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Solar panels are seen on the roof of the Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican in this Dec. 1, 2010, file photo. Installing “green rooftops” are one way for colleges to participate in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Michael SchuckNancy Tuchman
“Laudato Si’” reveals global ecological challenges that threaten our very existence. Catholic universities cannot wait to embrace clean energy and help build a sustainable world.
Men cutting turf from bog in Maamturk Mountains near Cong, Ireland. iStock photo.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
Destroying bogland is the Irish equivalent of burning the Amazon.
The price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline is shown at a service station in Denver on March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
Our natural impulse is to do whatever it takes to keep gasoline and other prices low. But should it be cheap to further endanger our planet?
A leading contributor to climate change is the release of methane gas from livestock grazing in pastures and confined in feedlots around the globe. (iStock/dusanpetkovic)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Mary E. McGann
Pope Francis has called for Catholics to support principles of “total sustainability.” A meat industry that warms the planet, ravages forests and fouls our water is incompatible with those principles.
Energy from the wind in Roscommon. iStock photo.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
Movies set in Ireland rarely omit the trope of the aerial shot of rolling green fields. After all, it is the Emerald Isle. Or is it?
Photo: iStock
Politics & SocietyThe Moral Economy
John W. Miller
The carnivorous cravings of a world of almost eight billion people have radically changed the definition of life on this planet.