Articles related to Climate Change


U.S. Majority Affirms Climate Change Taking Place
U.S. Majority Affirms Climate Change Taking Place

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority of U.S. adults - almost three-fourths - affirmed climate change is taking place, and nearly two out of three people said the U.S. government should be working to address climate change.

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Care for God's Creation Central to Christian Discipleship
Care for God's Creation Central to Christian Discipleship

By: John Weaver
While many people may regard the environment as a commodity to be used and exploited, our God-given call to care for creation is a central aspect of our Christian discipleship.

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Taking Steps Now to Alleviate Climate Change's Effects
Taking Steps Now to Alleviate Climate Change's Effects

By: Martin Hodson
With 2017 on track to be one of the warmest years on record globally, we must take steps to adapt to climate change now and to mitigate damage and loss of life in the future.

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No Neutral Position on Creation Care for Christians
No Neutral Position on Creation Care for Christians

By: James Gordon
When it comes to care for God's creation, Christians aren't in a neutral position. Reckless disregard for the health of this planet is an offense to deep principles of Christian theology.

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3 Levels of Response to Climate Change
3 Levels of Response to Climate Change

By: Lois Mitchell
Even though Christians have divergent views on climate change, ample evidence exists for us to be concerned and engaged in efforts to mitigate the effects and advocate for better approaches.

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Like All Presidents' Budgets, Trump Offers Mixed Bag
Like All Presidents' Budgets, Trump Offers Mixed Bag

By: Zach Dawes
We should praise President Trump's desire to rein in spending and reduce the national deficit, but we should also scrutinize and, when necessary, critique the means by which his administration proposes to do so.

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Global Baptists: Barriers to Church Engagement on Environment
Global Baptists: Barriers to Church Engagement on Environment

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptists leaders from Europe and the United States recently discussed barriers to church engagement on the environment in an online conversation moderated by EthicsDaily.com.

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1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water
1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water

By: EthicsDaily Staff
An estimated 600 million children - that's one in four - will struggle to access potable water by 2040 if current trends continue, a UNICEF report says. Thirty-six nations currently struggle with sufficient access to clean water.

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Reflecting on Donald Trump and Climate Change
Reflecting on Donald Trump and Climate Change

By: John Weaver
President Trump's administration has expressed troubling views on climate change. We should pray that the campaign-trail rhetoric continues to be moderated in the shaping of good government.

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Report: Hunger, Poverty Down; 'Daunting Challenges' Remain
Report: Hunger, Poverty Down; 'Daunting Challenges' Remain

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although hunger and poverty are being addressed more effectively than any other time in history, daunting challenges - including global conflict and climate change - pose significant barriers to eradicating them.

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Saving the Planet Can Cost You a Pretty Penny
Saving the Planet Can Cost You a Pretty Penny

By: Chris Hall
Many folks strive to be green, but it can be an expensive choice. We are stewards of our resources and this planet. We must find the balance between watching our pennies and caring for the planet.

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Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17
Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A total of 767 million people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as a household living on less than $1.90 per day per person. And 385 million of them, half of them, are 17 years old or younger.

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Caring for God's Creation in East Asia
Caring for God's Creation in East Asia

By: Hailey Brenden
People in nations with few resources will be hardest hit by climate change. One Baptist worker is doing his part to change that by working with the garment and textile industries in an eastern Asian country.

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Survey: Many Affirm Human-Induced Climate Change
Survey: Many Affirm Human-Induced Climate Change

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Many Americans believe climate change and global warming are due to the effects of human activities. However, based on their varied responses, they're uncertain on the best way to move forward.

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Climate Change: Protecting the Earth and the Poor
Climate Change: Protecting the Earth and the Poor

By: John Weaver
The question echoes around the world: What is happening to our weather? As Christians, we have a calling to protect the earth and the poor, even as world leaders fail to hear their cries.

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Access to Clean Drinking Water is Justice Issue
Access to Clean Drinking Water is Justice Issue

By: Helle Liht
The European Christian Environmental Network, meeting in Finland, urged participants to examine Christians' responsibility to address the issue of water shortage and its role in climate change.

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Climate Change Impact on Water Cycles Results in Global Challenges
Climate Change Impact on Water Cycles Results in Global Challenges

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Climate change's impact on water cycle carries negative consequences, such as poor harvests that lead to food shortages.

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Agreement on Warming Climate, Disagreement on Why
Agreement on Warming Climate, Disagreement on Why

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Widespread agreement exists in the U.S. that the global climate is warming, but the reasons are debated: 49 percent say it's human-caused, 46 percent cite natural changes, and 5 percent have no opinion.

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Environmental Conditions Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually
Environmental Conditions Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly 25 percent of annual deaths worldwide are due to unhealthy environmental conditions, a WHO report says. Most deaths from unhealthy environments occur in lower-income nations.

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How Will the Church Respond to Global Woes?
How Will the Church Respond to Global Woes?

By: Margot Hodson
Religious and political extremism fuel war and tensions in many places. Refugees struggle to survive a freezing winter. Global warming threatens our future. How will the church respond?

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Our Stewardship of Earth Affects Many Species
Our Stewardship of Earth Affects Many Species

By: Chuck Summers
Humans have radically altered the landscape of the earth. Many animals now have only a fraction of their original habitat. What we do with the land around us has repercussions on numerous species.

