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Stalwart GOP climate deniers such as James Inhofe have lost all vestige of credibility

Papal Encyclical Deprives the GOP of its Last Vestige of Legitimacy

Climate denying Republicans can no longer take refuge in religion. Those who eschew the virtues of science have been morally defrocked by the Pope’s recent rejection. In the process of calling for bold environmental action, the Pope has admonished conservative critics in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Pope squarely addressed Republican climate deniers when he said, “It must be said…

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Benefits of climate change action

Analysis Shows Benefits, Costs of Climate Change Action, Inaction

12,000 deaths a year in 49 US cities could be avoided if strong actions to reduce GHG emissions and address climate warming, according to a peer-reviews analysis released Monday by the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis project. That’s just one benefit. Compared to a scenario of inaction, taking strong climate action would avoid approximately 13,000 deaths in 2050 and 57,000 deaths annually in 2100 from poor air quality. Delay will result in these costs rising over the course of the 21st century, the report says.

Pope Francis delivers his Encyclical on climate change

Pope Francis Calls on “All People of Good Will” to Care for Creation

At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the…

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Renewable Energy and Efficiency in Southern Med and Eurasian Nations

A new research report from the IEA reveals the challenges holding back investment in and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies across southern Mediterranean nations and aspiring EU member nations in Eurasia.

Bonn Climate talks end with halting but hopeful progress

The Road to Paris: Halting But Hopeful Progress at Bonn Climate Talks

Ten days of meetings wrapped up in Bonn this week as negotiators worked on the draft text of global climate treaty that, if all goes according to plan,  will be finalized at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris later this year. The conference coincides with the G7’s pledge to decarbonize their economies by the end of the century. Combined with…

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World Environment Day: Reconsidering Our Relationship With Nature

Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care – Today is World Environment Day, or WED. Every June 5th WED serves as a platform for the United Nations Environmental Programme to focus world attention on humanity’s relationship with our environment. Every day, as sunrise moves across the Earth, 7 billion people awake to face another day. For many of those 7 billion,…

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Council on Foreign Relations Addresses Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

Energy politics is the main obstacle preventing governments from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, according to a recent Council on Foreign Relations workshop. Fossil fuel subsidies are exacting a high toll on societies worldwide, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, hindering sustainable development and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.