Apocalyptic calendar

Things that we fear

January -  Global cooling

February - Nuclear war

March - Space invaders

April - Volcano

May - Worlds flood

June - Rise of the machines

July - Global warming

August - Zombie apocalypse

September - Earthquake

October - Planet waste

November - Infection

December - Meteors from outer space

So, I just had a dream...

…in which we somehow established a link to an alternate version of Earth. The dream wasn’t about that, so much as it was about learning the difference between our worlds. I don’t really know what my job was, but I was involved in going over there. (Also, for some reason, this other earth was called “outer earth” or “upper earth”.
Anyway, apparently, they didn’t have a problem with global warming, exactly, but actually global cooling. Their sky was sort of purplish, and there was a film in the air that made it smell and taste kinda perfumey. (They thought our air was salty, so go figure). They did a lot of building underground, rather than building up by default.
For some reason, i was best buds with @markiplier, and he was on this mission, too.
Also, they didn’t have dogs.
They were baffled that our ancestors thought it would be a great idea to become best buds with an apex predator and, through selective breeding over countless generations, turn it into a new species.
This was apparently too much of a break from reality, cuz I woke up when Mark’s upper-earth analog (everyone had a counterpart/alternate self and we met his), flipped his shit upon seeing our team’s dog, thinking it was some sort of monster. I remember Mark turning to me, aghast, and saying, “…no Chica..?” in this small, horrified voice, and then I was awake.

anonymous asked:

do you believe in global warming?


I think most people agree global warming exists.  The issue, I feel, is that people are contested on ‘global warming theory’.  People typically know stuff like the ice caps are melting and the ozone is disappearing.  

Its what is causing global warming and to what scale that is the argument.

The biggest issue is Al Gore.  An Inconvenient Truth was basically just a fear mongering film and it kicked off a panic that can still be felt today.  It doomsayed so hard that today, if it was correct, the ice caps would be gone and most arctic environments would be thawed, with most of the coasts underwater.

An Inconvenient Truth, and its spawned fiction films like The Day After Tomorrow, basically doomed the global warming debate.  After 5 years, the world didn’t end and people basically wrote global warming as something minor.  People got burned out on global warming.

And on top of that, the attitude of much of the left in regards to global warming has not helped their cause.  There is a general reaction toward those who don’t buy climate change, to treat them like idiots.  Which, as we now know from a Trump Election, doesn’t change minds.

Deniers claim that the earth frequently cools and warms naturally.  And history tells us they’re correct to a degree.  But frequently, leftists and environmentalists will scoff at these claims and assert that global warming is 100% human caused.  At that point it becomes a shouting match and nothing is done.

Do I think global warming is real?  Yup.  Do I think it is man made?  Partially.  I think we’re also at the end of a global cooling period, exacerbating the issue.  What I’d like to see is research into how much of each.

Should we be doing our best to stop global warming?  You bet.  But I’d also like to know if things are naturally going to get hotter, even if we make the attempt.

ANU-led study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Jochen Brocks said the team found the answer in ancient sedimentary rocks from central Australia.

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Freebies! Day 11: Favorite Skill

My sister, Profis and I will be giving away freebies till 3 days before early access! Every day will have a different theme and only 1 person by each (a total of 3 people) can be drawn a day. So if you don’t get drawn one day perhaps the next theme day you will! :D

Just reblog this current picture with a screen shot of your character doing your favorite Skill! A Skill is usually a Global Cool Down (GCD), however you can verify by reading the tool tip! Under the name of the action, if it says Spell or Weaponskill then it’s a skill! You might be surprised on what comes up!

anonymous asked:

I've got a question for you! Why are you shaming a man who educated millions of american children for years and remained active in the scientific community for siding with the political party that is actually making efforts to improve the global environment and preserve and protect ecosystems? Oh wait, it's totally a democratic bullshit theory that achieves... What negative, exactly? What is the downside to caring about the environment again? Dumb bitch

Bill Nye is not some lofty, great educator of our time. Bill Nye is dude who got a mechanical engineering degree and just happened to get a gig demonstrating pretty basic science experiments to elementary students. Credit where credit is due, the videos were entertaining and no doubt educated a multitude of school students about basic scientific principles. That being said he is no great scientific mind and lately he has revived his dead as a door-nail career by pushing the non-science known as global cooling ,global warming, uh, climate change to a bunch of idiots, a large number of whom to which you are no doubt intimately acquainted.

Not only that, but his speeches, and this comes from first hand knowledge, are not centered on science or reason or facts or education, they are a large part demagoguery centered around convincing people that only candidates with a D by their name know anything about science. 

