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Bangladesh grapples with millions of climate refugees

DHAKA (UCAN): Cities in Bangladesh are struggling to cope with an influx of millions of people from rural and coastal areas due to climate change-induced disasters, prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, told international delegates at the opening session of the two-day Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation in the country’s capital, Dhaka.
 

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Climate change hurts poor Filipinos the most

The sea is engulfing a community of 40 households in the northern Philippines where people rely on whatever the ocean can offer for a living.
 
People have already started losing their homes, their school and their chapel to the sea. The water is taking over land that is home to the poorest of the poor in the region.
 








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Climate change demands action now pope tells energy executives

VATICAN (CNS): “We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward or of prioritising short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires our decisive action, here and now,” Pope France told energy and oil executives and global investors on June 14 at the Vatican.
 
They were taking part in a June 13 to 14 conference on Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home, sponsored by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the United States of America.

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Prioritising profit over people a cause of climate change crisis

VATICAN (CNS): Addressing a Vatican climate change conference titled, Climate Change and New Evidence from Science, Engineering and Policy, for finance ministers from around the world on May 27, the pope said that the current crisis is “caused by a confusion of our moral ledger with our financial ledger.”
 
“We live at a time when profits and losses seem to be more highly valued than lives and deaths, and when a company’s net worth is given precedence over the infinite worth of our human family,” he said.

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Why the climate is changing

Students are on the streets waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that are wrecking the planet. 
 








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The end of the earth as we know it

Human society of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that keep all species of plant, animal and insects in harmonious co-existence, ensuring the survival of all, are moving quickly toward collapse.
 








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The warming of Planet Earth

There is something strange and unusual happening to our world, and every one of us will be impacted. One indigenous people of the Philippines, the Aeta people of Luzon, have survived for as many 30,000 years by their unique survival skills in the rain forests as hunters and gatherers. 
 








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Pushing for strong deal at climate summit

KATOWICE (CNS): “The Church is exerting pressure and showing really significant commitment. We must hope countries match this,” said Rebecca Elliott, communications director of Global Catholic Climate Movement, a coalition of more than 650 Catholic organisations, as Catholic representatives worked to keep negotiations on track for a comprehensive deal to address global warming as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) entered its second and final week in Katowice, Poland.
 

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The global storm

We don’t need to be scientists to notice that, in recent years, around the world all creatures are enduring more severe weather conditions, as the planet gets warmer. We have to keep the increase in global temperature below two degrees centigrade or we are all going to fry. One result is that the forests are burning. 
 








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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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