One Holy See Thing:  The Pope Urges All Catholics To Divest From Fossil Fuels

One Holy See Thing: The Pope Urges All Catholics To Divest From Fossil Fuels

On the fifth anniversary of his historic encyclical “Laudato Si” in which Pope Francis urged Catholics to protect nature and warned of the dangers of failing to address climate change, the Vatican released a guide containing “practical steps” people can take to achieve the goals of the encyclical, including disinvesting from fossil fuel industries, according […]

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Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight in California Study

Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight in California Study

Pregnant women in rural California who lived near active oil and gas wells were 40% more likely to give birth to low birthweight babies, according to a new study. The study conducted by University of California researchers is the first to study how California’s network of oil and gas development affects babies born nearby. As […]

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University Divestment Movement Grows – Cornell and UC System Are Latest Wins

University Divestment Movement Grows – Cornell and UC System Are Latest Wins

Cornell University’s Board of Trustees announced on Friday that the University will make no new investments in fossil fuels, and it is believed that they have been divesting of their previous investments for several years, though the details of their endowment are not public. 

Why This Matters:  The climate movement has been led by young people and one easy focus of their activism is the universities they attend.

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Stimulus Package Passes Senate With Major Green Groups’ Support

Stimulus Package Passes Senate With Major Green Groups’ Support

The $2 trillion stimulus package the Senate passed unanimously late last night contained neither the funding the President sought to fill up the tank on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve nor the provisions that would have required the airline industry to become more sustainable in exchange for large grants. 

Why This Matters:  The most important thing, in the end, was the aid for workers, small businesses, hospitals, and state and local governments so direly needed at this moment.

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One Hoya Saxa Thing: Georgetown University Announces Decision To Divest From Fossil Fuels

One Hoya Saxa Thing: Georgetown University Announces Decision To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Late last week, Georgetown University announced a major decision — “to divest from fossil fuel investments over the next decade—including divestment from public securities within five years and private investments within ten years.”   University President Jack DeGioia gave credit to members of the University community and to the Pope whose 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On […]

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One Cringeworthy Thing: Fossil Fuel Pals Running the Government

One Cringeworthy Thing: Fossil Fuel Pals Running the Government

If you happened to read the New York Times’ exposé this week you would have caught that among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce. These are folks who have career-long connections […]

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