A survey by the Public Religion Research Institute has shown that nearly four in ten Americans blame severe weather on the end-times, as predicted in the Bible. While the findings show that over 60% of Catholics and white Protestants of non-evangelical denominations believe such weather is due to climate change, more than 60% of white, evangelical Protestants believe that weather events such as Superstorm Sandy are in line with Biblical end-times prophecy.
People who tend to take the Book of Revelation literally tend to look at the way that God has purportedly controlled the weather in other ways, bringing droughts, floods (Noah’s Ark, anyone?), hail and more, and believe that the extreme weather of late, including Sandy, Katrina, the drought that the Plains and Midwest went through over the summer, all the wildfires that have been destroying homes and towns, etc., are also the result of God’s control over the weather.
Science, as is commonly known, points to increasing levels of carbon dioxide emissions as a major source of climate change. Since 1950, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere went above 300 parts per million for the first time in history, according to studies of ice cores from various glaciers around the world. We have also known about carbon dioxide’s ability to trap heat since the mid-19th century, according to NASA. John Tyndall, a mid-19th century scientist, found that certain gases, including water vapor and carbon dioxide, absorb heat far more strongly than the atmosphere as a whole.