Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

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

Pope: COP28 – scrap fossil fuels, protect poor

Monday, December 4th, 2023

In a wide-ranging message to COP28 delegates, Pope Francis added his voice to calls for an end to fossil fuels and for “debt forgiveness” for poorer countries hit by climate change. As illness prevented Francis from attending COP28, he deputed Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (pictured) to deliver his speech. Francis, who has made Read more

Plants are likely to absorb more CO₂ in a changing climate than we thought – here’s why

Monday, November 27th, 2023
changing climate

The world’s vegetation has a remarkable ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air and store it as biomass. In doing so, plants slow down climate change since the CO₂ they take up does not contribute to global warming. But what will happen under more advanced climate change? How will vegetation respond to projected Read more

NZ’s warmest 12 months in observed history

Monday, November 20th, 2023

A 12-month run that’s delivered record-breaking deluges and dramatic marine heatwaves has proven New Zealand’s warmest period since observations began more than 150 years ago. That’s according to a prominent climate scientist’s analysis, as global agencies report that 2023 looks likely to go down as the planet’s hottest in recorded history. In assessing the local Read more

Nun makes perfect tackle on environmental activist

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

The construction of a Catholic religious centre in Saint-Pierre-de-Colombier, Ardèche, France, has caused controversy. Earlier this week, nuns from the missionary group formed a human chain around a digger to prevent the activists from chaining themselves to it. However, the clash turned physical when an unnamed nun from the Notre Dame Missionary Family sprinted across Read more

Climate change is impacting the future of religion

Thursday, October 12th, 2023
climate change

In a world where climate change is impacting many, religious leaders say it’s a moral problem they have a stake in. It’s not just a problem for the science community. Religious leaders are concerned. They’re asking what religion’s future might look like in a world with a vastly changing climate. Some think it could mean Read more