Scientists predict extreme weather events will increase both in intensity and frequency as the planet warms.
Raging floodwaters have swamped thousands of homes and businesses in Queensland, Australia, leaving at least 25 people dead and dozens more missing since late November. Rail lines and highways have been washed away in what is shaping up to become Australia’s costliest natural disaster.
The flooding follows a spate of severe natural disasters in the past year. While the most deadly was Haiti’s earthquake, extreme weather also killed thousands of people across the globe, including a scorching heat wave that choked Russia in the summer and devastating floods that engulfed more than 60,000 square miles (150,000 square kilometers) in Pakistan.
“The Earth is delivering a message to us. And the message is that more extreme weather is becoming the norm rather than the exception,” said John Magrath, a climate change researcher at British charity Oxfam.
He said there is a misconception that global warming only means higher temperatures. “It actually means more energy in the climatic system, which stimulates extremes and more chaotic behavior,” Magrath said.
Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest on record, with combined global land and ocean surface temperatures rising 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit (0.62 degrees Celsius) above normal, according to a report Wednesday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.
Reinsurer Munich Re counted nearly 1,000 natural disasters in 2010 — nine-tenths of them weather-related — the second highest number since 1980. The resulting economic losses totaled $130 billion
Source; Associated Press
In Genesis 3:17, God told Adam;
Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
The earth itself suffers under the curse of sin and a lack of repentance. The Bible tells us that as we get closer to the end of the age, wickedness, lawlessness and violence will increase, and so it is only natural that the curse the Earth is under will be manifested in more and more severe ways.
There are many people who don’t believe there is any such thing as “global warming” caused by human activity. I find this extremely silly, since any sensible person shouldn’t need a scientist to tell them that extracting hydrocarbons from the Earth’s crust and burning them at a rate of billions of tons a day will be bad for the long term health of the planet’s physical environment.
Again in Genesis 2:15, it says;
And the LORD God took the man (Adam), and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
God created the Human Race and appointed us to be stewards and caretakers of the Earth. When we don’t take care of it, that’s a sin unto itself, to say nothing of the disastrous consequences that naturally result from failing to do it properly.
Written by Aaron