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
… 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 pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.
Deforestation + climate change = dead end for wildlife
Marlowe HOOD. AFP•July 9, 2019
Paris (AFP) – Climate change combined with galloping tropical deforestation is cutting off wildlife from life-saving cooler climes, heightening the risk of extinction, researchers said Monday.
Less than two-fifths of forests across Latin America, Asia and Africa currently allow for animals and plants to avoid potentially intolerable increases in temperature, they reported in the journal Nature Climate Change.
“The loss of tropical forests between 2000 and 2012 led to an area larger than India losing the capacity to protect species from the effects of climate change,” lead author Rebecca Senior, a professor at the University of Sheffield, told AFP.
“Not only does forest loss remove habitat directly, it also makes it harder for species to move.”
The lack of escape routes to cooler habitats means that warming “will likely result in national and global extinction of vulnerable species,” she added.
At current rates of climate change, animals and plants moving to the least heat-ravaged spots accessible today would, on average, be exposed by 2070 to an environment 2.7 degrees Celsius (4.8 F) hotter than during the second half of the 20th century, the study found.
Even under a best-case scenario in which humanity caps global warming at 2 C — an increasingly unlikely prospect — species in tropical regions would still see a jump of 0.8 C by that date.
– Extreme fragmentation –
The 2015 Paris climate treaty enjoins nations to hold warming to “well below” 2 C.
Last year, the UN climate science panel concluded that even this threshold would not prevent severe impacts, such as the loss of shallow-water coral reefs, which anchor a quarter of marine life.
A single degree of warming since the industrial revolution has already boosted the frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts and tropical storms.
Animal and plant species have always moved up or down mountains, towards or away from the poles, or into cooler or warmer waters when faced with shifts in climate.
But rarely has climate change been so rapid, and never has it been combined with extreme habitat fragmentation.
“Tropical species are particularly sensitive to temperature change,” Senior said. “Most are found nowhere else on Earth, and make up a huge proportion of global biodiversity.”
Scores of studies have shown how rising temperatures have forced fauna and flora to adapt their behaviour in ways that curtail their ability to collect food, reproduce or both.
Some 550 species — more than half already threatened with extinction — are listed as vulnerable to droughts and temperature extremes on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List.
– Nail in the coffin –
They include mammals such at red-handed howler monkeys, jaguars and giant otters.
Amphibians — already besieged globally by mysterious pathogens — are especially vulnerable.
“They are highly specialised to particular habitats, can’t move very far, and are very sensitive to overheating and drying out,” Senior pointed out.
“This is another nail in their coffin.”
Higher temperatures force some tropical hummingbirds to seek shade rather than forage, testing their capacity to adapt.
Other research has documented species decline and loss due to forest loss and fragmentation, which has created islands of primary forest hemmed in by palm oil plantations, biofuel crops, cattle ranches and the soyabean crops used to feed livestock.
An area of tropical forest five times the size of England — some 600,000 square kilometres (230,000 square miles) — has been destroyed since 2014, according to Global Forest Watch, a research unit at the University of Maryland.
The new study, however, is the first to investigate the interaction between tropical habitat loss and climate change on a global scale over more than a decade.
Pestilence of water pollution
Pestilence of air pollution
Pestilence of Aquatic Life
Pestilence of Animal Life
Pestilence of Livestock
Pestilence of Crops and Agriculture
Pestilence of plants and bio-diversity
Pestilence of Earth’s Biodiversity
Pestilence of Land
Destruction of Rainforest
Destruction of Seas, Lakes, Rivers
Destruction of Earth’s Biodiversity
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