EcoLinks 08.25.15
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EcoLinks 08.25.15

Climate change has become the one thing all religions are preaching against
Nayantara Narayanan, Scroll.in

When Pope Francis chose to champion the battle against climate change via papal encyclical in June this year, the act was lauded as the one that could galvanise the world community far more than 30 years of pleading by climate scientists. Now Muslim leaders across the world have echoed the moral call against climate change with their Islamic Climate Declaration issued last week calling for a fossil-fuel phase-out.

The Pope and air conditioning?
Rev. Mark H. Creech, RenewAmerica

I can only imagine how Catholics in the various hotter climates of the world are going to react when they finally get the news their Pope thinks air conditioning is something they ought to forgo in life. Ahhhhh, I don’t think so. As someone once said, “It’s so hot in some parts of the world the inhabitants there have to live somewhere else.” As a college buddy of mine studying missions in tropical countries used to say, “Its hotter there than an ant’s butt on a radiator.”

The Pope as illegal immigrant?
Gene Veith, Patheos

The Pope decided not to because if he visited Mexico, he would have to visit the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and he didn’t time this visit. But Catholic opponents of illegal immigration, including the Catholic Republican presidential contenders (Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, and George Pataki) can expect to feel pressure from the pontiff, as they will also on climate change.

UCSD gets $5 million to fight climate change
Gary Robbins, The San Diego Union-Tribune

More recently, Scripps atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan helped shaped Pope Francis’ thinking on climate change in the encyclical he issued earlier this year. The Pope is expected to share his concerns about climate change when he visits the United States next month.

Obama to speak ‘frankly’ on 11-day climate change tour
Gregory Korte, USA Today

Climate change is also likely to be a major topic when Pope Francis visits the White House in September, four months after releasing an environmental encyclical that called climate change “a global problem with grave implications” and “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

Climate Change: A Warning From Islam
Bill McKibben, New York Review of Books

On August 19, a convocation of some sixty leading Muslim clerics and religious scholars from around the planet, spurred by the growing siege of climate disasters affecting the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, issued an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change. It was far shorter than Pope Francis’s much discussed encyclical issued early in the summer, but it arrived in much the same spirit:

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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.