Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Private jet use is increasing in New Zealand, climate crisis be damned

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

The private jet passengers saunter down the red carpet, wearing sunglasses and heels; paparazzi cameras flash. The sky is blue, the air control tower in the background is watchful and the climate protesters on each side of the red carpet are holding banners and chanting, “If we allow private jets, climate change is what we Read more

Microsoft’s AI obsession is jeopardising its climate ambitions

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Microsoft is producing a lot more planet-heating pollution now than when it made a bold climate pledge in 2020. Its greenhouse gas emissions were actually around 30 per cent higher in the fiscal year 2023, showing how hard it could be for the company to meet climate goals as it simultaneously races to be a Read more

NZ’s greenhouse gases lowest since 1999

Monday, April 22nd, 2024
greenhouse gases

New Zealand has now cut its greenhouse gases for three years running. The latest drop is the biggest since climate change efforts began, according to New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory which covers 1990 to 2022. Making the change Several factors are contributing to the reduction in greenhouse gases in our environment. Climate Minister Simon Read more

Pacific Islanders have long drawn wisdom from the Earth, the sky and the waves – science agrees

Thursday, March 21st, 2024

One afternoon last year, we sat in a village hall in Fiji chatting to residents about traditional ways of forecasting tropical cyclones. One man mentioned a black-winged storm bird known as “manumanunicagi” that glides above the land only when a cyclone is forming out to sea. As the conversation continued, residents named at least 11 Read more

Humanity is challenged to reconcile ecology and food security

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
Food security

At a time of climate change and unprecedented demographic growth, a researcher who analyses thematic themes such as the dynamics of globalisation and human security a calls for placing food issues at the heart of our policies. “We must not forget that 735 million people are in a state of chronic hunger and more than Read more

A Lent fast that makes a difference

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Are you wondering what to fast from this Lent – sweets. alcohol, or just simply eating less? This kind of fasting has its place. However, if you want to discover what fasting is especially meant to achieve, fast in a way that will bring about a holy change; change for the better for you, change Read more

Sea sponges show climate on the brink since 1860

Thursday, February 8th, 2024
climate on the brink

A recent study alarmingly reveals that global temperatures have not only surpassed the critical 1.5°C threshold set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement but are also on a trajectory to exceed 2°C within this decade. Published in Nature Climate Change, the University of Western Australia’s Professor Malcolm McCulloch’s groundbreaking research utilised a unique method to Read more

Climate activists disrupt Mass in Turin

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
Extinction Rebellion

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion disrupted a Mass in Italy over the weekend, interrupting the ceremony at the Turin Cathedral. Demonstrators, citing Pope Francis’ environmental writings, took the floor during the service led by Archbishop Roberto Repole. Extinction Rebellion characterises itself as a nonpartisan movement. The group employs nonviolent methods to push for government action Read more

Demystifying COP: What is it, and why should I care?

Monday, December 4th, 2023

COP, or the Conference of the Parties, represents an annual global gathering dedicated to addressing the dire existential threat posed by the climate crisis. This intergovernmental event, however, is a source of considerable controversy, primarily due to the perceived lack of substantial progress in combating the climate catastrophe. Since its inception in 1995, each COP Read more

Bishops’ climate advocacy clashes with fossil fuel investments

Monday, December 4th, 2023
climate action

The United States Catholic bishops’ (USCCB) investment strategies are at odds with its passionate climate advocacy. In a statement at COP28, the USCCB committee called decarbonisation of the economy the “preeminent environmental challenge faced by all nations” that must be addressed without burdening middle-and low-income citizens with increased costs. However, according to Reuters, the US Read more