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Obama Dings Hateful Political Rhetoric, Urges Climate Action
Obama Dings Hateful Political Rhetoric, Urges Climate Action

By: Brian Kaylor
Standing before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama urged Americans in his State of the Union address to ignore political voices telling people "to fear the future."

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4 Lessons After Paris' Climate Change Conference
4 Lessons After Paris' Climate Change Conference

By: David Kerrigan
You can't sit on the fence when it comes to climate change; it's a responsibility none of us can pass up. Here are four lessons from the climate change conference in Paris.

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Climate Change Accord: Another Unfulfilled Promise?
Climate Change Accord: Another Unfulfilled Promise?

By: John Weaver
At the United Nations climate talks in Paris, all delegates accepted that the situation the world faces is urgent, but will the accord they reached be another unfulfilled political promise?

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U.S. Evangelicals in Paris Reflect on Climate Talks
U.S. Evangelicals in Paris Reflect on Climate Talks

By: Brian Kaylor
U.S. evangelicals who traveled to Paris for the COP21 United Nations climate conference will return home soon and help explain to fellow evangelicals the importance of climate change.

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Christians in Paris Urge Climate Action for Vulnerable Global Neighbors
Christians in Paris Urge Climate Action for Vulnerable Global Neighbors

By: Brian Kaylor
Not relying on the scientists and diplomats, evangelicals are speaking up in Paris about the impact of climate change on the poor and most vulnerable.

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Evangelicals Meet in Paris, Consider Biblical Call on Climate Change
Evangelicals Meet in Paris, Consider Biblical Call on Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 100 evangelicals from several countries and denominations gathered in Paris to worship, learn and dialogue about how they should respond to climate change.

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Christian Leaders Seek Changing Faith Climate in Paris
Christian Leaders Seek Changing Faith Climate in Paris

By: Brian Kaylor
Faith leaders convened in Paris during the U.N. climate change conference to consider how they can impact public policy and personal discussions about climate change.

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Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change
Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
As diplomats meet in Paris for climate change talks, faith leaders from several denominations and nations gathered at the Notre Dame Cathedral for a special worship service focused on climate change.

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim on COP21 in Paris
Grace Ji-Sun Kim on COP21 in Paris

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Grace Ji-Sun Kim discusses COP21, the annual United Nations climate conference, taking place this year in Paris, in the latest online video interview with EthicsDaily.com.

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Unmitigated Climate Change Will Put 100 Million More in Poverty
Unmitigated Climate Change Will Put 100 Million More in Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Climate change will impoverish an additional 100 million people globally by 2030 if sufficient steps are not taken to mitigate global warming, a World Bank report concludes.

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Prudence Trumps Doubt in Global Climate Change Survey
Prudence Trumps Doubt in Global Climate Change Survey

By; EthicsDaily Staff
Affirmation that climate change is a serious problem is most prevalent in Latin America and Africa, a recent survey found. Many respondents see it as an immediate threat.

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Global Faith Leaders Urge Support of COP21 Meeting in Paris
Global Faith Leaders Urge Support of COP21 Meeting in Paris

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With 154 signatures from more than 40 countries, a diverse group of global faith leaders has issued a statement encouraging support of the U.N.'s climate change conference in Paris in December.

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The Moral and Economic Issues of Climate Change
The Moral and Economic Issues of Climate Change

By: John Weaver
While Christians see the divine ethical and moral imperative for addressing climate change, businesses and insurers are jumping on board to reduce insurance risks.

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4 Ways You Can Curb Growth of Landfills Today
4 Ways You Can Curb Growth of Landfills Today

By: Zach Dawes
The U.S. sent 262 million tons of garbage into landfills in 2012, more than double the EPA's estimate, a study says. That means you send five pounds of trash to landfills daily. Here's how to change that.

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Challenging the Climate Change Skeptics: Part 2
Challenging the Climate Change Skeptics: Part 2

By: Martin J. Hodson and Margot R. Hodson
Many climate change skeptics only seek evidence that will support their views. However, Scripture offers several examples to guide our response to their skepticism.

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Challenging the Climate Change Skeptics: Part 1
Challenging the Climate Change Skeptics: Part 1

By: Martin J. Hodson and Margot R. Hodson
While most climate scientists agree that climate change is real and human-induced, the general public is less convinced. And powerful institutions, whose interests are threatened, are challenging the consensus.

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Only 1 in 3 Aware of Papal Encyclical on Environment
Only 1 in 3 Aware of Papal Encyclical on Environment

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Thirty-one percent of all U.S. citizens and 40 percent of U.S. Roman Catholics have heard about Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology. A new report offers insights regarding this continued lack of visibility.

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Observing Anew the Fragility of Creation
Observing Anew the Fragility of Creation

By: Molly T. Marshall
We cannot claim to be persons of faith if we are not concerned about the impact of our patterns of living upon future generations and the kind of ecology they will inherit.

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Money Talks: Connecting Creation Care, Economics
Money Talks: Connecting Creation Care, Economics

By: Zach Dawes
We may want folks to implement creation-care measures because it's the right thing to do, but it's easier to motivate folks to recycle and live more sustainable lives when there's a financial incentive.

