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Pope Francis: Encyclical Calls for “All People of Good Will” to Care for Our Common Home

Pope Francis call on all people of good will to care for the Earth

A version of this post first appeared on GlobalWarmingisReal.com At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the ecological crisis” we all now face. Typically, a Papal Encyclical issued by the Pope is a top-level teaching document addressed to Catholics. In recent decades encyclicals have been addressed to “all people of goodwill,” and Francis’ latest Laudato Si (Blessed Be) is one such document. “This encyclical is aimed at everyone” the Pope said before …

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The Effects of the Drought on Sustainable Energy in the U.S.

How drought effects the production of sustainable energy in the US

By Matthew Speer In July 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) issued its first mandate for the inclusion of renewable, alternative energy sources in transportation fuels sold in the US. At that time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), roughly 16 percent of the contiguous United States was experiencing “moderate to severe drought.” The administration’s most recent figures (June 2012) estimate that 33 percent of the contiguous United States is experiencing “severe to extreme” drought. In layman’s terms, that’s a whole lot more drought. And it’s already making the well-intentioned RFS, which was expanded with the Energy and Independence Security Act of 2007, look less than effective at achieving its primary goal: reducing the American dependence on …

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Earth Hour – Going Beyond the Hour

Earth Hour reaches beyond a single hour

Earth Hour – it’s about more than just one hour This coming Saturday, March 26 at 8:30PM marks the fifth annual Earth Hour event where people and organization across the globe are encouraged to turn off their lights for one symbolic hour of unity and awareness about climate change and creating a sustainable future. Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million people and more than 2000 businesses took a unified stand against climate change by turning off their lights for one hour. Does simply turning off your lights for an hour once a year really make a difference in combating climate change and creating a sustainable future? In and of itself, no, of course it doesn’t. …

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Rockets Make Ozone Holes And Other Eco Myths

Turns out, a lot of people believe we’re punching holes in the ozone layer every time we launch a rocket.  And those holes are contributing to global warming.  This is actually not true, among a number of other public misconceptions.  Here is a roundup of those myths and a few other nifty eco tidbits. Aerosol Causes Global Warming False.  The CFC’s made famous in aerosol cans were banned decades ago.  Aerosol cans use safe(r) propellants now so feel free to spray all day! We don’t trust weather forecasters or climatologists Weather men and women are not exactly the most accurate.  At least most people feel that way.  So how can we possibly trust climate scientists to predict the weather of …

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Who says global warming is a farce?

It is now possible to see the effects of pollution and global warming by simply looking up.  Depending on where you live, the pollution and suspended particles in the air make it less and less spectacular to stargaze. Where I live, in a rural area, the stars can be amazing.  Millions of flickering, bright stars.  However as you drive towards even small cities, stars become less visible and in some areas, disappear entirely. Take this graphic for example. It is sad that some people will never experience what it is like to look up and be awed and humbled by the magnitude of the universe around us. Neil deGrasse Tyson of the Hayden Planetarium points out that some children in …

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Save the Poles Expedition: Journey to Ends of Earth Documents Climate Change

Eric Larsen in action

Eric Larson can't just read about climate change, he meets the battle on the front lines. Read about Larson's Save the Poles Expedition.

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