Bible Archaeology

The Dead Sea is Dying

The Telegraph:

If you keep a sharp eye open as you drive the world’s lowest road, along the Israeli side of the Dead Sea, you may spot a short black line painted on a cliff face some feet above your head. It was made a century ago by British geographers, floating on a boat on the sea’s surface, to mark its level at the time.

But if you then turn, as I did this week, to look for the present-day sea, you’ll only spot it far beneath you, at the bottom of another cliff. For its level has since fallen by more than 80 feet, mainly over the past few decades.

At the same time the sea more here.

 

Bible Archaeology

The Date the Dead Sea Died

Leading environmental scientists have warned the Dead Sea would not survive another significant period of drought in the Middle East after discovering the date it all but disappeared.

The Telegraph reports:

Recent exploration of the sediment underneath the lake revealed that it all but disappeared 120,000 years ago when temperatures in the region soared.

A group of environmental scientists warned the American Geophysical Union (AGU) at their annual conference in San Francisco this week that this discovery proves the precarious existence of the remarkable body of water, which is currently diminishing at an alarming pace.

The Dead Sea marks the borders between Israel and Jordan as well as the lowest point on the planet, sitting 425 meters below sea level.

Its highly salted water covers layer upon layer of sediment that captures with unique clarity the climatic history of the region reaching back thousands of years.

Holes drilled into the deepest point of the lake in late 2010 produced evidence that it very nearly evaporated hundreds of thousands of years ago, when there were very few humans living by its shores.

Scientists warn the Dead Sea would have little chance of surviving another period of extreme drought as its fresh water tributaries have been all but drained the populations surrounding it, mostly for the irrigation of crops…

More on this here.

Bible Archaeology

Sea of Galilee Water Level Inching Towards the Black Line

The water level in Lake Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee, has dropped by nearly 11 inches in September alone, inching toward the black line.

Arutz Sheva reports:

The water level in Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) dropped by nearly 11 inches in September, according to environmental officials.

The unhappy news follows Israel’s standard hot, dry summer which began with the water level standing at 16.9 inches above the “red line,” 213 meters below sea level.

The lake’s water level has now dropped to 16.9 inches below the red line, the recommended level at which water should no longer be drawn from the lake. The level is also only 56.9 inches away from the “black line,” 215 meters below sea level, beyond which it is dangerous to pump water from the lake.

Salt springs at the bottom of the basin suppressed by the heavy water pressure above could salinate Israel’s only sweet water source if water were to be pumped at that point.

The water level of the lake came perilously close to reaching that level on December 11, 2010, when it descended to 214.12 meters below sea level. The lowest level ever reached by the lake in modern times occurred on November 29, 2001, when it reached 214.87 meters below sea level.

During the winter, it seemed as though the winter rains might just be enough to replenish the water supply in the lake, which serves as a massive reservoir for the country.

The Kinneret is 47 meters deep at its deepest point. It is fed by rainwater from various streams in the Galilee and Golan Heights, such as the Jordan River, Nahal Meshushim, Nahal Amud, Nahal El-Al and Nahal Yehudiya, all of which are often augmented in winter by melted snow from Mount Hermon.
In March, the water level finally reached the the red line, and environmentalists breathed a sigh of relief, believing the worst was over.

But there was not enough rain to make up for five years of drought. When the traditional switch from the seasonal prayer for dew to the seasonal prayer for rain comes this Simchat Torah, Israelis will add a special passion this year to the service.

Culture

Killing Ugandans to Save the Planet

Shocking, in the Telegraph:

Kicucula, Uganda — According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner.

People here remember it quite differently.

“I heard people being beaten, so I ran outside,” said Emmanuel Cyicyima, 33. “The houses were being burnt down.”

Other villagers described gun-toting soldiers and an 8-year-old child burning to death when his home was set ablaze by security officers…

But in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming.

The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.

The company involved, New Forests Company, grows forests in African countries with the purpose of selling credits from the carbon-dioxide its trees soak up to polluters abroad. Its investors include the World Bank, through its private investment arm, and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC…

Read more on this wickedness here.

And this is not the first nor will it be the last time that humans will be sacrified and that to the pathetic god of environmentalism.

Culture

Property Rights for Animals?!

Yes, property rights for animals and court appointed guardians to enforce them:

A radical proposal to introduce property rights for animals has been slammed by farming associations across the country.Australian research lecturer Dr John Hadley from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) said under his proposal, particular animals would be given legal property rights, and human guardians would be appointed to represent them in court.But farmer associations are concerned about potential conflict.

President of the South Australian Farmers Federation Peter White said the proposal was ludicrous.

“It never ceases to amaze me how stupid some people can be,” he said this week.

“Why would somebody give animals more rights than humans?

Well you better believe it buddy… Radical environmentalism will stop at nothing.

Absolutely crazy! Anti human.   

The whole thing can be read here.