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Study: Species Becoming Extinct at Alarming Rate
Study: Species Becoming Extinct at Alarming Rate

By: Chuck Summers
With all the other news swirling in recent weeks, one overlooked item is a study that says recent extinction rates of species are accelerating at an alarming rate. The culprit? Humans.

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Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists
Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists

By: Robert Parham
U.S. Baptists raised their voices following the Charleston shooting and the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. By contrast, few Baptist voices spoke up about the pope's encyclical on the environment.

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Considering What's at Stake in Creation's Deterioration
Considering What's at Stake in Creation's Deterioration

By: Molly T. Marshall
We cannot claim to be persons of faith if there is not concern about the impact of our patterns of living upon future generations and the kind of ecological home they will inherit. The pope helps us see that.

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Papal Encyclical Should Embolden Pro-Environment Voices
Papal Encyclical Should Embolden Pro-Environment Voices

By: William Brackney
Christians need to respond to the ecological crises now and with good reason. And the pope's encyclical on creation should embolden every Christian denomination to study the issues and voice their concerns.

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How Will Seminaries Respond to Pope's Climate Call?
How Will Seminaries Respond to Pope's Climate Call?

By: Timothy Gilbert
The pope's encyclical on the environment is a wakeup call to Christian and theological education to address pressing issues that will not wait and which have dire consequences for millions of people and creatures.

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5 Ways Your Church Can Care for Creation - Right Now
5 Ways Your Church Can Care for Creation - Right Now

By: Robert Creech
Pope Francis' vision for the environment is a call to practical action, personal ecological conversion and lifestyle change. Here are five ways your church can care for the environment today.

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4 Ways Pope Calls Us to Reimagine Creation
4 Ways Pope Calls Us to Reimagine Creation

By: Stephen Holmes
The pope narrates the world, and our relationship to it, in new ways. If we accept his acts of redescription, then we will have no choice but to relate to creation, and to each other, differently.

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Pope Offers Clear Biblical Mandate to Care for Creation
Pope Offers Clear Biblical Mandate to Care for Creation

By: John Weaver
Pulling no punches, Pope Francis offered a clear biblical mandate to care for creation, calling for a Christ-like attitude, which recognizes that all people are in God's image and none is superfluous.

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Few Baptist Voices Join Global Discussion on Papal Encyclical
Few Baptist Voices Join Global Discussion on Papal Encyclical

By: Brian Kaylor
While Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment made headlines around the world, many Baptist leaders seemed to ignore the document and its potential impact.

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5 Observations from Pope's Encyclical on Creation Care
5 Observations from Pope's Encyclical on Creation Care

By: Zach Dawes
Pope Francis' wide-ranging encyclical on the environment speaks boldly about the imperative that Christians have to take care of God's creation and notes the frequent moral failure of humanity to do so.

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Should Churches Maintain Fossil-Fuel Investments?
Should Churches Maintain Fossil-Fuel Investments?

By: Margot and Martin Hodson
Churches have substantial investments, including pensions, in fossil fuel. Is it ethical for them to invest in fossil fuels? How can environmental ethics inform their decision making?

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Praise Be for Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change
Praise Be for Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change

By: Robert Parham
Pope Francis will release his encyclical - one of the highest forms of teaching for a pope - on the environment next week. His words will wash over every other church body - even Baptists.

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Pontifical Academies Connect Climate Change, Creation Care and Common Good
Pontifical Academies Connect Climate Change, Creation Care and Common Good

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Climate change is a global problem influenced by human activity, and religious institutions should lead the way in responding, a Vatican report said.

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Churches Warm Up to Climate Change
Churches Warm Up to Climate Change
By: Cory Labrecque (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Although a number of Christians are less than enthusiastic about supporting the environmental movement, concern in churches for climate change varies between and within denominations.
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British Faith Groups Pledge Action on Climate Change
British Faith Groups Pledge Action on Climate Change

By: Paul Hobson
Faith leaders from a cross-section of denominations in England pledged to live more sustainably, pray for action on climate change and raise the issue at their governing bodies.

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Warmest Year on Record Will Heat Up Christian Response
Warmest Year on Record Will Heat Up Christian Response
By: Robert Parham
The Catholic Church appears to be ready to take on climate change in an energetic way, putting them at odds with the anemic response from the U.S. Protestant community. Let civility prevail.
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Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on Climate Change and Human Rights
Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on Climate Change and Human Rights

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Those who suffer most from climate change are the vulnerable, the poor and poorer nations, says Grace Ji-Sun Kim in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.

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Why Christians Cannot Ignore Climate Change
Why Christians Cannot Ignore Climate Change
By: John Weaver
As climate change continues, it is the poorest in our world who will suffer the most. If we are to call ourselves a gospel people, we cannot ignore the condition and well being of creation.
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Awe-Inspiring Science Can Convict Us to Save Our World
Awe-Inspiring Science Can Convict Us to Save Our World
By: Jonathan Langley
Science can give us a sense of wonder and a conviction that something must be done to save our world, Sir John Houghton told listeners at Catalyst Live in England.
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7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
By: Robert Parham
Given the global growth and dynamism of evangelical and Pentecostal communities, it's vital to double up our efforts to engage them in climate change. Here are seven biblical words for those conversations.
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Why Climate Change Requires an Ethics of Urgency
Why Climate Change Requires an Ethics of Urgency
By: Colin Harris
Some issues and images, such as domestic abuse and disease, so blatantly violate our collective moral consciousness that they unite us to urgent action. Shouldn't climate change be the same?
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Economists Make Financial Case for Climate Change
Economists Make Financial Case for Climate Change
By: Paul Hobson
A new report outlines in economic terms the global benefits of transitioning to a low carbon economy. The report shows growing consensus for climate action, a British relief and development agency says.
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Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on the Interfaith Summit
Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on the Interfaith Summit
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, member of the World Council of Church's working group on climate change, talks to EthicsDaily.com via Skype about the interfaith summit on the environment.
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Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends
Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends

