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Shaunie is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey Novocaine

This sounds really difficuly and scary. Sorry youre going through such a hard time im glad youre getting some sort of help. Experimental therapies sounds good. I hope youre taking good care of yourself aswell and doing things you enjoy and doing small things that could make you feel better like nice relaxing bath.

Mindfullness and grounding technics can be really helpful. In times where i felt disassociated i would be vaguely suggested to stay midful and present in the here and now. Which can help your concentration aswell. Like even picking up something around you & noticing how that feels & what is around you helps to be less in a dream state of mind. Loking at everything in details & concetrating on your breathing. I know its quite hard to rememeber to do in times of high anxiety but it doesnt need to just be when you get to that point. Can be any time of the day just to help you feel better and get in rountine of doing it & remembering

Its also okay to not know what you want to do after school. Even people who seem to know what they want - end up not wanting it and alll can take some time to know and feel better and that is okay too, youre on your own lil journey. But there is always hope

Take care"
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Global Warming? Maybe not as we are expecting...

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  • Global Warming? Maybe not as we are expecting...

    In 30 year's time they say, Britain's summers could be like the south of France. By the end of the century, we could be as hot as Greece. This, they say, was what global warming could bring. But a growing number of scientists believe we could have our future climate completely wrong. This Horizon video (2003) reveals that a growing number of experts fear that Britain could be heading for a climate like Alaska. What I found most worrying is this video was published on You Tube in 2013, 10 years later, meaning we are already halfway though the decade the scientists have warned could bring. If they are right, our way of life that we are enjoying at present could dramatically and unexpectedly change within the next 10 years.

    The reason I have brought this topic for discussion is from meeting an old man in my village indoor market today. He endured the terrible winter of 1962 / 63 - and said it could happen next winter, or very soon. The more I thought about this, the more I realised that we'd be pitifully unprepared for such a brutal winter. As for our technology, we could kiss its effectiveness goodbye.


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    Whilst I don't doubt but we've accelerated the change, I wouldn't worry - it's a natural cycle, caused by cow farts and volcanic eruption, amount other things. The next ice age would happen anyway - we've just bought it forward. To.e to adapt or die. Darwinism at its finest - but we'll be dead by then. Teach your children survival skills, and how to hunt/forage for food. That'd be my recommendation.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Teh_Gerbil View Post
      Whilst I don't doubt but we've accelerated the change, I wouldn't worry - it's a natural cycle, caused by cow farts and volcanic eruption, amount other things. The next ice age would happen anyway - we've just bought it forward. To.e to adapt or die. Darwinism at its finest - but we'll be dead by then. Teach your children survival skills, and how to hunt/forage for food. That'd be my recommendation.
      You're absolutely right, and I my family and I have commenced learning survival skills thanks to a family friend who used to be a security officer and had trained with the US Marines. Foraging for food is no fun, but skills have to be learnt (she says while eating Bovril toast).
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      • #4
        I definitely agree that climate change is having an effect. Does anyone else feel like winter is just getting longer and longer?

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        • #5
          Hi Belle!x

          It's a common misconception that "global warming" means that everywhere will simply get hotter! The planet will get warmer on average, yes, but at different rates - for instance, the Arctic is set to be 8 degrees hotter by 2050, compared to a 2 degree rise in equatorial regions. But, the better explanation is that weather is becoming more extreme. Hot summers become hotter, there are more storms, wildfires and droughts, longer monsoons and more intense floodingx

          Much love <3

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            Originally posted by Azziman View Post
            Hi Belle!x

            It's a common misconception that "global warming" means that everywhere will simply get hotter! The planet will get warmer on average, yes, but at different rates - for instance, the Arctic is set to be 8 degrees hotter by 2050, compared to a 2 degree rise in equatorial regions. But, the better explanation is that weather is becoming more extreme. Hot summers become hotter, there are more storms, wildfires and droughts, longer monsoons and more intense floodingx

            Much love <3
            If you had watched the entire video, you would have a completely different opinion. The video was originally made in 2003, but published on You Tube in 2013. We are now 5 years on from that, so if the scientists on the 2003 video are right, then we could be in for a massively extended winter in the next 5 years. Summers won't become hotter. Not according to that scientist, but we will see.

