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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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Genetically Modified Corn Battles Drought

Genetically modified corn and drought

As the Midwest contends with a drought that seems to be the new normal, farmers and other agriculture experts ponder ways to squeeze crops from the parched ground.

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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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Top 10 Green Stories (with commentary)

Deepwater Horizon tragedy among the top environmental stories of 2010

Top 10 environmental stories for 2010 Grist has released their top 10 green stories of 2010.  They are republished here with my own commentary. Republicans deny climate change (still).  It seems shocking, but yes, the republicans in Congress are still denying the scientific preponderance of evidence that the climate is warming at a dangerous rate.  This includes both current (outgoing) and incoming congressmen and women.  How can this be after so many of them campaigned with climate change as a major component of their platforms?  It’s politics folks. The house passed a solid climate change bill and the Senate promptly killed it in their typically cowardly fashion.  They sliced and diced until the bill had no teeth and made no …

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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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Transitioning to oil independence

As I write this, I am enjoying a frozen sorbet from “Del Monte”.  There isn’t one mention of words like no preservatives, no trans fat, no hydrogenated oils, etc.  And yet, there is none of that in the ingredients.  Isn’t that good old fashion honest food manufacturing?  Kudos to Del Monte for being health conscious for the sake of food ethics, not marketing. I digress. With oil spilling into the ocean at an alarming and disgusting rate, Steve McCallister over at Modern Hippie Magazine has presented a resource for transitioning away from oil.  Now, we’re not talking about getting rid of foreign oil, but oil altogether.  It is common knowledge (except for those steadfast ignorati who still don’t even think …

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