A Climate Change On Both Their Houses

“Locust swarms can be devastating to farmers and, potentially, the food supply.” For that startling bit of information we can thank Tove Danovich, writing in TakePart. For a moment I misread the name of the publication, perhaps because I fully intend to take the story apart.

The story’s title should be the first clue: “Climate Change Makes Biblical Plagues a More Regular Threat to Farmers.” Using the word ‘Biblical’ is perhaps not the best way to announce a new threat.

Indeed, the story leads off with a current account of locusts swarming in Argentina. However, it says that it is the worst in 60 years. To my mind that means that a locust plague 60 years ago was worse. Worse, it means that the period of warming since the 1950s did not see locust swarms that were worse than the period before global warming.

The story cites the UN FAO as writing, “Locust are becoming even more dangerous in the context of exceptional weather events associated to climate change.” But confusingly, they also write that drought, which has afflicted East Africa and which climatologists predict to become more frequent, will ‘decrease locust numbers.’

However, the FAO warns that higher temperatures could “shorten the incubation and maturation periods and lead to a rise in the number of locust generations in a year.” Could? Umm, when? According to Wikipedia, locusts change their behaviour from grasshopper-like to locust like after the droughts have finished. I should also point out that the Wikipedia article says “Swarming behaviour has decreased in the twentieth century.”

Although the headline of Tove Danovich’s story is “Climate Change Makes Biblical Plagues a More Regular Threat to Farmers,” her story in fact concludes “All signs point toward locust swarms becoming more prevalent, making it all the more important that preventive measures become the norm.” So, umm, in fact climate change hasn’t made biblical plagues more frequent at all. Tove just thinks they might become more frequent in the future due to climate change.

I note that the headline uses the plural for plagues. Although Tove doesn’t discuss anything besides locusts, perhaps scientists should investigate the effects of climate change on the others.


Perhaps here we see the inspiration for Climate Cartoonist John Cook’s ‘Characteristics of Climate Denial.’

Cook denier

Perhaps some of those characteristics are shared by more than just the ‘deniers.’

In “Cycle 1,” there was the plagues of blood, frogs, and gnats or lice. In “Cycle 2,” there was the plagues of flies, livestock, and boils. In “Cycle 3,” there was the plagues of hail, locusts, and darkness. And the 10th plague was the death of the firstborn.

Oh–they already have! “The Biblical plagues that devastated Ancient Egypt in the Old Testament were the result of global warming and a volcanic eruption, scientists have claimed. From the linked story: “”Pharaoh Rameses II reigned during a very favourable climatic period. “There was plenty of rain and his country flourished. However, this wet period only lasted a few decades. After Rameses’ reign, the climate curve goes sharply downwards.” And it all went downhill from there. You should really read the story–it’s very interesting.

However, unless Rameses’ chariot was built Rameses Tough…

ram tough

…it will be hard to link their plagues to human contributions of CO2 emissions to our beleaguered atmosphere.



5 responses to “A Climate Change On Both Their Houses

  1. The cult like behavior of climate true believers is always entertaining. To their credit they do at least at a glance seem more sciencey than UFO cultists.

  2. Meanwhile back at science central mutant ants terrorize New Mexico. The population flees to the relative safety of the northern plains until Bill McKibben and Michael Mann receive a grant from the Tides Foundation to destroy the queen and her nest with flamethrowers.

  3. it is admitted in public news coverage; The Bible Connection. This plague of locusts is not a new phenomenon as pointed to Africa and should remember August 2015 and Russia confronting the vast army of locusts.

    God brings events occur again and again and we could understand our mistakes. Instead of using understanding, the humanity has done nothing in order to chance wrong behavior and going gets rough until the critical point reached in suffering and endless grieve. What did God say?

    ”Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.” Ecclesiastes 3:15 NIV

    All this devastation of the world is due to wrong behavior and turning our backs to God. Did it ever come to your mind that by worshiping a wrong god the consequence could appear as plagues of God, and it means being under His curse?

    ”See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.” Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NIV

    Clear as ever. We have followed wrong god (Jesus). And then comes the idea of why no-one told about the curse and what are these religious preachers for if Pope Francis is urging the armies of nations to stop the wars and not appoint his pleading directly to God and all could live in unity and blessed? Pope only prayer and smile as they have done for centuries. If religions have been right all the time and even have increased the amount of followers who worship this dead man (Jesus), why world condition is getting worse? Would it be that they are not sent by Almighty God of the prophets in the Bible? What are these plagues?

    ”If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— 59 the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. 60 He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61 The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law until you are destroyed.” Deuteronomy 28:25-61 NIV

    ”If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book” – As can read; all the law is already written in the Books of Moses and it makes Jesus and Mohammad with their additional books and laws as liars and false.

    ”harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses” – AIDS, SARS (coronavirus), BSE crisis, and now Zika virus and what more…

    Horrible events occur all over the globe simultaneously and many people lost all they have in life and even lives. That really is a great loss and hard times continue as long as we do not listen to the revelations of the prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:18–19), (late) Teacher Evangelista of http://www.thename.ph and http://www.thenameonline.info

    All we need is to listen and take heed the message God sent us through His last prophet Maestro Evangelista. He revealed the Name of God in his web pages so we could be delivered that terrible day of the Lord by acknowledging and calling His great Name (Joel 2:31–32, Zechariah 13:9). We must call His Name to stop the destruction and ruining our planet earth!

    These devastating events are a harbinger of much worse to come

    • Please stop the chialistic fear mongering.

      • Your comment only shows you did not read the text with an open and discerning mind. There is no fear if just do as God commanded, you make your choices. Most important is that you are now informed of the message and cannot say no-one told about it. Free will is emphasized.

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