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Look, there was a lot of news this past week. Anthony Weiner. The Royal baby. Important stuff like that. So, you can hardly be blamed for not noticing that, at some point, temperatures at the North Pole got balmy enough to create a lake where there should be a brick of frozen ice. Experts said that the ice is melting 61% faster than at any recorded point in the past three decades—and, to be clear, this isn't ocean water seeping up through cracks in the lake. That's bonafide ice melt you're looking at. (here's what the North Pole used to look like). So, sorry Santa. Hope you have a contingency plan. We don't ... Discuss

 

The documentary Gasland looked at the potential dangers that fracking can do to groundwater supplies, but now, new research shows that using chemicals to drill for natural gas poses a new danger: Causing earthquakes. According to the research, the natural gas drilling method known as “fracking” can trigger earthquakes at drilling sites. The study, which has been published in the journal Science, found that clusters of minor earthquakes that have happened near drilling sites were triggered by large, far-off earthquakes, because of the injecting fluid used in the fracking process. So even if the water coming out of your faucet isn’t catching on fire, you may still have to be concerned about an earthquake thousands of miles away causing a seismic event in your own backyard … Discuss

 

A skyscraper made out of wood sounds like a pretty radical idea, but if the plans for this 34-story building are chosen as part of a design competition, it could become a reality by 2023. The designs are from a Scandinavian architecture firm for a massive new apartment complex in Stockholm, Sweden, and its designers say that wooden skyscrapers could offer a much more eco-friendly option than concrete and steel. According to the firm, traditional construction accounts for 30-40 percent of all CO2 emissions, but a wooden building would decrease emissions and produce far less waste … Discuss

 

Yesterday, the Pope dedicated his message to the United Nations World Environment Day, discussing what’s wrong with a culture of consumerism as well as the need for creation care. With recent stats showing that nearly a third of food produce for consumption is wasted or thrown out, the Pope said that things must change:

This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition … Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value. Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry.

In addition to challenging the Church to reevaluate consumption in light of world hunger, the Pope also said that believers must take God’s call to care for His creation seriously. “Are we truly cultivating and caring for creation? Or are we exploiting and neglecting it? Cultivating and caring for creation is God’s indication given to each one of us not only at the beginning of history. It means nurturing the world with responsibility and transforming it into a garden, a habitable place for everyone” … Discuss

 
For the victims of the Moore, Okla. tornado and disasters to come, here's what you can do. Read More