Chicago has encouraged green roofs to reduce water runoff and energy consumption in buildings.
Mayors from the around the world are at the Vatican to discuss climate change, a global issue that's proving to be most effectively addressed at the local level.
Laudato Si’: for some, a guide to personal values and morals in the Anthropocene.
The ink is still drying on the Pope’s Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si’” or “On Care for Our Common Home,” and scholars, critics and pundits will analyze and assess it for years to come. But one aspect of…
Among certain minority religious communities, there’s a focus on homegrown or locally grown food.
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Yes, environmental racism is still a problem, but recent research shows that minority groups care about protecting the environment because of the positive experiences they've had.
In elevating the status of animals, the Pope looks back to Francis of Assisi’s example and looks ahead to the prospect of environmental catastrophe.
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In suggesting the ultimate restoration of all creatures in his recent encyclical, Pope Francis is breaking with the weight of Western philosophical and theological tradition.
Pope Francis has made a strong call to action on climate change.
Tony Abbott gets some lucky breaks. Imagine if Pope Francis had issued [this week's encyclical - with its clarion call for the world to address climate change - last year in the run up to the G20 hosted by Australia.
The papal encyclical challenges leaders to take action on climate change.
The immediate importance of the Pope Francis' encyclical comes from its potential to influence world leaders and galvanise the developing world ahead of the Paris Climate Conference this year.
Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I’ve always found it a bit difficult to take men who go to work wearing silk dresses, lots of jewellery, and improbably large hats terribly seriously. Plenty of people…
Laudato Si’ challenges us to examine the root causes of environmental ills and injustices.
The pope's encyclical Laudato Si' tells us to protect nature and act on climate change for more than reasons of self interest.
Shining a light on religion and politics.
The pope's encyclical challenges the belief in markets to solve social ills – a difficult message for Catholic Republican presidential candidates to accept.
Sic transit gloria mundi … and down with neoliberalism.
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Pope Francis's intervention in the climate debate puts him on collision course with global elites.
As a geopolitical figure, the pope has urged the West to combat global poverty and preserve the environment.
By equating human rights to the protection of nature, the pope's encyclical opens up an international debate with broad political implications.
Reaching the faithful – and many others.
For people who take the Bible seriously – not only Catholics – the pope's encyclical on climate change and the environment will change minds.
The papal encyclical Lautado Sii will likely place climate change within an economic system that promotes overconsumption.
The long-awaited papal encyclical on the environment could have a significant influence on conservative politics around the world.
Pope Francis and UN head Ban Ki-Moon, who met at the Vatican to discuss climate change, hope to influence this year’s crucial Paris climate talks.
Pope Francis is set to release an encyclical on climate change next month, which he hopes will influence this year's Paris climate talks as well as continuing his work on behalf of the world's poorest.
Visitors mourn at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.
On the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we asked scholars to reflect on the significance of Armenian insistence on remembering and Turkey's insistence that the genocide never happened.
Tsitsernakaberd Genocide memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.
A century on, the murder of 1.5m Armenians by the Ottoman Empire must be recognised as genocide.
Can Pope Francis spread the idea that protecting nature a moral issue?
The upcoming encyclical from Pope Francis can transform the climate change culture wars in America.
Rome vs Raqqa.
What does a century-old sci-fi novel have to do with the Vatican's view of Islamic State?
What happened to “bless those who curse you”?
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Approaching his third year as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis appeared to be doing so well. That is, until after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, he’s said that those who mock faith should be…
Let’s talk Cuba.
On Wednesday, the White House announced that the United States would resume diplomatic relations with Cuba in a deal that was brokered with a great deal of help from the Holy See. A statement released…