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Threatened islands appeal to pope

VATICAN (SE): Some island state leaders from the Pacific Ocean area took time out from the 23rd Conference of Parties on the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany, on November 13, to pay a visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican.
 
The president of the tiny phosphate island of Nauru, Baron Waqa, told the pope, “We are on the frontline of climate change. The devastating impact of cyclones has caused enormous losses for our fragile economies and matters have not ended there.”
 

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World needs brainwash not brain drip

VATICAN (SE) The world does not just need a brain drip, but the brain needs a good and complete wash, the governor of California in the United States of America (US), Jerry Brown, maintained at a gathering held in the Vatican on November 4.
 
He pointed to the need to slow the devastation being caused by climate change, stressing that society cannot simply rely only on science and technology, but must begin to accept the need for more transformational approaches.
 

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Swapping global leadership for a myth

A decision by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, to withdraw his country from the Paris Accord on climate change weakens US global leadership.
Responses from the leaders of the G7 countries were negative. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was highly critical of Trump’s decision, calling it “extremely regrettable and that is putting it mildly.”
 








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A pledge for the earth

HONG KONG (SE): The Global Catholic Climate Movement launched a worldwide campaign to recruit one million Catholic people to keep the message of Pope Francis on caring for God’s creation alive two years on from the publication of Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si').
 
The movement seeks to keep the message of the landmark encyclical at the forefront of Catholic consciousness by promoting the importance of reducing energy use and the need for clean energy in their own communities and countries.
 

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At least a political climate change

HONG KONG (SE): “This for us is something that we hoped would not have happened,” Peter Cardinal Turkson, the prefect of the newly-formed dicastery for Integral Human Development, said in response to an announcement by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, that he would withdraw his nation from the Paris Climate Agreement.
 

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Science trumped by political fiction

HONG KONG (SE): Fake news is an art form, but while the expression may be new, the reality is far from a modern creation. It has travelled under various labels for centuries.

In 1906, Winston Churchill spoke of political inexactitudes in the parliament, a euphemism for circumlocution—or in plain language, a lie.

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Marrakesh ignores human rights at climate meeting

ROME (SE): A report released by Caritas describes the messages sent out by the various states represented at the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 held in Marrakesh in Morocco from November 7 to 18 as positive, but weak.

The Caritas report, which was released on November 22, says that the biggest disappointment is human rights continue to be sidelined, especially the rights of indigenous people, women, children and vulnerable communities.

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Farmers demand aid on Earth Day

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine environmental advocates and farmers marked Earth Day, April 22, with rallies in various cities around the country to demand government action in drought-stricken areas.

“The drought has worsened the poverty and hunger of farmers,” said Pedro Arnardo, a peasant leader from the southern region of Mindanao.

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Religious leaders pressure United Nations

NEW YORK (SE): An Interfaith Climate Statement to World Leaders was presented to the secretary general of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, at a ceremony held in the Chapel of the Church Centre for the UN in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, New York, on April 18, four days prior to the scheduled signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted last year on December 12.

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The oceans may produce more than a high tide

In recent years, we have become more and more aware of how vulnerable our oceans are to climate change. The Arctic Ocean is capped by frozen seawater, called sea ice. This melts during the Northern Hemisphere spring and summer months.