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“ [...] A survey by US bank Citigroup found that the 11 major faiths now embrace 85% of the world's population and are the world's third largest group of financial investors [...] ”

“Observers said yesterday that the Catholic church is no longer split between those who advocate development and those who say the environment is the priority. Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, head of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, said: "For environment ... read Creation. The mastery of man over Creation must not be despotic or senseless. Man must cultivate and safeguard God's Creation."

“According to Vatican sources, the present Pope is far more engaged in the green debate than John Paul. In the past year Benedict has spoken strongly on the need to preserve rainforests. In the next few weeks he visits Brazil.”

“The Catholic church is just one major faith group now rapidly moving environment to the fore of its social teachings. "Climate change, biotechnology, trade justice and pollution are all now being debated at a far higher level by the world's major religions," said Martin Palmer, secretary general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (Arc).”

“Many evangelical leaders say they are still not convinced that global warming is human-induced and have argued that the collapse of the world is inevitable and will herald the second coming of Christ.

“But most younger leaders have broken ranks. About four years ago the progressives began to argue strongly that man had a responsibility to steward the earth. Redefining environmentalism as "creation care", they are now lobbying President Bush and the US administration to take global warming far more seriously.

“ "They are the most effective lobby," said one observer yesterday. "They represent the conservative vote so Bush has to listen to them.”
[Quoted from guardian.co.uk]

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“Michael Storey at Roskilde University in Denmark and colleagues have found evidence that a huge volcanic eruption, 55 million years ago, unleashed so much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere that world temperatures rose by as much as 8C - with the Arctic ocean reaching a toasty 25C.

“ "It was already a warm Earth, and it got a lot warmer," says Storey. The climatic turmoil that ensued was disastrous for most life, he says, killing off many deep-sea species.

“Ancient ocean sediments that record this episode, called the Palaeocene-Eocene Temperature Maximum (PETM) [...] ”

“Whatever the ultimate cause of the Eocene meltdown, a link to greenhouse gases seems highly likely. "There are obvious lessons from this," says Storey. "The rate at which greenhouse gases are now being added to the atmosphere exceeds by far the rate of 55 million years ago," he warns.”
[Quoted from newscientist.com]

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