Bill Nye has become the opposite of a science guy. Bill Nye does not want debate, he does not want scientific facts to speak for themselves. Bill Nye wants you to you to vote for people who will do what he wants.  Bill Nye wants you to ridicule others not for substance, but for daring to question what he and the democrat party says is science (Congratulations, you are doing swell). Bill Nye wants you to be a useful idiot who will vote but never actually look at the science for yourself and because of this Bill Nye has become the opposite of an educator.

What are the negatives you ask? Control, government control. For examples look at the EPA ( I know you wont, but for readers who aren’t arrogant a-holes).  There is nothing is wrong with caring for the environment, but plenty is wrong with using that rational to make people cave to your world view and that is exactly what you and Bill Nye, the non-science guys, are trying to do.

Engineers developed a material that can cool us down by sending heat to space

Engineers have developed a material that can cool down buildings by radiating the heat out into freezing-cold outer space. For now, this technology won’t completely replace air conditioning, the engineers say, but it can decrease the amount we use — and that’s a huge deal.

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If I asked you what the most devastating natural disaster in human history was, what would you say?

Presumably a volcanic eruption due to the gif above, but which?

Would you say, “Surely Mount Vesuvias burning Pompeii, with all those ashen bodies”?

Krakatoa, maybe? That one killed 32,000 people.

NOPE. Neither. The Haiti earthquake in 2010 alone killed 160,000 people and the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004 almost a quarter million.

Enter the calamity that was the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora.

The Horror Story:

Imagine. You live in the volcanoes shadow. Above, the mountain leaps into the sky. The plume of smoke rips up, the belching forth of sundered Earth causes sonic-quakes and your ear-drums explode. The world turns to night and plasmic rock rains over you. A wind picks up and then your house gets torn upward and flung into the sky.

Imagine. You live 200 miles away from the volcano. The house ceases. From the sky and then all around the air bursts with incredible noise. Your hands shoot to your ears but still the noise gets through. You can feel the house shake.

Imagine. You live 800 miles away from the volcano. In the distance you hear the cracking of a coming storm.

Imagine. You live 1600 miles away from the volcano. In the distance you hear the gentle echo of thunder.

Directly, the volcano killed 92,000 people. Tragic and already too-high yes, but this does not yet convey the real toll.

The year Mount Tambora erupted was 1815, nicknamed “the Year Without a Summer”. For a period, the seasons acted like they do in Westeros and Winter had come.

Tsunamis were raised by the eruption. They swept away entire coastlines.

The ashes that flew into the sky from the eruption reached all the way up to the stratosphere.

Unlike the eruption of Krakatoa, Tambora predated the telegraph. News didn’t really reach Europe or America of Tambora’s eruption. No one really knew what was coming.

Above the weather systems, sitting in the stratosphere still was dust from the smoke. Sunlight hardly got through at all and the result was global cooling. Crops started failing.

Since the entire world was made up of agricultural economies, they all collapsed. Conditions to grow food were the worst worldwide in over a thousand years.

In Europe, there were food riots. Famine-friendly diseases such as typhus reigned supreme. Gillen D'Arcy Wood suggested that during this time it was easy for Mary Shelley to conjure the image of Frankenstein’s monster wandering the highways of Europe. The sight of a misshapen, shambling figure haunting the highways would’ve been common.

In order to survive, the villages near Tambora escaped the ensuing madness by selling themselves into slavery. They had no other way of getting off the island.

The climate, for three years after the eruption was radically altered.

The Indian monsoons were greatly weakened by the new climate and this resulted in the reemergence of one of mankind’s ancient enemies: cholera. From India it spread through the globe. Tens of millions died of cholera in the nineteenth century.

Without Tambora, cholera wouldn’t have spread like it did. The impact doesn’t end there though.

Crops in Asia became difficult to grow. Farmers couldn’t subsist off of growing rice, so they started growing opium to sell. Today these parts of Asia are known as the Golden Triangle, and remain a primary source of opium production in the world.

The Lesson:

The eruption of Mount Tambora is a climate change story.

It’s easy for us to become prideful and let our guard down. We are, after all, the only animal to have developed intellect. We create robots. We travel space. We fly.

Our lives rely deeply on the continuing generosity of Earth giving us a Goldilocks-like place to live. Resources come easy (for now). These things could change in a second.

Climate change is a risky thing. Its effects are unpredictable. We learned this for the first time in 1815, the Year Without a Summer. Lets not forget.

Chicago is the most American of cities and because of that, it represents the best and the worst components of humanity at the same time. We are not New York, embedded more in the cultural lexicon of global greatness and cool. We are not Los Angeles, a surreal collection of paradises found, real, or manufactured. No, Chicago is a study of all things at once: unparalleled beauty and homegrown poverty; individualist pride and global ambitions; unchecked power and oppressive inaccessibility; massive amounts of diversity and hypersegregation.

