“The Macondoization of the World” and “rules written with human blood”

Today’s New York Times includes a story on President Trump’s rollback of offshore drilling rules developed after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe and “written with human blood:” These regulations were written with human blood,” said Lillian Espinoza-Gala, a former offshore worker who now serves as an industry safety consultant and opposes easing protections. “The only way we can …

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Cities Play Key Role in Climate Action

“We need to think differently — more broadly — about the role of cities in a world where the nation-state may now be flexing its muscle on key issues that have been neglected for years. Climate change is just a start. Those of us who work on cities issues should encourage our leaders to take …

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UN Should Appoint a Mayor to Head Its Climate Change Secretariat | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Many have been writing about the climate-governance impacts of the eventual replacement for Atonin Scalia, not to mention the impacts of the presidential election, itself. In all the election and SCOTUS-related hoopla, most missed Christiana Figueres’ announcement that she would be stepping down as head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. That transition will have …

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Poll shows views on climate change vary along religious lines

This morning I joined WBEZ’s The Morning Shift live for a discussion of religion and climate change. We were specifically looking at the results of a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion, which showed that 39% of “White Evangelical Protestants” are climate change skeptics. For some of …

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Your climate science term of the day is “Positive feedback loop.” | From the Washington Post – “Scientists may have cracked the giant Siberian crater mystery — and the news isn’t good.”

Assuming the crater was indeed caused by the warming-related thawing of permafrost and the subsequent release of a large reservoir of methane, then this, folks, is what we call a “positive feedback loop.” And, no, “positive” doesn’t mean “good.” We might actually wish we could say that aliens had done it.Your climate science term of …

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Equity must be part of climate adaptation discussions

Interesting discussion about climate change shaping up between Rod Dreher and Noah Millman. Dreher is right that we need to attend to climate adaptation and that some climate activists don’t give adaptation much attention because it feels like giving up. He’s probably not right that it will be impossible to reach any meaningful agreement on …

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From Sallie McFague’s response to my essay, “The Macondoization of the World: Global Environmental Governance & Christian Ethics”

From Sallie McFague’s response to my essay, “The Macondoization of the World: Global Environmental Governance and Christian Ethics:” “Noah Toly’s fine essay is rich in its suggestions on how the religions might play a part in the crucial planetary crisis of climate change. While there are many avenues I could pursue in responding to it, …

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The Macondoization of the World: Global Environmental Governance and Christian Ethics

The Religion & Culture Web Forum (an online forum of the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion) has posted my essay, “The Macondoization of the World: Global Environmental Governance & Christian Ethics,” along with two very helpful responses by Roger Gottlieb and Willis Jenkins. See Gottlieb’s reply here. See …

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