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Pope Francis Wants ‘Ecological Sin’ Added To Catholic Catechism

When you think of sin, what kinds of things come to mind? Murder? Greed? Using a plastic straw? Pope Francis has made a proposal: Add “ecological sin” to the list of wrongdoings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. At…

Greta Getting Flak For Taking ‘Plastic Yacht’ Back To Europe

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg eschews jet travel based on her opposition to greenhouse-gas emissions, but her return trip to Europe isn’t entirely carbon-neutral. Twelve weeks after sailing into New York City, Greta hitched a ride back to Europe Wednesday…

Climate Science Proves Scams Don’t Die From Exposure

It’s the tenth anniversary next week of the 2009 Climategate email dump that exposed top climate scientists’ chicanery and subversion of science – and did so in their own words and out of their own mouths, or keyboards. I’ll list…

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For some urban areas, a warming climate is only half the threat

A new study projects that the growth of urban areas in the coming decades will trigger ”extra” warming due to a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect (UHI). According to their findings, urban expansion will cause the average summer temperature in these areas to increase about 0.5 to 0.6 degrees C — but up to 3 degrees C in some locations. 

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Ocean studies look at microscopic diversity and activity across entire planet

Two new articles use samples and data collected during the Tara Oceans Expedition to analyze current ocean diversity across the planet, providing a baseline to better understand climate change’s impact on the oceans.

What vision do we have for the deep sea?

(Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)) The ocean hosts an inconceivable wealth of marine life, most of which remains unknown. International plans to mine minerals from the deep seafloor threaten this biodiversity hotspot. States are currently seeking to develop a legal framework for deep seabed mining. An international team of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies has published a study warning against a rush to exploit deep seafloor resources and calling for coordinated efforts to develop alternative approaches.

Two ocean studies look at microscopic diversity and activity across entire planet

(Cell Press) Two Cell papers use samples and data collected during the Tara Oceans Expedition to analyze current ocean diversity across the planet, providing a baseline to better understand climate change’s impact on the oceans. In a Perspective publishing in the journal One Earth, Claudet et al. examine the barriers that have prevented ocean sustainability policy changes so far and suggest strategies for leveraging the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to overcome these challenges.

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Study shows where global renewable energy investments have greatest benefits

New study finds that the amount of climate and health benefits achieved from renewable energy depends on the country where it is installed. Countries with higher carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and more air pollution, such as India, China, and areas in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, achieve greater climate and health benefits per megawatt (MW) of renewable energy installed than those operating in areas such as North America, Brazil, and parts of Europe.

COP25 will review a scary year for climate change – Quartz

One year ago, the international scientific community could hardly have expected that Greta Thunberg, a teenager from Sweden, would become one of its greatest allies. Since beginning her weekly “School Strike for the Climate,” the petite 16-year-old has skillfully used…

‘Greta Shaming’: Scowling Greta Coming To A Kitchen Near You

Little Sister Is Watching You. Imagine you’ve strolled into your office break room to enjoy some lunch, you open a cabinet to grab a paper napkin, reach in, and — egads! — see the visage of that 16-year-old emotionally troubled…