By: Zach Dawes
Previous climate-change studies have said temperature increases are nearly inevitable, but a U.N. report suggests there's hope. Can individuals and churches make a difference?

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Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on Climate Change
Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on Climate Change
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Climate change is affecting developing countries, where the poor are suffering from the habits of rich people around the world, says Grace Ji-Sun Kim in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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British Christian Charities Urge Climate-Change Action
British Christian Charities Urge Climate-Change Action
With a new report saying scientists are 95 percent certain that human activity drives climate change, it's time for urgent global action, say Christian charities in Great Britain.
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Our Abundance Blinds Us to Cost of Climate Change
Our Abundance Blinds Us to Cost of Climate Change
Because of climate change, people around the world face severe droughts, flooding, deforestation and famine. And in our nation of abundance, we are blinded to how our actions affect them.
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How One British Mission Agency Offsets Climate Change
How One British Mission Agency Offsets Climate Change
Recognizing that the world's poor whom BMS World Mission serves are the ones who will suffer first and most from climate change, the agency is working hard to fight it.
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As Climate Changes, We Must Seek Ecological Justice
As Climate Changes, We Must Seek Ecological Justice
We are called to be stewards of this world, but that doesn't mean we can pillage it to satisfy our desires. As the climate changes, it's time we seek ecological justice.
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Your Moral Obligation to Address Climate Change
Your Moral Obligation to Address Climate Change
It is dishonest and immoral to deny the reality of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the most important ethical issue of our time. It is a moral imperative.
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BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
The Baptist World Alliance ended its annual gathering of goodwill, global Baptists last week in Jamaica with a number of high points – and one major blooper.
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Cruise Ship's Misery Mirrors Earth's Plight
Cruise Ship's Misery Mirrors Earth's Plight
After Triumph lost electricity, it didn't take long for trash and waste to pile up, leaving portions of the cruise ship unsanitary and uninhabitable. Why do we think the Earth is different?
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Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?
Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?

With a few exceptions, churches and denominations have been silent about climate change. Since the issue isn't going away, what will it take to move them to action?

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Will Nemo Awaken Us to Climate Change Reality?
Will Nemo Awaken Us to Climate Change Reality?
Some still think strange weather patterns and freakish storms, like Nemo, are a statistical anomaly. More of us are realizing that they are a result of our ways of living.
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For Global Climate, Just 1 Degree Causes Alarm
For Global Climate, Just 1 Degree Causes Alarm
Global warming tells us that we cannot continue to live as selfish individuals, heedless of the consequences of our behavior. A change of 1 degree has devastating effects.
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Climate Change Theology: From Mitigation to Adaptation
Climate Change Theology: From Mitigation to Adaptation

Our theology on climate change has focused on mitigation - reducing the problem's severity. Perhaps we must shift to adaptation. How we will change to the new reality of a warmer world?

