CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 132
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
The Meaning Of Easter
Many people are wondering what Easter actually means, as the true meaning of Easter has been lost. What I can tell you is it isn’t about cute little fluffy chickens, nor does it have anything to do with Easter bunnies. It isn’t even about Easter eggs. Although an egg can represent ‘new life’ because new life hatches from the egg, and Jesus was resurrected on the third day – giving us new life in Him. But just like Christmas, the real meaning has been forgotten. For those of us that are Christians, we understand what Easter is all about. But for those that haven’t experienced this ‘new life’ in Jesus, I want to share with you the Easter story.
In Old Testament times, the priest would bring bulls, goats or a spotless lamb without any blemishes to be sacrificed as a sin offering for himself and for the people. The blood would purify and make atonement (forgive, make amends) for their sins. This was the old order of atonement. When Jesus came, He was a representation of the sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world. He was the final sacrifice. We no longer have to sacrifice animals to make atonement for our sins. Jesus has done this once and for all. It’s His blood that cleanses us from all sin. He was crucified on the cross (the form of execution in those days). The sin of the world was upon Him, yet He was without sin and blameless. He bore it all. This is why Jesus is referred to as the ‘Lamb of God’. He was bodily resurrected (came back to life) on the third day. He appeared to many – eating and drinking with them. He appeared to them for 40 days, then ascended (went up to) Heaven.
1 I wrote the first narrative, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day He was taken up, after He had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit Promised
4 While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promise. "This," [He said, "is what] you heard from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6 So when they had come together, they asked Him, "Lord, at this time are You restoring the kingdom to Israel?"7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
9 After He had said this, He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 While He was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. 11 They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven."
The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
31 When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
Crucified Between Two Criminals
32 As they were going out, they found a Cyrenian man named Simon. They forced this man to carry His cross. 33 When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place), 34 they gave Him wine mixed with gall to drink. But when He tasted it, He would not drink it. 35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there. 37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing:
THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS
38 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, "The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!" 41 In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said, 42 "He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now—if He wants Him! For He said, 'I am God's Son.' " 44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.
The Death of Jesus
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. 46 At about three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni? " that is, " My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? "
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling for Elijah!"
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, and offered Him a drink. 49 But the rest said, "Let's see if Elijah comes to save Him!"
50 Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. 51 Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
1 After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached [the tomb]. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. 4 The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.
5 But the angel told the women, "Don't be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.' Listen, I have told you."
8 So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. 9 Just then Jesus met them and said, "Good morning!" They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus told them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there."
The Soldiers Are Bribed to Lie
11 As they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 After the priests had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money 13 and told them, "Say this, 'His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were sleeping.' 14 If this reaches the governor's ears, we will deal with him and keep you out of trouble." 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been spread among Jewish people to this day.
The Great Commission
16 The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Christ Jesus Savior and King
Imagine if you can that day
though it was so long ago,
when a man laid down his life
for a ransom he didn’t owe.
Of this undeserved kindness,
it makes you wonder if today,
there is a single man alive
who’d suffer as he did that day.
This gentle man, so good and true
and so loved by our creator,
who walked a path to show all of us
that our own paths could be straighter.
It was victory that was his that day
as he is a warrior in his own right,
defeating the powers of darkness
with his own bright shining light.
And as hard as Satan has tried
to steal his glory away,
to this day we do proclaim
he is the life, the truth, the way!
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the source and perfecter of faith,
and pray that the paths we walk
might one day be as straight.
The remembrance of his sacrifice
occurs but one day a year,
when truly it should be every day
that we recall with great revere.
If anything is done at all
take a moment just to say
thank you for your sacrifice,
Christ Jesus Savior and King.
Splitting an Apple
There was an Internet video of a preacher who was saying that an atheist's worst nightmare was basically a banana. As he was speaking, he went on to peeling the banana open and explaining how well designed a banana was so that a person could so easily peel it open and eat the nourishing fruit inside. This is such a concept in considering how much Wisdom has been placed into everything in Creation.
Romans 1:20 — From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
The way a person may peel a banana open to reveal its inner fruit so it may be eaten is an interesting concept, in that the same technique can be applied to other items that may not be so obvious. For example, there is a way to open an apple using the stem, just like one would use the stem of a banana to peel it open. It might require more effort than that of opening a banana because of the apple's structure, but the same technique can still be applied. What is done is that a person simply obtains an apple with the stem still intact, pulls the stem towards the side, and begins pulling the apple apart from the middle indention of the apple, outwards. It is actually like ripping quite a few sheets of paper or cardboard apart along its grains, and perhaps almost as equally difficult. Something that may be an interesting consideration, though, is the amount of force required to do so.
When the apple is split in such a way, too much force will split the apple right out of one's hands because of the way the apple has to be held to split it. This follows a scripture in Ecclesiastes:
Ecclesiastes 7:18 — It is good that you grasp the one and do not let the other slip from your hand. For the one who fears God will end up with both of them.
At the same time, if not enough force is applied, the technique is inapplicable in one's hands. A baby with underdeveloped muscles or an old man with weakening muscles would be unable to perform the feat. At the same time, someone with gnarled hands or brittle finger bones cannot do the same without perhaps breaking open the wounds or breaking their bones and joints.
Proverbs 26:17 — A passerby who meddles in a quarrel that's not his is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.
Perhaps by the above Proverbs scripture, it can be seen where this is leading. A person who grabs a dog by the ears runs a risk of having their hands severely damaged, amongst other risks, including having viruses and bacteria introduced to the blood stream. At the same time, viruses and bacteria can also cause the bones in one's body to become brittle, make oneself fatally sick, or cause other unrepairable damage, all of which will make it more difficult to apply a technique of opening an apple by the stem, regardless of age. In symbolic terms, becoming spiritually sick because of having meddled in a quarrel that was not one's own keeps oneself from being able to utilize all the spiritual techniques applied in understanding Father's messages, Her Word, as there wouldn't be enough spiritual strength to put to use the techniques. This, in effect, will alter the presentation and absorption of nourishment, and make oneself unable to grow in certain areas that Father would lead. As Father seeks to strengthen Her servants, such sickness is not helpful.
Further, as it can be seen that the technique to opening a banana can be applied to opening an apple, and then applied to how one might grow spiritually with Father's nourishment, it might be seen that this technique can be applied to many more aspects of life. For instance, an application of the technique in combat might be in finding a weakness, and then applying a consistent force against the weakness. The concept, in this, is using the reasoning and insight that only can come from Father, applying a diligent force, not too much or little, and furthering Father's Will towards a fulfillment of Her Plan. As this can be used in each respect of life lived under Father, even to sleeping and breathing, it further shows how life can involve love and Wisdom all around.
Matthew 4:4 — But He answered, "It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. "
This also applies to Father's coming Rapture. There may still be speculation about whether there will be a Rapture or not given scripture, but a technique of diligent searching and prayer towards Father will expose the nourishing Truth. Further seeking of Father's Truth continues to help grow in preparation, even amongst the difficulty of the current Tribulation.
Luke 11:9 — "So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Revelation 3:20 — Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.
The Real Face of Jesus
This past week, The History Channel aired The Real Face of Jesus?. It is now available to purchase at http://shop.history.com/ and will be shipped on April 5th for those who were unable to watch it when it aired. From The History Channel's website, I gleaned the following description:
Using the principles of physics, cutting-edge digital technology, and the revolutionary CGI process pioneered in Stealing Lincoln's Body, HISTORY brings that image to life, unveiling the most accurate representation ever seen of what many believe to be Jesus Christ. Don't miss this startling, life-like composite of what could be the most accurate depiction of Jesus Christ ever formed, as HISTORY unlocks the Shroud of Turin's greatest mysteries.
