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New Climate Change Predictions Thanks to Pope Francis

There’s no question Pope Francis had a profound influence on Americans when he visited the United States for the first time last week. But the biggest blessing I think he brought to the country was a new set of climate change predictions. Obviously, he did not recalculate how many feet our seas will rise, or when and […]

September 29th

Evangelicals for Donald Trump Lost Their Values Long Ago

Last week Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, asked New York Times‘ readers an important question: have evangelicals who support Trump lost their values? In the opinion piece, Moore describes the blustering bigoted presidential candidate as a “Bronze Age warlord” who “built his career […]

September 22nd

Do Republican Candidates Care About Science, Voters, or Religion?

This evening, Republican presidential hopefuls will once again take the stage to debate their policies and platforms on issues ranging from immigration, to Obamacare, to Donald Trump. It’s easy to predict what they will say; they’ll call for border fences, an end to affordable healthcare, and blast the man beneath the toupee for his racist and misogynistic […]

September 16th

Buddhists in Bhutan Offer a Lesson in Sustainability

Bhutan may be tiny, but it’s doing remarkably big things for the environment. Located in the Himalayas between India and China, the tiny Buddhist kingdom is generating loads of hydropower, protecting large swaths of forest, and safeguarding its species and its people. And now, the country is set to become a world leader in the use […]

September 14th

Why the Encyclical Has Lasting Power

You may have heard — last Thursday, Pope Francis issued an environmental encyclical called “Laudato Sii: On the Care for Our Common Home.” In the document, he praised the beauty and love of Sister, Mother Earth and urged us all — Catholics and non-Catholics — to protect her. I have to admit that I hungrily devoured all […]

June 24th

What Republicans Mean When They Compare Climate Change to Religion

The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Follow RD on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates and be sure to check out RD’s cool, new science section, The Cubit, which examines the intersection between science, religion, technology, and ethics. Last week, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, […]

May 7th

Does the Pope Believe Every Sperm Is Sacred?

There is no question that Pope Francis believes Creation is sacred. He has voiced concerns about fracking, dirty mining and unbridled consumerism. He has called exploitation of nature a sin. He has hosted summits and workshops on climate change and called on Catholics to take action. And, in one month, he will publish the much-anticipated papal […]

May 6th

Is the Smog Lifting in China?

When I woke up one spring day in 2009 in Xi’an (Shannxi Province), I could barely breathe. The hostel I was staying at was in a flurry as masks were handed out to all the guests. We were told that we should cancel our plans to travel to the Qing Tombs because the air was bad. As […]

May 1st