Pestilence Update

Beef industry linked to 94% of land clearing in Great Barrier Reef catchments over a five year period. Australia. What do we know about the number five (5)?

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 pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Beef industry linked to 94% of land clearing in Great Barrier Reef catchments over a five year period. Australia. What do we know about the number five (5)?

‘Beef is number one’ driver of deforestation crisis, spatial data analysis by The Wilderness Society shows

The Guardian. August 7, 2019

More than 90% of land clearing in Great Barrier Reef catchments over a five-year period was attributable to the beef industry, according to new analysis by The Wilderness Society.

The environment group has used spatial data analysis to examine which sectors are driving deforestation in the state with the highest levels of land clearing in Australia.

The report analysed the more than 1.6m hectares cleared in Queensland between 2013 and 2018 and found that 73% of clearing across the state occurred for beef production.

The next largest land uses linked to deforestation and clearing were, in order: sheep, crops, multiple mixed use, mining and extractive industries, and rural housing, according to the study.

Beef production was linked to 94% of all clearing in the Great Barrier Reef catchments over the five-year period, the TWS report found.

“It’s very hard to argue that deforestation in reef catchments isn’t a problem because everybody knows that the reef is in crisis,” said Jessica Panegyres, TWS’s national nature campaigner. “These findings help us pinpoint exactly what is driving Australia’s deforestation crisis and beef is number one on that list.”

The research was compiled using data the Queensland government makes publicly available on spatial vegetation, land use and clearing across the state. The government’s own analysis already shows that more than 90% of clearing in the state is due to clearing for pasture.

But TWS said identifying how individual sectors were contributing could help build understanding of where more action was needed, and which industries were potentially exposed to financial risk as a result of deforestation.

“There’s increasing pressure on major retailers because of global trends toward deforestation-free commitments,” Panegyres said. “Some of those corporations with deforestation-free policies are already purchasers of Australian commodities.

“Australia is well-placed to transition to deforestation-free products, but we need to deal with the beef industry.” Panegyres said it was positive that the beef industry had indicated it wanted to move to a more sustainable footing

The industry set up the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework in 2017 and it tracks the performance of producers over several areas, one of which is environmental stewardship, which covers land management and vegetation practices, as well as climate change mitigation and waste minimisation.

Tess Herbert, the chair of the network, said it was important to differentiate between clearing of remnant vegetation and the active clearing of regrowth that was undertaken in parts of Queensland.

“Actively managing regrowth and thickening of vegetation can be required for both environmental benefit and production,” she said.

She said the framework recognised that deforestation and vegetation management was an issue for its major customers and because of this it had produced a report on the balance of trees and grass cover on beef properties.

Herbert said the report looked at both increases and decreases in trees and pastures for the last 30 years across 56 regions and was focused on “evidence-based and practical measures to add certainty and credibility to a contentious topic”.

In May last year, the Queensland government introduced new laws aimed at curbing the state’s rate of land clearing.

The most recent data summary published through Queensland’s statewide landcover and trees study (Slats) found 40% of clearing that occurred over 2016-17 and 2017-18 was in reef catchments.

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