I rejoiced this week when President Barack Obama and Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced the new regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants. It’s the first step, albeit a baby step, in seriously dealing with the impending disaster of climate change.
The days leading up to United Nations World Environment Day have sketched energy contrasts across North America.
In the U.S., one state’s legislators successfully stalled clean energy initiatives; further south, a Caribbean island took a global spotlight as it moves toward generating a third of its energy from renewable, and primarily the sun.
Energy efficiency is about to become a lot more lucrative for one U.S. city.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Monday its Clean Power Plan, which for the first time would cut carbon pollution from existing fossil fuel-powered plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the country.
The plan calls for a 30-percent cut in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030.
Ahead of Monday’s expected carbon rules for existing power plants, the U.S. bishops are urging the federal government to protect “the least of these” in its efforts to address climate change, both locally and globally.
When developers announced that work on the Bluegrass Pipeline had been suspended, members of the Sisters of Loretto community in Marion County, Ky., saw it as a step forward. They believe their many prayers and protests played a part in the bringing about suspension. But the Loretto community has also been quick to point out that the pipeline's suspension is not a victory -- not, they say, as long as energy companies and their pipelines continue to destroy Earth elsewhere.
Unless you live in outer space, you’ve probably heard the jokes about Pope Francis’ “alien homily” on May 12.
“Nature bats last, and right now nature is batting really hard” is a phrase that continually reverberates for Charity Sr. Paula Gonzalez -- often in relation to climate change, but lately due to an Ohio legislative push against clean energy measures.
Recycling an aluminum can. Planting new trees. Flipping off the light switch. All can act as thank-you notes to God.
So said Pope Francis, who delivered that message Wednesday during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square before more than 50,000 people.
“Custody of creation is custody of God’s gift to us and it is also a way of saying thank you to God. I am the master of creation but to carry it forward I will never destroy your gift,” he said.
World leaders and policymakers need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change and direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said.
"As with most natural disasters, climate-related emergencies cause more suffering and personal loss on those who live in poverty," Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, told members of the World Health Assembly on Wednesday in Geneva.