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THE BLUE HEELER AND THE
CN July 12, TV July 31, Rising Waters
The Australian, August 2 (slightly revised 2003)
SEA AND WAVES ROARING
The pitter-patter of the Blue Heeler's feet was so very dim, because we were near the coastline. Its nose quivered as it snuffed the wind. It looked thoughtfully out to sea, head raised, tail crisped, then resumed its swift trot.
There was undoubtedly something different. It had not been on the island long, since it had been taken there on a year long excursion with a scientist, who brought it with him. People could be seen looking out to sea, and with the field glasses, it was observed that their brows were creased. The dog saw unaided. It howled a little, but realising perhaps the loss of face and form in such a proceeding, tempered it into a note of mere query. There was something wrong. He realised as he went to the shore, for the sea had been rather too rough to be inviting, but knowledge was necessary. The waters were unduly high. Nor was this the first time.
Had he been
able to understand human speech in a fuller form than the few hundred words
committed to memory, he might have realised ... These Pacific Islands, such as
One was shown the track, so narrow between the pines where the skiers could zoom on the skidding surfaces, and wonder .... HOW they could do it safely! The driver gave a comment, never forgotten. They did not, he indicated, do it safely. On such a track, so efficient looking for shooting stars in the form of mankind on skis, there had indeed been an error; for someone had moved into a tree. What, the question arose with concern, what happened ? He stayed there, came the laconic reply. This was scarcely attractive, but it fitted in the sense of loneliness and grandeur, majesty and weight in the air; yet there was a weight in man's daring as so often, when it accomplishes too little. It would be like crashing a shuttle flight space vehicle in seeking to see how near one could go to some building, or hollow in the moon.
Ah no! says some reader ? But it is sure that the most sophisticated human-made vehicle of all time is but nothing, or to be more precise, nearly a cipher, compared with the invention and design and masterpiece work of artistry and art, method and depth, mathematics and life called man's body. THAT, it still leaves out the liberties of thought and the potencies of spirit, but for the moment it is enough. Yet man moves his far more than space vehicle, with mind and spirit incorporated in the total design, as if it were - little more than a toy.
He does it too in climatic
ways, as one learns so swiftly in the wake of the Bonn Conference just
finished, in late July 2001, on that topic. That was Part II of the Sixth
Session of the Conference of Parties (COP - it sounds, in acronym, almost like a weather cop!),
for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which has received substantial news
coverage, and not without good reasons. The
to be sure, was the governmental form for
There may, it is true, be questions of equity, and of this and that consideration to the account, this contribution and that, but it seems imperative that something better than abstention should soon adorn the ways of the nations. The NATIONAL INTEREST code is neither moral, nor Biblical nor a wise alternative to the UN style humanistic, slanted racial self-interest immorality.
Indeed, one pointed out in one such climatic conference, that the alleged cost to the US could readily be, and in the opinion of the speaker, was grossly over-stated; for if it would mean that many industries would shut down, there would be correlative, parallel pressure for new ones to arise or extend. For example, if there were to be a sharp reduction in combustion car engines, then an increase in battery ones, or if there were a sharp reduction in coal burning, then an increase in wind and solar powered electricity production would require resources, create jobs and invite research.
Nevertheless a cost there will be.
Thus as our Blue Heeler
moves about on his temporary
Storms, it was urged, were
already making the islands more hazardous, for it seemed to require less
rigorous and vehement surges to wreck more havoc on the
Meanwhile our interest is in the other clause, the protecting of this orb from a scenario "that could totally disrupt life on earth."
longer do the inveterate optimists, whose credulity could lead to a greater
pessimism based on greater dangers through longer delays, sound their trumpets
to the verbally dancing midst of debates. It is how much and how soon, now.
THE CALL OF PROPHECY AND
THE CRY OF CURRENT FACT
Meanwhile the Islanders! Plans, said one delegate or associate of the Conference, preparations were coming to mind if not indeed to hand, for the repatriation of the island(s) in view. The tide power was rising, security was falling, viability was questioned and in the meantime, conference delegates could talk of delays and difficulties and indeed, it was alleged, various sections could intentionally involve others in long complications and complexities. One is reminded of Neville Chamberlain's great announcement of PEACE IN OUR TIME, on the political front, months before World War II came from continued inaction in the face of a menace that metaphorically almost clouded out the sun, just as Biblically, one comes which will move in that direction literally!
In the 20th century case, long had Churchill warned.
