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Catholics Mobilize, Take Action to Address Climate Change

Led by Pope Francis, Roman Catholics are calling on world leaders, as well as working on their own, to address climate change, social-environmental justice. Following on the success of a Lenten Climate Fast, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched a petition campaign that urges world leaders to agree to a decisive, meaningful global climate treaty at upcoming UN talks in Paris.

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Extreme Weather, Climate Controversy Set the Political Stage

The flow of news and developments directly and indirectly related to climate change has been fast and strong this past couple of weeks as government leaders in the U.S. and around the world prepare for U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris.

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Lofty Agricultural Ambitions Fall in Face of Political-Economic Realities

Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.

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EPA Approves Five Low-GWP Refrigerant Alternatives

With significantly lower GWPs than refrigerants currently in use, the approval of ethane, isobutane, propane, R441A and HFC-32 as refrigerants in a range of refrigeration and air-conditioning applications is expected to reduce the risks of climate change as well as depletion of the ozone layer.

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Dead-Zone Nutrient Reduction Target Pushed Out to 2035

Progress has been achieved in certain watersheds, but pushing back the target date to reduce run-off of nitrogen and phosphorous two decades is a testament to the extent and intractability of the problem.

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30 Recent Wildlife Success Stories

Thanks to conservation efforts from organizations like WWF and the David Suzuki Foundation, there were a number of recent wildlife success stories. The combined efforts of governments, organizations and individuals have succeeded in protecting the habitats of a number of species. One of the more comprehensive wildlife protection efforts is taking place in the UK, where advocates are trying to…

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South Dakota Project Reveals Benefits of Healthy Soils

With 2015 the International Year of Soils, agriculture scientists using no-till methods including planting crop cover that enhanced and conserved soil also retained much more water and raised crop yields substantially.