Water scarcity

What I Imagine Post-Scarcity to be.

I’m gonna try, but it’s like midnight, and I’m high on prescription pain meds from a surgery I had lmao. [there was an anon ask but like it didn’t publish so i’m answering it in this way]

WE basically already are, post-scarcity, to an extent, we overproduce everything, we have enough for everyone to have what they need. The only problem is, if people don’t have money to buy this overproduction, it is disposed of, and therefore not used.

Now, there are certainly some things that are not unlimited, and must be replaced in a true post scarcity society, such as petroleum oil, among other energy sources, and items. These things will have to be phased out.

We need to be sustainable, obviously. So a post scarcity society, the way I see it, isn’t saying everyone gets everything their hearts’ desire, it’s saying what we can produce for all, all should have access to. We can work towards producing other things for all, this requires massive collectivized work and education if people want things that are today considered luxuries.

But think about it, electricity was once considered a luxury, and sometimes still to this day is, but we have enough resources to make it available to everyone without actually charging them, we already have systems we can set up to make energy far more efficient and successful at giving it to all. It’s kinda like that, no one is ~stealing~ electricity, they just all get it because they need it today. But we don’t do that, we make people pay for electricity despite it not really needing to happen outside of capitalist reasons.

Another thing, food, we overproduce food, we throw out the excess, we could instead give excess food to the hungry, we don’t technically even need to charge for food, because we’re so successful at producing it we could actually cut down on our production and become more sustainable and still feed everyone. People would have access to food, whichever foods they like that we’re able to produce for all, and they wouldn’t be stealing or hoarding it, because they have what they need, and will always have what they need.

There is no need for excess in post-scarcity because we’re not planning on profiting, or losing shit, so we don’t have to worry about stealing or hoarding, unless of course someone has a mental illness, but like that’s really not the majority of people? And in a post-scarcity society mental illness would be treated a lot more efficiently than it is today, theoretically, because medical practices would be universally accessible.

TL;DR: Basically what I’m saying is, people will have what they need, and if we as a society want more, we can work towards making more for all, because we have the means to do it, we just choose not to, we instead choose to engage in capitalism. 

Now yall who know more than me can like add to this shit, like I said I tried my best. 

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Thirsty King Cobra Drinks from Water Bottle

The world’s longest venomous snake, the king cobra, usually tries to avoid confrontation with humans. However, a few days ago, a thirst king cobra found its way to the Kaiga village in Karnataka, presumably in search of water. Karnataka has been hit by drought and suffering from scarcity of water. In an amazing video, a wildlife rescue worker is seen offering the thirsty cobra a drink of water from a bottle - and the snake can be seen lapping it up.

The Muse of Water

The thirst
The scarcity
The hollowness

You are gone, but these remain

Cool lips
Kissing my feverish brow

Cool arms
Rocking me to sleep

How you sang
To me every night

How you once kept me afloat

When all I wanted was to drown

Azuki Lynn

Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved.

New research demonstrates the real-world potential of providing clean drinking water for millions of people who struggle to access adequate clean water sources.

The new findings from a group of scientists at The University of Manchester were published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Previously graphene-oxide membranes have shown exciting potential for gas separation and water filtration.

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i’ve had a lot of surreal experiences but singing africa outside the white house on a 5 minute protest permit for “raising awareness of Africa’s water scarcity and demonstrating care to perform an act of solidarity and love for a continent” is probably topping the charts

To produce a ¼ pound burger requires immense natural resources. Water is needed to grow the alfalfa and grains fed to the cows. Water is needed to hydrate the bovine himself (and they drink 20-30 gallons a day). Plant-based foods generally require less water and are less resource intensive. Eat vegan!

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UK scientists 'develop superwheat'

Does it also resist severe soil degradation, drought, and flash flooding? like the recent drought in the U.S (which continued well into the winter and spring btw) or the second wettest year on record in the UK (which drowned wheat crops).

You know we could just stop eating a metric fuckton of meat, driving giant SUV’s in sodding Chelsea and taking two international flights a year.

People could stop denying the mountain of evidence supporting climate change, they could stop campaigning against clean energy developments because they “spoil the view”, they could do any number of good and helpful things.

Because it’s not just climate change coming for us it’s water scarcity, it’s deforestation, it’s overfishing, it’s pollution, it’s desertification, it’s peak oil. All of these things feed into each other and make each other individually and collectively worse.

To add to that these things aren’t going to hit everyone equally and proportionately so you’re going to get areas that have enough and areas that don’t, what happens then? well because we’re human beings wars break out.

Wars cause massive migration which provides a perfect chaotic environment for epidemics and pandemics to break out and these then feed into it and cause even more chaos and suffering.

Like, imagine getting the flu, not great but you can deal with it.

Then you get food poisoning and a head cold and shingles and hepatitis and an infected cut and suddenly you’re dead.

But no apparently steak dinners, comfortable living and getting to sun yourself in the Mauritius is more important than you and your children dying in 20 or 30 or 40 years time because that’s what it boils down to and if you pretend the fancy wheat is going to save you then you’re fucking delusional.

Supporting links here.

