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Water is no commodity: A European Citizens’ Initiative takes up position

20 September 2011
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T.P. The access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right, declared the UN General Assembly in 2010.  Yet, less consensus exists generally on the question whether the operation of water supply should be organized privately or by public authorities.  The controversy is not new, but gains more and...
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Magis and Ecology

18 August 2011
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The World Youth Day  (WYD) is the major worldwide gathering of catholic young people, initiated by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1984.  Since then Buenos Aires, Santiago de Compostela, Czestochowa, Denver, Manila, Paris, Rome again in 2000, Toronto, Cologne, and Sydney have hosted the WYD.  Thousands of young Catholics in an amazing...
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Global Ignatian Advocacy Network general workshop at Loyola, Spain

18 July 2011
A view of the Loyola landscape. Photo credits: Pedro Walpole

A general workshop involving Jesuit leaders and core group members of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) took place from 17 to 23 June 2011 at Loyola, Spain at the retreat house near the birth place of Saint Ignatius. This is in response to the call of General Congregation 35: “The complexity of the...
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The Holy See “listens to the science,” glacier melt report reopens the Church’s environmental discourse

17 June 2011
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With a new study on the status of the world’s mountain glaciers, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences strengthens its efforts to further integrate environmental questions into the social and ethical discourse of the Church. The 15-page report Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene (pdf), elaborated by an interdisciplinary team of 24 researchers on...
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IPCC Report on Renewable Energy

16 May 2011
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Renewable energy could provide more than 80% of the entire world’s energy consumption by 2050, and this could mean a reduction of 30% in global greenhouse emissions, according to the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate...
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Rio+20, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Making it Happen

18 April 2011
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On 4 to 6 June 2012, the world’s nations will come together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development, to assess the progress and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development,...
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Japan crisis sparks review of Europe nuclear projects

17 March 2011
Areas affected by the quake in Japan.  Photo credit: USGS

Nuclear projects in Europe are being reviewed in light of the emergency in Japan, sparked by a massive earthquake and tsunami. The German and the Swiss governments have suspended decisions on their nuclear programmes, and the European Commission is holding a meeting of ministers and experts on Tuesday. A nuclear plant in Fukushima has...
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Oceans need advocacy, too

15 February 2011

TP The pressure on the oceans and ocean beds is increasing, but the general public still knows little of the interactions between human activities and the life of the oceans. Over exploitation, waste streams and persistent polluters determine humankind’s use of its maritime environment. Whereas the general awareness of environmental concerns is increasing worldwide,...
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Accelerated loss rates and a few success stories: 2011 is the International Year of Forests

21 January 2011
Accelerated loss rates and a few success stories: 2011 is the International Year of Forests

T.P. The status and the development of the world’s forest resources are the focus of attention of this year’s UN campaigns for raising awareness on sustainable development. While 2010 was dedicated to biodiversity, 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests. Despite ongoing negative trends, the surface extent of the world’s forest resources...
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An unexpected success, Nagoya summit offers hope for future environment talks

14 December 2010
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It does not often happen that an international top-level environment conference receives positive comments and a broad welcome, even from environmental organizations. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) however, held in Nagoya from 18 to 29 October 2010, is generally considered a to be a decisive and even...
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