Sunscreen- Not Climate Change- Killing Reefs

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The equivalent of one drop of the active ingredient in sunscreen into 3 1/2 Olympic swimming pools of water is enough to kill corals. Scientists discovered that it is this, not “ocean acidification” or warming allegedly caused by CO2 that is damaging the world’s coral reefs.

From WUWT:

Oops! It may not be ‘ocean acidification’ killing coral after all – common chemical found in sunscreen is poisonous to coral reefs

From the AMERICAN FRIENDS OF TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY and the “settled science” department:

Sunscreen is proven toxic to coral reefs
Tel Aviv University researchers discover chemical found in most sunscreen lotions poses an existential threat to young corals

 

The daily use of sunscreen bearing an SPF of 15 or higher is widely acknowledged as essential to skin cancer prevention, not to mention skin damage associated with aging. Though this sunscreen may be very good for us, it may be very bad for the environment, a new Tel Aviv University study finds.

New research published inArchives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicologyfinds that a common chemical in sunscreen lotions and other cosmetic products poses an existential threat — even in miniscule concentrations — to the planet’s corals and coral reefs. “The chemical, oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), is found in more than 3,500 sunscreen products worldwide. It pollutes coral reefs via swimmers who wear sunscreen or wastewater discharges from municipal sewage outfalls and coastal septic systems,” said Dr. Omri Bronstein of TAU’s Department of Zoology, one of the principal researchers.

The study was conducted by a team of marine scientists from TAU, including Prof. Yossi Loya, also of the Department of Zoology, the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Virginia, the National Aquarium (US), the US. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and other labs in the US.

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Reflection on Mark 10:35-45

Scripture

“Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”

Observation

James and John come to Jesus and ask if they can sit on either side of Him- that is have the places of power- when Jesus comes into His glory. Jesus responds that there is a cup to drink and a baptism to receive. But it is not up to Him to grant this request.

The other apostles are indignant at James and John. Jesus tells them that to rule over the others they must become a slave of all. Jesus Himself did not come to rule but to serve and lay down His life.

Application

For many people, it is natural to seek promotion. We are told from an early age that we need to put ourselves forward.

Jesus’ kingdom is different from the world. For Jesus, influence and promotion come through serving others, not through self-centred methods.

Actually this is the way it works, even in the world. Career advancement comes through serving the needs of the employer. Even political leadership rests ultimately in serving the needs of the voters.

Serving others does not come naturally to most people, even christians. We must learn to look to what the Holy Spirit is asking us to do, regardless of the inconvenience, and to the needs of the people around us.

Prayer

Lord help me to absorb the truth that the way up is down, the way to influence is service. Please show me today who I am to serve and what tasks I need to do. Amen.

Reflection on Hebrews 5:1-10

Scripture
Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

Observation
Jesus is our great High Priest. Every high priest is chosen from men to stand between people and God. The high priest offers sacrifices for sins and also deals gently with sinners because he understands their weakness.

A high priest is called by God, not appointed by self through pride and ambition.

Jesus was appointed by God to be our High Priest. He offered up prayers and petitions on our behalf, and became our perfect sacrifice to give eternal salvation to all who trust in Him.

Application
Jesus is our great High Priest. He is the one to whom every high priest in the history of Israel pointed.

Jesus makes intercession for us, forever pleading His own blood as the means of our forgiveness.

Jesus is both the High Priest who brings gifts to God, and the sacrifice that is offered to Him.

Now no other sacrifice is needed because Jesus has paid for every sin of every sinner.

Prayer
What a wonderful High Priest you are Lord Jesus. Please help me to walk in obedience and fellowship with you. Amen.

Reflection on Isaiah 53

Who is this man Jesus
Son of Man
Son of God?
Who is this servant
Who bears the sins of the world
Who binds the wounds of all?

You were beaten and killed for me
Crushed under a load of sin
Broken on a cross and buried
Raised to life again.

You are my Lord, Jesus
Son of God
Son of Man.

Reflection on Mark 10:17-31

Scripture
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Observation
A rich man comes to Jesus to ask Him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him he must sell all he owns to give to the poor and then come and follow Jesus.

The man goes away grieving because he has many possessions. Jesus tells the disciples that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom.

Jesus tells them that anyone who leaves all he has to follow Him will receive much more- including persecution- and will obtain eternal life.

Application
Following Jesus means a daily choice between God’s kingdom and our own kingdom. We have a plethora of idols, but for most of us the greatest of these is what we own.

Our possessions, including money, give us security, identity and status. Jesus requires us to find these things in Him alone.

Faith means that I choose to find myself in Christ not in the things that I see, own and control.

For many people that is a choice that is too hard.

Prayer
Thank you Lord Jesus that in you I have everything that is important. Help me to stand firm against the false promises made by material possessions. Amen.