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Will Sandy's Havoc Lead Us to Care for the Earth?
Will Sandy's Havoc Lead Us to Care for the Earth?
Countless lives were shattered by Hurricane Sandy. As we clean up after the storm, we should also clean up the way we live and begin nurturing the planet.
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Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Leaders at the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering approved a resolution to direct two of its agencies to develop a plan to offset the carbon footprint of BWA meetings.
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Scientists: Some U.S. Corporations are
Scientists: Some U.S. Corporations are "Greenwashing"
Some corporations portray themselves as concerned about climate change while they seek to "undermine climate science and policy," a scientific group says in its report.
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Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
A billboard by The Heartland Institute linked those who believed in climate change with mass murderers. It did what many do who lack a persuasive case – compare the other side to evildoers.
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Documents Reveal Plan to Cast Doubt on Climate Change
Documents Reveal Plan to Cast Doubt on Climate Change
Documents from a conservative lobbying group that's skeptical of climate change science included a plan to develop school curriculum to cast doubt on climate change.
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Why China May Be Biggest Threat to Global Security
Why China May Be Biggest Threat to Global Security
Which nation is the biggest threat to global security? To feed its addiction to rapid growth, China has been gobbling up resources across the globe.
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Poll Suggests Believers Can Be Swayed on Nukes, Environment
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most American believers see preventing climate change or the spread of nuclear weapons as important goals, according to a new poll.
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Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
From governments debating climate change to bankers being less philanthropic than their predecessors, it appears well-off nations and people choose their own interests over the common good.
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Some Evangelicals Warm Up to Climate-Change Issues
Some Evangelicals Warm Up to Climate-Change Issues
A faith-focused conference zeroed in on the environment for its theme, and even once-shy and opposing evangelicals are moving into the forefront on the issue.
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Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
With the news of a global warming skeptic concluding that global warming is real, the ice under the global warming deniers is thinning as fast as the ice is thinning from climate change in the Arctic.
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When God Expects Us to Answer Our Prayers
When God Expects Us to Answer Our Prayers
As politicians call for prayer to end droughts and disasters, we should remember we have a role to play in the answers. If we've caused problems, such as altering weather patterns, we should fix them.
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Governors Seek Prayers for Rain, Deny Climate Change
Governors Seek Prayers for Rain, Deny Climate Change
Two prominent governors, who are skeptics about the evidence for climate change, have called for prayer for their drought-plagued states. But God doesn't perform tricks on demand to further political ambitions.
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Reality Is on Our Side
Reality Is on Our Side
With the fossil-fuel industry spending big bucks to spread doubt about climate change, former Vice President Al Gore said there's one thing all their cash and influence can't alter – reality.
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Ecological Challenges Need Spiritual Leadership
Ecological Challenges Need Spiritual Leadership
A leading environmental adviser in Great Britain says it will require a "different quality of spiritual leadership" to meet the environmental challenges facing the planet.
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What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
As scientists gather data to determine whether the recent crop of tornadoes are an outgrowth of climate change, will evangelical leaders be willing to listen to the answer or continue their hostility against science?
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USA Today Compares Climate-Change Deniers to Birthers
USA Today Compares Climate-Change Deniers to Birthers
A USA Today editorial compared deniers of climate-change science to birthers, calling them "a vocal minority that refuses to accept overwhelming evidence."
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Extreme Weather Sparks Record-High Food Prices, Global Unrest
Extreme Weather Sparks Record-High Food Prices, Global Unrest
Climate change is driving extreme weather events – events that destroy crops. The loss of crops drives up food prices. Increased food prices cause political unrest and increased hunger.
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Leaked E-mail Shows Fox News Slanted Coverage of Climate Change
Leaked E-mail Shows Fox News Slanted Coverage of Climate Change
A Fox News official instructed network reporters in December 2009 to slant news reporting about climate change, revealing how slanted Fox News is and how harmful it is to the quest for truth.
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British Baptist Mission Responds to Climate Change Summit
British Baptist Mission Responds to Climate Change Summit
The latest round of talks by world leaders at a United Nations' climate change summit was encouraging, British Baptist leaders said. The establishment of a climate fund will protect poor nations against climate impacts.
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Candidates Choose Tea Party Ideology over Science
Candidates Choose Tea Party Ideology over Science
Few Tea Party adherents think global warming is a problem, and most GOP Senate candidates in heated races expressed doubts about the science of climate change. Scientific certitude is no match for ideological absurdity.
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What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
Dostoyevsky had it right. Food is a spiritual issue – in terms of our unhealthy consumption habits, our harmful industrialized supply system and our seeming indifference to those without food.
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American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
The White House and U.S. Senate missed a "fullness of time" moment, failing to pass needed climate change legislation. And the American faith community displayed an equal failure in moral will.
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Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
The false narrative that scientists are in widespread disagreement about climate change is driven by the ideological party of short-term greed and the theological party of fundamentalism.
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Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
The recent horrific downpours in America and around the world were not isolated events. Global warming sets the table for these intense downpours. People of faith must urge elected officials to take action.
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Bangladesh Baptists Urge Climate Action
Bangladesh Baptists Urge Climate Action
Pointing out that the effects of climate change are already being felt around the world, a prominent Bangladesh Baptist has urged everyone to take responsibility for their actions in contributing to climate change.
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Showing Stubborn Courage to Protect Environment
Showing Stubborn Courage to Protect Environment
The National Wildlife Federation's president recently spoke about the connection between the Gulf oil spill and our need to address global warming. When will we show the "stubborn courage" to respond?
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If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
Do recent record-setting high temps across the U.S. prove global warming? Not so fast. Weather and climate are different. We must be careful to not use the same faulty logic that global-warming deniers used in the winter.
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Finding Common Ground on Climate Change
Finding Common Ground on Climate Change
