“This is the critical decade. If we don’t get the curves turned around this decade we will cross those lines,” said Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University’s climate change institute, speaking at a conference in London.
Despite this sense of urgency, a new global climate treaty forcing the world’s biggest polluters, such as the United States and China, to curb emissions will only be agreed on by 2015 - to enter into force in 2020.
For ice sheets - huge refrigerators that slow down the warming of the planet - the tipping point has probably already been passed, Steffen said. The West Antarctic ice sheet has shrunk over the last decade and the Greenland ice sheet has lost around 200 cubic km (48 cubic miles) a year since the 1990s.
Most climate estimates agree the Amazon rainforest will get drier as the planet warms. Mass tree deaths caused by drought have raised fears it is on the verge of a tipping point, when it will stop absorbing emissions and add to them instead.
Around 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon were lost in 2005 from the rainforest and 2.2 billion tonnes in 2010, which has undone about 10 years of carbon sink activity, Steffen said.
One of the most worrying and unknown thresholds is the Siberian permafrost, which stores frozen carbon in the soil away from the atmosphere.
“There is about 1,600 billion tonnes of carbon there - about twice the amount in the atmosphere today - and the northern high latitudes are experiencing the most severe temperature change of any part of the planet,” he said.
In a worst case scenario, 30 to 63 billion tonnes of carbon a year could be released by 2040, rising to 232 to 380 billion tonnes by 2100. This compares to around 10 billion tonnes of CO2 released by fossil fuel use each year.
Increased CO2 in the atmosphere has also turned oceans more acidic as they absorb it. In the past 200 years, ocean acidification has happened at a speed not seen for around 60 million years, said Carol Turley at Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
This threatens coral reef development and could lead to the extinction of some species within decades, as well as to an increase in the number of predators.
Bolded emphasis mine. This is about the 50th post I’ve posted or reblogged about the climate “doomsday,” which should be the biggest story everyday but magically isn’t.
When POC characters are turned white:this isin't about race, if you think it is then you're the racist one, lets just enjoy the book/film as it is, this is about the character's personality god you're so sensitive, the new skin tone actually fits the character's personality IMO, I never imagined them as POC anyway, not all whitewashing is racist god get over it!!111
When white characters are turned into POC:omg how could they!?!?!? this is soooo racist and unfair! why cant they present that white character as WHITE, how dare they change the original skin color to suit their own terms! this is reverse racism!! this is about race! I NEVER imaged that white character to be a POC that is so weird, it doesn't fit, this is political correctness gone crazy!!
When POC characters stay POC but readers/viewers imagined them as white:THIS IS SO WRONG. This isn't how they looked. i don't care what it says in the booooook because i imagined they lookd different. ugh the film is ruined now. Ruined.
My dear friend starswuzhere is in a dire economical situation, on the verge of being evicted and end up homeless with her husband and 3 year old daughter. She is offering commission work, but I also thought of helping by opening AUD$15* commissions and donate the money to her.
Here are some examples of the type of image you can get:
If you are interested in helping, send me a note or e-mail with the subject “YooMe Commission”. You’ll get proof that I sent her the money.
Spreading the word is also very appreciated. :heart:
For those not in the know, the Arkh Project is a video game project featuring a cast of trans people of color. At first, it sounded like a really great idea. I’m all for more representation of LGBT and POC characters, as well as promoting indie games.
I’m thinking about opening up an art shop on Gaia ( http://www.gaiaonline.com/ ), but I’m not sure how much I should charge for any of the art @-@
I’m thinking about doing mostly headshots/busts, chibis and the “stick style” I have (my banner) since they’re easier to get out than full body pics. I’ve seen prices anywhere from 50k to 300k, but that’s for really good art (not some sketchy junk, but actual complete art). I don’t feel my stuff is worth that much at this point so I have no idea what I should charge.
I’m gonna put up examples of what sorts of things I would do after the break. Ignore how terrible the quality may be of the photographed ones, I would scan all of the ones I would do or just do them straight on my laptop.
We announced KorraNation.com on March 14th, and just 1 week later, fans have successfully reached 100,000 new likes, shares and tweets. You know what that means? We’re rewarding fans by unlocking the first TWO episodes on KorraNation.com this Saturday, March 24th, weeks before airing on Nick.