            TheAprilFool I agree - our winters have seemingly become longer of late. We have a Davis weather station which has a long history of weather data going back two decades. The weather data was collected by my aunt, and doesn't look encouraging.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mirabelle View Post

              If you had watched the entire video, you would have a completely different opinion. The video was originally made in 2003, but published on You Tube in 2013. We are now 5 years on from that, so if the scientists on the 2003 video are right, then we could be in for a massively extended winter in the next 5 years. Summers won't become hotter. Not according to that scientist, but we will see.

              TheAprilFool I agree - our winters have seemingly become longer of late. We have a Davis weather station which has a long history of weather data going back two decades. The weather data was collected by my aunt, and doesn't look encouraging.
              I'm glad it's not just me who thinks that. I was used to it raining throughout all of the seasons, and sometimes it was hard to tell when summer had started. However, this year it has snowed on and off even though it's supposed to be spring.

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                Originally posted by TheAprilFool View Post
                I'm glad it's not just me who thinks that. I was used to it raining throughout all of the seasons, and sometimes it was hard to tell when summer had started. However, this year it has snowed on and off even though it's supposed to be spring.
                Good of you to say so because I thought I was in the minority here. Indeed, our winters are seemingly getting longer. I live in the south of England, thankfully not up north where people have suffered so badly.

                As @Teh_Gerbil recommended, we should teach our children how to forage, but IMO we should be the first ones to learn. What if...winter next year unexpectedly extends into summer? We'd all go out of our heads.

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                  Originally posted by Mirabelle View Post

                  Good of you to say so because I thought I was in the minority here. Indeed, our winters are seemingly getting longer. I live in the south of England, thankfully not up north where people have suffered so badly.

                  As @Teh_Gerbil recommended, we should teach our children how to forage, but IMO we should be the first ones to learn. What if...winter next year unexpectedly extends into summer? We'd all go out of our heads.
                  I live in the midlands and I wouldn't be surprised if winter started to extend into summer.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheAprilFool View Post
                    I live in the midlands and I wouldn't be surprised if winter started to extend into summer.
                    I agree with you and this morning just read this science article from BBC News: Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system

                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43713719

                    Interesting.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mirabelle View Post

                      I agree with you and this morning just read this science article from BBC News: Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system

                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43713719

                      Interesting.
                      It does sounds like climate change has started to increase in recent years. I know that it changes naturally over time, but it still seems like people are having an effect on it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TheAprilFool View Post
                        It does sounds like climate change has started to increase in recent years. I know that it changes naturally over time, but it still seems like people are having an effect on it.

                        Keep an eye on our weather, even make a diary if you want. It's strange and yet in Majorca the weather here is as normal as it always has been for the time of the year. Maybe the Mediterranean is too far south?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mirabelle View Post


                          Keep an eye on our weather, even make a diary if you want. It's strange and yet in Majorca the weather here is as normal as it always has been for the time of the year. Maybe the Mediterranean is too far south?
                          Maybe. I'm not really too sure.

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                            Originally posted by TheAprilFool View Post
                            It does sounds like climate change has started to increase in recent years. I know that it changes naturally over time, but it still seems like people are having an effect on it.
                            The point is often made by climate scientists that this isn't a controversial idea in their field. Something like 97% of climate scientists agree that man-made climate change exists, despite the far more polarised news coverage. In that respect, the media's stance on man-made climate change isn't very representative of what's actually true and considered fact by qualified experts.

                            This is a pretty cool clip of Brian Cox debating the point with an Aussie politician on a Q&A show:



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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mike View Post
                              The point is often made by climate scientists that this isn't a controversial idea in their field. Something like 97% of climate scientists agree that man-made climate change exists, despite the far more polarised news coverage. In that respect, the media's stance on man-made climate change isn't very representative of what's actually true and considered fact by qualified experts.

                              This is a pretty cool clip of Brian Cox debating the point with an Aussie politician on a Q&A show:



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                              It has always seemed to me that most experts believe in climate change, and yet a lot of people like politicians still argue against it. I'm not really sure why they would do this, other than that they don't want to put money or effort into making changes to reduce climate change.

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