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Wildfires are erasing Western forests. #Climate #change is making it permanent.


source: https://grist.org/climate/climate-change-forest-loss/
The driving force here is that the rising global temperature is wiping out seedlings. In many spots around the U.S. West, summer temperatures are already high enough to cook young trees before they can develop thick protective bark. Others have become so dry that seedlings shrivel before their roots can grow deep enough to reach #groundwater. Both circumstances can thwart forest regeneration. Mature trees can survive in these areas long after they stop reproducing. But when fires wipe out these forests and seedings can’t get a foothold, they are replaced with grasses and dense #brush.
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#nature #crisis #warming #temprature #usa #fire #tree #forest #plants #future #news
 

Wildfires are erasing Western forests. #Climate #change is making it permanent.


source: https://grist.org/climate/climate-change-forest-loss/
The driving force here is that the rising global temperature is wiping out seedlings. In many spots around the U.S. West, summer temperatures are already high enough to cook young trees before they can develop thick protective bark. Others have become so dry that seedlings shrivel before their roots can grow deep enough to reach #groundwater. Both circumstances can thwart forest regeneration. Mature trees can survive in these areas long after they stop reproducing. But when fires wipe out these forests and seedings can’t get a foothold, they are replaced with grasses and dense #brush.
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#nature #crisis #warming #temprature #usa #fire #tree #forest #plants #future #news
 
#religion #antiwar #Earth #future
Any group if they feel attacked, will likely want to retaliate -- but then aren't most groups in some way attacked by those who disagree with their premises or actions? Look at all the wars and lesser battles that go on seemingly forever. Even within families, there are those circular battles.
So, at this time when we are all in mortal jeopardy (and isn't the old meme that we will stop our infighting and come together against a common enemy -- but what if we meet that enemy and learn it is us, we who are cynically or ignorantly or angrily destroying the planet we NEED for bare survival?)
let's just jump on the hate wagon
enjoy the wildly horrible ride
to the end of Earth
Could we, maybe, even bit by bit, find a god who truly loves us all and live in that tradition?
 
#religion #antiwar #Earth #future
Any group if they feel attacked, will likely want to retaliate -- but then aren't most groups in some way attacked by those who disagree with their premises or actions? Look at all the wars and lesser battles that go on seemingly forever. Even within families, there are those circular battles.
So, at this time when we are all in mortal jeopardy (and isn't the old meme that we will stop our infighting and come together against a common enemy -- but what if we meet that enemy and learn it is us, we who are cynically or ignorantly or angrily destroying the planet we NEED for bare survival?)
let's just jump on the hate wagon
enjoy the wildly horrible ride
to the end of Earth
Could we, maybe, even bit by bit, find a god who truly loves us all and live in that tradition?
 

Mysteries of massive #holes forming in Siberian #permafrost unlocked by scientists


source: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/17/world/siberia-craters-arctic-climate-change-scn/index.html
The craters are thought to be linked to #climate change.
#Siberia #warming #environment #future #warming #mystery #news
 

Mysteries of massive #holes forming in Siberian #permafrost unlocked by scientists


source: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/17/world/siberia-craters-arctic-climate-change-scn/index.html
The craters are thought to be linked to #climate change.
#Siberia #warming #environment #future #warming #mystery #news
 
Maybe those Russian redneck farmers aren't as backward as we thought...



#Androids #future #russian #humor #humour
 
Maybe those Russian redneck farmers aren't as backward as we thought...



#Androids #future #russian #humor #humour
 
The past, which as always did not know the future, acted in ways that ask to be imagined before they are condemned. Or even simplified.
Paul Fussell (1924-2012) American cultural and literary historian, author, academic
“Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” The New Republic (26 Aug 1981)

\#quotation #quote #foresight #future #history #judgment #past #perspective #retrospect
More notes and sourcing on WIST:
“Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” The New Republic (26 Aug 1981)
 
The past, which as always did not know the future, acted in ways that ask to be imagined before they are condemned. Or even simplified.
Paul Fussell (1924-2012) American cultural and literary historian, author, academic
“Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” The New Republic (26 Aug 1981)

\#quotation #quote #foresight #future #history #judgment #past #perspective #retrospect
More notes and sourcing on WIST:
“Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” The New Republic (26 Aug 1981)
 
Here’s a post-pandemic piece I’ve been working on.