We are so excited to let the most passionate Korra fanatics watch the premiere before anyone else. Thanks for making it happen!
Hi, my name is Cara and I’m a 21 year old woman. Every 28 days, give or take, I have a period. And it fucking sucks. Today, was one of those where I take from the 28 day cycle. I wasn’t due for another period for at least a week, but considering that my period is pretty much permanently irregular, I get to wake up a lot of mornings in a pool of my own blood. Hmm. Lovely.
I then proceed to dump my sheets, my underwear, and my pajamas in my laundry room in a tub filled with cold water, with the hopes that this time I haven’t ruined them permanently.
What next? Well, a shower of course! To wipe off the smell of rotting blood from my body! Squeaky clean and towel fresh I have about a two minute window before the volcano of blood begins to erupt again from my vagina.
What will it be today? A piece of chlorinated toilet paper cardboard with a string that I get to shove up my hole wherein the blood will sit and rot until the next time I can shove another piece of chlorinated cardboard up the same hole? Or, a plastic lined toilet paper diaper attached to my underwear that causes rug burn to my vaginal area when I walk? Well the later requires less coordination, and it is early, so I guess I’ll be sitting in a period diaper today. The best ever.
Of course, I could always just get birth control, and lessen this whole shit. But 1) I can’t afford it 2) I can’t ask my dad to pay for it because, guess what? Just like the men who run my government, my father correlates birth control with sexual promiscuity! Thus, sitting on my rotting blood, undergoing severe cramps that have on more than one occasion caused me to black out, it is! (Not that birth control is such a walk in the park either, our bodies have to learn to deal with the hormones and other chemicals and consequences that birth control entails.)
Then, I get to go to class, where I have to pretend that I am not a leaky faucet of blood and tissue. I get to sit in Calculus, and if heaven forbid, I need an additional pad, I have to be discrete about it, so as not to offend the men’s gentle sensibilities to the fact that I am the one dropping tissues and blood from my body through my vagina.
I once asked a male to take me to the pharmacy so that I could pick up (GASP) pads, or as we like to call it “feminine products” (again, so as not to offend the gentlemen’s overly sensitive natures) and had him equate me talking about my period to him talking about his erections.
This is nothing like your fucking erections. I don’t derive any enjoyment from this. I can’t mentally control any ounce of this entire process. I can’tmasturbate my problem away. My period does not end in orgasm.
It stays. For at least five days in my case. Draining blood out of my body. Causing me severe cramps, making me irritable -not because I’m uncomfortable (which mind you, would be reason enough) - but because my hormones are all over the place, bloating me up to two sizes larger than I normally am, I have to actively fight not to smell like a fish market, and on top of that, you want me to be hush-hush about this? Because it’s icky foryou?
And this is not an attack on that one man, this is an attack on ALL MEN who on top of sitting on their throne of gender privilege want me to stay quiet and be content about the fact that five days out of every month I get to undergo this happiest of joys.
And then, these very same men have the audacity to get annoyed because we don’t want to listen to their bullshit complaining about traffic? Or whatever other meaningless story they happen to tell us while our bodies are actively fighting against us? Then we get to be the butt of their tired-ass jokes? Sorry, I am most certainly not sorry.
I repeat NO. I say women come out of the period closet and say, “You know what, this happens to me. Every. Fucking. Month. And it’s terrible. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY MORNING.” Because the truth is, if I live in a country where Viagra is covered by medical insurance, but birth control isn’t, I can no longer keep denying that I live in a country that is actively waging a war on women. And if I live in a country that is actively waging war on my sex, the least I am going to do is break patriarchal social propriety to inform anyone and everyone of the shit biological process I was BLESSED enough to be born into.
Hello, my name is Cara, I’m a 21 year old woman, and today I’m on my period. Let me fucking tell you about it.
