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Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical: the good and the bad

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In Chapter 1, and thematically throughout its 184 pages of main text, LS accepts as established fact that human activity is primarily responsible for, among other things:

 

a rise in atmospheric greenhouse gasses;

global warming;

the melting of the polar ice caps, glaciers and other masses of ice;

the release of methane gas from decomposing matter uncovered by the melting  of ice packs;

a rise in ocean levels;

an increase in ocean acidity;

the decline of the barrier reefs and their life forms;

a threat to the existence of plankton;

species extinction and the destruction of biodiversity, including not only mammals, but fungi, algae, worms, insects, reptiles,  “innumerable varieties of microorganisms” and mangrove trees (Cf. ¶¶ 20-50).

As Francis opines (¶ 24-25): “If the current tendency continues, this century could bear witness to unheard of climate changes and unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with grave consequences for all of us. … Climate changes are a global problem with grave environmental, social, economic, distributive and political consequences, and constitute one of the principal current challenges for humanity.”

 

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