The debate over global warming will never be won because many focus on personal beliefs rather than the data. Perhaps if we rally around the issue of sustainability we can move forward.
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Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Many conservatives believe the world revolves around the United States, claiming that massive snowstorms here disprove global warming. Such repeated distortions can't be allowed to go unchecked.
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NASA: 2000s Was Hottest Decade on Record
NASA: 2000s Was Hottest Decade on Record
A new study from NASA reports that 2009 is tied as the second warmest year since modern recording began in 1880 and that 2000-09 was the hottest decade on record.
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Beyond Copenhagen: Keep Pressure On For Fair Deal
Beyond Copenhagen: Keep Pressure On For Fair Deal
While Copenhagen yielded a weak deal for our commitment to climate control, it's still another step on the road. In this new year, we must keep the pressure on for a plan that's fair, ambitious and binding.
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Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
People hesitate to argue with a mechanic over the best way to fix an engine or with a surgeon over the best way to replace a hip. Why do so many have no hesitation to dismiss scientists about climate change?
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Think You Can Solve Climate Woes? Maybe You're Arrogant
Think You Can Solve Climate Woes? Maybe You're Arrogant
Is it arrogance for humans to think of themselves as the cause or solution of climate change? Can the actions of a few million atone for the sins of decades of others? Well, even if it is arrogance, it feels right.
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Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Through the Micah Network, global Baptists have offered sound theological reflection about earth care and a clarion call for action to protect the poor. If only U.S. Baptists would follow suit.
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British Church Leaders Urge Climate-Change Action
British Church Leaders Urge Climate-Change Action
Speaking before a recent European Union summit meeting, leaders from three British denominations called on the EU to make drastic emissions cuts by 2020 and to help emerging nations cut carbon emissions.
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Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
The Christian Coalition joined the National Wildlife Federation in urging the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that will address constructively climate change. The Coalition's commitment to addressing climate change is a ray of hope.
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A Perfect Fit: Aligning Justice, Peace and Creation
A Perfect Fit: Aligning Justice, Peace and Creation
The year 1990 is significant in the emergence of a Christian response to the environmental crisis. That's when the World Convocation on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation issued the Seoul Declaration.
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Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
BMS World Mission's letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a refreshing change of pace. Too many Christians engage in an adversarial tone when they enter the political arena.
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BMS to Gordon Brown: Remember Poor at Climate Forum
BMS to Gordon Brown: Remember Poor at Climate Forum
BMS World Mission penned an open letter to Great Britain's prime minister, Gordon Brown, asking him to speak up for the interests of the world's poor at December's climate conference in Copenhagen.
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Don't Let Rhetoric Rule: Ensure Climate-Change Justice
Don't Let Rhetoric Rule: Ensure Climate-Change Justice
A different kind of health-care legislation is facing Congress. Climate-change legislation will ensure our planet's health, but will Christians step up to make sure the poor aren't burdened?
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Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham broke with fellow Southern Baptists once again when he joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to urge a bipartisan effort to support climate change legislation.
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Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Is the Chamber of Commerce's agenda on climate change antithetical to the public good? More American corporations are abandoning the chamber and opposing its stance on global warming.
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Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Two U.S. senators introduced ambitious legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions and stop global warming. With moderate Democrats offering doubts, the bill faces poor prospects of being passed soon.
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Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Newsweek devoted a year to rank the nation's greenest corporations. If corporate America can be ranked on a green scale, should denominations be ranked on a green scale, too?
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At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
Joining 100 world leaders at the United Nations for a day of talks on climate change, former Vice President Al Gore called on the Senate to pass a landmark bill to fight global warming.
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BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
Global Baptist leaders see the harmful realities of global warming and pin their hopes for governmental action on the United Nation’s upcoming conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
More than 140 Baptist leaders from across the country signed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter to lawmakers endorsing the "American Clean Energy and Security Act."
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Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Americans who are alarmed, concerned or cautious about global warming make up 70 percent of the population, a new study said. Those in the dismissive group are the most likely to be evangelical Christians or Baptists.
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Report: Big Oil Purchases Advertising to 'Greenwash' Its Image
Report: Big Oil Purchases Advertising to 'Greenwash' Its Image
Big oil companies used green ad campaigns to bolster their image and blunt public criticism at a time when soaring gasoline prices were devastating household budgets and contributing to job losses, according to a recent analysis.
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Carbon Capture Policy Will Lead to Carbon Dioxide Increase
Carbon Capture Policy Will Lead to Carbon Dioxide Increase
A prominent Baptist campaigner says the British government's decision to launch four coal-fired power stations will increase carbon dioxide emissions at the very time they need to decline.
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Sweeping Energy Bill Passes House Committee Along Party Lines
Sweeping Energy Bill Passes House Committee Along Party Lines
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted largely along party lines to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill's success is far from certain as it will face scrutiny before a vote by the House.
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'The Age of Stupid'
'The Age of Stupid'
Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite (seated) stars in 'The Age of Stupid,' which combines drama and documentary to explore consequences of humanity's current behavior. (Photo: Spanner Films)
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Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
The message from the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was clear: The poorest everywhere are the ones most at risk to the impacts of climate change. Will Christians be part of the solution?
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Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Some current Baptists are making the same mistake with the environment that their spiritual ancestors did with race relations.
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Global-Warming Bill's Prospects Dim as House Democrats Waver
Global-Warming Bill's Prospects Dim as House Democrats Waver
Enacting meaningful climate-change legislation isn't easy, even when a newspaper report and testimony from Al Gore help the case. A House bill may be diluted because Dems from industrial and coal-producing states are balking.