“The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.”
— World Watch Institute

baze is like super easy okay

notes: *waves hands* post sex fluff drabble? will prob cross post to ao3 once im not feeling lazy.  i couldn’t think how to end this (no surprise) so it just kinda ends lol

warnings: light(ish) bdsm themes; a couple of lines are rated mature

“So easy to please,” Chirrut hums, twirling a finger through Baze’s hair. He’ll knot it, he nearly always does, but Baze never complains - never notices, perhaps, given that his hair already falls about him in tangles and waves, thick and brambly and lightened by the sand of Jedha as it bakes the city. Chirrut doesn’t mean to mistreat Baze’s hair so, but the curls lend themselves to twirling, and it is so easy to get lost in each and every sensation that is his beloved Baze Malbus.

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Remember when I was like “okay I’ll get off my soapbox about Lapis being OP”

well it’s a new day and I’m back again.

Specifically on the topic of: “But Clockie, Lapis’s powers are clearly ruled by water, that’s her thing, so, if you fought her on the moon, without any atmosphere she could pull water from, she’d just be. totally screwed”

My problems with that mostly boil down to: how do we know that’s Lapis’s one and only game plan? Like. Lapis is presented, and framed, repeatedly, as terrifyingly overpowered. The situations that trap her are situations she cannot get out of by destroying everyone present- at least, not without serious undesirable consequences.

We have never seen a desperate Lapis outside of the mirror, which she was physically restrained. So we don’t know how she’d behave in that context- we also don’t know what it takes to get there. We just have the fact that, a certain part of Lapis’s personality suggests she is, at bare minimum, very used to being able to destroy people to the point that even when around people she can’t destroy for other reasons besides “they are too powerful” (see: Jasper) she is not particularly reverent or deferential to them. 

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Happy Earth Day!

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of destruction of the Amazon rainforest, global deforestation, global greenhouse gases, ocean dead zones, species extinction, fresh water scarcity and waste, resource depletion, and soil degradation. Going vegan is arguably the most effective and impactful action every individual can do to help the environment. Make everyday Earth Day. Watch the eye-opening documentary Cowspiracy to learn more! 

destinyapocalypse  asked:

for TMI Tuesday; all of your OC's and their favorite comfort foods

(art by the ever-talented @destinyapostasy​) 

AVIRA: Amaranthine Sweet Vegetable Tarts
Considering the lack of space within Alienage walls, city elves had to make the most of all they had, making rooftop gardens a common sight. Food was often scarce, so they prioritized produce that didn’t take up much space and could keep for long periods of time, which made root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic a staple of city elven cuisine. Since sugar was often too expensive to buy, most elven food was sweetened with honey, instead. Given the ingredients were readily available, sweet vegetable tarts were a common treat. Eating them still takes Avira back to life in the city.

KATSURO: Silent Plains Lentil Stew with Hard Rolls & Sweet Crumble
The cuisine of the Silent Plains reflects both the availability of ingredients in its arid, unforgiving terrain and its war-like history. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables have all had their effect on the food. Meals that can last for several days and can be eaten without heating are preferred. Lentil stew was well-balanced, filling, and with the deep fried bread combined with the sugary topping of the crumble, somewhat indulgent. As a child, Katsuro had been known to eat the crumble straight out of the bowl.

MALEUS: Rialto Oyster Chowder
With its expansive coastline and the abundant fish in the Rialto Bay, seafood is both a fact of life and a dietary staple in Rivain. But given that Llomerryn is a bustling trading hub, culinary influences from across Thedas can be seen in the food there. Maleus’ personal favorite is a Fereldan x Rivaini hybrid: bringing together some of the heartier elements of a Southern chowder with the spice palette and the fresh-yet-briny seafood of the North. He eats it with Llomerryn Red, but then, he eats almost everything with Llomerryn Red.

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Israeli technology to help Puerto Rico deal with post-hurricane water scarcity - 30 September 2017

Israeli technology that captures humidity to supply potable water out of the air will be sent to Puerto Rico to help the island with the water scarcity it has been dealing with as a result of the devastation caused by hurricane Maria.
On Wednesday afternoon, David Efron, Israel’s honorary consul in Puerto Rico, said he was making the relevant arrangements for the machine to be delivered from Miami. The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) is also cooperating in the efforts, reports local daily El Nuevo Día.
The equipment could arrive in the island next week provided that PRFAA and the consul can find a cargo plane to transport it. Authorities have yet to determine the location where the machine will be installed, according to the daily.
According to Efron, the machine -which weighs between 1 to 2 tons- uses filters to purify the air and can produce up to 5,000 gallons of water a day.
The machine is being provided to supply water to Puerto Rico by the Israeli government, the honorary consul said.
In recent years, a number of Israeli firms have been at the forefront of potable water-producing technology, including the development of atmospheric water generating devices, such as the one described by Efron.
Hurricane Maria caused unprecedented devastation after it made landfall in Puerto Rico last week. In the wake of the disaster, a large portion of the island was left without power and almost half of its residents are still without access to safe drinking water, according to international news outlets.

Superman / Wonder Woman  by  dillon_boy

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

James Dillon Wright