Pope to warn global warming is killing the planet

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first_imgRelated posts:Small but vocal turnout in Costa Rica for global climate march Costa Rica tops Central American ranking in latest climate change adaptation index Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund After 11 days of talks, a climate agreement VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is to warn that global warming threatens the planet and declare a moral imperative to reduce fossil fuel consumption, Vatican sources said Tuesday.A landmark Church statement on the environment, due to be officially released on Thursday, places the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics firmly in the camp of those who say climate change is mainly man-made.His input comes at a critical time in the global debate over what, if anything, can be done to reverse climate change and its effects.The papal intervention, seen as a potential game-changer by green groups, comes six months before international leaders gather in Paris to try and seal a global deal on steps to reduce carbon emissions.Francis will outline his views in the form of an encyclical, a statement of fundamental principles designed to guide Catholic teaching on a subject that is issued as a letter from the pope to bishops around the world.This one will be pitched beyond the confines of the Church and emphasize the pope’s view of a clear link between defending the environment and delivering social justice.The encyclical, entitled “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”), will reference the views of climate change sceptics who are particularly influential in the United States by acknowledging that natural cases such as volcanic activity have contributed to the phenomenon of rising average temperatures.But it will leave no doubt that the Pope believes that the causes are mainly human, and that that creates a compelling case for action to phase out fossil fuels and develop alternative energy sources, according to excerpts from a leaked draft published online by Italian weekly L’Espresso.The scoop was not appreciated by Vatican officials, who stripped the magazine’s respected reporter Sandro Magister of his accreditation for an indefinite period, accusing him of breaching an embargo on publication.See also: Costa Rica calls for climate change support from world’s top polluters Pope Francis addresses participants at the Convention of Rome Diocese at St. Peter’s Square on June 14, 2015 at the Vatican. Filippo Monteforte/AFPA major impact “Great natural forces are not under our control; human causes are,” said a source familiar with the final text to be released on Thursday.“There is strong scientific evidence that the human factors are already having much impact and causing great damage not only to nature itself but also to the lives of people across the globe, especially the poor.”Francis’s thinking on the issue is in line with the view outlined in a 2013 U.N. report which concluded that there was a 95 percent chance that global warming was the result of human activity.But by expressing it he is seen as potentially influencing millions of people who have yet to think seriously about the subject, generating fresh pressure on the nearly 200 governments who will be represented in Paris in December.“The encyclical is going to have a major impact,” predicted Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“Pope Francis is personally committed to this issue like no other pope before him and he is deeply eloquent and deeply passionate about this and the encyclical will communicate that.”The document will likely burnish Francis’s reputation as a socially radical pope but its contents will come as no surprise.The Argentinian pontiff gave a taste of his views on the issue last month when he warned “the powerful of the Earth” that they would answer to God if environmental damage undermined the drive to end global hunger.Perhaps anticipating fresh accusations that he is a “Marxist pope,” Francis said Tuesday that raising the issue of poverty did not make you a communist.“So often one hears people saying ‘oh this priest, this bishop talks too much about poverty. They are not a bit communist?’ On the contrary, poverty is at the center of the gospel. If we take it out, nobody would understand Jesus’s message,” he said at morning mass at his residence.Related: With current rate of climate change, 23 percent of species in South America could face extinction, study finds Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterW Hotels Worldwide has this week opened W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.W Dubai – The Palm is the newest W Escape, the W brand’s playful spin on the traditional resort experience and is set to add a new beat to the already dynamic and pulsating city. With its electrifying style, evocative design and eclectic destination restaurants led by world-class chefs including Massimo Bottura and Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm will shine bright in the City of Gold.All 350 guestrooms and suites offer uninterrupted views and dreamy amenities. Curved walls are intricately tiled to glisten like the lights and colours of the sea at various times of the day, bringing the shoreline into each room. Modern graffiti adorns the walls of every room, featuring lyrics in Arabic from a popular song by Lebanese singer, Fairouz.After checking in, guests can check out the incredible amenities of W Dubai – The Palm, including the hotel’s multiple pools that sit in a wave-like pattern in the centre of the Escape to form the W brand’s WET Deck experience directly facing a fabulous beach with views of the Dubai skyline.The W brand’s signature AWAY Spa invites guests to ‘Stroll in and Strut out’, offering 10 treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, experiential showers, a hammam and a couples’ suite. Guests are treated to a design inspired by the underwater perspective of a pearl diver, where iridescent shells reflect the sunlight that peeks through the ocean above. Relaxing, social and surreal, the space also features a Beauty Bar for touch-ups and ‘Quick Fix’ treatments. Guests can sweat it out at FIT (gym) which boasts state-of-the-art equipment overlooking the WET Deck, beach and skyline views, featuring abstract art inspired by the graceful forms of both jellyfish and the parachutes of adventure-seeking skydivers.W Dubai – The Palm features six beverage and food destinations. Translated as “I will be right back”, Torno Subito is the first restaurant outside of Italy by global culinary genius, chef Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana has been feted as the “World’s Best Restaurant”.Pro snowboarder turned adrenaline-fuelled culinary master, chef Akira Back, brings his modern taste of Japanese cuisine prepared with a Korean essence to the Middle East for the first time at Akira Back.SoBe (short for South Beach) is an adults-only playground inspired by the eclectic and vibrant spirit of Miami. This is the only rooftop bar in Dubai where guests can watch the sun sink into the Arabian Sea with 360-degree views to watch as the Dubai skyline lights up each night. Serving up eclectic live DJ performances, imaginative cocktails and even tattoo artists, there will be nothing else like it in the city.LIV offers guests greener, lighter, fresher and brighter options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and was designed using only upcycled materials, meaning no new materials were created to build the venue.“We are excited to bring the W brand to Palm Jumeirah with the highly anticipated opening of W Dubai – The Palm,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “As our first W Escape in the region, W Dubai – The Palm combines the city’s unique allure with the brand’s bold design and dynamic lifestyle and gives it a locally relevant twist. With game-changing style, amplified entertainment and innovative culinary offerings, this W Escape will inject a fresh vibe into the local hospitality scene and offer the most sought-after luxury getaway for locals as well as global jet-setters.”More at www.wdubaithepalm.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more