WORLD - Hottest Decade on Record

Arno Froese

The decade between 2011 and 2020 was the hottest on record for the planet’s land and oceans as the rate of climate change “surged alarmingly,” according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. 

Climate pollution from all fossil fuel types—coal, oil, and natural gas—increased around the world, the Global Carbon Project found, but some proved to be more dominant than others. Coal and oil emissions, for instance, have increased significantly in India and China, while the US and the EU showed strong declines in coal.

“The impacts of climate change are evident all around us, but action to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels remains painfully slow,” said Pierre Friedlingstein, a professor at the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute. “It now looks inevitable we will overshoot the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, and leaders meeting at COP28 will have to agree rapid cuts in fossil fuel emissions even to keep the 2°C target alive.” 

-www.cnn.com, 5 December 2023

Arno's Commentary

That these measurements are correct is not subject to debate; however, one must note that the “WMO’s findings on the hottest decade continue a 30-year trend.” No reliable data is available on what happened several centuries ago. Thus, the question: Is climate change—also known as global warming—due exclusively to the burning of fossil fuels? Here again, no one really knows. 

Another part of the article reads: “There was one piece of good news: The report found the ozone layer is on track to recovery thanks to international efforts to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals.” Again, there is no hard evidence that “international efforts” were responsible for the ozone layer recovery.

We must point out that before judgment comes, there is success galore. That happened before Noah’s flood, and later when Sodom and Gomorrah were judged. Scripture mentions the Church in the end stages of the end times. The Laodicean church states: “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17)—a clear indication that the success of globalism has polluted the mind of the Church. Thus, the Lord’s request: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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