Pestilence Update

An ‘invisible’ crisis: poor water quality cuts economic growth, World Bank warns

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.

An ‘invisible’ crisis: poor water quality cuts economic growth, World Bank warns August 20, 2019

Deteriorating water quality is an “invisible crisis” that has wiped out one third of potential economic growth in highly polluted areas, according to the World Bank.

In one of the biggest ever reports documenting the hidden dangers of dirty water, the organisation has warned that a combination of bacteria, sewage, chemicals and plastics can remove oxygen from water and transform it into a “poison for people and ecosystems alike”.

The research – which analysed the impact of nitrogen, salt and a lack of oxygen on the world’s water supplies – found that communities downstream from polluted rivers or lakes saw gross domestic product (GDP) cut by as much as one third. 

“Most of the world’s attention has really focused upon problems of water quantity, scarcity or flooding, but very little attention has been given to the quality of water,” said Dr Richard Damania, global lead economist for water practice at the World Bank and lead author of the report.

“In part this is because the quality of water is invisible – so what we have brewing is an invisible problem festering beneath the surface of the water that people don’t recognise and cannot see.

“Poor water quality is bad for human health, bad for the economy and bad for the environment. It ought to be more of a priority than it is,” he said.

The report, titled ‘Quality Unknown‘, said that as the salinity of water increases – due to more intense droughts, storm surges and rising water extraction – agricultural output drops dramatically.

Enough food is lost each year to feed 170 million people – a population roughly the size of Bangladesh. 

The side effects of nitrogen, which is often used as a fertiliser in farming, were also highlighted. For every additional kilogram of nitrogen fertiliser that runs off into a lake or river, childhood stunting can increase by almost 20 per cent. 

“Excessive doses of nitrogen shortens people, shortens their lives, and diminishes earning capacity – this is a problem that has been under-recognised and underappreciated,” said Dr Damania.

“Nitrogen in water can increase stunting by 15 to 19 per cent and reduces the earning of those children by one to two per cent in their adult lives. 

“It’s a significant problem, and implies that governments should look at some of the unintended consequences of subsidies for nitrogen fertilisers because of how much damage it does,” he said. 

Dr Damania added that water pollution is a problem that plagues rich and poor countries alike, with plastic and pharmaceutical pollution common across the globe. 

But the “cocktail of chemicals” found in lakes and rivers can change as a nation develops – in low and middle income countries sewage tends to be the predominant pollutant. But as countries become richer levels of nitrogen increase. 

The report urges governments to do more to treat dirty water, but said that preventing the further degradation of water supplies was vital. 

“Prevention is better than cure,” said Dr Damania. “For that we need laws and we need standards. In much of the developing world the laws exist but are very very hard to enforce, because you need to measure the pollution and you need to have adequate enforcement strategies and penalties. 

“But with modern technology, monitoring and enforcement has become cheaper, more tamper-proof and thus more feasible,” he added.

“I have every reason to be quite optimistic for the future – as long as we make sure people are aware of the problem and that we all work towards a solution.”

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