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'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms #191592
01/24/20 01:20 PM
01/24/20 01:20 PM
Rick H  Offline OP
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This is a interesting development...

"The UN has called for international help to fight huge swarms of desert locusts sweeping through east Africa.

A spokesman for the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), called for aid to "avert any threats to food security, livelihoods, malnutrition".

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are all struggling with "unprecedented" and "devastating" swarms of the food-devouring insects, the FAO has said.

The agency fears locust numbers could grow 500 times by June.

Ethiopia and Somalia have not faced an infestation on this scale for 25 years, while Kenya has not seen a locust threat this size for 70 years, the FAO said earlier this week. South Sudan and Uganda are also at risk if the swarms continue to grow and spread." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51234135

"Swarms of locusts in east Africa have devastated crops and sent a passenger plane off course, and now the UN is warning that without international intervention the voracious insects threaten the food security of tens of millions of people." https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/...-and-slamming-into-planes-in-east-africa

Last edited by Rick H; 01/24/20 01:27 PM.
Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Rick H] #191992
03/07/20 08:33 PM
03/07/20 08:33 PM
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Looks like the locust have spread to the Middle East, as it has hit Iran..

"Iran afflicted by large swarms of desert locusts, amid coronavirus woes

'The density of locusts in the swarms is so high that a 10 to 15-centimeter layer of dead locusts forms on the ground after spraying pesticides.'..

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/I...ert-locusts-amid-coronavirus-woes-619807

Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Rick H] #192019
03/10/20 03:50 AM
03/10/20 03:50 AM
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It looks like its spreading even more than just the Middle East...

"In East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, traveling swarms of locusts the size of Manhattan are putting potentially hundreds of millions at risk of starvation in what the UN has called the worst outbreak in a quarter of a century.

What it means: "Millions will starve because clouds of approximately 80 million desert locusts per square kilometer are voracious," writes Robert Rotberg, founding director of the Harvard Kennedy School?s Program on Intrastate Conflict.

"In one day they consume wheat, barley, sorghum, or maize crops that feed 35,000 people. Masses the size of cities can consume 1.8 million metric tons of vegetation every day ? enough to feed 81 million people."
"The United Nations is to test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomizers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert locusts that are ravaging crops and exacerbating a hunger crisis."
https://www.axios.com/locust-swarms-starvation-africa-asia-65443ada-c9a1-40a8-b0b7-7c7398c1d82d.html

Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Rick H] #192267
04/11/20 05:23 AM
04/11/20 05:23 AM
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And now today..

Science News
New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa

Billions of the young desert locusts are winging in from breeding grounds in Somalia in search of fresh vegetation springing up with seasonal rains.

April 10, 2020, 12:41 PM EDT
By Associated Press

Weeks before the coronavirus spread through much of the world, parts of Africa were already threatened by another kind of plague, the biggest locust outbreak some countries had seen in 70 years.

Now the second wave of the voracious insects, some 20 times the size of the first, is arriving. Billions of the young desert locusts are winging in from breeding grounds in Somalia in search of fresh vegetation springing up with seasonal rains.

Millions of already vulnerable people are at risk. And as they gather to try to combat the locusts, often in vain, they risk spreading the virus ? a topic that comes a distant second for many in rural areas.

It is the locusts that ?everyone is talking about,? said Yoweri Aboket, a farmer in Uganda. ?Once they land in your garden they do total destruction. Some people will even tell you that the locusts are more destructive than the coronavirus. There are even some who don?t believe that the virus will reach here.?...

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/sci...custs-threatens-millions-africa-n1181216

Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Rick H] #192268
04/11/20 08:43 AM
04/11/20 08:43 AM
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With all of our modern knowledge and equipment, it surprises me that such a cloud of locusts should continue to be such a threat. Have they tried any of the following?

1) Spray planes with something like boric acid powder (environmentally safe for plants and other animals but death to all insects)

2) Concussive bombs of some sort, dropped into the swarm

3) Flying a 747 through the swarm, reducing their numbers via sucking them through the engines and splatter on the plane surfaces and/or towing a dragnet to catch that many more -- with an ingenious razor-wire design, the dragnet could slice the locusts up, releasing them out the back in fragments, and free up room for more

4) Plowing the fields from which the nymphs are emerging

5) Laser warfare

6) Robotic drones to batter them

7) Something else cleverly invented by someone smarter than me

Of course, Africa would need some help from developed countries to put any such solutions to good use.

Blessings,

Green Cochoa.


We can receive of heaven's light only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We can discern the character of God, and accept Christ by faith, only as we consent to the bringing into captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. And to all who do this, the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him." [Colossians 2:9, 10.] {GW 57.1} -- Ellen White.
Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Green Cochoa] #192301
04/18/20 03:13 PM
04/18/20 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Green Cochoa
With all of our modern knowledge and equipment, it surprises me that such a cloud of locusts should continue to be such a threat. Have they tried any of the following?