As we know, it is the real deal. Our Lord and Savior was wrapped in the cloth and the image that was transferred onto it was created at the moment of resurrection. It is a miracle and a sign for all.
For Your faithful love is before my eyes, and I live by Your truth.
But the key is and always has been faith. Those that have it will hold on to it even in the face of conflicting scientific evidence. Those that do not will turn away at the first question of its authenticity.
1 Corinthians 2:5
so that your faith might not be based on men's wisdom but on God's power.
Hold on to your faith and what you know by the Word and in your heart to be true.
Happy Easter everyone!
Nourishment From The Throne
Cherubic Commander: You can visit each of the stations, but start with these two.
Pay special attention to the science projects.
Regina: The mentions of "greenhouse effect" makes me think of Father restoring the canopy. I imagine that's what it was like back in the beginning… a greenhouse.
Deborah: Astrophysics in Antarctica – Antarctica's thin, dry, cold atmosphere makes it the best place on Earth to detect infrared stars.
Jeshaiah: South Pole Station: biomedicine ??
I have actually run a satellite operation that worked with McMurdo to communicate with the satellites, so I know they have that sort of operation there.
"In addition to the forecasting efforts in progress, the weather and atmospheric conditions at the Pole during the austral summer provide unusual opportunities for studying related solar phenomena." Also seems peculiar.
For the most part, when it comes to learning about different "government bases or stations," I am a bit suspicious of their actual purpose and product.
"From these samples, scientists can construct realistic models of climate change which may lead to effective solutions for the future." Kind of weird… Still sounds like trying to find a science to avert that Father is putting into place with the melting of the caps.
"and is expected to contain ice that is up to a hundred thousand years old"
Deborah: I'll do some more research on this.. but as I was pondering this yesterday something came to mind. That the scientists are trying to figure out what has happened in the past, what is happening in the present and how they can reverse it or try to "heal" the planet. Obviously this is in direct contradiction to what Father's will is.
Signs From Above
“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27
Unknown Object Photographed over Cattenom Commune, France
UFO Casebook Files
Good evening, I was on the balcony, when I saw this very odd object, which moved in all directions.
Paraguay: Strange Object over Luque
Residents of the city of Luque witnessed a strange luminous object late at night. It was soon reported as a UFO. Startled, they described the event and displayed the recording.
Triangle recorded over Belgium
Latest UFO sightings – Lights in triangle position were recorded in the sky over Belgium on Friday, 2nd April 2010.
Unidentified Object in Photograph from New Zealand
Latest UFO sightings – Unknown lights in the sky were recorded over Northern Utah mountains this Thursday, April 1, 2010.
Witnesses see UFO on rural road, then unmarked police car racing toward it
Latest UFO sightings – Multiple flying orange orbs were recorded over Merseyside, UK on Friday 2nd April 2010.
Signs Down Below
But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
China 'set to produce more legal highs'
March 29, 2010
Chinese chemical factories are planning to outsmart the British authorities by providing more "legal highs" if the Government bans mephedrone, it is reported today.
The curse of oil still stalks Nigeria delta
March 29, 2010
It is a little after dark in Port Harcourt and the electricity comes on long enough to illuminate a football match on the forecourt of a petrol station.
Asia pollution circles the globe in stratosphere: study
March 28, 2010
Pollution from Asia's booming economies rises into the stratosphere during the monsoon season then circles the world for years, according to a report out Thursday.
EU draws up plans for single 'economic government' to prevent crisis
by Bruno Waterfield
March 25, 2010
They have put Herman Van Rompuy, the EU President, in charge of a special task force to examine "all options possible" to prevent another crisis like the one caused by the Greek meltdown.
3D-face creator says Shroud proves resurrection
April 1, 2010
"People are not going to forget the face of Jesus this Easter," says Ray Downing, creator of the 3D computer technology that produced the "real face of Jesus" from the image of the crucified man in the Shroud of Turin. The image was seen in a highly watched History Channel special broadcast Tuesday. The program will be replayed Saturday night and Easter Sunday afternoon.
Signs in Humanity
Shame in Spain! British student hordes cause outrage on five-day drink rampage through resort
by Arthur Martin
April 2, 2010
It is billed as a student festival aimed at encouraging teamwork and professionalism in a variety of sports.
Children's 'Scarface' becomes YouTube hit
by Matilda Battersby
March 31, 2010
A kiddie-remake of Brian De Palma’s violent and expletive-ridded gangster film ‘Scarface’ has become an internet hit after a performance by Bartonville, Illinois elementary school pupils was posted on YouTube.
Woman stunned to find Romanian migrant living in her shed (he enjoyed picnics in her garden – but he does recycle)
by Arthur Martin
March 30, 2010
It is a little on the damp side and popular with several species of spider.
But the obvious discomforts of Tilly Newman's garden shed were of little concern to a Romanian immigrant who decided to call it home.
Diary of a Call Girl
March 28, 2010
Julianna, a 19-year-old Hungarian, was desperate to fund her studies and escape from rural poverty. She came across an online advert titled simply "Erotic workers wanted".
Fistful of dollars: $100,000 missing after security van drops cash and sparks mad scramble by motorists
by Julian Gavaghan
March 29, 2010
A desperate scramble for cash was sparked at a busy road junction when a money bag fell from a security van and burst open.
Arks of Safe Haven
The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.
Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.
How You Can Help?
In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small. Visit http://www.arksofsafehaven.org and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.
Signs in Natural Disasters
"You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24:6-7
None 5.0 or higher.
6.2 ATACAMA, CHILE
5.7 BANDA SEA
5.2 SULAWESI, INDONESIA
5.5 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
5.5 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
5.4 NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
5.0 WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
5.3 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.2 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
6.6 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.2 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.9 EASTERN SEA OF JAPAN
5.0 MID-INDIAN RIDGE
5.0 OFFSHORE O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.0 BALLENY ISLANDS REGION
5.1 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.0 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
5.1 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
Haiti has long had glaring inequality, with tiny pockets of wealth persisting amid extreme poverty. But the quake disaster has focused new attention on this gap, making for surreal contrasts along the streets above Port-au-Prince’s central districts. People in tent camps reeking of sewage are living in areas where prosperous Haitians, foreign aid workers and diplomats come to spend their money and unwind. The lights of the casino above this wrecked city beckon as gamblers in freshly pressed clothes stream to the roulette table and slot machines. In a restaurant nearby, diners quaff champagne and eat New Zealand lamb chops at prices rivaling those in Manhattan. A few yards away, hundreds of families displaced by the earthquake languish under tents and tarps, bathing themselves from buckets and relieving themselves in the street. The owner of the casino smiled and said business had never been better, attributing the uptick at his casino to the money coming into Haiti for relief projects. “There’s nothing logical about what’s going on right now." The nongovernmental organizations “are flooding the local economy with their spending, but it’s not clear if much of it is trickling down.”
Scientists are increasingly pointing to storms as a trigger for earthquakes and landslides. New evidence shows that atmospheric low pressure systems can prompt a landslide to lurch downward. Pressure drops when warm daytime air results in low "tides," or when fast-moving storms race onto the scene. The effect on landslides and earthquakes only occurs when the pressure plummets suddenly, causing underground water and air to shoot toward the surface. That reduces friction between grinding subterranean plates, or under a landslide that's been held immobile by abrasive dirt and rocks. "Slides, earthquakes, glaciers, volcanic eruptions — all of these things involve soil sliding on soil, or rock sliding on rock. And sliding is resisted primarily by one thing, and that's friction."
