Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Container City: Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
News of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation rocked the Twitterverse this morning. Saying, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise,” Pope Benedict will be the first pontiff to resign in six centuries.
Here’s a round up of the shock, the speculation and the obligatory jokes.
My #Vatican sources have been saying for years pope might resign. Lombardi says he wasn't "totally surprised"— Rachel Donadio — NYT (@RachelDonadio) February 11, 2013
Reporter Josephine McKenna @MorningEdition: Church officials "shocked" by Benedict's resignation; no "precedent for this in the modern era."— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) February 11, 2013
What's a Twitter account for if you can't drop bombshell news on it? @Pontifex is silent on Pope's resignation.— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict was profoundly conservative, but this is a bold, non-traditional departure. I hope it leads to more change.— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 11, 2013
Call me crazy, but I think the next Pope should be someone who didn't help cover up child rape.Tho,that may disqualify every single cardinal— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 11, 2013
What Catholics are saying at Mass about the Pope's decision to retire http://t.co/PGwgQiGw— Philly Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) February 11, 2013
Then came the reactions that Jamil Smith summed up nicely:
Rumors of a black pope, requisite Obama comparisons, inappropriate papal name jokes, and conservative panic -- coming soon to your Internet!— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 11, 2013
Would be brilliant if next Pope was from were the majority of Catholics live: Africa! The betting begins: http://t.co/kZc8HigV— Lara Whyte (@LaraWhyte) February 11, 2013
Obama for Pope? I mean, it's only slightly more outlandish than winning the Nobel Peace Prize after a few weeks in office.— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 11, 2013
The Pope retiring at 85. Only two more years and he'd have gotten Medicare under the Ryan Budget.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 11, 2013
RATZ ALL, FOLKS— max read (@max_read) February 11, 2013
Man Covering His Mouth: A shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell, Inner Mongolia, China
Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
“Black Friday” Shoppers: Aggressive bargain hunters push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall as they are opened at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2007, Boise, Idaho, USA
Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.