Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Top emitters must commit to a U-turn at COP25 Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Epitomizing the disconnect between scientific warnings and human action, global temperatures are now on track to rise by an unacceptable 3.2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels by 2030 while greenhouse gas emissions hit all-time highs. As the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP25 Read more

Robert Redford meets Pope Francis at weekly general audience Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Famed actor Robert Redford waited patiently outside the Vatican on Wednesday for the chance to briefly exchange personal words with Pope Francis. Redford and his wife, German artist Sibylle Szaggars, were spotted in the general audience for the weekly Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The pope, 82, and Redford, 83, clasped hands as Redford Read more

Venice homeless struggling, basilica damaged by record floods Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Two people have died and the crypt of St Mark’s Basilica, is underwater after serious flooding hit Venice, Wednesday. Used to high tides, local authorities in the lagoon city have called a state emergency. More than 85% of Venice was flooded as the high watermark reached over 6 feet. Wednesday’s water levels were the highest Read more

Catholic organisations condemn Trump’s Paris agreement withdrawal Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019
Trump Paris Agreement

Catholic organisations in the United States are condemning the Trump administration as it begins to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Citing economic downsides to the plan, on June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump said he would pull out of the deal at the earliest possible date. It makes the US Read more

Asthma carbon footprint ‘as big as eating meat’ Comments 0

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Many people with asthma could cut their carbon footprint and help save the environment by switching to “greener” medications, UK researchers say. Making the swap would have as big an “eco” impact as turning vegetarian or becoming an avid recycler, they say. Many people with asthma could cut their carbon footprint and help save the Read more

Seminary students confessed to plants Comments 0

Monday, October 7th, 2019

A student from Union Theological Seminary has tweeted: “Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honour. What do you confess to the plants in your life?” The Read more

The Greta Thunberg circus has become a complete farce Comments 0

Monday, September 30th, 2019
Greta Thunberg

It’s a measure of where we’ve come to in public debate that I have thought more than twice about writing this piece. The days of civilised debate, of accepting different opinions seem to be disappearing. None of us likes being yelled at or chastised for our views. The pleasure of exchanging opinions, exploring them and Read more

Here’s real climate action: Cancel Christmas and… Comments 0

Monday, September 30th, 2019
climate change

Columnist Duncan Garner is suggesting that one way of contributing to slowing climate change is to give up celebrating Christmas. “Christmas is killing us. Mad consumerism, rubbish by the planet load and dirty air travel that dumps pollution on us like no other industry. So no presents. No holidays. Just stay home and plan the future.” Read more

Caritas launching 2019 Oceania environment report Comments 0

Monday, September 30th, 2019

This week, Caritas Director Julianne Hickey will launch their 2019 report:  State of the Environment for Oceania: Seeds of Hope. On Thursday, 3 October at 7 pm: there will be the launch of the report at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Papakura, followed by Liturgy for the eve of St Francis Day. The next day, Friday, Read more

Has climate change become a religion? Comments 0

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
Climate change

Is it just me or has climate change become a religion? I ask this because I opened the newspaper this morning to be confronted by a campaign that virtually all the major news outlets have signed up to for this week: Covering Climate Now. It’s an international campaign. 170 odd news organisations around the world Read more