1) Spray planes with something like boric acid powder (environmentally safe for plants and other animals but death to all insects)

2) Concussive bombs of some sort, dropped into the swarm

3) Flying a 747 through the swarm, reducing their numbers via sucking them through the engines and splatter on the plane surfaces and/or towing a dragnet to catch that many more -- with an ingenious razor-wire design, the dragnet could slice the locusts up, releasing them out the back in fragments, and free up room for more

4) Plowing the fields from which the nymphs are emerging

5) Laser warfare

6) Robotic drones to batter them

7) Something else cleverly invented by someone smarter than me

Of course, Africa would need some help from developed countries to put any such solutions to good use.

Blessings,

Green Cochoa.


Yes, they are limited in what they can do, and the UN is not gonna get much help in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic in the rest of the nations.

Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Rick H] #192406
05/09/20 04:48 AM
05/09/20 04:48 AM
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Well, this is getting huge...

"Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

As coronavirus takes hold and farmers plant crops, the continent faces a new wave of locusts 20 times larger than one earlier this year....

As the coronavirus pandemic exploded across the world earlier this year, another even more conspicuous plague was tearing through East Africa: locusts. The voracious little beasts are particularly fond of carbohydrates like grains, a staple of subsistence farmers across the continent. Back in January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted the worst was still to come, and that by June, the size of the swarms could grow by a factor of 500.

And now, at the worst time, a second wave of locusts 20 times bigger than the first has descended on the region, thanks to heavy rains late last month, according to the FAO. The swarms have infiltrated Yemen and firmly established themselves across the Persian Gulf, having laid eggs along 560 miles of Iran's coastline. New swarms are particularly severe in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

"The timing is really horrendous, because the farmers are just planting, and the seedlings are just coming up now since it's the beginning of the rainy season," says Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer with the FAO. "And it's right at the same time when you have an increasing number of swarms in Kenya and in Ethiopia. There's already pictures and reports of the seedlings getting hammered by the swarms. So basically that's it for the farmers' crops."

'This represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods,' FAO officials wrote in a brief last week. All this is happening while the region locks down to stave off the coronavirus pandemic, and as travel restrictions mean experts can't get to countries to train people. It'd be hard to imagine a more brutal confluence of factors.".. https://www.wired.com/story/africas-huge-locust-swarms-are-growing-at-the-worst-time/

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Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Rick H] #192407
05/09/20 11:20 AM
05/09/20 11:20 AM
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Matthew 24:4-8 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.


Oh, that men might open their minds to know God as he is revealed in his Son! {ST, January 20, 1890}
Re: 'Unprecedented' and 'Devastating' locust swarms [Re: Rick H] #192412
05/11/20 03:51 PM
05/11/20 03:51 PM
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From Chap. 34

In these words Christ is speaking to every human being. Whether they know it or not, all are weary and heavy-laden. All are weighed down with burdens that only Christ can remove. The heaviest burden that we bear is the burden of sin. If we were left to bear this burden, it would crush us. But the Sinless One has taken our place. "The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6. He has borne the burden of our guilt. He will take the load from our weary shoulders. He will give us rest. The burden of care and sorrow also He will bear. He invites us to cast all our care upon Him; for He carries us upon His heart. {DA 328.5}
 
The Elder Brother of our race is by the eternal throne. He looks upon every soul who is turning his face toward Him as the Saviour. He knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity, what are our wants, and where lies the strength of our temptations; for He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. He is watching over you, trembling child of God. Are you tempted? He will deliver. Are you weak? He will strengthen. Are you ignorant? He will enlighten. Are you wounded? He will heal. The Lord "telleth the number of the stars;" and yet "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Psalms 147:4; Psalms 147:3. "Come unto Me," is His invitation. Whatever your anxieties and trials, spread out your case before the Lord. Your spirit will be braced for endurance. The way will be opened for you to disentangle yourself from embarrassment and difficulty. The weaker and more helpless you know yourself to be, the stronger will you become in His strength. The heavier your burdens, the more blessed the rest in casting them upon the Burden Bearer. The rest that Christ offers depends upon conditions, but these conditions are plainly specified. They are those with which all can comply. He tells us just how His rest is to be found. {DA 329.1}
 
"Take My yoke upon you," Jesus says. The yoke is an instrument of service. Cattle are yoked for labor, and the yoke is essential that they may labor effectually. By this illustration Christ teaches us that we are called to service as long as life shall last. We are to take upon us His yoke, that we may be co-workers with Him. {DA 329.2}
 
The yoke that binds to service is the law of God. The great law of love revealed in Eden, proclaimed upon Sinai, and in the new covenant written in the heart, is that which binds the human worker to the will of God. If we were left to follow our own inclinations, to go just where our will would lead us, we should fall into Satan's ranks and become possessors of his attributes. Therefore God confines us to His will, which is high, and noble, and elevating. He desires that we shall patiently and wisely take up the duties of service. The yoke of service Christ Himself has borne in humanity. He said, "I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart." Psalms 40:8. "I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me." John 6:38. Love for God, zeal for His glory, and love for fallen humanity, brought Jesus to earth to suffer and to die. This was the controlling power of His life. This principle He bids us adopt. {DA 329.3}


Oh, that men might open their minds to know God as he is revealed in his Son! {ST, January 20, 1890}

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