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kenobi-wan-obi:

if your bae on their period and you’re not at your utmost best/caring/nurturing towards em and instead act like you dealing with the biggest inconvenience the world got to offer, you prob dont deserve em.

fuckyeahenvironmentaljustice:

The world needs a Plan B on climate change because politicians are failing to reduce carbon emissions, according to a UN report.

It warns governments if they overshoot their short-term carbon targets they will have to cut CO2 even faster in the second half of the century to keep climate change manageable.

If they fail again, they will have to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.

This could be achieved by burning wood and capturing the CO2 emissions.

The gas could then be stored in rocks underground.

But a leaked draft of the UN report also says that the technology for carbon dioxide removal is untested at such a scale.

The authors warn that carbon removal systems may encounter resistance from the public - and if the policy goes wrong, it could damage forests and ecosystems.

Government responses

Some comments on the draft text of the forthcoming UN report

  • Russia:"There are no CDR (Carbon Dioxide Removal) technologies by now. In the best case, they are pilot projects and small-scale experiments. [The idea] looks unrealistic.
  • UK:"[The] technologies [are] not proven and may not be available. There is a significant risk that the [summary document] misleads policy-makers into thinking that mitigation action (cutting emissions) could be delayed with little increased climate risk.
  • Germany:"Please indicate that CDR technologies are not currently available and would be associated with high risks and adverse side-effects."

The final draft report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopts a new tone of realism in the face of repeated failures by governments to meet their rhetoric on climate change with action.

It warns that governments are set to crash through the global CO2 safety threshold by 2030. Humans have tripled CO2 emissions since 1970, it says - and emissions have been accelerating rather than slowing.

The experts advise governments that it will be cheaper overall to cut the greenhouse gas before 2030 if they want to hold emissions at 430-480ppm CO2 - a level that’s calculated to bring a 66% chance of staying within a desired 2C threshold of warming by the end of the century.

These are not recommendations - the IPCC isn’t allowed to make them - but they are an acknowledgement that many countries appear to lack the will or the ability to cut emissions.

A Greenpeace spokesman said: “This new report captures the choices we face. It’s not too late; we can still avoid the worst impacts of global warming but only if the clean energy technologies that can slash carbon pollution are given the green light.

"The more we wait, the more it will cost. The sooner we act, the cheaper it will be."

But Bob Ward, from the LSE’s Grantham Institute, said it was crucial to reach safe levels by 2100.

"We are in a much worse situation politically than we were seven years ago," he said.

"The current lack of action means that we may have to consider overshoot scenarios, which would be better than abandoning our temperature target threshold of 2 degrees. Some people think there’s a degree of political dishonesty in allowing governments to claim they will keep to their targets in the short term."

The report says emissions are running at the high end of projections. Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to break the 450ppm threshold by 2030. It adds that current pledges by governments made at climate summits in Copenhagen and Cancun currently exceed this cautionary limit.

The share of clean energy sources needs to triple or even quadruple by 2050, relative to 2010, the final draft explains. Delaying emissions reductions beyond 2030 will increase the challenge of bringing down CO2 to a safe level by the end of the century.

The report will be discussed by government representatives and experts through the week.

You don’t say. Every minute climate change has been ignored is a slap in the face. Every time this is addressed, but never rectified, is killing us.

probablyasocialecologist:

Political activist and university lecturer Tadesse Kersmo believed that he was free from intrusive surveillance when he was granted political asylum in the UK. Instead, he was likely subject to more surveillance than ever. His case underlines the borderless nature of advanced surveillance technologies and why it represents such a massive problem.

In the past, those fleeing conflict or persecution could reasonably expect a degree of respite if they managed to escape their circumstances. However, the nature of modern surveillance and its ability to facilitate oppression has changed this. When it comes to surveillance, familiar concepts of borders and nation states are becoming increasingly irrelevant. For refugees, this has grave implications.

Forcibly displaced persons are among the most vulnerable in the world, and the potential for their continued harassment undermines their wellbeing and the basic principle of the right to seek asylum. On top of that, it also kills the potential for meaningful political organisation, empowers established powers, and also carries huge implications for asylum law in the UK and elsewhere.

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pulitzerfieldnotes:

"I lost my husband on a Monday afternoon of April 1994, killed by a group of people that were our neighbors. I started running with my two children towards the West of the country. At each checkpoint, I was raped by soldiers. Now, I live with HIV and must raise my kids alone.” — Martha

Image by Tomaso Clavarino. Rwanda, 2014.

Forthcoming Pulitzer Center-sponsored project “We Are the Past.”

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Cultural appropriation is the adoption or theft of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, and behavior from one culture or subculture by another. It generally is applied when the subject culture is a minority culture or somehow subordinate in social, political, economic, or military status to the appropriating culture. This “appropriation” often occurs without any real understanding of why the original culture took part in these activities or the meanings behind these activities, often converting culturally significant artifacts, practices, and beliefs into “meaningless” pop-culture or giving them a significance that is completely different/less nuanced than they would originally have had.

kenobi-wan-obi:

Cider May Be Healthier Than Clear Apple Juice

Clear apple juice may be prettier, but cloudy apple juice is probably better for your health. A new study shows that cloudy juice can contain more than five times as much of a health-linked antioxidant as clear juice has.

The color of most apples, other fruits, and vegetables comes from a family of antioxidants called polyphenols. Studies have associated these chemicals with health benefits ranging from a reduced risk of cancer to improved brain functions.