What next

They give the all clear
What next?

WE MEET
We can touch again
But let’s savour it
Remember it
Go slow like we haven’t touched
or been touched before.
I gently reach out one finger to touch...
your ankle
the back of your hand
your forehead

WE TALK
Close up, without masks
I can see your mouth move
The changing creases on your face
I hear you, there’s no mute button
I could try to silence you
by putting my finger
on your lips
Maybe even in your mouth
What next?

WE COME OUT
All of us
Those who were alone
in houses so quiet, and
Those who were crowded
in houses so noisy
Those who stayed in and
Those who went out

WE GATHER
Not with cardboard cups in the park
keeping our distance,
But close, with mugs of tea and coffee
Clinking glasses of wine and beer

WE TOAST
Doctors and nurses
Teachers and carers
Couriers and farmers
And so many more
We toast each other!

What next?

WE REMEMBER
Many that died
Those that are ill
Those who are alone still

WE PRETEND
We never broke the rules
But admit that we bent them
And the rules were so confusing
and ever-changing anyhow

What next?

WE PROMISE
To do better next time
To question politicians more
and scientists less
To think again about when to clap
and for whom
To go forward more justly, equally, greenly
To take care of each other better
To listen to one another more
To change.

WE PROMISE
To do better
But will we?

What next?

#poetry #pandemic #future #COVID19 #coronavirus
 
Here’s a post-pandemic piece I’ve been working on.

What next

They give the all clear
What next?

WE MEET
We can touch again
But let’s savour it
Remember it
Go slow like we haven’t touched
or been touched before.
I gently reach out one finger to touch...
your ankle
the back of your hand
your forehead

WE TALK
Close up, without masks
I can see your mouth move
The changing creases on your face
I hear you, there’s no mute button
I could try to silence you
by putting my finger
on your lips
Maybe even in your mouth
What next?

WE COME OUT
All of us
Those who were alone
in houses so quiet, and
Those who were crowded
in houses so noisy
Those who stayed in and
Those who went out

WE GATHER
Not with cardboard cups in the park
keeping our distance,
But close, with mugs of tea and coffee
Clinking glasses of wine and beer

WE TOAST
Doctors and nurses
Teachers and carers
Couriers and farmers
And so many more
We toast each other!

What next?

WE REMEMBER
Many that died
Those that are ill
Those who are alone still

WE PRETEND
We never broke the rules
But admit that we bent them
And the rules were so confusing
and ever-changing anyhow

What next?

WE PROMISE
To do better next time
To question politicians more
and scientists less
To think again about when to clap
and for whom
To go forward more justly, equally, greenly
To take care of each other better
To listen to one another more
To change.

WE PROMISE
To do better
But will we?

What next?

#poetry #pandemic #future #COVID19 #coronavirus
 

#Freshwater #fish are in "catastrophic" decline with one-third facing #extinction, report finds


source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/freshwater-fish-catastrophic-extinction-endangered-species-climate-change/

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Thousands of dead freshwater fish are seen around Lake Koroneia, Greece, on September 19, 2019.

#nature #environment #water #earth #future #climate #fail #problem #news
 

#Freshwater #fish are in "catastrophic" decline with one-third facing #extinction, report finds


source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/freshwater-fish-catastrophic-extinction-endangered-species-climate-change/

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Thousands of dead freshwater fish are seen around Lake Koroneia, Greece, on September 19, 2019.

#nature #environment #water #earth #future #climate #fail #problem #news
 
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Water and fertile soil are both essential for life on this planet and yet both have degenerated into the garbage dump of mankind.


#environment #capitalism #economy #climate #earth #nature #future #art #artwork
 
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Water and fertile soil are both essential for life on this planet and yet both have degenerated into the garbage dump of mankind.


#environment #capitalism #economy #climate #earth #nature #future #art #artwork
 

#antifa means defending the possibility of a better #future for me, us and all!

 

#antifa means defending the possibility of a better #future for me, us and all!