The same conclusion was reached by scientists in Taiwan. Low pressure accompanying typhoons sparked small earthquakes along the fault between the Philippine Sea Plate and the Eurasian Plate. The scientists note that they make "a definitive connection between fault slip and changes in atmospheric pressure." Importantly, both studies say weather impacts can accelerate an earthly act that was bound to happen sooner or later. In other words, low pressure is not the cause of an earthquake, just the trigger. With climate change, "storm systems are supposed to become more numerous and more severe. One can assume, then, if you've got more severe storms, or storms with, say, more extreme pressure changes, then the effects [on seismic activity] could be more pronounced in the future." That assertion comes as natural catastrophes are rising worldwide. In the 1950s, two mega-disasters, defined as killing thousands of people and uprooting hundreds of thousands more, would occur annually. Now, that number routinely reaches six a year, and often more.
JAPAN – A strong 5.8 magnitude quake has struck off northern Japan, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake hit at 10.02 am in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), just east of Hokkaido island. Its depth was estimated at 35 kilometres (almost 22 miles).
Study suggests toads can detect coming earthquakes – British researchers say that they observed a mass exodus of toads from a breeding site in Italy five days before a major tremor struck, suggesting the amphibians may be able to sense environmental changes that foretell a coming quake. Since ancient times, anecdotes and folklore have linked unusual animal behavior to cataclysmic events like earthquakes, but hard evidence has been scarce. A new study by researchers is one of the first to document animal behavior before, during and after an earthquake. The findings suggested "that toads are able to detect pre-seismic cues such as the release of gases and charged particles, and use these as a form of earthquake early warning system." Initially puzzled by the toads' disappearance in the middle of the breeding season, the scientists tracked the population in the days that followed. They found that 96 percent of males – who vastly outnumber females at breeding spots – abandoned the site, 46 miles (74 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter, five days before it struck on April 6, 2009. The number of toads at the site fell to zero three days before the quake. "A day after the earthquake, they all started coming back. The numbers were still lower than normal and remained low until after the last aftershock." Several countries have sought to use changes in nature – mostly animal behavior – as an early warning sign, without much success. The city of Tokyo spent years in the 1990s researching whether catfish behavior could be used to predict earthquakes, but abandoned the study as inconclusive. "What happens is somebody observes some strange animal behavior, then there is an earthquake, so they link the two. There are probably plenty of cases in which there is strange animal behavior and no earthquake."
MYSTERY BOOMS / SKYQUAKES -
OREGON – 3/28/10 – Authorities still don't know the cause of a Southeast Portland boom. It was the second mysterious explosion-like sound to hit the area in two weeks. Portland authorities have no idea what caused the Sunday night boom that shook a number of residents' homes in Southeast Portland about 8:05 p.m. Many calls came in from the Sellwood neighborhood, but residents from Happy Valley to the Hillsdale area also reported hearing the ruckus. Portland Fire and Rescue sent several crews out, but "nobody could find anything." Portland Fire contacted the airport, but no causes were found there. Police were similarly stumped. There were no reports to confirm that a sonic boom occurred, which some Portland authorities guessed to be the cause. Residents reported a similar incident March 15, and no authorities ended up pinpointing the cause. Some pointed to fireworks as an explanation, but it was never confirmed. The latest one was much louder, and it was "very sudden, very quick." The mystery had the Portland area Twitterverse abuzz, as tweet after tweet referenced the "pdxboom."
ICELAND – The erupting volcano is between two glaciers and it could spread to both ice sheets, causing major flooding. The flow of floodwater could reach 10,000 cubic metres. That could flood an area of 100 square kilometres and could also spark an eruption at the bigger, adjacent Katla volcano. A state of emergency is in force in southern Iceland and more than 500 people in villages and farms in the area have been evacuated.
When Katla last produced a major eruption in 1918, the flood water flow was of Amazon proportions at 250,000 cubic metres.
The potential eruption of Iceland's volcano Katla would likely send the world, including the USA, into an extended deep freeze. "When Katla went off in the 1700s, the USA suffered a very cold winter. To the point, the Mississippi River froze just north of New Orleans, and the East Coast, especially New England, had an extremely cold winter. Depending on a new eruption, Katla could cause some serious weather changes." Scientists say history has proven that whenever the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupts, Katla always follows — the only question is how soon. "If it (Eyjafjallajokull) continues to belch, then you worry." What's key in having volcanic eruptions affect the weather is both the duration of the eruption, and how high the ash gets blasted into the stratosphere. "When volcanic ash reaches the stratosphere, it remains for a long time. The ash becomes a very effective block of the incoming solar radiation, thus cooling the atmosphere's temperatures."
RUSSIA – A belching of ash to the altitude of seven kilometers above sea level has been registered over the crater of the Shiveluch, Kamchatka’s northernmost active volcano. The exuding of ash does not pose any risks for nearby population centers, as no data on the fallout of volcanic dust there has been reported. The belching was not seen visually and scientists drew a conclusion that it had taken place on the basis of information from seismic observation stations located in the vicinity of the volcano. They registered “a surface seismic event at the volcano” having a four minutes’ duration. At this moment, the volcano displays weak or moderate eruption periods lasting from several months to two to three years. The periods of its activation were registered in 1980 to 1981 and 1993 to 1995. The last eruption ranking among disasters occurred in November 1964. The Shiveluch activated again in 2001, with a growth of the extrusive cupola – a towering of viscose lava — evidenced in its crater. Geophysical services and agencies keep the giant under permanent watch.
Klyuchevskaya volcano continues to be active – emitting steam, ash, and lava in early 2010.
MONTSERRAT – Passengers on a jet flying over the Caribbean have received a close-up look at a massive volcanic eruption sending ash and dust higher than the plane itself. The 737 jet was flying to the holiday destination of St Lucia when it passed the Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Monserrat midway through its eruption. Passengers rushed to the windows to see the explosion and subsequent mushroom cloud. The volcano sent a plume of ash as high as 12,000 metres, prompting other flight delays after fears the dust would get into the engines. The partial collapse of the volcano's lava dome is believed to be responsible for the ash cloud.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A task force has been set up to find permanent homes for thousands of Papua New Guineans affected by a series of volcanic explosions. Around 15,000 people fled their homes on Manam Island off PNG's north coast after a series of volcanic explosions in late 2004. They have been wallowing in temporary care centres on the mainland ever since, but their presence has angered local villagers. Tension regularly explodes into violence and earlier this month one person was murdered and a mob destroyed 160 homes at one of the care centres.
ICELAND – The search and rescue association has issued a warning that dangerous toxic fumes are in the air in the immediate surroundings of the volcanic crater on Fimmvörduháls, which can cause permanent damages to the lungs if inhaled. The chemicals being released into the atmosphere are sulfur, fluorine, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, which is odorless and deadly. Plans to open the road into the valley of Thórsmörk where the lava flow is headed were aborted Friday morning because the flow in the river Hvanná suddenly increased.
Undersea volcano could destroy Italy 'as soon as tomorrow' – expert warns. Europe's largest undersea volcano could disintegrate and unleash a tsunami that would engulf southern Italy "at any time". The Marsili volcano, which is bursting with magma, has "fragile walls" that could collapse.
"It could even happen tomorrow. Our latest research shows that the volcano is not structurally solid, its walls are fragile, the magma chamber is of sizeable dimensions. All that tells us that the volcano is active and could begin erupting at any time." The event would result in "a strong tsunami that could strike the coasts of Campania, Calabria and Sicily." The undersea Marsili, 3000m tall and located some 150km south-west of Naples, has not erupted since the start of recorded history. It is 70km long and 30km wide, and its crater is some 450m below the surface of the Tyrrhenian Sea. "A rupture of the walls would let loose millions of cubic metres of material capable of generating a very powerful wave. While the indications that have been collected are precise, it is impossible to make predictions. The risk is real but hard to evaluate."
