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Vatican-appointed panel warns of climate change, thoughts?

Vatican-appointed panel warns of climate change

AP
By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Nicole Winfield, Associated Press - 52 mins ago

VATICAN CITY - A Vatican-appointed panel of scientists has reported what climate change experts have been warning for years: the Earth is getting warmer, glaciers are melting, and urgent measures are necessary to stem the damage.

The scientists called for urgent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and reductions in methane and other pollutants that warm the air, and for improved observation of mountain glaciers to better track their changes.

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a Vatican advisory panel, hosted a conference last month on the causes and consequences of retreating mountain glaciers. Its final report, dated May 5 and signed by independent glaciologists, climate scientists, meteorologists and chemists, was posted on the Vatican website Tuesday.

"We appeal to all nations to develop and implement, without delay, effective and fair policies to reduce the causes and impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems, including mountain glaciers and their watersheds, aware that we all live in the same home," the report said.

"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 Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was "important" but is not a piece of the church's key teachings and merely reflects the conclusions of the independent scientists involved.

That said, he noted that it was a "significant scientific contribution" to the concerns that Pope Benedict XVI has voiced in both his encyclicals and public statements.

Benedict has been dubbed the "green pope" for his environmental concerns: In 2008, the Vatican installed photovoltaic cells on the roof of its main auditorium. A year later it installed a solar cooling unit for its main cafeteria. The Vatican has also joined a reforestation project aimed at offsetting its CO2 emissions.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:11 PM on May. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Interesting! The Green Pope. Yup---even the Vatican,the Pope admits there is something going on. Climate change is real. And we need to change the way we live.
    Solar panels and wind energy....recycling, not polluting,etc. So many things that we need to do to repair the damage we have caused.
    I wonder why so many refuse to believe any of this? Scared? Denial....
    Thanks Sweet a kins!
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 1:23 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Interesting! The Green Pope. Yup


    lol..He's gonna get some GREEN GUCCI shoes now!

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:24 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • More scare tactics, just like Al Gore, the attention whore. STOP GLOBAL WHINING!
    cbk_mom3

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 1:31 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Whoopee! The earth is always experiences climate change. There is no way even the Pope could make me believe man is responsible.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:50 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Climate is supposed to change. If it stayed the same, THEN I would start to worry.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 1:54 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • This video pretty much sums up how everyone feels about it. One of my favorites!


     


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDSK98Y2FNg

    cbk_mom3

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 2:01 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Oh geeeee....now the Pope is wrong too? LOLOL......


    sidesplittinglaughter

    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 2:48 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • shoutingNO WAY!!!!

    amazinggrace83

    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 3:04 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Oh the pope said?Well that changes all.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 3:05 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • The pope wants us humans to run out and stop glaciers from melting. Good grief. It would make much more sense for the pope to tell people to go out and get to work on some earthworks, dams, levees, etc. That is something humans CAN do. The rest is something he should be praying about imo.

    Climate change is a given. It isn't anything that man can control, nor should it be. Man's problem is that we have survived because we have the ability to change our living conditions so we can survive different climates. Because we've done that for so long, most humans forget that we had to learn to do that. Some are now arrogant enough to believe we can yell and Ma Nature and the Earth will not only pay attention, but will obey us. LOL.

    The sad fact is that we do more to damage/pollute with lawn chemicals, and no one EVER wants to address that. Gotta have our grass under totalitarian control or the world will end ...
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 3:39 PM on May. 10, 2011

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