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Climate Change

Key points of the COP21 pact

The Paris climate summit ended with a milestone agreement, hailed as “historic, durable and ambitious”. Here are the key points of the deal: Long-term goal The long-term objective of the agreement is to make sure global warming stays “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and to “pursue efforts” to limit the temperature rise…

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Norway Pays One Billion Dollar to Brazil for Reduced Deforestation in the Amazon

Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft has announced that before the global climate change summit in Paris in December, Norway will have fulfilled its 2008-commitment to contribute one billion USD to the Brazilian Amazon Fund. “The partnership between Brazil and Norway through the Amazon Fund shows intensified support for one of most impressive…

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An area of forest equal to the size of India could be lost by 2050

Tropical forests face a lot of threats, particularly from the logging and agriculture industries. Their continued disappearance from the face of the Earth is therefore no great news — but new research suggests that they may be disappearing even faster than we thought. And that could have big implications for the global effort against climate change. A new report from…

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Pontifical Academy of Sciences Holds Workshop on Climate Change, Sustainable Development

A recent workshop, titled ‘Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity,’ aimed to: help strengthen the global consensus on the importance of climate change in the context of sustainable development; elevate the importance of the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the Papal encyclical; and…

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