ICELAND – Volcanic activity at the crater on Fimmvörduháls in south Iceland increased Monday afternoon after having subsided the night before and Monday morning. Shortly after 6 pm, a series of earthquakes measuring 2-2.5 on the Richter scale shook the region. The seismic activity is an indication of the force of the eruption, which is gradually decreasing. GPS monitors that measure tectonics show that the lithosphere has ceased expanding and even contracted a little. However, that is no certain indication that the eruption is about to finish. Roughly estimated, 15-20 million cubic meters of solid volcanic debris might have spurted to the surface from inside the earth since the eruption began on March 21. The lava now covers approximately one square kilometer.
ICELAND – The volcanic eruption near Eyjafjallajökull persists into its second week, with continued lava fountaining and lava flows spilling into nearby canyons. A new rift opened late Wednesday afternoon. About 50 people were saved by three helicopters, one from the Icelandic Coast Guard and two from a private company. The people were moved from the eruption site after the new rift opened at the site of the eruption. The situation is now under control. Tourists have been turned back to Skógar and to Thórsmörk. Snowmobiles at Mýrdalsjökull glacier have been turned back as well. At the moment the inhabitants near the Eyjafjallajökull area are not thought to be in danger.
One geologist said that the formation of the new rift was similar to that at the beginning of the eruption. The new rift literally opened before the eyes of scientists at the scene. Scientists believe that this could lead to a stream of lava flowing towards Thórsmörk. According to onlookers the new rift seem to be going towards Hvannárgil. The rift is growing little by little.
Early Wednesday, Search and Rescue teams were called out very early in the morning to assist a woman who had got her car stuck in ice and snow trying to cross a glacial river on the way to the Fimmvorduhals volcano. The woman was accompanied by two others. The trio were in an unmodified 4×4 car better suited to road driving than Highland off-roading in heavy winter weather. Rescue teams also had to rescue several cold and exhausted walkers from the volcano Sunday night – the third night in a row. The flow of visitors is currently nearly 24 hours a day. Rescue workers as complaining that visitors are also getting much too close to the active volcano and are preparing to erect some small guide fences in the most dangerous spots. They are likening the situation to a ticking time bomb if people do not start taking better care of themselves. Professional guides are particularly recommended. A slight increase in the volcano’s activity Sunday had continued into Monday; but conditions still appeared to be stable. Stable for an active volcanic eruption, that is.
Unusual Killer Eruptions Offer No Warning – Some volcanoes can blast sideways and kill without the usual seismic warning signals. In 2007, a strange eruption almost killed two climbers on Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand. The climbers' hut was just 500 meters from a lake, which covered a volcanic vent which suddenly belched a lot of ashy gas into the lake, creating a mini tsunami and a rain of rocks. "So as these guys were being inundated with water, they essentially started drowning in the acidic waters." One climber had about 10 seconds when he thought about how strange it was to be drowning at the top of a mountain. Only the collapse of the floor, which drained the water into the hut's basement, saved them. The entire bizarre outburst lasted less than a minute. Instead of rumbling a lot before exploding hot gas and ash skywards, the volcano had skipped a step and let loose a very peculiar sideways blast from its water-filled crater, without any warning at all.
Something very similar happened on March 17, 2006 on Raoul Island in the Kermadec chain. A sudden burst of gas and debris exploded from the crater called Green Lake, killing a New Zealand Department of Conservation ranger. Geologists now suspect that both eruptions are the result of the same process in which the vent of a simmering volcano can get gradually sealed by minerals, then build up gas pressure until the seal suddenly and unexpectedly rips open like a very large, bottle of hot, boulder-loaded champagne. What's more, there is no reason to believe this sealing process is exclusive to these two volcanoes. "If the chemistry processes are focused appropriately, these things can form in pretty much any volcano-tectonic environment." "The real problem is that they are almost impossible to predict."
TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –
Giant waves might one day send scientists an 'underwater telegram' via telecommunication cables on the ocean floor. Ocean water interacting with Earth’s magnetic field could create strong enough signals in the underwater cables to alert scientists that a tsunami is on the way. Though tsunamis move tremendous amounts of water at hundreds of kilometers per hour, their passage barely makes a ripple on the surface of the open ocean. But moving huge volumes of saltwater can make another kind of wave below: electromagnetic waves. This effect had been hinted at as early as 1971 and is now routinely used to monitor long-term ocean water flow across the Florida Strait as a measure of climate change. "We have cables already, and setting up a voltage difference measurement system is pretty easy and inexpensive. This can really augment the tsunami measuring system we have already in existence.”
TROPICAL STORMS -
AUSTRALIA – A "disorganised low" in the Arafura Sea off the Northern Terrority could form into a cyclone and move towards the Gulf of Carpentaria, northwest of Cairns. The bureau's latest cyclone outlook notes there is a small chance, or up to 20 per cent possibility. By Sunday, there is up to a 50 per cent chance a cyclone will form in that region. "By mid next week, it could swing around and head towards the Gulf. We are expecting it to track west and intensify over the weekend and in the short-term it is unlikely to head towards the Gulf." The low was currently over warm water and surface winds were ideal for the formation of a cyclone. "Right now it's disorganised. There are a clump of thunder storms with gaps between them and at this stage it is not spinning on a particular axis."
Forecasters say weather patterns are conspiring to produce a busy hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean, with one meteorologist predicting more than a half-dozen storms coming ashore in 2010. This follows a quiet 2009 season, in which the U.S. mainland was not touched by any of the giant tropical storms. "This year has the chance to be an extreme season," says AccuWeather, which correctly predicted 2009's quiet season and the record-setting snowfall this winter along the East Coast. "It is certainly much more like 2008 than 2009, as far as the overall threat to the United States' East and Gulf coasts."
The reasons most commonly cited for the 2010 forecast:
• A weakening of El Nino, the weather pattern that creates warmer-than-normal sea-surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean. In El Nino years, such as 2009, a persistent west-to-east wind blows across the southern United States. That wind tends to disrupt the formation of tropical systems in the Atlantic and Caribbean.
• Water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic that are warmer than last summer. Tropical systems get their power from warm water.
• Weaker winds off the west coast of Africa. That, forecasters say, will lessen the chances of dust from the Sahara Desert blowing into the Atlantic and disrupting the formation of tropical storms and hurricanes. Such a condition was present last year.
The hurricane season officially begins June 1.
Category one cyclone Paul will move across the Northern Territory in Australia today, whipping up wind and rain before being downgraded to a low. Paul is creating 110km/h winds near its centre, with gales at coastal and island communities. A cyclone warning has been issued for the eastern tip of the Northern Territory and surrounding islands. On Sunday night, Cyclone Paul was stationary on the coast near Cape Shield and was expected to move inland around Cape Shield and weaken to a low by Monday afternoon. A storm tide is expected between Cape Shield and Port Roper, with tides likely to rise significantly above normal high-tide levels. Damaging waves, heavy rain and dangerous flooding were likely on Sunday and Monday.
Heavy rain and destructive winds from cyclone Paul have battered Arnhem Land for 24 hours, bringing down trees and causing flooding. Cyclone Paul crossed the east coast of the Northern Territory yesterday morning and remains a category two storm, with winds of up to 130km/h. More than 300mm of rain has fallen in the past 48 hours at Groote Eylandt, where schools and a BHP mine remain closed. The cyclone has also caused stream flooding in parts of Arnhem Land, while trees have been brought down across roads in some areas. The Bureau of Meteorology expects the cyclone to weaken below cyclone strength today, but warns it could strengthen again later in the week. "It's not necessarily all over … if it does get back over waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria it could reintensify fairly quickly. There are no clear indications for the longer term, some models have it heading east across the gulf, other models have it heading toward Western Australia."
