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'Creation is groaning': Pope Francis makes emotional appeal for the environment

Pope Francis said the constant demand for economic growth is exhausting the natural world.

Five years after speaking out on climate change, Pope Francis sounds an urgent alarm

The encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ motivated many people to take action on global warming, but governments, the pope said, have lagged far behind.

The global coronavirus crisis is poised to get much, much worse

What happens when the pandemic strikes nations of millions of people that have only a half-dozen ventilators?

Pope says coronavirus outbreak may be one of 'nature's responses' to climate change

Pope Francis suggested that the outbreak of the novel coronavirus may be one of "nature's responses" to people around the world ignoring the harsh consequences of climate change. 

Meet the Christians giving up carbon and single-use plastic for Lent

The biblical mandate of “creation care” is taking on new urgency as the planet warms.

Pope makes impassioned plea to save the Amazon — will the world listen?

‘Multinationals have cut the veins of our mother Earth,’ warned Pope Francis, urging conservation of the rapidly vanishing Amazon — but the world’s media barely took notice.

Oxygen in world’s oceans depleting at unprecedented rate

Oxygen in the world's oceans is depleting at an unprecedented rate, leaving species gasping for breath and devastating marine habitats, a report issued at the annual UN climate talks in Madrid has warned.


Climate crisis is 'challenge of civilisation', says Pope

Pontiff calls on COP 25 leaders to show political will to safeguard healthy planet

Climate crisis is 'challenge of civilisation', says pope

The climate emergency is a "challenge of civilisation" requiring sweeping changes to economic systems, but political leaders have not done enough, the pope has said in a message to governments meeting at the annual climate summit in Madrid.


Pope Francis, in Japan, warns of 'selfish decisions' on nuclear energy

Making the first visit to the country by a pope in 38 years, Francis called for an end to the nuclear arms race in visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Native communities channel the power of the pope to fight climate change

Indigenous communities are demanding that their environmental concerns be heard.

A field in D.C. will soon be home to 5,000 solar panels. It’s all because of local Catholic groups — and a message from the pope.

Churches say they are fulfilling God's command — and the wishes of Pope Francis in “Laudato Si" — by switching to renewable energy.


Pope opens Amazon meeting amid fires, right-wing opposition

Pope Francis is opening a divisive meeting on preserving the Amazon and ministering to its indigenous peoples, as he fends off attacks from conservatives opposed to his ecological agenda.

Amazon fires are 'true apocalypse', says Brazilian archbishop

The fires in the Amazon are a "true apocalypse", according to a Brazilian archbishop who expects next month's papal synod at the Vatican to strongly denounce the destruction of the rainforest.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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