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Matt Ridley on Climate Change
Russ Roberts, Library of Economics and Liberty

Science writer and author Matt Ridley discusses climate change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Based on his reading of the scientific evidence, Ridley describes himself as a “lukewarmer.” While Ridley agrees that humans have made the climate warmer, he argues that the impact is small or positive over some temperature ranges and regions. He rejects the catastrophic scenarios that some say are sufficiently likely to justify dramatic policy responses, and he reflects on the challenges of staking out an unpopular position on a contentious policy issue.

Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States. He’ll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty – a major issue for the U.S. Catholic Church in the wake of the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision.

Dalai Lama Endorses Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change
Cole Mellino, EcoWatch

The Tibetan spiritual leader also spoke about the need to end war, calling the concept of war “outdated.” The Dalai Lama said we need to shift our focus to launch a global effort to tackle climate change. “Countries think about their own national interest rather than global interests and that needs to change because the environment is a global issue.”

Thousands Take to Rome’s Streets to Echo Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action Thousands Take to Rome’s Streets to Echo Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action
Hoda Baraka, 350.org

The celebratory march was animated by a musical band, a climate choir and colourful public artwork designed by artists from Italy and other countries, whose work played a major role in the People’s Climate March in New York City last September. Among the artwork was a 75-meter sign in the shape of a green leaf, with verses from Scripture which speak to God’s care for creation and for the poor.

Pope Francis urges people of all religions to work together to save environment
Fox News Latino

For Francis, efforts to preserve the environment are an excellent way to bring together secular and non-secular forces, and especially members of various religions. Love for the environment also expands his papal agenda of highlighting social justice issues like poverty.

Pope Francis and Naomi Klein Both Hate Free Markets, Technological Progress, and Economic Growth
Ronald Bailey, Reason

Alas, Klein should be right at home in in Pope Francis’ Vatican. Sadly, this nascent coalition between the secular left and the religious left will help neither the poor or the climate.

Naomi Klein Accepts Pope Francis’ Invitation to Debate Climate Change Action at the Vatican
Truthdig

The activist and “This Changes Everything” author said she was “surprised but delighted” to receive an invitation from the head of the Catholic Church to lead a conference this week, adding that while others may think the pope’s ideas on economics are wrong, she’s on his side.

Pope Francis and Naomi Klein: Church Joins Forces With Prominent Secular Voice To Address Climate Change
Peter de Jesus, HNGN

Being a professor of climate change economics, Cardinal Turkson is a very logical pick to head the conference. Klein, however, is not. Her presence, and most especially the position granted to her in the conference may be quite controversial, not only because of her secular background, but because she is fiercely socialist in her outlook and very vocal about her criticisms of 21st century capitalism, reports Breitbart.

The Link Between Climate and Poverty
Marita Noon, Breitbart

The climate alarmists, generally the same people who dis the church and its position on abortion, the origin of life on earth, and the definition of marriage, appear practically giddy over Pope Francis’ recently released climate encyclical. Even Al Gore, who admits he was “raised in the Southern Baptist tradition,” has declared he “could become a Catholic because of this pope.”

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Bruce Edward Walker has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. Most recently, he was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2007 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past three years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Midland, Mich., with his wife Katherine.

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