Archive for November 4th, 2011

At Last, A Bit of Optimism for Good News Friday

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:56 PM
November 4, 2011

 Well at last we can give you a bit of Good News about the United States today.   Americans are using less gas, and the country has cut its carbon footprint down by seven percent.  And at least 83% of American people believe that Global Warming is real, and that the world is definitely getting warmer.  Ha!  Progress!

 Arguing that the U.S. does not need the gasoline that would result if officials allow the 1,711 mile pipeline for tar sands oil to travel from Canada across the United States, Earth Policy News reports the nation now uses at least five percent less gas than it did four years ago.

 That decline comes from several reasons:  1)  U.S. automobiles are smaller; 2) Americans simply are not driving as much; 3) The federal government mandates greater fuel efficiency; 4) Electric cars are finally catching on; 5) More people live in cities and use public transportation; 6) Cities now welcome walkers and bicycle riders; 7) And the government grants billions to cities for public transportation.

 Lester R. Brown of Earth Policy News also reports that the nation’s carbon emissions have gone done seven percent in four years, with emissions from coal use dropping ten percent, and from oil use down eleven percent.  Brown posits that the national Beyond Coal campaign and members of the Sierra Club have finally convinced Americans that coal is just too environmentally dangerous.   As older coal plants close, new and safer wind, solar and geothermal plants are opening.

 Even more good news:  Timothy Gardner of Reuters reports that now 83% of Americans believe that Global Warming is real.  Only 75% thought that was the case last year.  His polls further show that 72% of Americans now also believe that the increasingly warmer planet is caused by human activity.

 The American people are not stupid.  They, of course, look at the increasing number of weather disasters sweeping the states this year, including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, rains and now snow storms.  Reuters has more than one poll to prove the point.  Moreover, one of those polls prove that the nation wants scientists, not politicians, to discuss these weather activities and preventions.

 And for that matter Tom Vandyck of Midwest Energy News, says that European media do a much better job of telling their public about Global Warming. “European journalists accuse their American counterparts of maintaining a false balance in their reporting, pretending climate science is still in doubt, and offering politicians cover for inaction.”  But American editors say that is changing!  Tree Hugger Brian Merchant adds that the more some politicians deny that Global Warming exists, the more the American public doesn’t believe them.

 Other Good News!  The King James Bible is 400 years old this year.  Let’s join London’s celebration with the wholesale Christian Bible and tell God: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119: 105).”

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Expect More of the Same Extreme Weather Around the World

posted by Wendy Weathersbee @ 1:15 AM
November 4, 2011

International weather experts are issuing warnings that people around the world should get ready for the same type of extreme––and unexpected––weather that hit this country’s East Coast last weekend, as well as the unexpected snow storms that hit parts of Europe a few days before that, and the horrendous flooding still washing through Thailand.   Furthermore, areas around all parts of the globe report receiving the same unexpectedly strange weather patterns.

According to CBS News, in their meeting in Uganda next week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue a danger-warning to expect more extreme unexpected weather––such as will not be normal for the seasons.  Moreover, the report will say that the costs of weather protection and rescue will rise, and that some locations will be “increasingly marginal as places to live.”
Just as Jael and the Earth End crew have been reporting for years, of course the culprit is, and will be, Global Warming, or that “there is at least a 2-in-3 probability that climate extremes have already worsened because of man-made greenhouse gases.”

Another example of unexpected and extreme weather is in South Asia.  A group of environmental scientists, led by Dr. Amato Evan from the University of Virginia have been studying patterns in cyclones in the Arabian Sea for some thirty years.  In the early years, that region only had two or three rather weak cyclones each season.

But about 12 years ago those storms began to excellerate in frequency and power.  In 1998, one cyclone killed some 3,000 people in Gujarat, India.  And in June of 2007,  a category five cyclone, called Gonu, killed 49 people in Oman and Iran.  In 2010, category four cyclone, named Phet, killed 26 victims in Pakistan and Oman.

According to Terra World Daily, man-made pollution in South Asia produces “brown cloud” particles that absorbs sunlight and becomes a source of heat to affect wind circulation and ocean temperatures, resulting in violent storms.

Dr. Anuuli Barnzai of the United States National Science Foundation insists that all of these factors now result in “highly destructive summer cyclones that were rare or non-existent in this monsoon region 30 or so years ago.”  He adds that Dr. Evan’s study illustrates the ways that human-caused massive air pollution in the region brings on this type of extreme weather that destroys people and property.

In that regard, Brother John and Dr. Ad Versery Bored ask me to remind everyone to stock up on plus size Christian sweatshirts as they prepare for winter.  They also add that stocking up on non-perishable foods, and extra-warm blankets, is now in order.  They also point to God’s Word which promises, “The earth is The Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24: 1).  So the safest place to be is to very close to Him.

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