Human Ecology and the Culture of Waste

A few weeks ago Pope Francis gave his most developed speech concerning the environment, available in full here. The occasion was World Environment Day, sponsored by the UN. As he himself says, the environment has featured prominently so far in his Magisterium, for example here, here and here. Following the tradition of his predecessors he reflects […]

Europe’s Climate Change Backtrack

Today Roger Pielke Jr. published has another interesting post on climate change policy, this time on the European Parliaments  recent decision to backtrack on supporting its emissions trading market. The Financial Times has a good appraisal of the situation here . In short, the article describes how the current economic situation of Europe has pushed climate […]

Remembering Pope Benedict XVI: the ‘Green Pope’

Quite rightly, much is being said about Pope Francis and his ecological reflections. But we should not forget Pope Benedict XVI, and how important his papacy was for advancing and understanding a Catholic environmental doctrine, in full continuity with what Pope Francis is teaching. It is hard to explain the importance of Pope Benedict’s on […]

Does the Local Movement help Farmers?

Trey Malone, who has posted on this blog before here, along with Prof. Whitaker, has an interesting article examining the economic benefits of the ‘local’ food movement. You can read the full article here. Essentially the article shows how the “local food movement” is an urban phenomenon that benefits small farms close to urban and […]

Religion and the Euro

Here is an interesting article from the BBC on the religious fault lines along which the Euro and European crisis are being debated. Some of this has been mentioned here, here and here. Below an excerpt: Discussion among eurozone leaders about the future of their single currency has become an increasingly divisive affair. On the […]

“Tourism That Makes A Difference”

Last week Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, opened the 7th world congress on pastoral ministry in tourism. The congress was held in Cancun, Mexico and Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter to reflect on the subject. I would highlight the following aspects from the Cardinal’s address and Pope […]

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