Archive for Fossil fuel

Urgency of the urgent

Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s.  These were surprising revelations presented during the National Inquiry on Climate Change (NICC) by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, conveying more urgently the urgency in addressing the increasing vulnerability of millions of people to the impacts of climate change.

Catholic institutions united for fossil fuel divestment

Catholic institutions from around the world are making new commitments to divest from fossil fuels. A group of 19 institutions, led by Caritas India and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, announces its divestment today. The full list of divesting institutions is available here.

USF to Host Global Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit is coming to USF Sept. 11–14.

The summit will bring scientists and leaders from around the world to the campus and San Francisco to discuss how nations, states, businesses, and other groups can combat climate change. Co-organized by Brown, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others, the summit aims to inspire worldwide resolve to take action.

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.

Call for Jesuit bodies to abandon fossil fuel investments

Father Pedro Walpole says investment decisions can help combat climate change

Jesuit institutions should withdraw from investments in the fossil fuel industry, according to environmental campaigner Father Pedro Walpole. In a video produced by Ecojesuit, Father Walpole stresses that climate change, as evidenced by extreme weather events such as typhoons, requires immediate action to stem the use of fossil fuels.

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.”