Themes of the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate, Equity and the Environment Emerge in Italian Leak
Andrew Revkin, The New York Times
The Guardian translated several noteworthy passages, including one that essentially endorses the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the conclusions that emerged a year ago at a four-day meeting on sustainable development and climate change hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Science meeting last year (which I reported on at length).
The Pope’s thoughts on climate change are leaked
Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace
Setting aside for the moment the issue of who inside the Vatican might leak a papal encyclical, it does appear that that’s what has happened. The Italian magazine ‘L’Espresso’ leaked a draft of the document today… 192 pages about climate change and its effects on the poor. In the document, Pope Francis calls for “urgent action” against climate change and endorses biofuels. The official release date is Thursday, and Vatican authorities are saying the official text is still under embargo.
Pope Francis Calls Global Warming a Threat And Urges Action
Francis X. Rocca, The Wall Street Journal
The Vatican said the posted text wasn’t the final document, which would remain under embargo until Thursday, but it didn’t say whether there were material differences between the draft and the final document.
How to Argue About Climate Change with Your Panicked Liberal Friends
John Zmirak, The Stream
Today we’re told by the same cast of characters who touted the “population bomb” that the same long list of catastrophes they predicted last time really will happen after all unless we give them lots of power, only these things will happen for a completely different reason: global warming. If the climate stabilized tomorrow, it wouldn’t be long before the international crisis lobby would be predicting the very same catastrophes, for still another reason. Maybe an impending attack by Smaug the dragon.
Draft of Environmental Encyclical Leaked! 12 Things to Know and Share
Jimmy Akin, National Catholic Register
The Church has the responsibility to urge appropriate responses to what the best science available has to say on matters impacting mankind and the world under man’s care, and Pope Francis thinks that present science is sufficiently in favor of manmade global warming to urge cuts in greenhouse gases, but if you think that the best science points in a different direction, you are not bound in faith to believe a particular scientific viewpoint.