Now it is a global catastrophe. It will not be avoided, or if it were reduced, there would be others. The book of Revelation makes it clear that it is not only the foolishly induced havocs but judgmental ones which are in store for this earth; and in particular - but look, there are the feet of our prophetically related dog, dancing airily along the cliff tops again, for he has pounced on a manuscript, and without doubt, it is the book of Luke.
It is in :
"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring, men's hearts faliing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming in the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
We have in SMR Ch. 8, dealt with details at length, but for the moment, the obvious application of the rush of riot depicted in the text is all about it, constantly reported in this way and that. Our present concern, in the context, and indeed in the context of Jerusalem being back in the control of Israel, the epochal and sure signal that this is the milieu preparatory to Christ's return (as in Luke 21:24), is ONE THING at this point.
It is the sea situation, its cause and its consequence. The sea and the waves roaring was part of a tiny encapsulation of the notorious or strident, the vigorous or inescapable features of the predicted time, one set in a pattern of events which made it wholly unique in history, Jerusalem under Jewish control being one part.
Now in such a short
predictive coverage, what would be signified by this, sea and waves
Clearly it would involve a certain vigour, undesirable and threatening, a minatory mass of oceanic disturbance, energy and activity thunderous and gripping, incursive and turbulent. It is in precisely the environment of terms in Luke 21, that it occurs. Thus, correlative features are these: MOON signs, SUN signs, NATIONAL DISTRESS signs so widespread as to constitute INTERNATIONAL PERPLEXITY, a PANDEMIC OF FEAR and EVIL EXPECTATION, the SHAKING OF THE POWERS OF THE HEAVENS. Famines and earthquakes occur at the same time, as often noted (cf. SMR loc.cit.).
A turbulence in many dimensions was to be found increasing until the total impact would render continued human life on earth as certainly doomed - and WITHOUT any exception, UNLESS the Lord intervened - as in the flood (Matthew 24:22). This scenario, Christ declared, would come, would be fulfilled and would not be humanly deterrable. BUT He also indicated that for the sake of His own people, this would be interrupted. The Lord Himself would will intervene in various ways.
So He spoke and exactly so it is coming to pass, with all the brio of Scene V of a Shakespearean tragedy, one of the main features of which is often a keen sense of justice! Here it IS justice. So does art attest in its own way, from some of its greatest, the moral dimension; and it is at the hand of the Creator of EVERY dimension that the end comes.
1) HE WILL COME to collect His family (I Thess. 4).
2) HE WILL COME to judge the nations (II Thess. 4, Matthew 25, Revelation 19).
3) HE WILL COME to rule the earth and vindicate His righteousness (Psalm 73, Revelation 20), even where His salvation was despised.
All these things we have seen in place, before. Now we merely put the sea and waves roaring in their geographical and temporal PERSPECTIVE.
God is the author. The book needs attention. It is receiving it now, not without trepidation from many, who do not follow its prescription or accept its diagnosis of their lives; and it will be taken thoroughly in hand, then when as Revelation so pointedly indicated (in Revelation 5), the dynamics of consummation are set in progress. Indeed, they have already begun as the events of Revelation 6 abundantly attest. But let us return to the seas and their tax on man.
Thus THE ISLANDERS at the Conference were in notable cases, distraught. Would they have to flee their threatened precincts ? Vested interests, it was alleged, heard and adjusted their ways not at all, seeking delay, procrastinating ...
Others would cite this and
that statistic, and the call was clamant to
One islander was taken, in
the dramatic account displayed in RISING WATERS, in a tour
Meanwhile, some realism came onto the scene. We were told of recent history for this notable island. In 1992 or so, there had been a massive storm which had inundated whole sections of the transport system of Manhattan Island, and had caused massive disruption to air and train travel. Waters simply rose and thrust themselves unfettered down the stairways, no longer available for man, to the subway sections, and water for swimmers, not trains for commuters, this was the available transport.
there is slowness in dealing with such things. The water however does not slow
because the brow of man is puckered in many thoughts about many things, and
national interests and the like.
THE RISING TEMPER OF THE TIMES
GIVEN ITS COME-UPPANCE
The Biblical account is not
futuristic. It is not strange. History has at last caught up with it, if in one
thing, then in nearly all. The stage has been set in writing, like an
architect's plan for some new and vast construction, shelved for centuries and
now to be activated. This one had the distant time set upon it from the first,
and now it happens. Once man tried
Shirley Hazzard books on the topic, People in Glass Houses and Defeat of an Ideal, are of keen interest, from an inmate of the UN, or should one rather deem it, a participant, and in the end, a horrified one at the pettiness, power seekings, unwieldly and anomalous classifications that impel, the combination of lavish words and mini-deeds within itself!
