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Earth vs. Global Warming: Charting The Tipping Points

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:38 AM
July 25, 2011

The most truthful climatologists, ecologists and other earth-scientists now admit that they do not know just how much Global Warming the earth and its inhabitants can take before a tipping point of no return is reached. They fearfully report two urgent factors: 1) A tipping point is fast approaching when it will be impossible to stop earth’s man-made catastrophic rush toward mass destruction; and 2) It is impossible to predict just what that tipping point is, or when it will be reached. However, they do know that every model intended to predict how long it would take various ecosystems to spiral downward has been woefully inadequate. Systems have collapsed much more rapidly than scientists ever predicted. However, a few researchers, corporate scions and politicians seem to assume there is more than enough time to reverse the current rush toward earth’s collapse.

Ecological forecasters, Alan Hastings and Derin B. Wysham, published in “Ecology Letters” earlier this year entitled, “Regime Shifts in Ecological Systems Can Occur With No Warning.” Hastings laments, “Many scientists are looking for the warning signs that herald sudden changes in natural systems, in hopes of forestalling those changes, or improving our preparations for them.” But, as he explained, “Our new study found, unfortunately, that regime shifts with potentially large consequences can happen without warning — systems can ‘tip’ precipitously.”

R. Biggs and his associates from the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison agree. In a study, “Turning Back From the Brink: Detecting An Impending Regime Shift in Time to Avert it,” they raise the issue: “A critical question, however, is whether such indicators provide sufficient warning to adapt management to avert regime shifts.” In other words, when those responsible know what the tipping point is will they have time to avoid it.

And in his very appropriate study published in “Nature Climate Change,” Timothy M. Lenton argues: “Human-induced climate change could push several large-scale ‘tipping elements’ past a tipping point. Candidates include irreversible melt of the Greenland ice sheet, dieback of the Amazon rain forest and shift of the West African monsoon,” etc. He argues: “ . . . recent (re)assessments give an increased likelihood of ‘large-scale discontinuities’ in the climate system under a given level of global warming.” And he suggests that such “unmitigated climate change” demands early warning capability.

But how much more warning does this generation require? Bible prophecies offer a special note to Christians in this regard: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4: 7). Only the prayers of faithful Christians to Almighty God can hold back these tipping points from the brink of no return. Prayers should also be offered for scientists who tell the truth.

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