Pope Francis: Substitute Fossil Fuels with Renewable Energy

One theme throughout Laudato Si is the juxtaposition of the “tyranny over creation” (anthropocentrism) versus a cooperation and cultivation of nature. As stated by Pope Francis, “If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.” Fossil fuels including “coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay,” are specifically identified as forms of tyranny over creation. In essence, fossil fuels reinforce a consumerist mindset of prideful, greedy and gluttonous (yet, false) control over nature – that humanity can extract and consume fossil fuels on our own terms (some would say, “dispatchable generation”). Alternatively, Pope Francis’ call to a cooperative (fraternal) relationship with creation highlights potential solutions to fossil fuels; “Fraternal love can only be gratuitous…That is why it is possible to love our enemies. This same gratuitousness inspires us to love and accept the wind, the sun and the clouds, even though we cannot control them.” The variability (some would say “intermittency”) of renewable energy provides an opportunity for humanity to exercise temperance, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility with nature. Faithful Catholics may recognize the juxtaposition of mortal sins versus holy virtues.

The 15-Year Global Warming Hiatus Debunked

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) affirms that the globe has indeed been warming quickly in recent decades, in spite of arguments to the contrary. In fact, the report finds that the rate of global warming over the last 15 years has been as fast as, or even faster than, the [...]

See How Climate Change Impacts Your State

SACE just released updated, state-specific fact sheets detailing the impacts that climate change is having on six Southeast states. The new fact sheets are available for Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, in PDF format and webpages. Check out the new fact sheets here! Recurring themes throughout all the states include the incidence [...]

An Urgent Call to Climate Action in the IPCC Synthesis Report

This post, authored by Ilissa Ocko, originally appeared on Climate 411, a blog by Environmental Defense Fund, on November 4, 2014. You can view the original post here. This post concludes our blog series on the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, the other posts of which can be found here. It was released two days late for [...]

Southeast Florida Continues Climate Leadership

Last week, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact hosted its annual Climate Leadership Summit, to highlight the work that is being carried out by Southeast Florida communities to get ready for the impacts of climate change, like more frequent and severe coastal flooding, and also help set the agenda for work to come. The [...]

People’s Climate March Recap: It Takes Everyone To Make A Change

This blog was written by SACE Communications Intern, Kelsey Adler, who went to New York to attend the march. You can read other, more general details about the event in our blog here. One week ago yesterday, I was heading back from one of the most exciting events I have ever attended: The People’s Climate [...]

El Costo del Cambio Climático para Miami Beach…

La Comisión de la Ciudad de Miami Beach acaba de aprobar un incremento del 84% en tasas municipales que financian infraestructuras destinadas a combatir los efectos del incremento del nivel del mar sobre la ciudad. A partir del 1 de Octubre, estas tasas mensuales pasaran de los actuales $9.06 a tener un valor de $16.67, [...]

2013 Año Record en Niveles de Impacto de Gases de Efecto Invernadero sobre la Atmosfera y los Océanos

La Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM) acaba de hacer público su “Boletín sobre Gases de Efecto Invernadero.” Según el Boletín, la concentración de dióxido de carbono, el principal culpable del calentamiento global, se elevó a 396 partes por millón el año pasado. Este incremento supuso un alza de 2,9 partes por millón entre 2012 y 2013, [...]

2013 Sets Record in Atmospheric CO2, Makes Biggest Leap Since 1980s

The results are in and they are sobering: last year was the largest annual leap in greenhouse gas concentrations (from 2012 to 2013) that we’ve seen since the 1980s, and continued the annual trend of setting a new record each year for the highest greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere than ever before in human [...]

South Florida Leading the Way: Broward County, FL, Supports EPA’s Carbon Limits

The Board of County Commissioners of Broward County, Florida voted today to pass a resolution voicing support for the newly-proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Also known as the Clean Power Plan, the proposed limits are particularly critical for South Florida, where flooding from sea level rise and intense storms are causing problems [...]