AUSTRALIA – Having been hit by two tropical cyclones so far this season, Queensland had been the center of tropical cyclone activity, but with the recent arrival of Tropical Cyclone Paul, it is now the Northern Territory's turn to experience heavy rains and gusty winds. Paul originated from a low pressure circulation embedded within the monsoon trough over the Arufura Sea between the northern coast of Australia and New Guinea. As the circulation drifted southward towards northern Australia it intensified slowly and only became a Category 1 cyclone on the evening of March 28, when the center was right over the northeast coast of the Northern Territory where it brought wind gusts of up to 110 kph (~70 mph). A 3-D perspective of the storm was created from data from TRMM's Precipitation Radar instrument. The most prominent feature is a deep convective tower, which penetrates up to 9 miles (15 km) high. This corresponds with an area of intense rain in the northwestern eyewall evident in the TRMM's image of horizontal rainfall. These tall towers are associated with convective bursts and can be a sign of future strengthening as they indicate areas where heat, known as latent heat, is being released into the storm. This heating is what drives the storm's circulation. Despite Paul's proximity to land, it was able to intensify into a Category 2 cyclone (equivalent to a minimal Category 1 hurricane) by the following morning with wind gusts of up to 140 kph (~85 mph). Paul is hovering over land along the coast and is expected to weaken slowly over the next day or so; however, it could eventually re-emerge over the very warm waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria and re-intensify.
FIJI – Residents of an island in northern Fiji say they will run out of food in less than two weeks if government aid does not reach them. When Cyclone Tomas hit two weeks ago, the Fijian government promised food aid would be sent to outlying areas as quickly as possible. But on Taveuni Island, residents say hundreds of people are still without food, clothing and tents. More than 500 homes were destroyed by the cyclone, with a damage bill of $US18 million.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
NORTH CAROLINA – Multiple mobile homes were overturned and people injured after a tornado touched down in North Carolina. Most of the damage centred around Davidson County, within the Piedmont region of central North Carolina. There was significant damage to a trailer park and injuries were reported in Lexington, while several trailers were damaged in Thomasville, with at least one person hurt.
The large tornado was reported to have touched the ground near Green St Baptist Church in Point, Guilford County. The storm was also producing 113km/h winds and hailstones as large as baseballs.
NEW YORK on pace for WETTEST MARCH EVER – Rain falling through Wednesday may push New York City to a record for the wettest March, while warmer weather arriving this weekend threatens temperature marks in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. New York and the Northeast are forecast to get 5.5 inches (13.9 centimeters) of rainfall from the storm that started late Sunday, pushing swollen rivers from New Jersey to Massachusetts back into flood stage. Manhattan’s Central Park received 10.54 inches of rain in March 1983, the current record. The overnight rainfall pushed this month’s unofficial total to about 7.7 inches. “They are going to get soaked, it will be 2 to 4 inches easy across the Northeast. I am concerned about widespread flooding from New Jersey up into eastern Massachusetts, and that includes New York City.” An unbroken string of flood watches and warnings stretches from Maine to Virginia. The storm is another in a series that can be blamed, at least in part, on El Nino. Storms driven by El Nino have dropped record-breaking snow and soaking rains that have swollen rivers, washed out roads and railroad tracks and flooded basements across the Northeast this year. “It has been a pretty wild season. Every storm we have had since February has been a big snow producer or a big rain producer.” A coast flood advisory has been issued for New York and southern Connecticut because tides are expected to be 1 to 1.5 feet above normal.
When the rain ends, temperatures are forecast to rise to the mid- to upper-70s. Readings may be in the 80s for Washington and Baltimore and as far north as Philadelphia. “There will be record- or near record-breaking heat into a good portion of the mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast as well. This warmth is a definite lock, it is going to be unusually warm.” The highest temperature recorded in Central Park on April 1 was 83. Philadelphia’s record for the date is 81, while the Washington and Baltimore record is 88. Temperatures from the Rocky Mountains east should be about 10 to 20 degrees above normal. California and the West will have below-normal temperatures. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center calls for below-average temperatures from the Pacific Coast to parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico from April 3 to April 7.
U.S. – The second major rainstorm of the month pounded the Northeast on Tuesday, pushing rivers over their banks, closing roads and schools, prompting evacuations, and SHATTERING AT LEAST ONE RAINFALL RECORD. In Rhode Island, officials expect THE MOST SEVERE FLOODING TO HIT THE STATE IN MORE THAN 100 YEARS. "The worst is still ahead of us. We're in a serious, serious situation." National Guard troops were activated in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, where neighborhoods still recovering from earlier flooding were again swamped after two days of unrelenting rain. A storm two weeks ago dropped as much as much as 10 inches of rain on the same region. Although the rain tapered off in many areas Tuesday afternoon, forecasters said the region's rivers might not crest until Wednesday or even Thursday. By Tuesday afternoon, Providence had recorded more than 15 inches of rain for the month, becoming THE RAINIEST OF ANY MONTH ON RECORD, breaking a mark set in 2005. Boston also SET A RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, topping a mark set in 1953, with nearly 14 inches of rain. It is now the second rainiest month since record keeping began in 1872. New Jersey and parts of New York City also SET MARCH RECORDS, and Portland, Maine, was approaching one. Hundreds of people across Rhode Island evacuated their homes. Scattered evacuations were reported in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and officials in New Hampshire warned residents in flood-prone areas to prepare to leave. No injuries had been reported in those states from the storm as of Tuesday evening. In New York City, a mudslide caused some interruptions on a commuter rail line in the Bronx. Airports including LaGuardia and Kennedy in New York and Newark Liberty in New Jersey also reported weather-related delays.
AUSTRALIA – The damage bill for last week's hail storm in Perth could top the $880 million in claims for Melbourne's flash flood in January. There have been 89,000 claims totalling $650 million so far in Western Australia, but these figures are likely to rise further. The hail storm devastated Perth and the south-west when it hit late in the afternoon on March 22, blacking out about 200,000 homes and businesses, damaging thousands of cars and flooding roads and residences.
U.S. – The WORST FLOODS IN DECADES washed over large areas of the northeastern United States overnight as authorities mobilised emergency services to brace for more to come. In one of the worst hit states, Rhode Island, all non-essential government employees were told to stay at home today. The flooding, which started on Monday, was THE WORST SINCE 1955 in Rhode Island. Another 50mm-100mm of rain was expected there and across much of the northeastern United States today. Total rainfall during the week's storms in the northeast was expected to reach 150-250mm. In Massachusetts, the Governor declared a state of emergency. People were warned away from the coasts. Most of Maine was put on flash-flood watch. The National Weather Service also declared large areas of New York state at risk of flooding.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
SCOTLAND – Snow and torrential rain cause chaos across Scotland. Roads are impassable, schools are closed and homes lose power as heavy snows, gale-force winds and blizzards wreak havoc. The "summer-time cold snap" brought snows up to 50cm deep, blizzards and gale-force winds to much of Scotland. On the roads, drivers have been struggling with road closures across Scotland as conditions remain treacherous in parts. Power supplies have been affected for a second day, with at least 15,000 people without power. Trains and ferries were also disrupted by the return of the wintry weather. People living in the north east of the country were among the worst affected, with those living in Aberdeenshire hit the hardest by the snowfall. Cold weather is set to continue on higher ground in the north until the end of the week.
