Friday, March 31, 2006

Global Warming: Be Worried. Be Very Worried

Global Warming: Be Worried. Be Very Worried

Global Warming: Be Worried. Be Very Worried, TIME Magazine, March 31, 2006, Jeffrey Kluger, Cover Story [I was going to give my posting of global warming articles a rest for a while, but I could not resist this TIME magazine cover story!] Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever... More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought... Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities... By Any Measure, Earth Is At ... The Tipping Point The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon--and what we can do about it No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us. It certainly looked that way last week as the atmospheric bomb that was Cyclone Larry--a Category 4 storm with wind bursts that reached 125 m.p.h.--exploded through northeastern Australia. It certainly looked that way last year as curtains of fire and dust turned the skies of Indonesia orange, thanks to drought-fueled blazes sweeping ... Global Warming Heats Up The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon--and what we can do about it. Feeling The Heat Global warming is already disrupting the biological world, pushing many species to the brink of extinction and turning others into runaway pests. But the worst is yet to come. A Science Adviser Unmuzzled Q&A: NASA's chief climate scientist, who charged that his views on global warming were being squelched, says we're getting close to a tipping point ... [When TIME magazine has a headline, "GLOBAL WARMING: BE WORRIED. BE VERY WORRIED," then that should be sufficient (if not conclusive) evidence that we are now in the period predicted by Jesus in Luke 21:24-32, characterised by,

"nations in anguish and perplexity"(v.25) and "men fainting at heart from fear, and expectation of the things coming on the world" (v.26 YLT)

in between the end of,

"Jerusalem trampled on by the Gentiles" (v.24)

which happened in 1967, and

"the Son of Man [Jesus] coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (v.27).

See my previous posts 28 Mar 06, 4 Mar 06, 4 Dec 06, etc.

So to my fellow Christians, don't be worried, but rather,

"When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near"! (my emphasis).]

Stephen E. Jones, BSc (Biol).
"Problems of Evolution"

"Again, at the other end of the process it is as difficult to account for the last touches of perfection in the mimicry. Some insects which imitate leaves extend the imitation even to the very injuries in those leaves made by the attacks of insects or of fungi. Thus, speaking of one of the walking-stick insects, Mr. Wallace says: `One of these creatures obtained by myself in Borneo (Ceroxylus laceratus) was covered over with foliaceous excrescences of a clear olive-green colour, so as exactly to resemble a stick grown over by a creeping moss or jungermannia. The Dyak who brought it me assured me it was grown over with moss although alive, and it was only after a most minute examination that I could convince myself it was not so.' [Wallace A.R., "Natural Selection and Tropical Nature," 1895, p.64] Again, as to the leaf butterfly, he says: `We come to a still more extraordinary part of the imitation, for we find representations of leaves in every stage of decay, variously blotched, and mildewed, and pierced with holes, and in many cases irregularly covered with powdery black dots, gathered into patches and spots, so closely resembling the various kinds of minute fungi that brow on dead leaves, that it is impossible to avoid thinking, at first sight that the butterflies themselves have been attached by real fungi.' [Loc. cit. p.60] Here imitation has attained a development which seems utterly beyond the power of the mere `survival of the fittest' to produce. How this double mimicry can importantly aid in the struggle for life seems puzzling indeed, but much more so how the first faint beginnings of the imitation of such injuries in. the leaf can be developed in the animal into such a complete representation of them - a fortiori how simultaneous and similar first beginnings of imitations of such injuries could ever have been developed in several individuals, out of utterly indifferent and indeterminate minute variations in all conceivable directions." (Mivart St.G. J., "On the Genesis of Species," Macmillan & Co: London, Second edition, 1871, pp.40-41)

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