Tackling Climate Change to be a Key Issue at U.N. Summit (And Among Faith Communities)

We may care about the poor, but often times be too quick to overlook the underlying conditions, like climate change, that worsen their state. As the country that represents only 4% of the world’s population yet 30% of the world’s emissions, how can we do our part to face these conditions head on?

(Miami Herald) Ministers from major economies will discuss who will pay to help poor countries avoid the worst effects of global warming.

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Elisabeth Soto
Duke Energy Confirms New Coal Ash Spill in North Carolina

(The News&Observer) The Goldsboro site “is now completely underwater,” and within the site, “all three ponds are washing coal ash into the Neuse River,” wrote Donna Lisenby, the global advocacy manager for the Waterkeeper Alliance. Coal ash is the heavier byproduct of coal burning that settles at the bottom and for decades has been stored in open-air pits filled with water. The ash contains toxic substances like mercury and arsenic that can pose a public health risk if released into the environment.

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Elisabeth Soto
A Controversial Attempt At Cleaning The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Launches

(NPR) The Ocean Cleanup has launched booms intended to fish out trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Will it work? Will it be enough? Will it cause harm to wildlife? Technological solutions to environmental problems often carry risk, but we should welcome any careful attempt at solving these problems even when they unconventional.

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Canadian Appeals Court Blocks Canadian Federal Government From Expanding Tar Sands Pipeline

(foe.org an NGO who also contributed to the fight) Not all oil is the same. Tar sands are a particularly dirty variant and Canada has a lot of it. These pipelines, including the more well known Keystone pipeline make the oil more cost effective, thus increasing its usage. Fortunately the Canadian courts are considering not just the financial benefits, but the environmental costs and the rights of First Nations indigenous people.

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Elisabeth Soto