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Linking climate change and moral judgements

15 December 2012
SEstado del Clima Análisis Global, Octubre de 2012. Foto de: ncdc.noaa.gov

Stephen Rooney “As climate change fails to generate strong moral intuitions, it does not motivate an urgent need for action in the way that other moral imperatives do.” Whilst there is consensus among the science community pertaining to the reality and extent of rapid anthropogenic climate change and the necessity of urgent action to...
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Lessons in storm surge and Sandy’s politics

30 November 2012
Hace dos años se propuso que los arrecifes de ostras en la bahía de New York se convirtieran en una barrera natural para detener tormentas. Foto de: Kate Orff

Pedro Walpole, SJ with scientific contribution from Wendy Clavano Tropical cyclone Sandy killed 71 people when it blew through Haiti and Cuba last October.  In Haiti, over 370,000 people are still in tent cities since the January 2010 earthquake and the recent droughts and now floods have destroyed crops, compounding the problems.  Even if...
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Moving the ecological agenda: An emerging commitment to water

15 November 2012
El misionero jesuita actividad en la región de los Grandes Lagos de América del Norte, con nuevas culturas y paisajes de los que podemos aprender hoy. Foto de: Pedro Walpole

Jose Ignacio Garcia, SJ After GC35, the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Curia in Rome created a working group that wrote a document entitled: Healing a Broken World (HBW).  The intention was to explore the third decree of GC35 on the need for “reconciliation with creation.” HBW aimed to make this...
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Engaging the substance of the world: How do our youth learn today?

30 October 2012
Practicando lo que predicas: Rehabilitación del Lago en la Universidad Loyola y el centro de Ecología (LUREC) en Woodstock, Illinois, USA.

Pedro Walpole, SJ The right to education is recognized worldwide as essential to every community and to the interrelations of a just global village.  Part of that education calls for scientific understanding of the challenges and concerns we face in our environment today.  This includes the challenge to develop textbooks followed by the challenge...
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The World Food Day 2012

15 October 2012
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The World Food Day aims to draw attention each year on the dramatic reality of millions of people worldwide without access to adequate food.  The celebration of this day coincides with the publication of the report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation entitled The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 and...
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Europe cannot not act: Adapting to climate change

30 September 2012
La adaptación reduce la vulnerabilidad al cambio climático, los beneficios brutos son el daño que se evita, el beneficio neto son los daños evitados menos los costes de adaptación. Foto de: Del Informe Stern: The Economics of Climate Change (Part V, Chapter 18, Figure 18.1, p 405)

Stephen Rooney There is no time like the present to discuss the issues surrounding adaptation to climate change.  With the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014–2020 currently being negotiated, and with the European Commission working on an EU adaptation strategy which is anticipated to be published in March 2013, the publication of an issue paper...
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The green bridge

15 September 2012
Foto de: swisseduc.ch

T.P. Among the numerous statements published by Christian Churches on the environment ethics, one unusual document that also marks a cornerstone of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue silently celebrates its tenth anniversary.  In summer 2002, Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed their Common Declaration on Environment Ethics, also known as...
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Seeking centres for ecological engagement: The Bush Hut experience in Australia

31 August 2012
Foto de: Jesuit Social Services

Pedro Walpole, SJ Yarra Bend Park has a rich Aboriginal past, and the Wurundjeri Tribe highlight some of the places of tradition practice and life of the land – for this we are grateful. It is a good place to come, full of wattles on a cool July day, and people can draw back...
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Ethics and sustainability

14 August 2012
Foto de: regisnetworking.com

José Ignacio García, SJ The concept of sustainability, though widely discussed and controversial, continues to draw huge attention.  Although it can be blamed for masking the possibility that things remains the same, or business as usual, it is undeniable that it has the ability to converge many interests and perspectives: political, economic and social....
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Finance + Climate Change = 2?

16 July 2012
Consumo de energía primaria de la UE. Foto de: US Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Guillaume Emin Finance now plays a central role in modern societies.  In 2005, finance, insurance and real estate accounted for 18% to 20% of total employment in France, the UK and the USA, in comparison with 5.5% to 7% in 1950.  Moreover, these activities accounted for 28-30% of the 2005 Gross Value Added in...
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