 
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Yanis Varoufakis ~ From an economy without capitalism to markets without capitalism


Rethinking #economics ~ Intro to #pluralism



'A fork in the road is approaching: It will take us either into #deeper #stagnation and #environmental #degradation or to a #society with #markets but no #capitalism.'
#yanisvaroufakis #varoufakis #lecture #q-a #social #science #philosophy #digitization #climatechange #inequality #money #time #space #future #diem25
 
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The Incredible #Hulk #Future mperfect #1 (1992) #GeorgePerez Embossed Cover, George Perez Pencils, #PeterDavid Story, 1st appearance of #Maestro (Bruce Banner) Future Imperfect, pt. 1 Minister (First appearance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RC869Y8

 

Yes, it’s all the #fault of Big #Oil, #Facebook and ‘the #system’. But let’s talk about you this time


source: https://thecorrespondent.com/796/yes-its-all-the-fault-of-big-oil-facebook-and-the-system-but-lets-talk-about-you-this-time/105316520056-9134847d
When people reject the concept of shaming air #travel, #meat, cappuccinos, cruise ships, barbecues, cheese and/or #Uber, they mainly mean that it gives them an unpleasant #feeling. And yes, shame feels bad. But what if that’s exactly how it’s supposed to feel? Who says changing the #world should always be fun? Shame works because it’s unpleasant. Discomfort is the fuel of progress.
...
“One of the most difficult things is not to #change #society,” Nelson #Mandela said in his final year as president of South Africa, “but to change yourself.”


#climate #nature #humanity #future #crisis #environment #politics #economy #capitalism #shame #earth
 

Yes, it’s all the #fault of Big #Oil, #Facebook and ‘the #system’. But let’s talk about you this time


source: https://thecorrespondent.com/796/yes-its-all-the-fault-of-big-oil-facebook-and-the-system-but-lets-talk-about-you-this-time/105316520056-9134847d
When people reject the concept of shaming air #travel, #meat, cappuccinos, cruise ships, barbecues, cheese and/or #Uber, they mainly mean that it gives them an unpleasant #feeling. And yes, shame feels bad. But what if that’s exactly how it’s supposed to feel? Who says changing the #world should always be fun? Shame works because it’s unpleasant. Discomfort is the fuel of progress.
...
“One of the most difficult things is not to #change #society,” Nelson #Mandela said in his final year as president of South Africa, “but to change yourself.”


#climate #nature #humanity #future #crisis #environment #politics #economy #capitalism #shame #earth
 

Patron


“The award for newcomer goes to...” the emcee paused for effect. “Dilelle! Dilelle with their unique burnt wood sculptures.”

There was enthusiastic applause.

“As you know, last year’s winner Jemm chose this year’s newcomer. Artists helping each other out and all that.”

“Good tradition,” I said to Jemm, who was smiling as Dilelle collected their prize. I was new in town, and grateful to be invited to the event.

“And now, the final award, Arts Patron of the year. As you know, the winner is chosen by next year’s winner,” the emcee opened an envelope.

“Wait, what?”

“It makes sense,” Jemm whispered, “Next year we’ll know who assisted other artists most this year.”

I blinked. “But you can’t know who next year’s winner is.”

“Exactly.”

“So who wrote—”

“Lord Mayor! You are the winner. It seems you are headed for a philanthropic year,” the emcee's voice boomed.

More applause. I scratched my head.

“Jemm, who won Arts Patron last year?”

“I believe the mayor did.”

“Hmmm... does the mayor win every year?”

“Now that you mention it...”

#microfiction #stories #writing #future
 

Patron


“The award for newcomer goes to...” the emcee paused for effect. “Dilelle! Dilelle with their unique burnt wood sculptures.”

There was enthusiastic applause.

“As you know, last year’s winner Jemm chose this year’s newcomer. Artists helping each other out and all that.”

“Good tradition,” I said to Jemm, who was smiling as Dilelle collected their prize. I was new in town, and grateful to be invited to the event.

“And now, the final award, Arts Patron of the year. As you know, the winner is chosen by next year’s winner,” the emcee opened an envelope.

“Wait, what?”

“It makes sense,” Jemm whispered, “Next year we’ll know who assisted other artists most this year.”

I blinked. “But you can’t know who next year’s winner is.”

“Exactly.”

“So who wrote—”

“Lord Mayor! You are the winner. It seems you are headed for a philanthropic year,” the emcee's voice boomed.

More applause. I scratched my head.

“Jemm, who won Arts Patron last year?”

“I believe the mayor did.”

“Hmmm... does the mayor win every year?”

“Now that you mention it...”

#microfiction #stories #writing #future
 
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