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Climate Change and Humanity's Unhealthy Future

Climate Change and EnergyTimothy WhitehouseComment

Humanity's unhealthy future: That's the title of a recent editorial in the Baltimore Sun on the human costs of climate change. Commenting on the recent papal encyclical and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate, The Baltimore Sun concluded, "Survival requires that humanity turn away from its bad habits — especially from pumping more greenhouse gases into the air — and act in its own long-term interests."

With strong statements from the pope and the medical community on climate change, are we finally seeing a movement grounded " ...in science and appealing to our faith and our humanity for justice and mercy"? Let's hope so. It appears the climate is changing more rapidly than most scientists predicted.