There were many volunteers who put down their daily routines on weekends and holidays and had a fight with black oil in Taean.




At an international forum held a year after the Taean oil spill, environmental experts around the world were worried that long-term ecological and environmental destruction would occur in the waters of Taean.
Experts pessimistically predicted that it would be difficult to get back to the pre-crash stage even after decades.
Offshore of Taean has overtaken the expectations of experts and recovered to the original state at a rapid pace.
Since the end of 2009, two years after the accident, a green light for restoration of ecosystem emerged.
The clam-shell mortality rate fell to 4.7% from 24.6% in 2008. The concentration of seawater oil in the Taean coast has been reduced to half of the previous year.
In June 2016, more than 100 endangered species swam around Taean.
The headache inducing odor of oil disappeared as well.

World environmental experts also said, "If this were not for volunteers who ran across the country after the accident, this change would have been impossible."
Taean has become a holy place of hope that symbolizes the efforts and spirit of volunteers.
At Manipo Beach, people set up a memorial for overcoming the oil spill that recorded the epic of hope that the great Korean people made with sweat and tears.

In January 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) upgraded the Taean Coast National Park Protected Area rating from 'Category V' (landscape protection area) to 'Category II' (National Park). IUCN classifies protected areas of the world into six types, I to VI. Upgrading from a landscape protected area to a national park grade 2 means that the area has excellent ecological value and excellent management and preservation.





















2017년 12월 3일 일요일

Night view of Korea and Japan from space


Randy Bresnik (50) NASA astronauts unveiled a photo of a night view of Korea and Japan taken on a space station on the Nov,19th.

Bresnick said in his tweeter account on the same day, "The fishing boat between Korea and Japan is floating in a magnificent flow like a firefly caught in a bottle."

Bresnik frequently uploads photos of the Earth taken from the space station and life inside the space station on social media. In October, he made direct video calls with the pope Franciscan.

Fall foliage in Yeosu city with colorful leaves in late autumn

On the last days of the November, maple trees turn red and yellow at Mt.Bongwha in Yeosu city.
Yeosu is a city located on the southern coast of Korea in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.



Survey of Korean's ideal beauty standard for woman 2017


The most beautiful female face that Koreans think as comparison by part is eye of Kim Tae Hee, nose of Han ga in and lip of Song Hye Kyo.

Biopharmaceutical company Hugel and professors from the plastic surgery department of the Il san Hospital of Dongguk University, Lee Seung-chul revealed the results by conducting survey.

40.7% of respondents in the question about beautiful face shape ranked actress Kim Tae Hee as the top. Followed by Jeon Ji-hyeon (21.4%), Song Hye-kyo (21.0%) and Moon Chae won (20.3%).

In the question about beautiful eyes, Kim Tae Hee (35.9%) got the most vote while Han Ga in (42.8%) was selected as Korean female with most beautiful nose.

Song Hye-kyo ranked first with 26.2% in beautiful mouth, followed by Jeon Ji Hyun (20.7%) and Kim Tae-hee (19.3%).

For most beautiful skin, Kim Tae-hee is ranked first (35.5%) followed by Moon-chae won (31.0%).

2017년 11월 12일 일요일

Seoul ranked 21st in Smart City Index 2017 among 500 cities around the world.


Seoul ranked 21st in 'Smart City'index among 500 cities around the world.
"Digitization" is excellent, as smartphone penetration ranks second in the world, but seoul ranked sluggish in "eco-friendly" measurement such as clean energy.

According to the '2017 Smart City Index' announced by EasyPark in Sweden on the 12th, Seoul ranked 21st on average with 7.13 points out of 10.

This index is based on the following criteria: △ transportation (smart parking, car sharing, traffic congestion, public transportation) △ sustainability (clean energy, smart building, (Business ecosystem), digitization (4G LTE, Internet speed, WiFi deployment, smartphone penetration rate), living standard, and expert evaluation.

Seoul was noted for its digitization. In particular, the point for penetration rate of smartphones was 9.91, second only to Luxemburg. In addition, establishment of WiFi ranked 9.74 (3rd place), 4G LTE penetration rate 8.8 (11th), and Internet speed 8.44 (18th).

However, sustainability evaluation criteria such as clean energy (2.69 points), environmental protection (2.04 points), and urban planning (3.24 points) stayed at the bottom of ranks.

In addition to Seoul, Daejeon ranked 63rd with an average of 5.48 points, including two Korean cities in 100th place.

Copenhagen, Denmark, with an average score of 8.25, was ranked first. Copenhagen is investing heavily in the clean energy sector with a goal of 100% carbon neutrality by 2025. It was followed by Singapore (7.83), Sweden (7.82), Zurich (7.75) and Boston (7.7).

Japan ranked seventh with 7.59 points, followed by San Francisco with 7.55 points, Amsterdam with 8th place with 7.54 points, Geneva with 7.53 points and Melbourne with 7.5 points. .

By country, Germany was prominent. Ten cities including Berlin (13th), Munich (25th) and Frankfurt (33rd) were ranked in the top 100.
Seven cities including New York (24th), Washington DC (28th) and Philadelphia (35th) of USA were among the top 100 as well.

American economy media, Business Insider evaluated "The concept of Smart City is expanding to include the environment, transportation, education opportunities, new technology ecosystem and local economy, Smart City Index shows which is the best prepared city for the future."