UNITED KINGDOM – Dozens of train passengers have been rescued from a snowdrift and thousands of homes remain without power after heavy snow hit parts of the UK. More than 100 people were stuck on the Edinburgh to Inverness train for six hours after it got stuck near Aviemore. Forecasters say the worst of the snowfall may be over but warned that ice could prove treacherous on roads. In Northern Ireland about 30,000 homes remain without power after an ice-storm knocked out parts of the electricity network. Officers said driving conditions across Northern Ireland were "treacherous".
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
The year New Zealand blew strangely hot and cold. – Heatwaves and sudden snow bombarded the country in 2009, a year of extreme heat and cold that left many wondering which season they were in. Last year may have been fairly average by historical standards – ranking just 0.2C below the long-term temperature average of 12.5C – but the annual average masked a topsy-turvy year of sudden temperature change. The year got off to a dry start in January, with less than half the normal rainfall over much of the country combined with unusually warm temperatures in many places. February kicked off with a heatwave from the 7th to the 12th, and many places topped 34C. But those who thought they were in for a toasty year were due for a shock. Chilly southerly winds plunged temperatures to their COLDEST IN MAY in many places, with an extra dose of rain on top. The early chill ended abruptly in August, which was THE HOTTEST SINCE RECORDS BEGAN 155 YEARS AGO. All regions broke records for average August heat as northwesterly winds delivered an early spring. Then THE COLDEST OCTOBER SINCE WWII brought heavy snow dumps to Hawkes Bay and the central North Island and trapped unwary motorists in their cars. "We typically say winter is the months of June, July and August [but in 2009 we said] there was an early onset to winter and spring. Unfortunately it got cool again in October, so spring didn't last very long." The temperature extremes could not be explained by moderate El Nino conditions. "Sometimes the weather just happens."
CHINA – Emergency wells were being drilled and cloud-seeding operations carried out in southern China, where THE WORST DROUGHT IN DECADES has left millions of people without water and caused more than 1,000 schools to close. "The situation here will get worse in the coming months before it gets any better, but hopefully with more wells and water being diverted to those in need, we can help ease the situation. The drought, which has left southwestern China suffering since last year, has affected about 61 million people and left more than 12 million acres (about 5 million hectares) barren in Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Chongqing and Guangxi. "Cloud seeding hasn't been very successful, so even though we are drilling for wells and diverting water from dams to people in need, new areas will begin to suffer as long as there is no rain." China has been experimenting with weather modification for decades. For parts of Yunnan, it is the WORST DROUGHT IN A CENTURY. Since late 2009, mountainous Yunnan and its neighboring provinces have received little rainfall, causing crop and livestock losses worth 23.7 billion yuan ($3.47 billion). Neighboring Guizhou province has been hit with its WORST DROUGHT IN 80 YEARS, while in Guangxi it is THE WORST DROUGHT IN 50 YEARS. In Guangxi, where sugar cane crops have perished and white sugar production is expected to decline this year, 67 producers have been forced to shut down, nearly double the number during the same period last year. Further south, the severe drought has dropped the Mekong River to its LOWEST LEVEL IN 20 YEARS after an early end to the 2009 wet season and low rainfall during the monsoons. The Mekong, which originates in the Tibetan Plateau and flows to southeast Asia through Yunnan, is the lifeblood for 65 million people in six countries — Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam.
China's huge land mass means drought can occur in one region while others have record-breaking temperatures and severe storms that can cause floods.
Monarch butterflies normally find sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico, away from the cold winters of North America, but a harsh winter of torrential rain and mudslides has decimated the monarch butterfly population. A harsh winter has reduced butterflies' population by as much as 50 percent. Not even sticking close together under tall fir trees as they normally do could protect them from the downpours and freezing temperatures. "We saw a number of things happen in Mexico this winter that shouldn't be happening but are probably due to climate change in some way."
"One of the things that's predicted from climate change is you see a lot of moisture coming into central Mexico in the dry season and that moisture came in with a passion this winter, and it was just very destructive. We had 15 inches of rain over a three-day period, and it was just devastating. "It was pretty clear that in some locations 80 percent of the butterflies had been lost, in other locations it had been 20 to 30 percent, and in other places it was 50 percent or more loss."
It's THE LOWEST NUMBER OF MONARCHS EVER SEEN returning to the United States. Around this time each year, sightings of the butterflies are reported from Florida to Texas, but this year there has been about a quarter of the usual sightings in the south. While researchers suspect climate change and the destruction of their habitat in the U.S. and Mexico as the cause of the population's precipitous drop, it may also be a natural phenomenon. "What we're going to try to do is get people to plant regionally appropriate milkweed all over the country so that we can create the habitat or try to replace some of the habitat that's being lost due to development and other conditions in this country."
PICK YOUR POISON, WHICH OF THESE ARTICLES IS CORRECT?
A team of scientists has determined that the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 4th assessment report UNDERestimates the potential dangerous impacts that man-made climate change will have on society. "Even if all man-made greenhouse gas emissions were stopped tomorrow and carbon-dioxide levels stabilized at today's concentration, by the end of this century, the global average temperature would increase by about 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 2.4 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, which is significantly above the level which scientists and policy makers agree is a threshold for dangerous climate change. Of course, greenhouse gas emissions will not stop tomorrow, so the actual temperature increase will likely be significantly larger, resulting in potentially catastrophic impacts to society unless other steps are taken to reduce the Earth's temperature. Furthermore, while the oceans have slowed the amount of warming we would otherwise have seen for the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the ocean's thermal inertia will also slow the cooling we experience once we finally reduce our greenhouse gas emissions." This means that the temperature rise we see this century will be largely irreversible for the next thousand years. "Reducing greenhouse gas emissions alone is unlikely to mitigate the risks of dangerous climate change. Society should significantly expand research into geoengineering solutions that remove and sequester greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. Geoengineering solutions must be in addition to, not replace, dramatic emission reductions if society is to avoid the most dangerous impacts from climate change."
Climate not changing as quickly as projected. When the global temperature computer models were developed, several important factors were either omitted or put in at adjusted rates such as sea surface temperatures, black dust from Eurasia and solar influence of the sun. All of these factors have an effect on global temperature along with greenhouse gases like methane. When the correct values for these factors were fed into the computer model, the adjusted global temperate went down. Water vapor in the upper atmosphere is declining and because it is declining, the temperature is not rising at the rate it was projected to raise. Water vapor is a greenhouse gas, and it is decreasing. "EPA is wrong; most of the warming is not, most likely, the result of changes in greenhouse gases." Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas, and according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the level of methane in the atmosphere is going up. Bovine flatulence, rice paddy agriculture, and coal mining are three of the main sources of methane gas emissions. But methane gas in the atmosphere is not increasing according to computer model projections. Global temperature is rising at a constant rate, not at a wild exponential rate as suggested by some computer models. When all of the computer models are all saying something different, how do we decide which one is correct? "Look out the window. It is not rocket science. See which model matches what the weather is doing now."
The science doesn't lie on climate change – Big Oil wants us to remain addicted to oil, a major source of carbon pollution. So it and other special interests have conducted an aggressive disinformation campaign for more than a decade to convince Americans that there's a major disagreement among scientists on the dangers posed by carbon pollution, just as the tobacco industry disputed the science to keep smokers addicted. Yes, the 3,000-page review of the scientific literature by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 has a couple of "trivial mistakes" in it. But the British Royal Academy, the oldest scientific body in the world, and the Met Office, part of the United Kingdom's Defense Ministry, noted that "even since the 2007 IPCC Assessment, the evidence for dangerous, long-term, and potentially irreversible climate change has strengthened." The basic science is clear. Naturally occurring, heat-trapping gases keep the planet about 60 degrees warmer than it would otherwise be, giving us the livable climate we have today. Since the industrial revolution, humankind has spewed vast quantities of extra greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide from fossil fuels, into the atmosphere, causing more and more heat to be trapped. And so the atmosphere is warming. "The last 10 years are the warmest 10-year period of the modern record." It may have seemed like a cool January in parts of this country, but globally it was the hottest January in the satellite record. And while it may be counterintuitive, we actually get more snowstorms in warm years."
