Pestilence Update

Remote island beach plastics point to greater waste problem

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.

Remote island beach plastics point to greater waste problem

Patrick GALEY. AFP•May 16, 2019

Paris (AFP) – The world may be seriously underestimating the amount of plastic waste along its coastlines, researchers said Thursday as they unveiled findings showing hundreds of millions of plastic fragments on a remote Indian Ocean archipelago.

A team of experts travelled to the Cocos Islands, a group of 27 small atolls 2,100 kilometres (1,300 miles) west of Australia and found an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic.

In all, the plastic fragments would weigh around 238 tonnes, the team said.

Images taken from the survey show white sand beaches blanketed with plastic waste.

But according to lead study author Jennifer Lavers, the fragments on the surface of Cocos Island beaches — and beaches around the world — may just be the tip of the iceberg.

“I’ve been working on remote islands as a marine biologist for 15 years or so and all of them have at least some debris, so I’ve come to expect it,” she told AFP.

“One of the big surprises was that when I was digging down in the sediment to look at how much was buried and where, the quantity sometimes did not drop off with depth.”

Lavers and the team dug multiple holes across beaches on the Cocos Islands, and found plastics, mainly in the form of small or microparticles, throughout the sand layers.

They estimate that the true amount of plastic pollution on the beaches surveyed may be as much as 26 times greater than the fragments visible on the surface.

The study, published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, concludes that global plastic waste surveys “have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation”.

– ‘Change all aspects’ –

Plastic production has exploded worldwide in recent years, with half of all plastics produced in the last 13 years.

Mankind throws millions of tonnes of plastic into the sea every year, and much of it gets washed back ashore onto beaches where it poses a risk to wildlife.

It can also enter the food-chain in the form of microplastics, which have been found at all ocean depths and latitudes.

Lavers, from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, said such plastic concentrations found on a remote group of islands was deeply concerning.

“While the five oceanic gyres or ‘garbage patches’ tend to garner a lot of research and media attention, the Cocos Islands are not located near or within one of these gyres,” she said.

“Plastic is everywhere, in all corners of the ocean, being distributed by current systems big and small.”

Significantly, the team estimated that as much as 25 percent of the plastic items surveyed on Cocos were disposable or “single-use”, such as food packaging, straws, forks and knives and toothbrushes.

In March nations failed to agree to a timetable to phase out all single-use plastics, opting instead to “significantly reduce” their production.

Lavers said industry- and society-wide changes in behaviour — from production, to consumption and re-use — were needed to stem the plastic waste epidemic.

“Some islands have significant quantities to the point that it forces one to pause and consider all aspects of their life, from the simple items used each day (eg. to brush one’s teeth) to how I communicate the outputs of my research,” she said.

“These islands change you.”

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