It's Not Just Climate - Pope Francis Is Also Warning About The Health Of Our Oceans

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In his 222-page encyclical, Pope Francis warned about (1) the polar plight, (2) sea level rise, (3) ocean-bound water pollution, (4) ocean acidification, (5) overfishing and (6) loss of marine biodiversity. It's Not Just Climate — Pope Francis Is Also Warning About The Health Of Our Oceans

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/20/3672094/pope-francis-encycli/

by Elise Shulman

With the release of his encyclical "Laudato Si" on Thursday, Pope Francis made headlines for recognizing the threat of human-caused climate change.

But the encyclical also called attention to the world's oceans, affirming just how vital they are to "our common home." In Laudato Si, Francis talked about the unique threats marine environments face in a planet changed by humanity.

Below are six warnings from the Pope about the health of our oceans. Quotes from the encyclical are shown in italics, along with their corresponding passage number.

The polar plight

"The melting in the polar ice caps and in high altitude plains can lead to the dangerous release of methane gas, while the decomposition of frozen organic material can further increase the emission of carbon dioxide." [24]

Global warming is happening at a greater degree at Earth's poles in a dangerous positive feedback cycle advanced by the high reflectivity of ice. As white, energy-reflecting snow and ice melts, it becomes darker, energy-absorbing water and land. If left uncurbed, warming will melt polar permafrost, unlocking frozen, ancient carbon and accelerating climate change.

Sea level rise

"A rise in the sea level... can create extremely serious situations, if we consider that a quarter of the world's population lives on the coast or nearby, and that the majority of our megacities are situated in coastal areas." [24]

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Let's face it, Francis' "Laudate Si!" makes too much sense to ignore. But fear not, if you're looking for some good anti-scientific globaloney from the flat-earthers of our times, the cherry pickers within the Catholic Right (who never, never, never, hesitate to put on their Caiphas act and do some serious cherry picking as they wind way through their own favored Catholic theological cafeterias. (Usually those places are catered to by the Cato, Heritage, Acton Institute and this beaut, the Heartland Institute. What a good inspiring the latter mentioned outfit is. Remember where Hearland stood in the big tobacco lawsuit against RJ Reynolds? Well now, it seems as if the flat earthers have seen fit to take their counsel from the same people who saw no proof that cigarette companies were trying to snag prospective buyers (at very young impressionable ages, no less) and turn them into even more reliable addicts. The Lord does not disapprove of enterprising Christians... provided they're not running well-packged albeit legal drug cartels designed to get their buyers hooked till death do they part as customers. My mom was one of them. And she was a loyal (albeit fairly liberal, though not cafeteria, Catholic.) She died at the young age of 67 after starting the habit when she was in her early twenties before WWII. So many other people who never saw themselves as addicts were hooked by a company that hid the real facts about its "products" behind an elaborate scheme of advertising campaigns year in and year out. Thankfully I got out, ironically enough when she took out a non-smokers' policy for me a few years before she died but after she received what she thought was a safe remission report about a possible bout with liver cancer.

So now comes along the same people who stood behind Big Tobacco and they want to convince the public that a Pope's encyclical is bad for our economic and even personal health. (Maybe the Pope's and his Magisterium's findings will cause us too much anxiety. Lordy, what should we do? Call up Phllip Morris? Light up a Chesterfield or ride a Camel off to the Holy Land?

I'm not a theologian (heard something similar to this paragraph's opening?) But how 'bout this: have a good sardonic laugh at the Pope's most ill-informed (no matter how well they've been compensated in cash or "in-kind" (favors like hiring younger relatives to work as research assistants, interns, etc.) to come up with this kind of baseless criticism against a very well-grounded set of warnings. It's up to the latest incarnation of the Sanhedrin of old to justify their latest display of ideologically inspired Cafeteria Catholicism/Christianity or just plain punditry.

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The Gospel of Denial Vimeo 1:25 minutes

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Interesting that the Pope's climate advisor is an atheist.

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More like a Pantheist

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/only-six-percent-of-scientists are gop

A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the GOP is alienating scientists to a startling degree.

Only six percent of America's scientists identify themselves as Republicans; fifty-five percent call themselves Democrats. By comparison, 23 percent of the overall public considers itself Republican, while 35 percent say they're Democrats.

The ideological discrepancies were similar. Nine percent of scientists said they were "conservative" while 52 percent described themselves as "liberal," and 14 percent "very liberal." The corresponding figures for the general public were 37, 20 and 5 percent.

Among the general public, moderates and independents ranked higher than any party or ideology. But among scientists, there were considerably more Democrats (55%) than independents (32%) and Republicans (6%) put together. There were also more liberals (52%) than moderates (35%) and conservatives (9%) combined.

"These results were not a complete surprise," said Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research at Pew, in an interview with the Huffington Post. He said they can be mostly attributed to "the difference between Democratic and Republican parties with respect to issues."

The wide ideological and partisan gap among scientists may have been exacerbated by the Bush administration, which often disputed broad scientific consensus on topics such as evolution and climate change.

Keeter acknowledged this factor, but said that "many of these disputes probably predate the Bush administration," noting that scientists have favored liberal views in numerous past studies.

Religion also plays a role. Republicans tend to promote the centrality of religion more often than Democrats, and while 95 percent of the public said they believe in "God" or "a higher power," only 51 percent of scientists claimed either.

"Many Republicans, especially the Evangelical wing of the party, are skeptical of evolution, and have argued for the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in school," said Keeter.

Science Gaffs and they are all GOP, it's on the link above if this one doesn't work.

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James L. Powell, director of the National Physical Sciences Consortium, reviewed more than 24,000 peer-reviewed papers on global warming published in 2013 and 2014. Only five reject the reality of rising temperatures or the fact that human emissions are the cause, he found.

RELATED: Pope Francis may drop political bombshell on climate change

“It’s now a ruling paradigm, as much an accepted fact in climate science as plate tectonics is in geology and evolution is in biology,” he told msnbc. “It’s 99.9% plus.”

actually it's 99.979166666%* but I bet those 5 have a contract with fox. Accepted facts are the equivalent of a unicorn to the GOP. They want creationism, the earth is 10,000 years old, and god made man out of clay and mud with bit of dirt for binding.

* see all those sixes? Paul Broun from GA on the GOP science committee will pick up on that, "lies straight from the pit of hell" "See the 666? I told ya, that's hell and it's digital".

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Laudato Si - On Care for our Common Home

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-fra...

1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.[1]

2. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.

Nothing in this world is indifferent to us

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The Gospel of Denial Vimeo 1:25 minutes

I have to send that link around to a few people I know. THANKS

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We need to laugh, as well as cry. Both can be liberating. :)

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I guess this won't bring much heavenly cheer your way, but it's worth reading.

So far the Catholic (GOPer) Right Wing of America hasn't unleased its home-grown pope, C.John McCloskey, Opus Dei. That's when the real fun begins. And perhaps an American version of the good ol' Inquisition. Only this will be unique since he'll have to demonstrate his loyalist creds to the Vatican as a member of Opus Dei and that'll require having to tell his right wing friends and devotees there'll be no auto-da-fes anytime soon. Catholics believing in climate change and global warming need not worry about their toes, legs, torsos, arms .... warming.

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I was wondering how the Catholic climate deniers were going to react. Who are they going to serve? Their polluting financial backers or will they serve God? I've heard some harsh and stupid statements so far. How do they sleep at night?

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