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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

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.
Reading New Signs of the Times in Our Globalized World: The Challenge from Africa

Center of Concern | Tue, May 18, 2010

Reading New Signs of the Times in Our Globalized World: The Challenge from Africa

Pete Henriot, S.J., former director of the Center of Concern, was honored with Africa Faith and Justice Network's Faith and Justice Award for extraordinary service to Africa on April 17, 2010.  Two days later he lectured on "Reading New Signs of the Times in Our Globalised World: The Challenge from Africa."  His trademark three points (and the rest of the talk) are available for download

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