June 5, 2007
I could post dozens of articles on the effects of climate changes which have been occurring in the last few years, and I do not have to go too far to notice them. Right where I live we have been experiencing freak and record breaking weather. Farmers are stunned at the irregular weather patterns and noticeable damage has been done to the agricultural sector as in other parts of the world. And this brings us to the subject of FAMINE, one of the end times signs. The skeptics will say that we have had famines throughout the history of mankind, so what? Let me expand somewhat the vistas of such people. While it is true that famines have been reported in the past, then, it was mostly a local event involving a limited number of persons. What is being prepared here is something radically different in nature and scope: It will be global, and it will involve most people on the face of the earth.
According to the International Programs Center, U.S. Census Bureau, the total population of the World, projected to 06/05/07 at 16:14 GMT (EST+5) is 6,599,707,750.
While I cannot say for sure, I believe that there has never been such a large number of human beings living at the same time on this planet. A widespread famine will have devastating effects upon all (the rich, as usual, will take care of themselves).
Famine will be just one judgment which will be poured on a reckless sinning humanity which has no time for God. Well, God has His ways to get our attention and He certainly will get it.
In my last article which can be read below this one, I said:
In truth, something is indeed happening, surely and not so slowly.
As to confirm my statement, the following article has just been published:
Global warming ‘is three times faster than worst predictions’
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
The Independent – 03 June 2007
Global warming is accelerating three times more quickly than feared, a series of startling, authoritative studies has revealed.
They have found that emissions of carbon dioxide have been rising at thrice the rate in the 1990s. The Arctic ice cap is melting three times as fast – and the seas are rising twice as rapidly – as had been predicted.
News of the studies – which are bound to lead to calls for even tougher anti-pollution measures than have yet been contemplated – comes as the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations prepare for the most crucial meeting yet on tackling climate change.
The issue will be top of the agenda of the G8 summit which opens in the German Baltic resort of Heiligendamm on Wednesday, placing unprecedented pressure on President George Bush finally to agree to international measures.
The study, published by the US National Academy of Sciences, shows that carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing by about 3 per cent a year during this decade, compared with 1.1 per cent a year in the 1990s.
The significance is that this is much faster than even the highest scenario outlined in this year’s massive reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – and suggests that their dire forecasts of devastating harvests, dwindling water supplies, melting ice and loss of species are likely to be understating the threat facing the world.
The study found that nearly three-quarters of the growth in emissions came from developing countries, with a particularly rapid rise in China. The country, however, will resist being blamed for the problem, pointing out that its people on average still contribute only about a sixth of the carbon dioxide emitted by each American. And, the study shows, developed countries, with less than a sixth of the world’s people, still contribute more than two-thirds of total emissions of the greenhouse gas.
On the ground, a study by the University of California’s National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that Arctic ice has declined by 7.8 per cent a decade over the past 50 years, compared with an average estimate by IPCC computer models of 2.5 per cent.
As I am wrapping up this post, here comes another “crazy climate” event:
An unusual event is happening over the next 48 hours, as the first tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds, and major hurricane-force winds at that, is approaching the Gulf of Oman, to strike the eastern coast of Oman, curve northward, and make landfall on the coast of Iran. In the tropical cyclone best tracks and the modern era of weather satellites, there is no record of such an occurrence.
… This is an unprecedented event. NO CYCLONE has ever entered the Gulf of Oman. And there are no custom ‘storm surge’ models available for that area. This forecast is based on my experience and subjective analysis of the seabed slope and storm surge interaction with the sea floor. Considering the region has never experienced a hurricane, let alone a strong one it is highly unlikely the loading facilities or platforms were constructed to withstand the forces – both wave action and wind force – that they will experience. Significant, damage will occur. How much long term damage, and the volumes associated with it – can not be determined at this time.Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog – June 5, 2007