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Ecology

Manhattan's Last Forest and the Nature of Cities Everywhere

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

As New York has grown into perhaps the globe's most famous metropolis, Inwood Hill has remained largely the same as it ever was: a verdant oasis on the edge of the city's most densely populated borough.

Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

History abounds with the problems of creating global governance. Think about how the League of Nations failed, giving way to the United Nations. Look at the establishment of the Eurozone, and the convulsions brought on by the Greek financial crisis. Getting people to the table is hard.

Why 'Laudato Si' Should be on the Reading List of Every CEO

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Upon reading the much anticipated Papal Encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', I found myself immediately looking for ways to get it into the hands of the CEOs I know. As I see it, the Pope's messages for business leaders are as follows.

Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Thomas Worcester | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Even before Pope Francis published an encyclical on environmental degradation negative reactions were already multiplying. Certain US commentators did not remain silent and attentive long enough to actually read and digest and reflect upon what the bishop of Rome had to say.

The Dawn Chorus--Nature's Best Symphony

Meg Lowman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Science
Meg Lowman

The time is 4:24 am. I sit upright in bed, awakened by an inspirational choir that has just burst into sound. Vacationing in the woods of northern Vermont, I've taken a summer sojourn back to the temperate forests of my childhood.

Mist of the Earth: A Stunning Exhibition of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Region

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

It was during a visit to São Paulo that a budding acquaintance with Denise Milan was spawned. I was drawn to her work and a world of discovery that she presented to me through her stone constructs and the multilayered tableaus that resonated throughout her installations.

New York's Marine Constituencies Make Nice

Jon Forrest Dohlin | Posted 07.06.2015 | New York
Jon Forrest Dohlin

Instead of talking past each other, representatives of the commercial and recreational fishing industry, scientists, researchers, and conservationists looked for collaboration and trust.

Shifting the Climate Debate Onto Sacred Ground

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Due to Pope Francis' encyclical, what had been a fringe and at times a lonely voice, has suddenly become mainstream. It is our sense of being separate from the Earth that has allowed us to abuse it. If we held the Earth as sacred, as part of the living oneness to which we belong, could we treat it in this way -- would we pollute its rivers, kill off its species?

Evidence of Things Seen: The Art of Nancy Lu Rosenheim

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts
Gail Vida Hamburg

Though the subject matter of the exhibition is about the organic and natural, the colors in the exhibit look synthetic, acrid, flamboyant, and playful. There is a nod to Dr. Seuss in the exhibition.

Climate Change Demands Moral Change

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

As Pope Francis insists, climate change touches on every aspect of modern civilization. It irrevocably impacts communities around the world, and especially the poorest and most marginalized.

We're All Connected

Jim Burklo | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

In my pocket, all my waking day, I carry a device that enables me to communicate instantly with practically anyone around...

Pagans Around the World Join the Pope in Calling for Environmental Action

John Halstead | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

Contemporary Pagan religious practice commonly fosters a sense of spiritual connection with the Earth. Pagans actively try to cultivate a harmonious relationship with the non-human natural world.

Sacred Earth: Pope Francis and Bonna Devora Haberman

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

The Jewish world lost one of our greatest voices for feminism and for a just Zionism this week, Rabbi Bonna Devora Haberman​. She was a founder of Women of the Wall, an activist and scholar, and co-director of YTheater, a Israeli Jewish and Palestinian theater company in Jerusalem.

Francis' Momentous Encyclical: On Care for Our Common Home

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Francis, a boxer in his youth, pulls no punches: "Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth."

Ecologist-in-Chief Urges Changes in Production and Consumption

Diana Donlon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Diana Donlon

By taking a strong stance on climate change, Pope Francis shows not only his concern for all of creation, but his particular concern for the poor. Investing in soil health especially in dry parts of the world will help to meet the food and water needs of millions.

Walk Not Exultantly Upon the Earth: An Islamic Response to Pope Francis' Encyclical

Joseph E. B. Lumbard | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Joseph E. B. Lumbard

For Muslims and Christians, the place of human beings is not to subdue the earth. It is to hear the patterns already established within nature and live in harmony with them, had we but eyes to see and ears to hear.

What The Pope And Thousands of Pagans Have In Common

John Halstead | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

The causes of our environmental crisis are more complex than any single religion. We can neither vilify Christianity, nor idealize ancient pagan religions.

Ecumenical Patriarch hosts Halki Summit II

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

The keynote address by Patriarch Bartholomew served as a reminder not to undermine the sensory aspects of nature, but to embrace both the tangible and intangible experiences that shape values and actions.

The Big, Good Wolf: Real Lives of Alpha Males

Brenda Peterson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Can Washington now manage its wolf reintroduction more sustainably than other states, like Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana who focus on "lethal control"?

FedEx and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Team Up to Restore Forest on Virginia Key North Point

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.02.2015 | Miami
Michael Sainato

Over 60 FedEx employees volunteered this past weekend to help replant a two-acre forest site at Virginia Key North Point on Virginia Key Beach in Miami.

Pope Francis' Integral Ecology

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Dave Pruett

There's a new term being bandied about, and it's high time we paid heed: integral ecology. Whenever the same notion arises synchronously in a number of different contexts -- in this case the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement, the climate movement, and the new-economy movement -- it's an idea whose time has arrived.

This Is Our Home - So Please Help Care For It

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
The University of Central Florida Forum

I love the movie "Contact" about a scientist played by Jodie Foster, who has an extraordinary experience traveling through space. In the end, when she could not explain the experience, she ended up finding her faith in something unexplainable.

This Indian Foundation Is Protecting Wilderness and Helping Farmers

Pavan Lall | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Pavan Lall

MUMBAI -- The Foundation for Ecological Security in India has transformed denuded hillsides and valleys into healthier, biodiverse environments with opportunities for families to expand their livelihoods. This could be just the beginning of bigger things to come.

Atonement: Pope Francis and Ecological Sin

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

Topics in ecology and climate change reveal the scope, credibility, and hospitality of Catholic thought in a unique way -- and how Catholic thought can transcend the intellectually lazy ways that we often approach our identity politics.

Confessions on Earth Day, Part I

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

Whither Earth Day? Even as we speak about this little miracle of soil on which we spin and hurtle through space, its fate becomes more perilous. What ...