There is no global warming consensus – Call it the global warming crackup, an unfolding process of contradictory claims about glaciers, weather, and scientists asserting a consensus when none exists. Global warming alarmists can't make up their minds because the entire basis for their energy rationing project has collapsed into a mess of errors, exaggerations, and deceit. The Obama administration said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the "gold standard" for climate science, yet now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator won't defend it. The IPCC and Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now the IPCC has retracted several false claims concerning, among other things, rain forests shrinking, crops dying, and sea levels rising. We've been told weather is not to be confused with climate, except when you have heat waves or blizzards. We've been told cap-and-trade would create thousands of green jobs, yet the Congressional Budget Office, Department of Energy, National Black Chamber of Commerce, and others say it would mean a net loss of jobs.
We are told that increasing levels of CO2 will increase temperature, yet the key scientist in the climategate scandal says there's been "no statistically significant warming" in the past 15 years – all while CO2 levels have increased. We've been told that there is an "indisputable consensus" that human-caused global warming is happening and pushing the planet to certain disaster. Yet that same scientist now says that the vast majority of climate scientists don't agree on what the data are telling us. There is no consensus – except agreement there are significant gaps in what scientists know about the climate system.
GUYANA – drought that has battered the tiny South American nation's rice and sugar exports and caused food shortages in indigenous communities. The government of the country of about 750,000 people is struggling to irrigate farmland, with water at storage points reaching dangerously low levels. Guyana is one of several countries in the region, including neighboring Venezuela, that have been parched by drought since the end of last year.
The Gulf Stream does not appear to be slowing down, say US scientists. Confirming work by other scientists, they found dramatic short-term variability but no longer-term trend. A slow-down is projected by some models of climate change. The stream is a key process in the climate of western Europe, bringing heat northwards from the tropics and keeping countries such as the UK 4-6C warmer than they would otherwise be. It forms part of a larger movement of water, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which is itself one component of the global thermohaline system of currents. Between 2002 and 2009, there was no trend discernible – just a lot of variability on short timescales.The satellite record going back to 1993 did suggest a small increase in flow, although the researchers cannot be sure it is significant. "The changes we're seeing in overturning strength are probably part of a natural cycle. The slight increase in overturning since 1993 coincides with a decades-long natural pattern of Atlantic heating and cooling." The first observations suggesting the circulation was slowing down emerged in 2005. Using an array of detectors across the Atlantic and comparing its readings against historical records, scientists suggested the volume of cold water returning southwards could have fallen by as much as 30% in half a century – a significant decline. The surface water sinks in the Arctic and flows back southwards at the bottom of the ocean, driving the circulation. However, later observations by the same team showed that the strength of the flow varied hugely on short timescales – from one season to the next, or even shorter. But they have not found any clear trend since 2004. The quantities of water involved are huge, varying between four million and 35 million tonnes of water per second. Driven by Hollywood, a popular image of a Gulf Stream slowdown shows a sudden catastrophic event driving snowstorms across the temperate lands of western Europe and eastern North America. That has always been fantasy – as is the idea that a slow-down would trigger another ice age. "But the Atlantic overturning circulation is still an important player in today's climate. Some have suggested cyclic changes in the overturning may be warming and cooling the whole North Atlantic over the course of several decades and affecting rainfall patterns across the US and Africa, and even the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic."
China on Thursday started ramping up preparations for typhoons, dust storms and other extreme weather disasters as part of a 10-year plan to predict and prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Improved warning systems, new emergency drills and bolstered infrastructure will form the backbone of the new regulations, which are the country's most advanced measures yet to deal with natural disaster. China has a long history of devastating floods and droughts, but officials said the problems were intensifying. In recent years, disasters were characterised by "sudden occurrence, wider variety, greater intensity and higher frequency in the context of global warming". Officials warn this poses a threat to human life and a huge challenge to China's sustainable development.
Natural disasters cause economic losses each year of up to 300bn yuan (£29bn), equivalent to about 2% of the country's gross domestic product. Unusually severe snow storms engulfed southern China in 2008 and the worst drought in a century is now afflicting Yunnan, Guangxi and Sichuan provinces. The new regulations for the prevention of and preparedness for meteorological disasters will establish a legal framework for disaster response, risk assessment, evacuation measures and public education. They will cover terrestrial phenomena – such as extreme temperatures, dust and sand storms, lightning strikes, fog, typhoons – and "space weather", such as solar storms.
Despite its developing nation status, China has an advanced meteorological monitoring system, using weather satellites and a global network of 158 radar stations. The government has invested 10bn yuan in the system in recent years, with the budget rising 15% annually. "The large sums that China invests in its meteorological infrastructure are rarely seen in the world."
Colony Collapse Disorder continued in 2009 as bees disappear from US. The decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing, a phenomenon that still baffles researchers and beekeepers. Data from the US Department of Agriculture showed a 29 per cent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 per cent decline in 2008 and a 32 per cent fall in 2007. This affected not only honey production but around $15 billion worth of crops that depended on bees for pollination. Scientists call the phenomenon "colony collapse disorder", and it has led to the disappearance of millions of adult bees and beehives and occurred elsewhere in the world, including in Europe. Researchers have looked at viruses, parasites, insecticides, malnutrition and other environmental factors but have been unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the population decline.
The rough winter in many parts of the United States will likely accentuate the problem. But preliminary estimates already indicated losses of 30 to 50 per cent. "There are a lot of beekeepers who are in trouble. Under normal condition you have 10 per cent winter losses … this year there are 30, 40 to 50 per cent losses." The phenomenon probably resulted from a combination of factors but the increased use of pesticides appears to be a major cause. "I don't put my bees in Florida because the last couple of years there has been tremendous increase in pesticide use in the orange crop to fight a disease. It's a bacterium and the only way to control this disease is to use pesticide … a few years ago they did not use any pesticide at all." Research conducted in 23 US states and Canada found 121 different pesticides in 887 samples of bees, wax, pollen and other elements of hives, lending credence to the notion of pesticides as a key problem.
COLORADO – 3/29/10 – Meteorite-like rock strikes 10 feet from Rist Canyon home. One resident heard a loud swooshing sound late Monday night and felt a gust of wind through the house, but she didn't think too much of it because the log-sided home is heated by three different sources, including a woodstove. But outside, in the morning, they found what appears to be about a 10-pound piece of rock that fell to the ground so quickly that it created a funnel in the ground. Several smaller pieces of rock and small holes were found nearby. They have called Colorado State University to see if researchers are interested in looking at the rock.
HEALTH THREATS –
Masks and N-95s performed equally in study – An observational study of health workers at a Singapore hospital suggests that surgical masks were as effective as N-95 respirators against pandemic H1N1 infections. For one month last summer workers wore N-95s in emergency and isolation areas, and the following month they wore surgical masks. Few workers got sick, and all transmission occurred outside the hospital. The CDC recommends N-95s for health workers caring for H1N1 patients.
Does 'man flu' really exist? – Men may have a weaker immune system and could be more vulnerable to so-called 'man flu', scientists propose. Their theory suggests there is a trade-off between a strong immune system and reproductive success. Previous experiments have found differences in the ability of females and males to deal with infection. Across a range of animal species, males tend to be the 'weaker sex' in terms of immune defences. This is usually explained by the difference in hormones. But a leading flu expert says there is no difference in men's immunity. His team at the University of London deliberately infected men and women with the flu virus. He says there was no noticeable difference between their recovery times or their immunity. "But the women did complain more."
