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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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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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