Man ? He belongs to
himself, seems the unending, erring message of provocative demission of the
dignity of God. Does he now ? Did he then make himself (SMR Ch.2, Stepping
out for Christ Chs. 2, 7 -10) ? Does
he provide for his mental, spiritual, moral and bodily peace ? Can he even
imitate his construction, given intelligence, from unintelligent items ? Does
he ? Or does he merely imitate, interfere and activate what is provided ! It is
in the mind he can create, and one of his chief and pet creations, a pet of
petulance, is this, that he was not himself created by creation, by the
Creator, even when he daily creates in his derivative sense, and often creates
misdemeanours with straight mien, as if his only resource were dilettante
discourse, contrary to fact, to logic, to life and to need. THAT, it is ONE of
the many grounds of his approaching judgment (cf. SMR pp. 99ff., 999ff.).
Is this the case, that as god he stalks the earth and, filled with all knowledge and sagacity, legitimately determines its innings and the innings of any man or race that crosses his path ?
Or has His Creator's law been so molested with human arrogance of misplaced aspiration that only judgment remains ? And will the kind institution of the United Nations, or some other goliath, help man mitigate it until the day is so late, that there is no longer time to return ? Such appears his scenario from life, and certainly it is so from prophecy, which man apes while he disregards it, and which sets forth his progress as he progresses, from millenia before.
Invalid without ground (Repent or Perish Ch. 7, Barbs, Arrows and Balms 6 and 7, That Magnificent Rock Ch. 5, Joyful Jottings 3), by his own philosophic pretensions disabled from truth, a mere reactor-assessor, inconsequential without basis, dispossessed and self-deprived, man blasts off into the logical space which is not there, and for his presumption, is jolted back to earth constantly and routinely, rapped for his rapt ignorance and vacuous delusion. Repent he will not (in the mass), and learn he cannot being blind (John -41), the Gentiles in their own way repeating the errors of ancient
; and alas, seeing is not his milieu without the light, itself the Lord whom he rejects (SMR Ch. 1). Israel
Thus man, emerging from the 20th century and the power of the British Empire (cf. Joyful Jottings 5 , 14), and the erstwhile emphasis on truth in the US, is coming into the delirious seeming joy of planting trees of sorrow, to bear fruit in their season. It seems that already, Spring is here, a funereal season in things spiritual, for the unwilling race.
While we read once again of New York (Salt Shakers p. 15, July 2001) that a church has been harassed by attentions relating to its BILL BOARD, one citing scriptural condemnation of homosexuality, and officially investigated as to its doctrine, its board removed so that the public could not see it, we perceive how in the land of the free, the place where many Puritans and Protestants helped to found a nation, so that men might worship God without the Statist constraints of kings and emperors, popes and other impositions: there is degradation. Change is here.
There is coming a new
kingdom. Its claws are already striding, leaving their marks in the land, its
roar making a mockery of truth and a menace to its proclamation. The kingdom of
heaven is being actively assailed, as in the countries from which came the
progenitors of many of those now in the
It has done so much that is admirable, sought so many good things, and helped in so many good causes, and is it now to be seduced once and for all to foreign variants of the humanistic secularism, the idolatry which is human racism, the fanfare of emptiness and the fire of destruction which these burning aspirations breathe out: is it also to go !
The trends of church
destruction from within, as in the Presbyterian dominions, when Princeton
seminary was first invaded in the twenties, in the Anglican-Roman involvements,
the Baptist embracements of Rome via the Graham association not disciplined,
and in all the endless seeming sects, the Romanist body itself brazen as
perhaps never before, Biblical beliefs on the wane in ecclesiastical behemoths
which move to homosexual permission, Biblical remission not of sins but of its
text, spiritual pathogens awash, existentialist humanism seeking ways to invade
the churches; all these have come, and not gone.
The UN molestation of Biblical morals gives drive, like an accompanying typhoon, to the disintegrative process. The lusts of society for its various gurus and rock bands with their anti-moral ethos join in, while drugs strip the restraints, children tote guns in their schools, and schools can even be forced to have security guards well in evidence to keep life intact: these are the filigree work of the new building. But then ? Is it not just in this, that what has exalted what never made more than havoc, and worshipped the curse the earth has received, daringly maligning the creator as if this were His method of making, in total defiance of all that law has ever been seen to say, and events to do, is now reaping from the very young it has thronged to mis-teach, the misdeeds correlative to its fraudulent instruction (cf. That Magnificent Rock Ch. 8, Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Ch. 13).
