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Climate Change Agreements

Center of Concern | Wed, Dec 15, 2010

Climate Change Agreements

The negotiations on climate change at the Cancun Summit ended Friday night, December 10th, with broad consensus acceptance of limited advances.  It sets the stage for the year-long work toward the next Climate Summit in South Africa near the end of 2011.  For a helpful report and analysis of the consensus agreements by Jesuits working on ecology, go to the new EcoJesuit Network website, Ecology and Jesuits in Communication.  It represents an important new involvement and commitment to ecological justi

"Caritas in Veritate" - Resources for Study and Discussion

Education for Justice | Mon, Oct 18, 2010

"Caritas in Veritate" - Resources for Study and Discussion

Pope Benedict’s encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth) is an anniversary document marking the 40th anniversary of Populorum Progressio issued by Pope Paul VI in 1967.  Benedict notes, “In a special way, it is linked to what Paul VI wrote now more than 40 years ago in Populorum Progressio, the cornerstone of the Church’s social teaching, in which the great Pontiff outlined certain decisive and ever relevant ideas for the integral development of humanity and of the modern world.

We're Hot as Hell and We're Not Going to Take It Any More

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Aug 9, 2010

We're Hot as Hell and We're Not Going to Take It Any More

Try to fit these facts together:

  • According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the planet has just come through the warmest decade, the warmest 12 months, the warmest six months, and the warmest April, May, and June on record. 
  • A "staggering" new study from Canadian researchers has shown that warmer seawater has reduced phytoplankton, the base of the marine food chain, by 40% since 1950.
  • Nine nations have so far set their all-time temperature records in 2010, including Russia (111 degrees), Niger (118), Sudan (121), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (126 apiece), and Pakistan, which also set the new all-time Asia record in May: a hair under 130 degrees. I can turn my oven to 130 degrees.
  • And then, in late July, the U.S. Senate decided to do exactly nothing about climate change.

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