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Environmentalists get a win in California fracking case


California environmentalists had a great reason to celebrate Earth Day a full two weeks early thanks to a federal court judge, Paul Grewal. The San Jose judge presented them with a major gift April 8, when he ruled that the Bureau of Land Management broke the law by leasing 2,700 acres of land in Monterey and Fresno counties to oil and gas drillers without taking into account the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Seattle University to monitor 'world's greenest commercial building'


Seattle punctuated Earth Day 2013 with the dedication of what is touted as "the world's greenest commercial building."

Seattle University will be among those testing that claim.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn were among dignitaries at the grand opening of the Bullitt Center, a $30 million, six-story, 50,000-square-foot office building that will generate all its own electricity, capture and store rain for all its water needs, compost its own waste, and treat its greywater on-site.

New York's fracking debate and the peaceful quiet of renewables


Any day now, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will decide about fracking in the state. You can’t go anywhere without someone talking about it: where we will get our energy, how will we get our energy, and what if we have to barter the future for the present.

You’d think all of this had to be decided by this afternoon!

Iona College program to further Thomas Berry's 'Great Work'


Lisette Noisette is a talented young poet. One of her creations -- a personal act of contrition to Earth -- would make a beautiful opening prayer for upcoming Earth Day observances.

Please forgive me ... forgive me for scratching your dry skin and draining up your veins ... What am I going to do without you? If you die, I will no longer live.

Notre Dame conference takes multidisciplinary look at climate change


Beginning Monday, the U.S.'s most prominent Catholic university has played host to a multidisciplinary conversation on a multifaceted, wide-impacting and highly complex problem — climate change.

Titled “Climate Change and the Common Good,” the three-day conference at the University of Notre Dame was the product of collaboration among more than 16 campus departments, centers and institutes. Together, they have gathered its scholars at McKenna Hall, along with numerous speakers from other institutes of higher education, policy advocacy and scientific research.

Pope Francis a 'Franciscan Jesuit' when it comes to environment


While most of us are biding our time, waiting to see how Pope Francis tackles the toughest issues in the church -- the role of women; issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; reform of the Curia; dealing with the sex abuse cover-up -- there seems little doubt that Francis will be an environmental pope.

Recent oil spills reinforce Keystone pipeline as a crude option


In the days of the Canadian frontier, indigenous peoples and fur traders used liquid bitumen to seal their canoes.

With the advance of technology, however, the substance has become a lucrative boon for the oil industry. For the rest of us, it has all the makings of an ecological horror story. Bitumen is a viscous, low-grade petroleum. It is the chief ingredient in the dirty oil mix now being exported from the Alberta tar sands to the United States.

Safeguarding creation expected as major theme at Rio's World Youth Day


When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in the summer, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

Like earlier editions of World Youth Day, the July celebration in Rio de Janeiro will include morning catechetical sessions and afternoon cultural events.

Tracing the clues to Pope Francis' ecology


With a name like Francis, it’s not hard for a pope to draw the attention of environmentalists.

It's even easier when the Francis in reference is Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology.

For some, the namesake indicated Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would place respect and protection for creation as a central tenant of his papacy, following the footsteps of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.


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March 24-April 6, 2017