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Pope Francis Blames Cold Spell on Global Warming

via Washington Post
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Pope Francis blamed a cold spell in Mongolia on global warming, saying extreme weather is a sign of climate change.

He called climate change a “global social problem” affecting vulnerable people and livestock.

“The climate crisis is a global social problem that deeply affects the lives of many brothers and sisters, especially the life of the most vulnerable,” Francis said, calling for prayers “to be able to make wise and courageous choices to contribute to the care of creation.”

The Pope asserts climate change stems from human-caused overheating through greenhouse gas emissions.

He singled out the US lifestyle as especially irresponsible and said broad changes are needed.

“If we consider that emissions per individual in the United States are about two times greater than those of individuals living in China, and about seven times greater than the average of the poorest countries, we can state that a broad change in the irresponsible lifestyle connected with the Western model would have a significant long-term impact,” he said in October of 2023.

“We need, urgently, to act for the sake of the environment,” Francis said. “It is not enough merely to increase spending: we need to change our way of life and thus educate everyone to sober and fraternal lifestyles.”

This is “an essential obligation for religions, which are called to teach contemplation, since creation is not only an ecosystem to preserve, but also a gift to embrace,” he said.

In contrast, over 1,600 scientists signed a declaration saying there is no climate emergency.

They argued climate models are inadequate, CO2 is not a pollutant, and climate change has not increased disasters.

The scientists said the world has warmed less than predicted and there is no evidence global warming is intensifying or increasing disasters.

They oppose 2050 net-zero policies, saying adaptation works better than mitigation efforts.

The world has warmed “significantly less than predicted by IPCC on the basis of modeled anthropogenic forcing,” the “World Climate Declaration” document read.

“There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent,” the document added. “However, there is ample evidence that CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly.”

“There is no climate emergency,” it stated. “Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm.”

“We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050. Go for adaptation instead of mitigation; adaptation works whatever the causes are,” it added.

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