A few days ago I had an email exchange with the head of a leading evangelical environmental organization who was-as he has been for years-incredulous that I would question the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
He, like many evangelical leaders, believes the IPCC is an objective, scientific body producing reliable, even-handed reports on the state of climate science. Because they believe that, they are nearly impervious to evidence against catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW).
The IPCC does reflect some excellent scientific work. But that excellence (albeit mixed with some mediocre to poor work) is to be found in the thousands of pages of technical reviews rarely seen by any but the scholars who work on them-almost never by journalists who shape public opinion, or by legislators and regulators who shape public policy. more >>
While more than half of Americans are skeptical of the Big Bang theory, only a quarter question that there is a creator, according to an Associated Press poll.
The poll also found that a sizable minority question evolution, global warming and whether the earth is billions of years old.
The AP poll asked participants to rate their confidence on several statements relating to medicine and science. Fifty-one percent of surveyed Americans said they are "not too/not at all confident" that "the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang." Only 25 percent expressed skepticism that "the universe is so complex, there must be a supreme being guiding its creation." more >>
Pro-environment groups are calling on the faith community to come together and lead by example when it comes to taking action on climate change issues.
"The challenges our world faces in mitigating climate change now requires uniting with an unprecedented global-community mindset. Some soul-searching is in order for faith based organizations and houses of worship who are abdicating our moral responsibility to our most vulnerable neighbors in the developing world when we don't lead by example and refuse to tolerate any less from our business and government leaders on climate change," said Deborah Fikes, representative to the United Nations for World Evangelical Alliance and Clean Revolution Ambassador, in a statement Friday.
"Sustainability for the 'bottom billion' is not an option, it is a lifeline that we have the ability and obligation to provide if we really believe in "loving our neighbors as ourselves." more >>
With a major U.N. report warning that the effects of climate change are spreading to every corner of the world, a Christian environmental group says those who are being hit the hardest are the poor, the young and the elderly.
"[C]limate impacts have and will continue to hit the poor the hardest, those least able to cope with the consequences, especially children and the elderly. Pro-life Christians should be especially concerned about what these conclusions will mean for young children and the unborn. Pollution impacts young children and even developing children in utero," the Rev. Mitch Hescox, president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, warned in a statement shared with The Christian Post on Monday.
"There will be whole peoples who will be unable to adapt to the way we are polluting God's creation. Especially those living on some Island nations and those in parts of the world where adaptation will be too expensive to implement," he added. "Christians have a responsibility to know the stories of those who are and will be impacted by climate change throughout the world and where possible intervene." more >>
Rev. Richard Cizik, who in 2008 lost his influential position as Vice President for Governmental Affairs with the National Association of Evangelicals because he endorsed same-sex unions, had two golden parachutes. First Ted Turner brought him into his United Nations Foundation. Then George Soros took him into his Open Society Institute. Both helped fund the start of Cizik's New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.
Why would those two billionaires support Cizik? Soros is an atheist. Turner, though no longer the atheist who called Christianity a religion for losers and advocated replacing the Ten Commandments with his Green-colored "Eleven Voluntary Initiatives," is still an agnostic. But both believe the world is overpopulated and needs population control, even through coercive government programs. Both are committed environmentalists. And Cizik agrees with them.
More recently Cizik launched a petition urging President Obama to report on his climate action plan when he met with Pope Francis March 27. As of the day after the meeting, the petition had gathered only a disappointing 1,279 signatures. Why? Perhaps because, as the most recent Gallup polling showed, most Americans just aren't worried about climate change. Evangelicals, for good reasons, are even less likely to worry about it. more >>
Those who fund and promote doubts about global warming should be sent to prison, Lawrence Torcello, assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, argued for The Conversation.
"When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organized campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent," he wrote.
Torcello draws a comparison with six Italian scientists who were sentenced to six years in prison after a 2009 earthquake that killed 300. While many believe the scientists were imprisoned for failing to predict the earthquake, they were actually convicted of failing to "clearly communicate risks to the public," he explained. When a public official told residents there was no danger after the tremors started, the scientists did nothing to correct him, Torcello recalled. more >>