Pestilence Update

Carbon dioxide levels hit landmark at 415 ppm, highest in human history

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Carbon dioxide levels hit landmark at 415 ppm, highest in human history

Ryan W. Miller and Doyle Rice. USA TODAY•May 13, 2019

Carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere hit a stunning milestone over the weekend.

Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii showed that carbon dioxide levels surpassed 415 parts per million Friday.

“We don’t know a planet like this,” Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and writer at Grist, an online environmental magazine, posted on Twitter.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have skyrocketed far higher than any levels in more than 800,000 years, according to data from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego, and levels have not been this high for millions of years, Holthaus said.

“This is the first time in human history our planet’s atmosphere has had more than 415 ppm CO2,” Holthaus tweeted. “Not just in recorded history, not just since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Since before modern humans existed millions of years ago.”

Carbon dioxide levels millions of years ago were higher than 2019 levels, but Earth’s temperatures were also far higher. In the 800,000 years before the Industrial Revolution, CO2 levels didn’t surpass 300 parts per million.

Homo sapiens didn’t emerge until about 300,000 years ago, and some of their predecessors were around about 2 million years ago.

CO2 is the greenhouse gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming. When fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are burned to power our world, they release CO2 and other greenhouse gases such as methane. These gases trap solar radiation in the atmosphere.

There is widespread scientific consensus that humans caused the recent warming in Earth’s atmosphere.

The temperature rise cannot be explained by natural factors, scientists said. In the past 20 years, the world’s temperature has risen about two-thirds of a degree Fahrenheit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Using computer simulations along with paleoclimatic data, a study this year from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reported that carbon dioxide has reached levels in our atmosphere not seen in 3 million years.  

Ralph Keeling, the director of the Scripps program that tracks CO2 concentrations, said in a statement, “The average growth rate is remaining on the high end. The increase from last year will probably be around three parts per million whereas the recent average has been 2.5 ppm.”

Since 1958, Keeling and his father, Charles David Keeling, have measured carbon dioxide levels at the Mauna Loa Observatory, and their work is responsible for creating the Keeling Curve, a graph that shows CO2 accumulations.

In May last year, CO2 concentrations reached 410 ppm.

Looking ahead, a study from the University of Michigan found that CO2 emissions could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years by the middle of next century.

Though it won’t happen in our lifetimes, it could very well happen in the lives of our grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

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