The dangers of climate change are mounting so rapidly that they could soon overwhelm the ability of both nature and humanity to adapt, creating a harrowing future in which the planet is irreversibly damaged, a major new study has concluded. The New York Times reports. (Photo: Roberto Rizzato, Creative Commons)
Plug-in vehicles are becoming more widely accepted as an alternative to fossil fuel-powered cars and trucks. That’s good news, because they are better for the environment even after calculating the energy costs of producing them and generating electricity to charge them. The New York Times reports.
The world’s oceans have long been a dumping ground for trash, but slowly swirling currents are creating enormous ‘garbage patches’ that threaten marine life and navigation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports on the its causes and solutions. (Photo: NOAA)
“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust” is the Biblical order for our human bodies, but modern burials blocks that with embalming chemicals that are bad for the environment. Now comes “human composting.” The Guardian explains. (Photo: Waldopepper, Creative Commons)
We often think that facts and scientific argumentation alone can change the minds of climate-change deniers, but that’s often not true case — and may even prove counterproductive. In this brief video, climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe suggests approaches that can help build common ground and understanding.
As global environmental crisis continue imperil sustainable life on our planet, this year saw developments on many fronts. The Sierra Club gives a succinct summary of the good, the bad and the ugly of 2021. (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons)
Spiritual values not only drive individual behaviors for more than 80 percent of people, they also set the agenda for many cultural norms and expectations. The United Nations’ Faith for Earth Initiative aims to get faithful people engaged. The U.N. explains. (Photo © Mopic – Fotolia.com)
After two weeks of intense deliberations in Glasgow, Scotland, diplomats from nearly 200 countries reached a deal to work together to stave off the worst effects of climate change for current and future generations. The Washington Post gives a helpful summary.
We all want a cleaner planet, but what can I do as an individual? Lutherans Restoring Creation suggests a personal covenant, and its online template and resources can give you direction. (Photo: Portland Seminary, Creative Commons)
Saving our planet means we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that means cutting our fossil fuel us. Your church can lead the way. EnergyStar, a program of the federal Department of Energy can show your congregation how.