EcoLinks 07.07.15
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EcoLinks 07.07.15

Do the Pope and I live on the same planet?
Steven W. Mosher, New York Post

It is perhaps no coincidence that Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a radical environmentalist who had a part in drafting the encyclical, is a member of the Club of Rome. Schellnhuber was apparently selected for this role by Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Experts Debunk The Coal Industry’s “Energy Poverty” Argument Against The Pope’s Climate Action
Denise Robbins, Media Matters

Fossil fuel advocates are criticizing Pope Francis’ recent climate encyclical, claiming his call to phase out fossil fuels will harm the poor by preventing access to electricity and keeping them in “energy poverty.” But fossil fuels are not economically viable in most of the communities that suffer from a lack of electricity, and on-the-ground experts have explained that distributed renewable energy sources are often a more effective way to lift the world’s impoverished — who will be most affected by the adverse impacts of climate change — out of energy poverty.

Pope Francis’s Climate Warmup Act
Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

With new allies like Naomi Klein and a tour of his Latin home turf, the pope is clearly getting ready to face off with Republican deniers and Big Oil during his U.S. visit in September.

Science and Religion Collaborate; Pope’s Encyclical Asserts Imperative Need to Halt Climate Change
Felix Balthasar, NewsMaine

Nonetheless, it is important to comprehend that Pope Francis intends to raise public awareness about the forthcoming perils in case the indispensible precautions are not taken now; it very effectively goes beyond religion and addresses the entire global population to adopt ‘changes in lifestyle, production and consumption’.

An encyclical of politics II
C. Colpo, Trib Live

Regarding Pope Francis’ recent silly foray into the “climate change” brouhaha: When he was elected pope, 115 cardinals from all points on the globe (52 countries) traveled to Rome to vote. Jet planes burning jet fuel spun from oil, plus cars and trains, make quite a “carbon footprint” to ravage Mother Earth. Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh is on record as saying that he flies to Rome several times a year to consult with the holy father. Thousands of bishops and cardinals likely do the same (with all this travel funded by donations from the flock, but I digress). Maybe Francis should look into teleconferencing — practice what you preach?

The significance of Pope Francis and the Lancet calling for action on climate and health
Dr. Tim K. Takaro, Straight

Climate change is in the news a lot in the past few weeks. There was Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the moral dimensions of this threat to planetary health and the world-renowned medical journal, the Lancet Commission, expounding on the profound health impacts of climate change. There’s also another serious fire and heat season threatening public health in much of Canada.

Exclusive: The Dalai Lama Talks About Pope Francis, Aging and Heartbreak With TIME
Elizabeth Dias, Time

On Monday, the morning of his 80th birthday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama sat down with TIME in Anaheim, Calif. The Tibetan spiritual leader shared his advice on growing old and mending a broken heart and talked about maybe meeting Pope Francis.

Dalai Lama urges action in discussion of climate change
Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register

Other notable guests during Monday’s sessions included Larry King, singer Gloria Estefan, actress Julia Ormond and oceanographers Walter Munk and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, who served on the advisory panel that guided Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change and economic inequality.

Vancouver mayor only Canadian in climate-change group meeting Pope
Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press

“The Pope recognizes that mayors play a key role in leading communities to a better future – we’re where the rubber hits the road in taking care of cities and we’ve largely been left out of the conversation.”

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. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 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 five 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 Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.