Climate change may prevent volcanoes from cooling the planet

New UBC research shows that climate change may impede the cooling effect of volcanic eruptions.

When an eruption is powerful enough, volcanoes spew sulfur gasses high into the atmosphere, reaching a layer called the stratosphere, about 10 to 15 kilometres above the Earth’s surface. Here, gasses react with water to form aerosol particles that linger in the stratosphere for one or two years, reflecting sunlight and heat from the sun, and cooling the planet. On average, there are anywhere from three to five eruptions that reach the stratosphere every year.

Previous research has shown that as the planet warms, the lower layers of the atmosphere will expand, making it much harder for the gasses to reach the stratosphere. At lower levels, in the troposphere, the gasses quickly get turned into aerosols and clouds and precipitate back down to earth as rain or snow.

“Volcanic eruptions tend to counteract global warming but as the planet heats up and our atmosphere changes, we’ve found that fewer eruptions will be able to reflect the sun’s radiation,” said Thomas Aubry, a PhD student studying climate and volcanoes. “It will be harder for the volcanic gasses to reach high enough into atmosphere to help cool the planet.”

Aubry notes that while the planet continues to warm, scientists have observed a slight decline in the rate of global warming over the last 10 to 15 years. Previous studies have shown that this is partially caused by the number of large eruptions over the last decade that have sent sulfur gasses high up into the stratosphere.

For this study, Aubry, who is a PhD student in professor Mark Jellinek’s lab in the department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, used models of volcanic eruptions and global climate to calculate the impact on gasses released from volcanic eruptions.

According to climate model projections and global warming, Aubry and his co-authors found the amount of volcanic sulfur gasses in the stratosphere will decrease anywhere from two to twelve per cent in the next 100 years. Longer term, they predict anywhere from 12 to 25 per cent less sulfur gas in the stratosphere by the 22nd and 23rd centuries. They say the range is large because it is difficult to predict future eruptions and future greenhouse gas emissions.

To determine the precise impact on the Earth’s surface temperature in the future will require further study. It also raises interesting questions about Earth’s history.

“Understanding this positive feedback loop has provocative implications for understanding climate variability in Earth’s past,” said Jellinek. “In particular, this mechanism may have contributed to Earth’s entry into a long period of global glaciation around 700 million years ago, a theory known as the Snowball Earth hypothesis.”

This study was published today in the journal Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere: http://onlinelibrary.​wiley.​com/​doi/​10.​1002/​2016JD025405/​full. This research was funded UBC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Comic by the Plainspoken Scientist blog: http://blogs.​agu.​org/​sciencecommunication/​2016/​11/​16/​drawn-geoscience-cartoons-volcanoes/​

Blog by GeoSpace: http://blogs.​agu.​org/​geospace/​2016/​11/​16/​global-warming-reduce-volcanic-cooling-effects-climate/​

What Was The Maunder Minimum?

During a 75-year period beginning in 1645, astronomers detected almost no sunspot activity on the sun. Called the “Maunder Minimum,” this event coincided with the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, a 350-year cold spell that gripped much of Europe and North America. However, new estimates determine that the change in brightness was perhaps not enough to create this global cooling.

Things the signs have said to us
  • Aries: "don't stand so close to me, our boobs will interlock"
  • Taurus: "what does 'lulz' mean ? Laugh ulcers loud zebras?"
  • Gemini: *comeback to being called an animal*"yeah ? Well you're such a human being that you should be kept in a house!"
  • Cancer: "all cows are white and all buffaloes are black"
  • Leo: "Was Helen Keller real ?"
  • Virgo: "Deadpool is my spirit animal"
  • Libra: "I had to send a message to my boss saying 'done' and autocorrect changed it to 'do me'"
  • Scorpio: *kid riding a toy zebra passes by* "zebra crossing"
  • Sagittarius: " I once forgot I had a bath and had another bath five minutes later"
  • Capricorn: "I was smoking once in a conference and I accidentally dropped the ashes in what I thought was an empty cup but turned out to be my bosses coffee"
  • Aquarius: *after being asked out *"nope im not freaking out. I'm so cool that global warming just got solved"
  • Pisces: *while talking to someone new* "your teeth look very pretty !"
  • -Poiroiti
  • EXO: *Puts El Dorado On Comeback Album*
  • the world goes into a stage of peace. the cure for cancer is found. everyone is buddies again. universe is balanced. global warming cools down. people stop aging. wars end. people become closer to one another. everyone is magically nice people. violence ends. families become closer. there is no government or taxes. there is actually no money. everything is free. donuts grow on trees. the world is in harmony with itself. the only thing that will give us ultimate world peace is a kjd solo