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.
Cities are set to miss 80% (8) of their 2020 emission reduction goals. A new era in air pollution.
•December 9, 2019. Quartz.
For nations and cities across the world, 2020 was set to be a milestone year in their fight against climate change. It’s the first in a series of globally earmarked emission-reduction waypoints—2020, 2030, 2050—with 2020 planned as an initial benchmarking moment, a time to see progress towards meeting targets aimed at limiting global warming.
Now, the year is nearly here, and early signs of overall progress should signal concern.
International non-profit CDP encourages cities to self-report data on their environmental goals as a way to measure, manage, and compare emissions. Using this data, we found 130 (6×5) cites with over 160 (6) individual emissions-reduction goals for 2020. However, only 20% (5+5+5+5) of those targets have completed or are more than 50% (5) towards their goal. We excluded cities that posted targets but have not reported on their progress.
Most cities that disclosed emissions reductions targets to CDP did not have goals for as early as 2020. 70% (7) of the more than 600 (6) individual targets that cities self-reported cite deadlines further in the future. Over 800 (8) cities disclose some amount of data to the organization.
Not every city will be embarrassed when reporting their progress next year. A few large centers stand out as having completed reduction targets ahead of their 2020 deadlines. Toronto, for example, has already achieved a 30% overall reduction in emissions. The city has further targets, too, and by 2050 expects to reach an overall drop of 80%.
Even those few cities meeting their targets are likely not doing enough to curb climate change. 50% (5) of the 2020 goals met the criteria of the 2015 (5 years ago) Paris Climate Accord. But a recent assessment backed by climate scientists found that the Paris-initiated emissions reduction targets will need to be at least tripled for the world to meet the agreement’s objective to limit global temperature rise to well below 2ºC above Earth’s pre-industrial levels.
C40 Cities, an organization of large centers committed to addressing climate change, is also seeing minimal progress at the city level. They aim to have all cities in their network adopt action plans consistent with the Paris Climate Accord by 2020. Currently, only 10 (5+5) of the 112 (6+6) cities committing to this target have actually developed such programs.
Ultimately, it will take more than proactive cities to prevent irreversible climate change. Progress towards country-level goals isn’t looking any better. 2020 may not be a year that makes a crucial dent in emissions, but the flood of missed deadlines and ignored targets may galvanize enough of the world’s leaders to make dramatic changes.
“If we do not change course by 2020,” UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres told the United Nations in 2018, “we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”
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