It is not all bad; but
then, neither is a body, stricken with lung cancer. The heart may be fine, the
bones a marvel, the muscles a masterpiece, but continuing life is threatened in
one phase. Here it is is the spiritual, the moral. There is a pollution far
worse than that of
Can the rising seas wash
this sin away ? While new power groupings grope for success, and China warns
with a high pseudo-moral tone, that it is WRONG for any OTHER power to seek to subdue Taiwan,
but RIGHT for it do so on demand, and the whole cicada-like chorus of programmatic
insistences seek to dominate the earth, power and not truth, propaganda and not
reality, commerce and not conscience, the seas are rising, the radiation
threatens, pollutions irreparable by man intensify in the waters, and the skies
team with invasive perils, able to pollute above as well as below. The war-like
wonders of man do not seem to mind if he is extinguished in the process; the
lust for money, for wealth, for prestige, by Communist or tycoon alike, seem
inveterate. Freedom becomes more and more defunct as people frankly put
unrighteousness above what is right, and reeling dances of destruction above
sobriety and truth.
But let us for a moment the
This imperious imperialism
was reported in The Australian, August 2, p. 6. The statement was
It is amusing to the point almost of a sense of delirium, to hear of a liberation army taking an economically more productive, rich and more freedom loving country by FORCE. It is like giving someone a deliverance into prison, or a debt free status by selling his soul! How such ironies are lost on those responsible is merely one more aspect of the armoury of delusion! When the thoughts of yesteryear, so long exhibited as mere tenuous dreams, built on nothing but greed, hope and resentment, and whatever else is delusive and inconclusive except as to its status in the subdued territory of sin, made into monuments of deception, not least in the revelations in the Gorbachev era, concerning Lenin's own personal thinking: when these are paraded today in such terms, what is it like ?
It is like a runaway youth, who has delivered the family car to ruin in an escapade, a tornado of lust and folly who has murdered and had his own youthful visions of putting things to his pleasure, then, on release decades later, from prison, affirming that he will now again take the family car and do what he had long planned, but only partially fulfilled!
Does it differ from the
desire to thieve, to FORCE a free people to be ENCOMPASSED by your
soul-catching invasions of human personality, your inured relative indifference
to human imagination, your CORRECT thought and CORRECT ways in your incorrect
atheism, which spews human refuse on divine glory (cf. Repent or Perish
Ch. 7)! Has the world forgotten how in the
Truman era, there was military action to deliver Taiwan, and far more recently
in the presentation of US warships on the strait of Taiwan, so that the
liberating commands could not free themselves on the Island, and so in the
banal talk of freedom, compel one more human slave to its open maw!
Is commerce or some other folly of pride (business may be good, but sale of soul for its glory is bad business in the deepest sense!) now to ALLOW such arrant talk*1 , once characterisable as Communist imperialism, and in the USSR case an an "evil empire", to proceed as if it were a megaphone on a sports oval, directing events!
Quite possibly. We shall see. Ideals are being lost, where once strong, in a world being enveloped by immorality and vaunting, taunting and untruth far more rapidly than by any seas.
However, give them time. The action is delayed, but not without eventuation. Give it time, give it time. There are more waves than waves of thought. Revelation makes it clear that pollution of water resources from space is still to come( Rev. 8:8-11, cf. 16:4ff.). Give it a little time, and this human vaunting will be shown that it is but a human void, where the heart should be, a dispirited denudation of the soul, where vitality should be, strength where peace should reside, and enforceable peace, the monument to a verbal effrontery which once would have seen but guffaws, now taken almost as if it had something in it other than the power-lust and the lust for control.
Chinese are to be loved,
and they are a people very dear to the author, and among them are some of my
close associates; but one does not love influenza because one's friend has it,
nor AIDS because it is next door. Vice will never redeem itself by new tags,
and task forces of immorality, whether in the
The waters rise*2, the pollutions grow, the arms menaces expand as
Putin gives North Korea a few hundred millions worth of more arms and they talk
of the so peaceable nuclear reactor. Obviously they need arms more than food,
for to defend the dying is perhaps altruistic ? and who better qualified to
give such 'help' than the nation which has lived on foreign aid! The world is in
pyjamas, and asleep. Alas the nightmares it is espousing do not sleep with it.
