Posts Tagged ‘Climate’

Pope’s Climate Warning to Oil-Gas Executives: ‘There is No Time to Lose’

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Challenging world oil executives to recognise the urgent environmental need to quickly transition from fossil fuel extraction and burning, to clean energy production, Pope Francis called them to take to heart that “Civilization requires energy, but energy must not destroy civilization.” Gathering the heads of some of the world’s largest oil and gas corporations – Read more

Climate revolutionaries of East Africa

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

For a long time polar bears were the poster child of climate change but that is no longer the case. Now it is an image of our fellow human beings, millions of them, battling on the frontlines for survival. While  the west debate the merits of climate science, in large parts of Africa, Asia and Read more

The consequences of climate change

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Charred by the pulsing heat, the earth has turned to dust. Rivers have thinned to threads. Wells and ponds have parched. Across the sun-punished lands of Colombia’s La Guajira province, the northernmost point of South America, the symptoms of drought are stark. Water carriers walk for hours, bucket handles digging into their hands. Goats and Read more

Climate change — a world at war

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

In the North this summer, a devastating offensive is underway. Enemy forces have seized huge swaths of territory; with each passing week, another 22,000 square miles of Arctic ice disappears. Experts dispatched to the battlefield in July saw little cause for hope, especially since this siege is one of the oldest fronts in the war. Read more

Laughing in the face of climate change despair

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Someone on Twitter asked how people feel about the future, taking climate change into account. I replied that I don’t expect to have grandchildren, but imagine that humanity would remain resilient. Naturally, we segued into survivalist-apocalyptic jokes. My kid wields swords and sticks with a bit of flair, I offered. My friend said that would Read more

Francis: regarding the climate we are on the verge of suicide

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

“The world is on the verge of suicide if we do not radically change the way in which we deal with problems linked to climate change and the current development model.” Francis said this in his conversation with journalists on board the flight from Bangui to Rome. The Pope also responded to a couple of Read more

Pope Francis’ carbon footprint: Practicing what he preaches?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Pope Francis last month attracted international attention with the release of his environmental encyclical, in which he described climate change as “a global problem with grave implications” that needs to be urgently addressed. Particular attention was placed on the failings of political leaders and the importance of people changing their lifestyles, making sacrifices to help Read more

Pope Francis versus the climate change deniers

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Do the climate change deniers seem more ridiculous than ever? Gee, I dunno, is the pope Catholic? Actually, Pope Francis himself is making them look more ridiculous and isolated than ever. He’s poised to put his moral imprimatur on the scientific consensus about man-made climate change, with a much-anticipated summer encyclical, and this is driving Read more

Capitalism versus the climate

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Book Review: This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein. This is a comprehensive and timely book. Klein says in part one, “If there has ever been a moment to advance a plan to heal the planet that also heals our broken economies and our shattered communities, this is it.” In the introduction Read more

Kyoto failure is moral apartheid

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga says failure at UN climate talks in Durban is a “moral apartheid” that cannot be allowed to happen. “Just as South Africa’s Apartheid era policies sought divisions along race lines, today the world’s environment and energy policies divide man from nature,” said the Cardinal. Midway through the Climate Read more