Archive for Energy

Urgent action needed to steer a Hothouse Earth towards a Stabilized Earth

The Earth may be well on its way to an irreversible “hothouse” if people do not take urgent collective action to steer its path to a habitable state, scientists warned. According to a recent study Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS),even if the target 1.5 degrees C to 2.0 degrees C rise in temperature under the Paris Accord is met, “a domino-like cascade” of biogeophysical feedbacks including the melting of polar ice, forest diebacks, and increased bacterial respiration in the ocean, coupled by annual greenhouse gas emissions “could take the Earth System to even higher temperatures.” “Hothouse” is a term used to describe a “likely uncontrollable and dangerous” condition where global average temperatures could spike by 4 to 5 degrees C and sea levels could rise up to 60 meters higher than today, once the cascade of feedbacks causes the Earth to pass a tipping point.

Catholic Climate Covenant issues Statement on new EPA rule for Electricity

Today, the Trump Administration issued the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, replacing the national standard for the electricity sector under the Obama Administration with a weakened version. The new rule focuses on reducing emissions from the electricity sector by allowing states to decide if or by how much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Loyola inaugura usina fotovoltaica

Para a Companhia de Jesus, por meio do provincial dos Jesuítas do Brasil, Pe. João Renato Eidt, SJ, a criação da Usina Solar Padre Furusawa possui grande importância a favor da vida: “Este projeto é um sinal concreto do cuidado com a vida e com a ecologia em nossa ação apostólica. A produção de energia limpa, além de demonstrar à sociedade que há alternativas para isso, é acima de tudo um sinal do nosso compromisso com a vida e com a criação em sua totalidade. Acreditamos que esta usina, além de ser pioneira, pode inspirar outras iniciativas de entidades e organizações preocupadas com a questão socioambiental”.

El poder de las buenas opciones. Por: Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa, SJ

En marzo pasado se cumplieron dos años de la instalación en nuestra sede del Programa de Ecología del Servicio Jesuita de Camboya en Nom Pen de un generador solar para cubrir las necesidades eléctricas de toda la oficina. Con solo tres ordenadores portátiles, una impresora, tres ventiladores, un par de lámparas para trabajar de noche y la carga periódica de teléfonos y otros aparados, no es una oficina muy grande. A pesar de ello, decidimos desconectarnos del suministro eléctrico del edificio principal en el que estamos ubicados, para intentar en adelante depender por completo de la radiación solar.

Pope’s climate warning to oil and gas executives: ‘There is no time to lose’

Challenging world oil executives to recognize the urgent environmental need to quickly transition from fossil fuel extraction and burning, to clean energy production, Pope Francis called them to take to heart that “civilization requires energy, but energy must not destroy civilization.”

Pope urges top oil executives to convert to clean fuel

Addressing some 40 participants in a Vatican conference dedicated to “Energy Transition and Care for our Common Home”,  Pope Francis said “civilization requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization”.