Posts Tagged ‘global warming’

Climate change linked to 5 million deaths a year, new study shows

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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According to a world-first international study led by Australia’s Monash University, more than five million deaths a year can be attributed to climate change. Scientists at Monash analysed temperature and mortality data from dozens of countries across the world over the first 20 years of this century. While fewer people are dying from cold weather, Read more

Worldwide, just twenty firms produce 55% of world’s plastic waste

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Twenty companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world, fuelling the climate crisis and creating an environmental catastrophe, new research reveals. Among the global businesses responsible for 55% of the world’s plastic packaging waste are both state-owned and multinational corporations, including oil and gas giants and Read more

The Greta Thunberg circus has become a complete farce

Monday, September 30th, 2019
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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

“Alarm bells should be ringing in the corridors of power”

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Responding to the release of the latest Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), leaders of Catholic development agencies around the world have launched an urgent call for action, as there isn’t much time available to tackle the crisis without running into terrible consequences. Clearly, there is Read more

Biblical flood — more than a fairytale

Monday, May 29th, 2017

As warnings about the threat of rapid sea level-rise become increasingly urgent, one far-seeing, if dissenting, scientist has suggested it is likely the Biblical great flood did happen. “I don’t think the biblical deluge is just a fairy tale,” Terence J Hughes, a retired University of Maine glaciologist living in South Dakota, told the New York Read more

Great Barrier Reef RIP

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

For most of its life, the reef was the world’s largest living structure, and the only one visible from space. It was 1,400 miles long, with 2,900 individual reefs and 1,050 islands. In total area, it was larger than the United Kingdom, and it contained more biodiversity than all of Europe combined. It harbored 1,625 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

Polynesian leaders sign climate change declaration

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The Polynesian Leaders Group, made up of eight countries, have adopted a declaration calling for international recognition of their countries’ vulnerability to climate change. The Polynesia Against Climate Threats declaration calls for a joint effort to protect the ocean and the environment, and will be taken to world leaders at a major climate change conference Read more

Pope’s encyclical calls for new relationship with the earth

Friday, June 19th, 2015

In a new encyclical, Pope Francis has acknowledged “very solid scientific consensus” that humans are causing climate change that is endangering the planet. In Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home, released on June 18, Francis urged the world to embark upon a revolutionary ethical rethink and change of heart in its relationship with Read more

Climate change a serious moral responsibility says pope

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Pope Francis expressed in a message at the major U.N. climate change summit in Peru this week that the consequences of environmental change represent a “serious ethical and moral responsibility,” and warned that the time for action is running out. Francis warned Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of the Environment of Peru and President-Designate of the conference, Read more