It comes. God is not mocked. Every adventurer, remittance man from the morals
of the past abusing the present with uncouth power and small wisdom, is coming:
indeed even the birds are coming, in a little, to Armageddon's woes, and their
invitation is so strong:
"Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven,
'Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.'
"And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army" - Rev. 19: 17-19.
He who sat on the horse in this vision of the future ? "The word of God", "and on His head were many crowns..."
When He has finished, then shall be brought to pass that saying of the prophet Zechariah:
"But He who remains shall be for our God."
This precedes the revelation of the inextinguishable God (9:9), the One of whom it is written, just two verses later:
"Rejoice greatly O daughter of
, Shout, O daughter of Zion ! Jerusalem
Behold your King is coming to you:
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey."
And that ? It is followed in the prophetic words of Zechariah, in Ch. 11 by the price of the sale of this same Christ (11:11-13), then by the treachery (13:6), the restoration of Jerusalem to its site, on which will occur its profound repentance of the piercing of its own King (as also reflected in its assault on Him, in Micah 5:1ff., together with His deity). That is followed and preceded indeed, by accounts of the final battles for the land, before the millenium (Zech. 12 and 14), which issue in His personal and physical return to His land (14:5), the site of His slaying.
then comes to rule, precisely as prescribed in just the context of this rabbled
series of ruses and abuses, to take what is His due (cf. Revelation Chs. 5,
11:15, and 19 with Ezekiel 21:27). So does the programmed opera of man, with
its humanism and nihilism, theological revisionism, its subtly rebellious
renegacies, its shades of scepticism and cynicism, invalid beliefs invalidated
out logically, but adopted psychologically for convenience and desire, proceed
to its end*3.
Meanwhile you are an
individual. One person reads at a time. Nations are made up of one persons.
What is YOUR moral rule, YOUR force function, YOUR commitment to ideals not
broken, truth not invaded and peace that is operative because founded in truth,
and given by God ? The nations, like
What are their fruits ? What have they produced ?
To what do you commit yourself ?
Do you find that the MEANS may be forgiven provided the AIMS are just ? On what authority and with what reason ? Is your own life then to be taken, perhaps, as a MEANS to some end ? Is justice the spawn of writhing injustice ? Or is construction the daughter of ruin ? NOT on the same premises. IF justice calls for death, that is one thing; but if it deludes itself concerning life in order to gain some dream, then this is playing God; and He, He is no plaything. He never has been, never will be and is not set for such repugnant insolences as the race is beginning to face, with all the deficient prowess of battling Babel (Genesis 11), which built and built and built to reach what could not come that way.
God is not found in theft and force, irrationality and mere boast. He is found where repentance of sin is found, where a humble and a contrite heart is found, where His word is honoured and He is worshipped in spirit and in truth (John 4, Isaiah 66, Luke 13). He found where HE planted HIS answer to sin, not in some collective power play of man, but in the integral action of His own planning. It is called the plan of salvation, and if ever man delighted in ignorance, this seems its zenith.
Yet it remains. Not deploying mere resources. He deployed His own Son, invested in flesh through a virgin (Matthew 1), divested of life on earth by the machinations of religious and political sin, the beast in training (I Cor. 2:8). In His wisdom, He outwitted the glowering, lowering power of man, and USING the useless denial of justice in the Pilate who had Christ thrashed, and then led Him forth as one in whom he could find no fault, He exposed the evil with the good! Innocent, He took guilt from those discarding it freely onto Himself. No sovereign could do it; but ours did; and yet many deride in their delusion and divorce in their distaste.
Yet He remains (Zechariah 9:7, Psalm 102, 90-91). His word is not even dinted; and by dint of it, the world reels. It needs to be still (Psalm 46).
The beauty of Christ's holiness, the dedication of His devotion, the love of His heart were all munificently displayed IN THE PROCESS of His pre-announced plan, so that what was meant for evil, served goodness. His words, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing!" remind us in their love, of the plight of the young school killer in the US, who now realises how his mind was taken over by violent music and input, which he thought he could control, until there was coolness in cruelty and elevation in murder. Now it seems, he has sought the Lord, and to serve Him...
The case is not decisively different for man or the nations. Whatever the delusion, the desire to do with God, with what God has made, whatever takes the caprice or rouses the heart, it is like the desire to do without lungs for breathing. If we had been made differently, that might have been possible; but however we were made there is now no way to escape the wisdom of our Maker. Make what He will, it is His; do what the creations will, they are only losers by violating their manufactured specifications, blanking out their handbook, ignoring their service requirements, and pretending health when their health is a rising sea of baseness, overwhelming them from the depths.
