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Paris Climate Accord Response a Mixed Bag A windstorm of media coverage over the weekend announced an accord was reached in the Paris climate talks. The reviews were mixed. Today’s USA Today quotes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: "The result will be a very clear signal to the marketplace of the world that people are moving into low-carbon, no-carbon, alternative, renewable energy, and I think it's going to create millions of jobs, enormous investments into R&D, and that R&D is going to create the solutions…." Kerry MAY realize the total global economy needs to shrink if we are to come anywhere close to the temperature-rise goals of the...
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PBS NewsHour Gets it Right on Overpopulation PBS isn’t known for tackling the subject of overpopulation head-on. I admit, the subject is – for ridiculous reasons – controversial. So I really want to offer thanks and encouragement to PBS NewsHour science reporter Nsikan Akpan for this piece on the NewsHour website: As a Scientist, is the Pope Dodging the Biggest Contributor to Climate Change? Pope Francis made a lot of news lately, both with his U.S. visit and with summer’s publication of a new encyclical, Laudato Si: Our Care for our Common Home. Francis received a lot of praise for highlighting what the moral compass tells us about...
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Popeapalooza and Population Today, amid all the popeapalooza owing to Pope Francis’ U.S. visit, we find a reason to congratulate Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent of the UK Guardian. While many environmentalists praise this pope for taking up the call for serious action on the climate change front, Goldenberg notes: “One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as ‘raving nonsense’ the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control.” There are plenty of scientists who understand that moving from an expanding to a contracting world population is...
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Fall Out of Love How about a good song to inspire us all to be better stewards of the one planet we have to work with? I thought I’d share Love Song to Earth with you today just to put a little sunshine in your life. The gorgeous images in this video, directed by Jerry Cope and Casey Culver, remind us what a wonderful place the Earth is. Vocal performances by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie and Colbie Caillat add to the emotional appeal. The lyrics are actually quite honest: “If we continue there’ll only be emptiness.” That’s pretty serious....
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Obama: Curious Combination of Non-Denial & Denial During U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Alaska, he addressed the Glacier Conference. I’m putting the spotlight on that climate change address today, and doing so on the Wall of Shame because of the ironic juxtaposition of remarks. On the one hand, the President seems to understand the severity of the climate change problem: “…we’re here today to discuss a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other -- and that’s the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate…. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought.” “…the...
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