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Green Movement Gradually Blossoms in Local Churches
Green Movement Gradually Blossoms in Local Churches
While the green movement is still taking root at many churches, some congregations are taking steps to be more faithful stewards of God's creation, from reducing their use of foam products to cleaning up a nearby park.
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Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental organizations, such as the National Wildlife Federation, the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, are reaching out to churches and faith-based organizations for partnerships on issues of environmental stewardship.
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Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Without science on her side, a Tennessee congresswoman had only one course to perpetuate the pathetic pattern of doubt creation about global warming: question Al Gore's integrity.
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Study: Climate-Change Lobbyists Gain Influence as Numbers Grow
Study: Climate-Change Lobbyists Gain Influence as Numbers Grow
Lobbying for climate change has become a high-stakes issue in the last five years, a new study finds. The number of lobbyists has more than tripled to 2,340 – more than four times the members of Congress.
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Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe's report lists more than "700 dissenting scientists" who dispute man-made global warming. One "scientist" is actually a TV weatherman with no college degree. One wonders how many others are without credentials.
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Why the Environment Should Top Christians' Agenda
Why the Environment Should Top Christians' Agenda
The scientific evidence of climate change is no longer disputable. As disciples of Christ we cannot close our eyes to the facts. If we do not act, we will be complicit in the starvation, poverty and injustice that results.
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Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
A Southern Baptist Convention official repeated yet again his claim that the earth was cooling. If he were alone, one could dismiss his comment as another half-baked claim.
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British Mission Group to Offset Carbon Emissions
British Mission Group to Offset Carbon Emissions
BMS World Mission has set out on what it calls a “journey” to become carbon-neutral in its impact with a target timeline of three years.
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Church Leaders Criticise EU over Climate Plan Weakness
Church Leaders Criticise EU over Climate Plan Weakness
The European Union's plans for tackling climate change are inadequate, and the UK Government should take a lead in revising them, according to Church leaders in this country.
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Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson, the former Watergate felon who is now a Baptist author and speaker, recently misrepresented evidence about global warming and even suggested that global cooling was occurring.
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Environmentalists Must Understand Thanksgiving
We ought to give contemporary environmentalists a little slack for misreading Psalm 50.
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Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
The symbolism was obvious: President Obama went to the rooftop—the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, with its solar panels for heat—before he signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package into law Tuesday.
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What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What is demanded from people of faith is doubt--doubt about claims of “clean” coal, doubt about the veracity of the coal industry’s environmental commitment.
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Coal Is Not the Answer, Say Churches
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have urged the Government not to proceed with a new generation of coal-fired power stations.
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Baptist Leader Misstates Environmental Data
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently made inaccurate claims that the earth is cooling instead of warming. As he made his claims during the Nov. 22 broadcast of his radio program "Richard Land Live!," Land mocked Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and others who warn of the dangers of climate change.
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Mo. Baptist Climate Resolution Attacks Global Warming
Messengers at the 2008 annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on "environmental stewardship." However, the resolution barely promoted environmental stewardship but instead mainly attacked those who warn of the dangers of global warming.
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Gore Says Faith Community Decisive in Tackling Climate Change
Al Gore knows that actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to an issue which evokes reptilian opposition in some quarters of corporate America and skepticism within certain church circles: global warming.
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Australian Baptists Join Other Religious Leaders in Calling for Action on Global Warming
In a rare interfaith effort, Australian Baptists joined other faith leaders in a letter calling for action by the federal government on climate change.
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EPA Says Global Warming Will Impact Life in the U.S.
Global warming will have significant impact on Americans' quality of life, claims a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Gore Issues Energy Challenge: Carbon-Free Electricity Within 10 Years
Noble Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday issued a "moon shot"-style challenge for the United States to set a goal of producing 100 percent of its electricity from non-carbon, renewable energy resources by 2018.
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Critics Say G8 Climate Statement Doesn't Go Far Enough
President Bush hailed Tuesday's climate change statement by G8 leaders as "significant progress" on global warming, while environmental and humanitarian groups criticized it as too little and too late.
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Ice, Ice, Maybe
Alongside the summer pursuits of outdoor projects, backyard barbecues and a really good book to read while sitting by a stream, lake or ocean--I have wondered about the fragility and tenuous nature of life.
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Protecting a 'Way of Life'
So the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Bill foundered in Congress. Everyone knew it would stall and fail. What's the big deal?
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Climate-Change Bill Fails in Senate
Senators on Friday blocked a bill aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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To Bee or Not to Be
Rising food and fuel prices are on the minds of much of the world. These realities exist hand in hand. It takes lots of energy for the massive food production needed to sustain (and in many cases, fatten) over six billion human residents on this orb. Thus, it is futile to think the cost of one will be unrelated to the other. Alongside these very noticeable realities, though, there is another busy contributor to food production. It is the honey bee.
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John Birch Society Joins SBC and Club for Growth in Common Cause
Three different organizations have more in common that appears at first blush.
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Economic Extremists Air Ads Opposing Climate Change Senate Bill
A right-wing economic group with an anti-government philosophy is attacking a bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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What Constitutes an Authentic Prophet?
The late Baptist ethics professor Henlee Barnette contended that his friend and mentor Clarence Jordan stood in the tradition of a biblical prophet.
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We Need Unbiased Data About Climate Change
The government is struggling with a huge issue. They are debating the sensibilities of changing the map on the back of seed packets.
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Christian Right Leaders Push Back Against Concern for Global Warming