Pandemic activity may be increasing across Central America and in some parts of South America. Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, and parts of Brazil have reported increasing pandemic flu detections. Mexico is seeing more respiratory illnesses, though it's not clear if flu is the cause. Flu activity hasn't peaked in West Africa, though it is subsiding in Thailand. European countries are increasingly reporting influenza B.
AUSTRALIA – Health authorities are warning of a double whammy flu threat this year, with both the swine flu and more conventional strains in wide circulation.
Fatty foods can be as addictive as drugs – Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious, yet fattening, foods may be addictive.
Georgia's rise in serious H1N1 cases worries CDC – Public health officials are so concerned by an uptick of serious cases of H1N1 flu in the southeastern United States that they called a short-notice press briefing yesterday to urge Americans to be vaccinated against the pandemic strain. They said they are particularly concerned about the "worrisome trend" in Georgia, where "more than 40" people were hospitalized in the past week for lab-confirmed flu. Since mid-February, Georgia has had more flu-related hospitalizations than any other state, as well as more than Georgia has seen since its flu peak in October. Last week, the CDC said that Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina were experiencing regional activity, the second-highest level of flu activity. The new cases are occurring in adults with chronic medical conditions, a group that health officials have consistently urged to take the H1N1 shot. The new victims were not vaccinated – Georgia had one of the lowest rates of flu-vaccine acceptance last fall. The CDC is sufficiently concerned about the Georgia cases that it has loaned a team of its disease detectives to the state. "Seeing an increase in cases again in Georgia is UNUSUAL. Does that mean we're going to see that in other states? I really don't know."
Asked whether the Georgia cases might be the first blip in a feared third wave of flu: "I can't say whether we'll have another wave of infection, but I'm worried about a different possibility. I'm worried that additional cases will be happening day in and day out in people who thought there was no risk anymore." Since the beginning of the pandemic almost a year ago, 265,000 Americans have been hospitalized for H1N1 infections and 12,000 have died, according to CDC estimates. "Ninety percent of those people, about 11,000, are people under 65," in contrast to a normal season in which most victims are elderly. "We estimate that the rate of death in young people is probably five times higher than what we would typically see with seasonal influenza." In an average year, 36,000 Americans die of flu.
China drought threatens key Tamiflu ingredient – A severe drought in four of China's southwestern provinces is threatening production of star anise, a major source of shikimic acid, a key ingredient of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). A forestry expert said Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, gets two thirds of its star anise from China. A Roche official said it's not clear if the drought will affect Tamiflu production and that the company could substitute another ingredient for star anise.
Study says entry screening may have worked – Countries that began screening incoming travelers after the World Health Organization issued its pandemic alert last year may have delayed local transmission 7 to 12 days. Entry screening at airports, ports, and border crossings "may lead to short-term delays in local transmission of a novel strain of influenza virus." Resources need to be balanced against expected benefits.
South Africa faces wide outbreak of Rift Valley fever – An outbreak of Rift Valley fever that began in South Africa in February has expanded to five of the country's nine provinces, with 63 human cases and 2 deaths in three provinces. Rift Valley fever is transmitted among animals by mosquitoes. Most human cases are mild, with severe disease occurring in about 1% of cases. In severe cases, the virus can cause meningoencephalitis, retinal disease, or bleeding, and there is no specific treatment. Disease experts are concerned about the possibility of an introduction of the virus into the United States. South Africa has had sporadic cases of Rift Valley fever in recent years. The last major outbreak was in 1974-76, when an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 human cases occurred. South Africa is particularly alert to disease outbreaks at the moment, because the country will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament from June 11 to July 11 in venues around the country.
Emergency department workers have had the highest H1N1 infection rate among hospital staff, according to a new study – followed by those in pediatrics, ambulatory care, and anesthesiology. Data from five hospitals showed 123 confirmed cases, with an infection rate of 29% in adult emergency departments. As a group, physicians and medical personnel had the highest rate (6.7%), followed by security/transportation (3.9%), housekeeping/food service (2.7%), and nurses/clinical technicians (2.2%).
CDC estimates 24% of Americans received the H1N1 vaccine.
Less than 40% of healthcare workers have received the pandemic flu vaccine. Almost 62% of healthcare workers received the seasonal flu vaccine but just 37% received the pandemic vaccine. Healthcare workers were more likely to believe that the seasonal flu vaccine was safe when compared to the pandemic vaccine. More workers believed the seasonal flu vaccine was more worth the time and expense than the pandemic vaccine counterpart. Though healthcare workers were the top priority group to receive the first doses in early October, most of those doses were the inhaled version, which was contra-indicated for some people with underlying conditions and those aged 50 and over, both of whom make up a sizable segment of the healthcare workforce.
Signs in False Shepherds/Religion
For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also. 2 Timothy 3:6-9
Who are the Christian militia 'Hutaree' and why was the FBI targeting them?
Mon Mar 29, 4:16 pm ET
This weekend, the FBI conducted a series of raids in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana to detain members of a Christian militia group on criminal charges.
Losing their religion? Catholicism in turmoil
WARSAW, Poland – An Austrian priest avoids mention of Pope Benedict XVI in his Masses. A Philadelphia woman stops going to confession, saying she now sees priests as more flawed than herself. British protesters call for the pontiff to resign.
The guru, the sex tape and an unholy row
By Andrew Buncombe in Delhi
Thursday, 1 April 2010
To his countless thousands of followers across India and around the world, Nithyananda Swami was nothing less than a true guru – a genuine holy man who could lead people to spiritual happiness.
Papal ally accused of 'ritual beatings'
By Tony Paterson
1 April 2010
The child abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church widened yesterday as a leading German bishop personally appointed by Pope Benedict was accused of ritually beating and punching children at a church-run home during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Special Report:Holy bubble! Churches struck down by foreclosures
FORT WASHINGTON, Md
Thu Apr 1, 2010
(Reuters) – By the time thousands of parishioners stream into the 3,000-seat Ebenezer AME Church on Easter Sunday, church leaders hope to have something else to celebrate: financial revival.
Faith under Fire
"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12
"You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered." Matthew 10:22
Iran Frees Church Leader On Bail
By BosNewsLife Middle East Service
April 3, 2010
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An Iranian pastor held for 54 days on charges of "converting Muslims" to Christianity was free Saturday, April 3, after he was temporary released on bail along with several other believers, Iranian Christians and rights investigators said.
Pakistan Christian Maid Burned To Death
Thursday, April 1, 2010 (4:35 am)
By Jawad Mazhar, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan
SHEIKHUPURA, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A young Christian maid was raped and burned to death by the son of her Muslim employer in the industrial city of Sheikhupura, the second murder of a domestic servant in Pakistan's Punjab province in less than two months, investigators confirmed Thursday April 1.
Three Injured As Hindu Activists Attack Catholic School, Christians In India
Saturday, March 27, 2010 (6:09 am)
By Santosh Digal, BosNewsLife Asia Correspondent
NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– Police were investigating Saturday, March 27, attacks by suspected Hindu activistson a Roman Catholic school and, separately, a pastor and his companion near India's capital New Delhi which injured at least three people, Christian rights activists said.
Innocent Christian hoteliers forced to sell their business
The Christian Institute
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
The Christian hoteliers falsely prosecuted for a ‘hate’ crime have seen their business brought to the brink of collapse.
Pakistani Muslim Prohibits Burial in Christian Graveyard
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan, April 1 (CDN)
A Muslim land owner who effectively seized a Christian graveyard here refused to allow the burial of a young Christian at the site on Sunday (March 28).