Generally, the stronger the color of the fruit is, the higher the concentration of polyphenols will be. The skin and seeds of an apple are particularly high in these compounds, and the process of making clear apple juice removes this solid matter.

"It is better if you eat whole apples than juices. But for juices, it’s better if you drink this cloudy juice," says the new study’s lead author Jan Oszmianski, who studies fruit and vegetable processing at the Agricultural University of Wroclaw in Poland.

While scientists had widely assumed that cloudy juice (cider) ought to be more healthful, Oszmianski’s study provides a more accurate picture of the difference in antioxidant activity between these two juice types. That’s because the most common way to measure this activity requires a transparent sample. In other words, it only works well with clear juice.

Oszmianski and his colleagues employed a technique called electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), which can measure the activity of antioxidants in both cloudy and clear juice. The method even accounts for polyphenols bound to solid bits of pulp, which include an especially potent class of polyphenols called procyanidins.

"This is the first time that I’ve seen [anyone] use [EPR] to measure antioxidant activity in plant extracts," says Joshua Lambert, assistant professor of chemical biology at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., who was not involved in the study.

Oszmianski’s team found that procyanidins were between 2.6 and 5.3 times as abundant in cloudy juice as in clear, depending on the variety of apple used. However, amounts of other antioxidants were more nearly equal between the two kinds of juice. Overall, the cloudy juice was 1.5 to 1.8 times as effective an antioxidant as the clear juice. Oszmianski and his colleagues report their results in an upcoming Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

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kenobi-wan-obi:

Now before anything I’m gonna apologize to my black followers for not using a black woman scientist to portray what I what I wanted to and using a white male scientist to do so but there’s a metaphor he uses that all ties into this post.

A lot of scientists, enthusiasts, communities and many parts of the world celebrate the late Nikola Tesla and for very good reasons. An inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, probably chill as fuck ,futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, but most unknown however was his stance on women.

Unsurprising that in a white male dominated area like most STEM fields there wouldn’t be much talk of this side of the famed inventor. But let’s take a look at some of his thoughts and go from there, the following are excerpts taken from "When Woman is Boss" Colliers, January 30, 1926

"BUT the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.

"The acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women, their gradual usurpation of leadership, will dull and finally dissipate feminine sensibilities, will choke the maternal instinct, so that marriage and motherhood may become abhorrent and human civilization draw closer and closer to the perfect civilization of the bee."

"The significance of this lies in the principle dominating the economy of the bee—the most highly organized and intelligently coordinated system of any form of nonrational animal life—the all-governing supremacy of the instinct for immortality which makes divinity out of motherhood."

"The center of all bee life is the queen. She dominates the hive, not through hereditary right, for any egg may be hatched into a reigning queen, but because she is the womb of this insect race."

I really love the bee hive metaphor he uses here and it gives me chills how relevant this still is but let’s magnify in specific "for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose"

Let’s think about this for a second and apply a little bit of intersectionalism to this point. Women in general, even white women, have had their wits, smarts, and general mental ability reposed due to patriarchy. In other words because of the pervasiveness in patriarchy we have science communities and educational environments that stifle and repress the progress of women in their fields. This has been going for centuries now. That’s centuries of physical and psychological cycles of anti women repose.

Now, let’s dig a little bit deeper. When we look today at who’s really getting the cold shoulder when it comes to being accurately and fairly represented and supported in science we come to the statistically backed conclusion that black women in specific are receiving the most and worst effects of such a lengthy period of repose. To them it’s not just sexism, like is the problem for white women scientists, but sexism and racism. All things that play into every human’s development in mental and physical ways even those who aren’t oppressed. Nobody wins.

Since black women deal with both of these I feel like this is a clear indication that they are 10 times more likely to be reposed and have their growth slowed or scientifically curious tendencies stomped out before they flourish into something that can upset the hetero capitalist white patriarchy that holds a monopoly on science and who gets to be a famous scientist.

Now imagine an ever growing effort to bring black women into the STEM fields like never done before in history? Imagine a growing number of black girls suddenly feeling comfortable enough with themselves and their abilities that they bravely step into these communities with the fresh mind set and experiences to bring into their respective fields? I can only see good things from then on.

I understand that due to the mixture of both racism and sexism combined, their hyper awareness, need to want to care for their own and their communities out of past and present day oppression, need to tackle the problems that need tackling due to their experiences in their environment and witnessing first hand what really needs to be done in these communities, black women will be known as the greatest scientists in human history.

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ecowatchorg:

24 Percent of Europe’s Bumblebees Threatened With Extinction
Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. The study examines all of the 68 bumblebee species …
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/02/europes-bumblebees-threatened-with-extinction/

ecowatchorg:

24 Percent of Europe’s Bumblebees Threatened With Extinction

Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. The study examines all of the 68 bumblebee species …

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/02/europes-bumblebees-threatened-with-extinction/

ecowatchorg:

Earthworms Detoxify Pesticides From Soil at Significant Cost
Researchers note that previous studies have found that 70 percent of fungicides do not reach the target crop, eventually leading to residual compounds in the soil …
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/01/earthworms-detoxify-pesticides-from-soil/

ecowatchorg:

Earthworms Detoxify Pesticides From Soil at Significant Cost

Researchers note that previous studies have found that 70 percent of fungicides do not reach the target crop, eventually leading to residual compounds in the soil …

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/01/earthworms-detoxify-pesticides-from-soil/