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How fossil fuel companies responded to decades of warnings on global warming –Infographic

15 November 2018
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Knowledge on the catastrophic effects of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere has been around as early as the 1800s, and the top CO2 emitters were even warned by their own scientists of the possible effects of these emissions to the climate. However, along with the continuing research, warnings, and global initiatives to reduce the onset of global warming, there were also consistent campaigns from fossil fuel companies to spread doubt and denial on the role of man-made greenhouse gases to climate change, a timeline of which is illustrated below: (This infographic depicts a selection of events and is not meant to be a comprehensive documentation, and would benefit from a regular updating. The infographic was developed by staff of Ecojesuit and Environmental Science for Social Change: John Colin Yokingco for the text and Maricel De Jesus for the visualization.)
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IPCC warnings on the warming: The IPCC Special Report 15 on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C

15 October 2018
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In the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5℃ released on 6 October by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 91 authors and review editors from 40 countries declared that the world needs to limit global warming to 1.5℃ rather than 2℃.  The situation demands urgent global action to avert catastrophic effects of “extreme weather, rising sea levels, and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes” of which a 1℃ of global warming consequences are currently seen and experienced in many parts of the world.  And while this is technically possible, there is very little time to act and will require “rapid, far- reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” Ecojesuit shares the press release for this critical IPCC special report which is a useful reference in the global and local responses that are much needed. Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require rapid, far- reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment.  With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5℃ compared to 2℃ could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the
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Reflections

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A personal response to Laudato Si’

by Edmond Grace SJ Laudato Si’ marked a shift of perspective for me with regard to the everyday commitments called for by the ecological crisis in areas such as water usage, transport, food waste. I saw these commitments as a variation on Saint Augustine’s prayer for chastity: ‘Make me green, Lord, but not yet.’ I...

Europe's freshwater and marine resources may seem limitless but they are under increasing pressure from pollution, over-exploitation and climate change.  The European Environment Agency's (EEA) Signals 2018 (https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/) explores the state and trends of Europe’s waters, asking how healthy rivers, lakes, groundwater resources and seas can be ensured for future generations.

Reflections on living Laudato Si’ from the HEST Cluster on Ecology and Environmental Challenges

Stefan Einsiedel Studying Laudato Si’ reminded me that caring for our common home doesn’t end with sustainable consumption. It means thinking about the common good and caring for each other. One aspect struck me particularly: “unity is greater than conflict” (LS 198). Pope Francis encourages believers to be “ever open to God’s grace and...

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