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European Bishops Ecology Pilgrimage

15 October 2010
"Water must be treated as a public good (Ecumenical Declaration on Water as a Human Right and a Public Good." Photo credit:  via flickr.com

Around fifty delegates from more than fifteen countries of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe set out on 1st September 2010 from the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary on a pilgrimage of hope for all creation to the Shrine of Mariazell in Austria, passing through Slovakia where we were welcomed by the Archbishop of Bratislava, Stanislav...
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‘Green’ Bishop Receives Alternative Nobel Prize

15 October 2010
Bishop Erwin Kräutler.  Photo credit:  Prelazia do Xingu, Altamira

A leading figure in Brazil’s environment movement, Erwin Kräutler, is one of the four winners of the Right Livelihood Award 2010, known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. The 71-year-old Catholic Bishop of Xingu in the Amazon region is honoured for “a lifetime of work for the human and environmental rights of indigenous peoples and...
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Faith and the Environment: European Parliament Conference on Caritas in Veritate

15 September 2010
Faith and the Environment: European Parliament Conference on Caritas in Veritate

Frank Turner participated in the conference in the European Parliament about the Encyclical "Caritas in Veritate" jointly organized by the European Popular Group and the Commission of the Bishops of European Union (COMECE). Taking up a point that has been raised indirectly today, but not discussed directly, I want to add a preliminary note about...
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Making aid efficient and coherent

15 September 2010
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The European Court of Auditors recently published a series of reports analysing different schemes of aid and development cooperation, and demonstrating the need for modifications affecting the EU’s future commitments. Such tragedies as that of the Haitian earthquake tend to stimulate massively generous impulses, but longer-term questioning about how efficient is the international response. Coincidentally...
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Is alternative energy the silver lining from the Gulf oil spill?

15 September 2010
http://www.ngpowereu.com/article/alternative-energy-from-the-gulf-oil-spill/

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill may transpire to be one of the biggest man-made disasters of all time, but in a strange twist of irony, the destruction off the US coast and surrounding environment by the gushing riser oil pipe could relight the cause for alternative energy and a cleaner environment. It seems morbid...
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Picking up the pieces, regaining momentum after Copenhagen

15 August 2010
Picking up the pieces, regaining momentum after Copenhagen

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change will resume meetings after the failure of the Copenhagen Conference. The two major issues, besides the financial instruments, are the need to conclude a legally binding agreement and to agree transparent rules to assess compliance. Although a large majority of commentators consider the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference to...
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Climate Change Debate Rises with Pakistan Floods

15 August 2010
Some Pakistani children sharing the view from a makeshift bed after massive floods swept away their home. (Photo Credit:Shabbir Hussain Imam/IPS)

"If this is not God’s wrath, what is?" 40-year-old taxi driver Bakht Zada said of the massive floods in Pakistan that have swept away his life earnings. Speaking to IPS from Madyan city in Swat district in north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Zada might pin the blame for Pakistan’s worst floods in 80 years on forces...
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Creation at the Heart of Mission

15 July 2010
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Two hundred and forty persons from 82 religious institutes, 57 countries and five continents gathered in Assisi from 12-16 May 2009. “Creation at the Heart of Mission” was jointly sponsored by SEDOS and the JPIC Commission of the USIG/USG where both religious and lay collaborators were led by theologians Séan McDonagh and Denis Edwards...
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Gulf Oil Spill

15 July 2010
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As the Gulf oil spill of April 20, 2010, continues unabated (as of May 31), the spill is a massive, unimagined, and unprecedented environmental disaster. Although scientists debate the exact amount of oil leaking at the base of the accident site and are uncertain about the exact depth and width of the spill, the...
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