EcoLinks 09.03.15
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EcoLinks 09.03.15

Pope releases preservation doctrine, prepares for US visit
Henry Grabbe, The Daily Targum

Over the summer, I was honored to attend a UN meeting on the release of Laudato Si’ that featured Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a principal writer of the encyclical. He described the religious argument postulated by Pope Francis, which forms from a simple premise —the call to preservation is located in the foundation of scripture. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till and keep it: Genesis 2:15

European bishops: pray for the care of creation
Catholic World News

The Council of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) has issued a message encouraging the continent’s bishops to take part in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1. Describing the care of creation as a “central theme” in ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox, the message called upon Catholics to “welcome this time of prayer as an opportunity to respond to the responsibility to which the Lord calls together all people, to become true stewards of what He has entrusted to them.”

Dems urge Pope Francis to highlight income inequality during visit
Cristina Marcos, The Hill

The House Democrats further praised the pontiff’s encyclical earlier this year on climate change and again offered a subtle jab at lawmakers — primarily Republicans — who oppose the Obama administration’s environmental initiatives.

Today in history: World day of prayer for the environment
People’s World

Six in ten Catholics believe humans have the responsibility to live with the earth’s animals and resources; but the 35 percent who say that God gave humans dominion, or control, over the earth, surely do not interpret that as a right to destroy our natural and only habitat. Time will tell how strongly local church leaders will follow the Pope’s clarion call; some will likely align themselves with traditional allies among the right wing in order to punish the Pope for his liberalism on this and other issues.

UN Said to Summon Leaders to Closed-Door Climate Change Meeting
Ewa Krukowska and Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg

The meeting will take place in New York on Sept. 27, a day ahead of the UN general assembly, said three people with knowledge of the matter. Ban also plans to invite French President Francois Hollande, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as Chinese leaders, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the media.

Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth, seven times more than thought
Associated Press

More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it’s also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes.

Climate: The Road to Paris Hits a Glacier
Steven Hayward, PowerLine Blog

The climatistas are gearing up to a big summit in Paris at the end of November, where it is hoped and expected that a major new global climate treaty will emerge—the successor to the failed 1997 Kyoto Protocol. As we get closer to the summit, I’ll go through the Obama Administration’s “potluck dinner/stone soup” strategy to ensure that this summit doesn’t collapse in failure like the Copenhagen summit in 2009. In a sentence, it involves agreeing to a Potemkin Treaty that the climatistas can herald as a “breakthrough,” since they are so desperate for “progress.” Key to everything will be getting China, India, and other developing nations to agree to some kind of fig leaf to signal that they are now “on board” with the international community.

Where Pope Francis stands on 10 major issues
Katharine Lackey, USA Today

In a much-anticipated doctrine released in June, the pontiff threw the weight of the Catholic Church behind a new appeal to combat climate change, saying the future of humanity is at stake and dismissing those who deny the planet is getting warmer. In the first encyclical written entirely under his papacy, Francis said humans have a moral obligation to protect the environment and that doing so is a key part of the challenge of lifting the world’s least fortunate from poverty.

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.