We are talking about authorizing secular, for-profit employers to deny a woman coverage for birth control if the employer doesn’t believe that she and her partner should be allowed to have sex without getting pregnant. Yup, that’s right. If the owner of the Taco Bell where you work opposes birth control, Arizona legislators want to give him a legal right to deny you insurance coverage for your pills. Sadly, that isn’t even the half of it. You may want to sit down for this one. Arizona legislators know that whether or not her insurance covers it, a woman may get the prescription she needs to prevent an unintended pregnancy. They want to give her boss the right to control that too. The bill they are pushing would not only allow employers to take the insurance coverage away, but it would also make it easier for an employer who finds out that his employee uses birth control to fire her. You heard me right … to fire her.
Okay. Let’s play informed politics time again. (Sorry for reblogging from you directly stranger dendensden, but I wanted to include your link.) I am also linking to this website where you can read the full text of the bill.
This bill is very troubling all on it’s own, but the ACLU article (which frustrates me to no end because all of their reference links are internal to their website and the never name or link to the text of the bill they’re reporting on in the article). That is some shady reporting practices, and it makes them look disreputable.
The bill is Arizona HB 2625. (Not to be confused with the 2008 Arizona Legislature bill using the same number code for immigrant housing.) I’ve actually read through it quickly, and the big problems I see here are:
The bill, with the current modifications (3/13/2012) does not require the “employer” in question to be a company operated with religion as a key part of it’s infrastructure.
It only requires contraception or abortion coverage be “CONTRARY TO THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS” of the individual not just direct employer, but also the issuer, sponsor, corporation, purchaser, or beneficiary.
[sarcasm] I don’t know about you guys, but I just love the idea that anyone in my chain of acquiring insurance via my company or that one of my beneficiaries (child, dependent, or significant other) potentially might be allowed to lodge a religious objection to my ability to access these things based on the current bill language. [/sarcasm]
Anyone wishing to block these sections of coverage for being against these religious beliefs must file a written affidavit against it with the health provider outlining precisely the religious objection that must be kept on file and refiled each time the coverage is.
However, under the current language, there is not longer a requirement that the insured be informed of or allowed to see this affidavit. It can potentially sit unknown in the insurance documents until you actually try to acquire one of the blocked coverages.
Also, why is no one discussing that under this legislation, in addition to the need to prove you are using birth control for other medical reasons in order to get reimbursed for the expense of the medication that the health provider (presumably either employer or insurance company) will be permitted to charge you additional fees for having to process that claim.
This definitely seems to overstep religious freedom into forcing your religion on others.
Regarding the use birth control and get fired— Yes, the bill did remove the lines (Sec. 5 - E) specifically forbidding the employer for discrimination against someone for getting insurance coverage elsewhere or purchasing contraceptives outside of an insurance plan if they were not being provided due to this bill. However, it did not add lines allowing for this discrimination either. Therefore, under the law, someone choosing non-work-provided insurance or buying contraceptives without insurance due to religious differences permitting the employer to not provide them via bill HB 2625 shouldstill be protected under existing religious discrimination laws that the employer cannot fire them for choosing a different health care option. So, the getting fired for using birth control statement is a bit of a logic leap and derails from the very REAL and direct issues this bill does present. If we lean on such dicey statements that can be taken as unfounded concerns, the real problems with this bill might be allowed to slide past. I know sensationalism is easier to advertise, but facts are better for accomplishing things in the long run.
What does Invisible Children share in common with the Discovery Institute, the leading organization promoting “Intelligent Design”, a pseudo-scientific theory created to insinuate creationist ideas into public schools — or with The Call, whose leader Lou Engle claims homosexuals are possessed by demons, calls God an “avenger of blood” and a “terrorist”, and in May 2010 staged a rally in Kampala, Uganda, at which Engle warned of a gay menace to society and shared a stage with one of the authors of Uganda’s notorious Anti Homosexuality Bill ?
(I said stalking horse for the “kill all the queers” people two days ago. Right there, people. Right. Effing. THERE.)
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okay now I’m straight-up furious at this shit, my own marginally-related existential crisis aside.
“No one wants a boring documentary on Africa. Maybe we have to make it pop, and we have to make it cool. …We view ourself (sic) as the Pixar of human rights stories. …They are getting in touch with the Academy Awards. They want this to be up for an Oscar.”—
Kony 2012 filmmaker JASON RUSSELL, who, bless his well-meaning soul, is turning out to be quite the douchebag.