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Catholic Church Goes Green To Counter Global Warming

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Aired 5/11/11

Pope Benedict XVI issues a “call to action” to deal with climate change.

— The Pope reached across the aisle of all denominations and all nations to address the issues of global warming.

In a statement on the Vatican website, Pope Benedict XVI made a bold “call to action” for “all people in all nations.”

We are committed to ensuring that all inhabitants of this planet receive their daily bread, fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink, as we are aware that, if we want justice and peace, we must protect the habitat that sustains us. The believers among us ask God to grant us this wish.

The bold remarks came after the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) presented new evidence on climate change to the Vatican.

PAS is an elite group of 80 scientists with various religious backgrounds from around the world.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Ph.D, is a non-Catholic, glacial and atmospheric researcher at Scripps Research Institution of Oceanography. He is also a member of PAS.

Ramanathan and his team of researchers presented the Vatican with details about the impact of melting glaciers. He said fighting global warming is a moral issue.

“I don’t think we have the right as scientists to try and change ethical behavior—it requires a moral authority. What better authority than religion to handle such a task,” Ramanathan said.

He also praised the Vatican’s scientific approach in dealing with environmental issues.

“It’s one thing for the church to say ‘save the environment’ as opposed to taking action based on scientific research.”

On Tuesday, about two dozen bishops attended an online meeting with Ramanathan for details on his “how to report” for diminishing global warming.

In the meantime, a grassroots advocacy group called the Catholic Climate Covenant has launched a campaign that “embraces efforts of environmental stewardship”.

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Avatar for user 'NikFromNYC'

NikFromNYC | May 10, 2011 at 11:46 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Rome has been cooling since the 40s!

http://data.giss.nasa.gov/work/gistemp/STATIONS//tmp.623162390011.2.1/station.gif

Others cities across the States and Europe have rarely discussed very long real thermometer records (instead of silly tree rings that respond to rain, smog, cloud cover and CO2 too instead of just temperature).

Here are the very oldest of them plus Copenhagen tossed in for fun:

http://oi51.tinypic.com/357pvme.jpg

They show no sign of trend change in the modern era whatsoever.

So now we have Creationism *and* Global Warming being pushed by the Vatican, with candidates for US president on both sides who offer their own brand of anti-science activism. Nice world we live in, eh?

At least they are admitting that Global Warming is at heart a religious affair.

Of course they can ignore the 400,000 year long Greenland ice core that shows modern warming to be utterly boring, since the Earth is only 6000 years old, right?

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/noaa_gisp2_icecore_anim_hi-def3.gif

Oh and by the way, a medium sized yacht made of wood held a pair of every type of worm, insect and soil microorganism on the planet, even those in the undiscovered Americas, while mixing fresh and salt water fish into one big ocean for ten months.

Well, they got Bin Laden, climate alarmist, but at last we still have Charles Manson who agrees with the Vatican that the End Of Days will involve a simple physical process instead of something supernatural:

http://oi55.tinypic.com/2jb7fk7.jpg

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DavidNutzuki | May 11, 2011 at 3:53 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

It was the trusted and saintly scientists themselves that originally polluted the planet with their pesticides and cancer causing chemicals they created, making environmentalism necessary in the first place. Scientists were the enemy of environmentalism until the goose stepping neocons of CO2 environMENTALism started bowing to them like trained seals.
The mindless grunt of “all the scientists agree.” after 25 years of condemning our children to death was nothing more than political correctness on steroids, considering that all American IPCC funding was pulled and Obama never even mentioned the “crisis” in his state of the union speech. So the “scientists” can study the effects of something that never happened till the cows come home but it won’t make the “crisis” real and it won’t make the “former believer” majority of voters reverse course and vote yes to personal sacrifice and taxing the air to make the weather colder. What the remaining glossy eyed climate blamers don’t know is that the CO2 theory promised that yes, there “will” be effects and they will range from either negligible to nothing, to out of control and unstoppable and runaway warming. So what’s not to agree with? Thousands of consensus scientists also produced cruise missiles, cancer causing chemical cocktails, land mine technology, nuclear weapons, germ warfare, cluster bombs, strip mining technology, Y2K, Y2Kyoto, deep sea drilling technology and now climate control.
If the myth of “all the scientists agree” and scientific consensus were real and factual, wouldn’t we see these trusted leaders of science marching in the streets after Obama snubbed them in his state of the union speech and when IPCC funding for climate change research was pulled? There were two criminal exaggerations done, one was the media’s obvious lie about consensus and also the criminal exaggerations of doom from the lab coat consultants the fear mongers called “scientists”.
REAL planet lovers, REAL liberals and REAL civilized people are happy and relieved the crisis was avoided. The rest are spineless car accident rubber neckers who take glee in condemning billions of children to a death by CO2.
History is watching.

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Avatar for user 'alphaomega'

alphaomega | May 19, 2011 at 9:18 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

@NikfromNYC
First: Regardless of whether your data for Rome (link doesn't work) and Copenhagen is true, just because 2 incredibly small areas may be cooling does not mean that the rest of the world, a much larger area, is following that small trend. Also why would you only be looking at data for tree cores unless you're trying to justify your uneducated stance against an incredibly complex issue with one stinking graph. Here's something for you to chew on.

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/images/warmingindicators.jpg

Second:
Since when have Catholics believed in creationism? We haven't and the Vatican has never "pushed" the issue. In fact they back Darwin and evolution so get your "facts" straight before you start making outlandish claims. And by now it's pretty apparent you hate on Catholicism and bash it without knowing anything about it (hmmm just like how the majority of Americans hate on Islam and bash it without knowing anything about it) seeing as Catholics do NOT practice literalism, meaning they do NOT believe the story of Noah to be literally true and describing actual real events.

Lastly:
Both sides of the warming debate agree that climate has changed in the past with different warming and cooling phases. BUT, this does not negate the existence of global warming

Get educated foo.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/climate-change-little-ice-age-medieval-warm-period-intermediate.htm

@David Nutzuki
If you're going to try to make any sort of argument then maybe try drawing from facts i.e. credible links. You spewing words for a paragraph doesn't mean anything because you're anything but credible. Also I believe scientists way before I believe someone like you.

OH and there is a consensus among scientists. Obviously you're never going to get 100% agreement but its certainly a consensus

http://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-scientific-consensus-intermediate.htm

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SJSchloeder | September 2, 2011 at 8:38 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

"In a statement on the Vatican website, Pope Benedict XVI made a bold “call to action” for “all people in all nations.”

We are committed to ensuring that all inhabitants of this planet receive their daily bread, fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink, as we are aware that, if we want justice and peace, we must protect the habitat that sustains us. The believers among us ask God to grant us this wish."

This is NOT a quote of Pope Benedict, but clearly and explicitly from the "Declaration of the Working Group" of the "Workshop on Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene" of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdscien/2011/PAS_Glacier_110511_final.pdf

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