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Pope's Warning A Moral One: The Guardian highlights that the Pope has made a moral case for climate action, reporting that he called for an end to “cheerful recklessness.”

Some key takeaways are:

# Catholic Church now officially says it rejects “simple solutions” to climate change
# This includes cap and trade systems, which the Pope says give rise to harmful speculation
# He dismisses any suggestion that population increases harm to the environment and should therefore be controlled (...)
# Has not made any judgment on genetically modified foods

Who Did The Pope Address? The world’s rich nations.

What Does He Want Them To Do? To begin paying their “grave social debt” to the poor and take concrete steps on climate change.

Why Should They Listen? He says failure to do so presents an undeniable risk to a “common home” that is beginning to resemble a “pile of filth”.

Why Should We Care? There are 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world. The Pope is a very influential opinion maker who could help swing the debate in favour of climate action and have an impact on COP21.

The Pope’s Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ or ‘Praised Be’: The Vatican has made the encyclical available in 8 languages

Thousands Of Media Reports About Pope´s Environmental Encyclical: PIK provides an overview of the media coverage about the papal letter on climate change, and Climate-KIC chairman John Schellnhuber's contribution to it.
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