Their proclivities without God are the seed of severance, and their enormities rock the globe so that it is a marvel it still is on course. But what is the end of this course! Mercy spilt like blood on the ground, with spitting and contempt, there is no other end but ultimate justice.
What then is to be done by the individual ? Call on the name of the Lord, trust in His mercy, accept His provision in His only begotten Son, enshrined in flesh that He might be a temple for sacrifice (I Timothy 3:16), where He as Priest also offered Himself (John 10, Hebrews 8-010), and blessing God for His provision of salvation, dependent on the ONLY MEDIATOR and on Him alone (I Timothy 2), THEN follow what He says (Matthew 28:19-20). SO grow to know the beauty of the Lord (II Cor. ), so that like the Psalmist you can say:
"One thing have I desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to enquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble,
He shall hide me in His pavilion" (from Psalm 27:4-5).
Put no trust in the pictures and technicalities of the triumph, like baptism, that symbol of what is already DONE, or the manners of the life, like the Lord's supper, which displays what is utterly useless unless and until by FAITH in the One whose death it depicts, you have been saved through grace (Ephesians 2:1-12), and that not of yourselves! However be careful to carry out His commandments, and to use what He provided for what He has provided it (John -23)! Do not put oil in the water for coolant, or water in the oil for the engine. Everything in place! It is not at all burdensome when, having been saved by faith, you have the grace to follow the Lord in what He orders, His commandments His kindness, His fruit what follows.
if you do not love HIM, then do not bother about it (I John 4:7ff). God is
love, and not loving Him is like not loving air when you must breathe, yet
there is none, or not desiring blood when you made man, are frankly free of
it... if it were possible! It is an impossible situation. Is your love
short, as those who threaten 'liberation by force' ? Then repent of THAT and
seek His forgiveness for THAT, and turn to the Lord and in His love, so using
your liberties for goodness, self-control, grace, kindness, courtesy, courage,
fearlessness for the faith, prayer for your oppressors, doing good to enemies.
THAT is something like pure air pouring into a prison.
Climate change speeds up,
Global warming is happening
at nearly twice the rate
predicted just six years ago, a
U.N. report says.
It warns that the planet is warming up faster than at any time
in the last 1,000 years and says the Earth is threatened with
The report blames human activity for the rising global
temperatures that will bring increases in flooding and droughts
that could blight the 21st Century.
The most up-to-date research and forecasts contained within
the report predict that global mean temperatures could increase
by as much as 5.8C by the year 2100.
The key 2,600-page report is published by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the
eve of a 150-nation summit being held in
In it, hundreds of the world's leading scientists back the view
that global warming is a reality and that man-made gasses are
It is expected to put further pressure on
President George W. Bush to commit
reduction of "greenhouse" gasses.
The IPCC was set up jointly by the
United Nations Environment
Programme and the World
Meteorological Organisation to provide
scientific consensus on climate change.
The scientists' report said: "The
increase in global temperatures
projected by the scientific data on
climate trends could bring about
significant changes to the world we
It warns of "increased flooding,
landslide and storm damage, increased
deaths from heat stroke, failures of
traditional agricultural systems through
droughts and a consequent failure of
traditional financial services to insure
against such losses.
It added: "These are all scenarios
which could be played out in different
parts of the world during the 21st
Poorer countries will be the most
vulnerable to the effect of climate
change, according to the authors.
The report said: "The ability of human
systems to adapt to climatic changes
depends on factors such as wealth, technology, education,
infrastructure and access to resources.
"The world's poorest societies depend more heavily on their
water and agriculture, the very systems most at risk from the
effects of climate change."
It added: "Many plants and animals, and many ways of human
life, however, will disappear forever over the next century as a
direct result of climate change caused by human activity."
In outlining possible scenarios for the future, the authors
stressed that the most positive effects were seen where effort
was made to stabilise carbon concentrations in the atmosphere
at certain given levels.
The report said: "It is possible to say, however, that certain
emissions controls can be achieved without net social cost, and
that climate control policies can have other ancillary benefits
such as reductions in pollution."
Kate Hampton, Friends of the Earth International's climate
co-ordinator, said: "This alarming report should be a wake-up
call to those nations that are failing to take this issue seriously.
"Urgent action is needed to avoid global catastrophe. Next
week, the world's politicians have the chance to act by
agreeing on rules to implement the
She added: "There is still time to act, but only if countries like
*3 Cf. Benevolent Brightness or Brothy Bane 87.