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Global Warming Records in 2010, Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:38 AM
January 27, 2011

Around the world, droughts in 2010 have caused more heat waves, initiated more crop losses, dried up more fresh water sources, and afflicted more economies than any other time in recent history.  It simply did not rain enough last year.  Prior records of drought seasons are shattered. The Christian Science Monitor lists droughts in China and Brazil among their list of the “Top Ten Global Weather Events of 2010.” China’s state-run media admitted: “Over 50 million people are affected by a severe drought . . . The lack of rain and unseasonably high temperatures has also left 16 million people without easy access to drinking water.”

 Forest scientist Simon Lewis finds that drought in the Amazon area brought record low water levels and increases in forest fires.  In fact, it is quite possible that the world’s largest rain forest could be drying out.  He writes that the Amazon is experiencing the third extreme drought in a decade, but last year’s may be the worse.  This is disastrous because “the Amazon holds 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh water and generates a fifth of its oxygen.”  Lewis further explains: “With the planet’s climate increasingly threatened by surging carbon emissions, the Amazon has been one of the few forces keeping them in check. But the latest scientific evidence suggests the forest may be unable to shield us from a hotter world.”

 In addition, according to the Associated Press, record drought among nations in the Caribbean has shut down schools and courtrooms, and initiated water emergencies, forest fires and prison protests.  Public water taps are dried out, and families are forced to relocate to areas with better water sources. Dams operate well below capacity, and governments have initiated strict water rationing laws.

 Aiguo Dai, a scientist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, summarizing his team’s projections on future droughts states:  “We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming decades, but this has yet to be fully recognized by both the public and the climate research community. If the projections in the study come even close to be realized, the consequences for society worldwide will be enormous.”

 Apparently the world is bereft of solutions for the overwhelming problems Global Warming has hatched, and its  leaders may well know it.  In suicidal pacts of greed, a few men seem determined to destroy the earth for the sake of power and profit.  And at this late date, only Almighty God can stop them.  An entry in Christian Prayer Books shows one way to plead for His help:  “Dear Father, we humbly ask Your forgiveness that we have not exercised rightful stewardship over this planet, the home You have given us.  We beg your graceful forgiveness that we have allowed Global Warming to triumph for so long.  Please give our leaders the solutions we need.  And please grant us the time to restore the Earth’s correct balance.  In The Everlasting Name of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.”

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