What Scientists Think About the Pope’s Climate Message

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As Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress today (Sept. 24), scientists are praising his encyclical on climate change – with a few caveats about population control. A series of editorials published today in the journal Nature Climate Change applaud the pope’s in-depth missive for his calls for collective action on warming temperatures, which are driven by fossil-fuel combustion.

Faith Against Fracking

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Earlier this year, Pope Francis called for decisive climate action in his Encyclical Letter. Now, while the Pope is visiting the U.S. for the first time, faith leaders across the country are speaking out against fracking-a form of extreme fossil fuel extraction that hurts our health and communities, contributes to climate change, and will prolong our dependence on oil and gas at the expense of the development of truly renewable energy.




In clash with pope’s climate call, U.S. Church leases drilling rights

Yet in the heart of U.S. oil country several dioceses and other Catholic institutions are leasing out drilling rights to oil and gas companies to bolster their finances, Reuters has found. And in one archdiocese — Oklahoma City — Church officials have signed three new oil and gas leases since Francis’s missive on the environment, leasing documents show.