If you think about it, gay people are pretty much saving the world through reducing the population. Like all of our pollution is due to an unsustainable growth in population (as well as laziness, lack of understanding, and human error) and the more gay people there are that choose to adopt or not have biological children the less people there are. So yeah, gay people are superheros.
If trees could converse
They’d talk about their worth
Explaining their forestry collusion
To control man made air pollution
They’d speak of being earth’s lungs
And the joys of morning chorus sung
But trees already do preamble
Just in a language that’s chemical
Signalling via the periodic table
As much as they’re physically able
Indicating we need to change our ways
The extend our planets limited days
But if trees really could ever like us talk
They would just simply stand there and baulk
Then shout in a language loud and clear
A message we might finally hear
The trees would rage at the human race
For making their earth a basket case
Ten x Rose. Angst + Fluff. For @goingtothetardis, who has been waiting patiently for her @dwsecretsanta fic, and here it is. Finally. I am a terrible person and please forgive me. She asked for soulmate fic, but in canon, among other things. ~2000 words.
Soulmarks are neither common nor well-understood.
Rose wakes up in a cold sweat; heart thundering against her ribs. She rolls over, curling around her pillow, willing her breathing to return to level. She inhales, deeply and deliberately, counting to seven before letting the breath out in an even stream. The purposeful act of breathing helps ground her into herself and seal off the panic that had coloured the remnants of the nightmare in sharp red and ice blue.
Once she gets her breathing under control, Rose rolls onto her back, to stare up at the stuccoed ceiling of her bedroom. The nightmares have not gotten any better, no matter what assurances the doctors at Torchwood have given her and her mother. If anything, Rose thinks, the mandated therapy sessions make them worse. She sighs, and gives up on sleep for the rest of the night, knowing that if she closes her eyes now, all she’ll be able to conjure are leftovers from the terror.
The sun is starting to light the horizon as Rose fills the kettle to put it on the boil for tea. While she waits for the kettle, she leans against the counter, tracing the pattern of snowflakes on her mug with one finger. Like most of her mugs, it came from the second hand shop two blocks down from her favourite coffee shop and is mismatched with everything else. There’s not much in this slow path life that gives her the thrill of stepping into the unknown holding the Doctor’s hand, but that little thrift store sometimes manages to recapture a fraction of the feeling when Rose’s questing hands find something especially delightful.
The shrill whistle of the kettle interrupts Rose’s reminiscence and she makes herself a cup of tea, holding the steaming mug in both hands as she watches the sun come up over this alternate London. The sky here still turns the dusky pink and gold Rose remembers from her home London, but because of tighter controls on air pollution, the colour lasts only a moment as the sun swells over the horizon and lifts into the sky.
Rose lifts her mug and her sleeve falls back, the silvery mark on her wrist becoming exposed. It’s a curious soulmark - circles within circles, shot through with alien symbols - and when Rose had been small, it had been the source of much taunting from her peers. She never quite got over the feeling of wanting to hide it, even after discovering what, exactly, it was.
Every year, humans cut down approximately 15 billion trees.
Aside from providing 30% of our planet’s oxygen, trees are vital in providing habitat, holding soil, controlling floods, reducing noise pollution, and maintaining biodiversity.
A single tree has the capacity to absorb 20 tons of carbon dioxide, produce 1550 pounds of oxygen, and take in 45 pounds of suspended dust in a given year. Yet, since the dawn of their time, humans have reduced the Earth’s tree coverage by nearly one half.
so apparently part of kitsune lore is environmental adaptation, meaning kitsune in urban environments can adapt to and even in some stories control things like pollution, harsh temperatures, and strong electric signals.
this is the wishes of all for you on your birthday … love and happiness always
Lost in the thoughts of rest and pillow, a luxury to many and to most an eventual reality, the pollution controlled air, despite its sophisticated machinery, brings on an emergence of faked anxiety .. others think it is so .. I think it is a tired mind, for, the night before,it deviated from the norm and sat on my chest for long, until it became an eventuality in the years to come ..
The reach out is kind and considerate and accommodative .. pleasant professionals and those that inhabit that white robe so efficiently, fulfil my need and my desire to cooperate and to bring about an atmosphere of binding and love … !!
Information is vital to all concerned individuals, and that given one awaits in the freeze of solitude, before they set the only of its kind around, both in status and activity .. lain tube wise, piercing the skin with that which reaches the ultimate destination, of a test under abnormal circumstances ..
With noise of rotation and the time of its check, bound and irrigated only by the drone of the set up .. matters and notes exchanged and deliberate are desisted. A long blanketted hole and an instruction of thanks … not to mention the gallons of water one confirms to have been undertaken .. and that under its philosophy of retaining for a moment, the most daring of chemicals, often driven down from the jetty and why the fuss ..
