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Climate science development, fossil fuel companies response

30 November 2018
Tyndall’s apparatus used in his experiments on absorption properties of different gases, where he concluded that water vapor and carbon dioxide are most responsible for trapping heat in the atmosphere and any change in the levels of these gases “must produce a change of climate.” (Image source from “The Discovery of the Greenhouse Effect” by Dr Steve Easterbrook, March 2017 and adapted from Tyndall, 1861)

  by John Colin Yokingco We are given a deadline: 2030 – 12 years from now. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report 15, we have 12 years to drastically reduce our emissions or else it will be too late to slow down global warming to a rate that can...
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An ecologist’s reflections on the formation of the IAJU

30 November 2018
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by Nancy Tuchman I returned from an extraordinary meeting of the presidents of the 211 worldwide Jesuit universities that has made an impact on me from the perspective of an ecologist who is greatly concerned about the state of our planet. The conference took place at Universidad Deusto in Bilbao, Spain near the birthplace of...
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The Paris Rulebook: COP24’s main output to set the Paris Agreement in action

30 November 2018
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The next two weeks could determine the fate of the planet in the next 12 years, as world leaders are set to finalize the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement and discuss actions to curb climate change at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24), 2 to14 December in Katowice, Poland. The main output of COP24...
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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...
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A personal response to Laudato Si’

15 November 2018
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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...
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2018 Joint statement of Bishops’ Conferences on climate justice

15 November 2018
“We expect energy-related CO2 emissions will increase once again in 2018 after growing in 2017.” (Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, 8 October 2018)

Church leaders of the continental groupings of episcopal conferences issued the following appeal to government leaders and representatives to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement for people and planet. There is a particular request for the COP24 Summit in Katowice, Poland next month to be a milestone on the path set...
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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...
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Urgency of the urgent

31 August 2018
Members of the indigenous Ifugao community share with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines their testimonies on the impact of changing weather patterns on their planting and harvesting times, part of the National Inquiry on Climate Change that the Commission is undertaking. Photo credit: JC Yokingco

Dr. Pedro Walpole Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s....
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Urgent action needed to steer a Hothouse Earth towards a Stabilized Earth

15 August 2018
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The Earth may be well on its way to an irreversible “hothouse” if people do not take urgent collective action to steer its path to a habitable state, scientists warned. According to a recent study Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the...
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Calling for change and ecological conversion in a new dialogue to care for our common home, Laudato Si’ three years after

15 July 2018
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Pope Francis addressed the participants at the International Conference marking the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato Si’, the environment encyclical letter shared with the world in 2015.  More than 200 people gathered at the New Synod Hall at the Vatican on 5 to 6 July 2018 to be part of the international conference organized by...
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