A group of conservative religious leaders and politicians on Thursday unveiled a new campaign aimed at getting 1 million supporters behind a so-called "biblical" view of the environment that downplays concerns about human-induced global warming.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Senate to Pass 'Strongest Possible' Bill on Climate Change
More than 140 Baptist leaders from 25 states and the District of Columbia endorsed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter sent today calling on the U.S. Senate to pass climate-change legislation
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10 Ways You Can Be More Green
I had the pleasure of hearing former Vice President and Nobel Prize recipient Al Gore speak in January at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. The presentation he delivered to his fellow Baptists was one of stewardship of the earth. Caring for God's creation and its inhabitants was a responsibility first given to Adam. We still have that responsibility today, although the effects of our negligence are leaving behind some irreversible consequences.
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Corporate America Goes Green, Will Pulpits Follow?
The March issue of Delta Airlines' in-flight magazine has a green theme. An SUV, the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, is being sold as the green car of the year. BASF, a chemical company, brags about its breakthrough product: a biodegradable plastic bag. Target has a print ad with the title "Love your mother (earth)." Clorox sells a cleaning product made from plants and markets its support for the Sierra Club.
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Questions for Global-Warming Deniers
Robert Parham at EthicsDaily.com recently posted an article about Al Gore's interview on "60 Minutes" discussing the "toxic partnership" between religious fundamentalists, who deny global warming in an effort to protect a hyper-literal reading of the Bible, and free-market ideologues, who deny it to protect their financial interests.
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Al Gore Launches Campaign to Engage Public on Global Warming
Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a bipartisan three-year campaign this week aimed at building grassroots support to address global warming. With a $300 million price tag, the Alliance for Climate Change's "We" campaign is one of the largest and most expensive public advocacy campaigns in history.
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Gore Challenges Global Warming Deniers
Al Gore compared naysayers of manmade global warming to those who reject historical and scientific fact in a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night.
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Climate Expert Challenges Southern Baptist Leader's Global Warming Claims
A leading scholar on global warming says a letter sent last week to all 100 United States senators urging defeat of a measure to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is factually wrong.
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Australian Baptists Support Earth Hour 2008--Will Others Join In?
Australian Baptists announced last week that they support Earth Hour 2008, an initiative launched last year in Sydney that focuses on global warming and has spread across the globe, signing up individuals, corporations and cities to reduce their greenhouse emissions.
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SBC Leader Claims Earth Not Getting Hotter But Colder
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land apparently thought he had good reason for refusing to sign a recent statement by fellow Southern Baptists calling for action on global warming. He believes the Earth is getting colder.
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Headlines Mislead Public About SBC Shift on Global Warming
Untruth anywhere harms truth everywhere. Misleading headlines misdirect public opinion. False charges cover up flawed documents. No matter how noble the cause, wrongful means damage the desired goal.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Release Environmental Statement
Nearly 50 Southern Baptists leaders are issuing a declaration today urging Southern Baptists to take care of the environment and fight climate change. The Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative released its environmental statement entitled "A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change," which cites Scriptures and the Baptist Faith & Message of 2000 to support its environmental message.
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Letter to New Baptist Covenant's Next-Step Planners, Meeting Wednesday
Climate change's impact on church ministries and missions must be a top drawer issue for the North American Baptist leaders, who will meet at the Carter Center on Wednesday to discuss next steps for the New Baptist Covenant.
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Global Warming Worsens, New Ethic Needed
Global warming is worse now than when I first wrote about it in my out-of-print book, Loving Neighbors Across Time: A Christian Guide to Protecting the Earth, published in late 1991. Scientific evidence is more definitive. Moral action is more urgent. Opposition is more boneheaded now than then.
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Al Gore the Prophet
From time to time throughout this long presidential campaign, I have heard several people say they wish Al Gore would get into the race. I am not one of them. I don't want the former vice president to run for president, because it would distract him from the important work he is doing in the cause of the environment. The consequences of that campaign have truly global significance.
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Attend Lunch with Nobel Laureate
Nobel Peace Laureate Al Gore will speak at a luncheon scheduled for Jan. 31, 2008, from noon to 2 p.m., in Atlanta, in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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New Year Hopes and Wishes
I don't do New Year's resolutions anymore. However, I do have a few New Year's hopes and wishes.
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Christian Leaders Say Bali Global Warming Consensus Welcome But Flawed
A British Baptist leader welcomed political consensus forged at last month's Union Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, but lamented objections by the United States to set targets for reducing greenhouse emissions that nearly derailed the proceedings.
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Sexual Abuse, Gore Nobel Prize Top EthicsDaily.com Headlines in 2007
An ongoing expose of clergy sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention dominated news coverage by EthicsDaily.com in 2007. Other top stories included Baptists and the environment, plans for a Baptist confab in 2008, the role of faith in politics and a homemaking degree at an SBC seminary.
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Baptist of the Year: Al Gore

Al Gore is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2007. He has pressed for the global good with a compelling message about the danger of climate change and a clear call for moral responsibility, knitting together science and faith, reason and passion.

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Barack Obama Says Global Warming a Faith Issue
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said global warming isn't just a matter for politics and science but also an issue of morality and faith.
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Gore Becomes Third Baptist to Win Nobel Peace Prize
Al Gore became the third Baptist to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joining Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Martin Luther King in 1964.
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Rich Christians Must Act to Help Poor Adapt to Climate Change
Rich Christians must take proactive initiatives against possible displacement of 1 billion people in coming decades resulting from climate change.
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What Do the Fall and the Flood Say Theologically about Global Warming?
Global-warming deniers argue that science is unsettled about whether human beings are the driving cause of climate change. Some say human begins are too insignificant to change climate patterns; that climate change results from natural fluctuations, not human actions. That human begins cannot change earth--earth is too massive.
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After Refusing to Hear the Bible, Will We Listen to God Through Science?
The Bible spoke first about humans guarding garden Earth from harm, but Bible listeners did not hear.
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