Swift exits and a water break in an avenue that represents that part of the body which could be insuring the premium .. back in a giffy and onto the hair and clothes that begin a new film in Delhi .. dedicated arguments and elaborate discussions on each point of view .. and finally a closure and then to more …
The one that is in discussion is in discussion .. the one that has the medium of the alternate, is what may be our consideration or there’s .. but the theme must never change ..
Rest well Mr B, tomorrow we work on that which is governed by governance and by choice of the people ..
Americans Breathing Easier With Fewer Particulates In The Air
by Michael Keller
We may not have noticed it, but Americans are breathing a little easier thanks to a great story for the country’s air quality.
A Rice University study concludes that states are successfully reducing a harmful air pollutant called fine particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) in diameter, which can stay suspended in the atmosphere for weeks and has been linked to chronic and fatal diseases.
In fact, the study found that state efforts have been so successful that most urban areas had already lowered PM2.5 to more stringent levels instituted in 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The improvements are good enough to translate into Americans living slightly longer lives.
“The trend across the country is that air quality is improving,” says Daniel Cohan, an atmospheric researcher and associate professor of environmental engineering. “Power plants are getting better at controlling emissions. There are more industrial controls to pollution. Cars are getting cleaner.”
David Duchovny wrote an article for the Huffington Post with Jigar Shah (President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital…)
*This man is perfect, honestly.❤️*
Renewables and Nuclear Can No Longer Afford To Be Foes .
The recent US election deeply concerns many of us who care about the urgent issue of climate change. The incoming Administration may try to repeal new laws to control climate pollution from power plants, but it can’t repeal the laws of nature and physics. Those point towards severe stress on people and the planet from the ever-increasing flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning coal, gas and oil.
The good news is states can act even if the federal government doesn’t, and they can make some big moves. New York did just that this past August. With support from Governor Cuomo, the state’s Public Service Commission required the state’s utilities to obtain 50% of their electricity from zero-carbon energy by 2030. In doing so, New York joins California as having the most ambitious low carbon electricity goals in the nation and the world.
The Commission also ensured that, during the transition to 2030, New York does not go backward on carbon dioxide emissions and add further warming to the atmosphere. To build that firewall, the Commission created a mechanism to ensure that New York’s four upstate nuclear energy plants operate during this period rather than be shut down and replaced by cheap and polluting fossil-fueled power. (The downstate Indian Point plants were not included because they were deemed competitive in that part of the state).
It has grounded planes, closed roads and even been compared to a nuclear winter, but one couple were not going to let the smog in Beijing ruin their big day.
In an apparent protest against the heavy pollution, the couple added gas masks to their more traditional wedding outfits before posing for a series of shots around Guomao Bridge in the Chinese capital.
Severe pollution has hit much of northern China for the past week, with some readings well over 10 times the internationally accepted safety limit.
For some reason tumblr loves to exclusively suggest posts on my dash that make me want to go off. To wit:
Libraries exist with basically two purposes: access and preservation. Access and preservation are always at odds because, put plainly, the best way to preserve something is to lock it away in a climate controlled environment without light pollution and don’t touch it. All use, no matter how careful or benign, causes damage.
Different sorts of libraries may fall on one side or the other of these purposes–for example, a branch public library probably cares a lot more about access than they do about preservation, but a special collections library may care more about preservation than they do about access. Put another way: some libraries (and librarians) see themselves as providing immediate access to cultural resources for those living right now and some libraries (and librarians) see themselves as preserving cultural resources for future generations.
The Library of Congress is, among other things, a mandatory deposit institution for copyright registration. That means that if you publish a book in the US, you are most certainly going to deposit two copies at the LoC. WHY? Because the LoC is primarily a repository for preservation, not for access. Their primary goal is to preserve the cultural record for future generations. Because they see this as their primary goal, there are restrictions on use of their materials.
All restrictions of use will seem to one group or another to be arbitrary–because systems that value one kind of use over another necessarily privilege (typically elitist) forms of reading. Why is scholarly research a more valid basis for access than reading for pleasure, et c.?
These issues become more apparent when the material in question is not itself seen as being by or for a privileged group: like comic books. But really, universal restrictions on materials regardless of their origin or intended purpose is meant to be egalitarian, a way for librarians to say “Who am I to judge which cultural materials will be important in the future? Why shouldn’t this comic book be treated as just as relevant and powerful an object as a medieval manuscript or first edition of Robert Frost or whatever the hell else we might venerate now?”