Category: Climate Change: The science, theology, and implications

A Moral and Spiritual Challenge May 23, 2007 The following statement, “Global Climate Change: A Moral and Spiritual Challenge,” was adopted by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) at their May 23, 2007 session at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY. The document conveys a theological understanding of the role […]

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The Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration A Quick Review of the Prophetic Voice of the Patriarchs and Hierarchs of the Church 1989-2019 SINCE THE 1980’S CONTINUING TO OUR PRESENT DAY, THE ORTHODOX CHURCH through its top hierarchs has repeatedly spoken about the seriousness of the problem of global climate change. In 1989 HAH Ecumenical Patriarch +Dimitrios prophetically addressed this issue […]

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Dec 3, 2020 In 1989 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch +Dimitrios declared that humanity’s abuse of the creation was leading the world into “apocalyptic self-destruction.” Since that time a stream of commentary has poured forth from across the spectrum of Orthodox churches on the critical importance of restoring humanity’s right relationship to God’s creation. Despite the […]

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Stewards of Creation We are all called to be sensitive to the greatest risk to the survival of our planet — namely, the dramatic changes in our climate and in our environment. Orthodox Christians understand the meaning of being stewards — oikonomoi — and we reach out to you, to work together with all the […]

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The Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration Scripture and Tradition teach that everything that lives and breathes is sacred and beautiful in the eyes of God. The whole world is a living sacrament of the face of God. The entire cosmos is a burning bush of God’s created and uncreated energies. And each person stands as […]

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https://www.globalchange.gov/browse/reports/climate-change-impacts-united-states-third-national-climate-asse ssment-0 The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the […]

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National Public Radio December 2, 2020 By Rebecca Hersher Climate change is making people sick and leading to premature death, according to a pair of influential reports on the connections between global warming and health. Scientists from the World Meteorological Organization released a preliminary report on the global climate which shows that the last decade was […]

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The Hill By David J. Hayes and Richard L. Revesz, October 23, 2020 According to prominent medical doctors, we are in the midst of “the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century.” But it’s not the one you think. The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is enormous and devastating. But the public health impacts […]

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September 2015 Weather and climate play a significant role in people’s health. Changes in climate affect the average weather conditions that we are accustomed to. Warmer average temperatures will lead to hotter days and more frequent and longer heat waves. This could increase the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths. Increases in the frequency or […]

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Excerpts from the Executive Summary of a 2011 report prepared by Dr. Lise Van Susteren, MD, with Dr. Kevin Coyle, JD Global warming in the coming years will foster public trauma, depression, violence, alienation, substance abuse, suicide, psychotic episodes, post-traumatic stress disorders and many other mental health-related conditions. THE EXTREME AND SOMETIMES VIOLENT weather of the […]

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The Lancet Dec 6th, 2020By Celia McMichael, Ilan Kelman and Shouro Dasgupta, and Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson Climate change is resulting in profound, immediate and worsening health impacts, and no country is immune, a major new report from more than 120 researchers has declared. This year’s annual report of The Lancet, “Countdown on Health and Climate Change,” […]

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Environment News Service (ENS)  July 10, 2010 WASHINGTON – Climate change is a serious health hazard that the United States must prepare for, according to government and university scientists from across the country. They advised Thursday that climate models show that global warming will increase air pollution and trigger more heat waves, floods and droughts, all […]

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Union of Concerned Scientists What the Science Tells Us about Extreme Heat Events Published Jul 31, 2018 Occasional heat waves have always been an aspect of summer weather in most of the United States. But as climate change makes heat waves more intense and more frequent, we need to be cognizant of the dangers and […]

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The University of Washington School of Public Health Wednesday, July 29, 2020 By Meredith Bailey By the end of the century, heat exposure may lead to approximately 110,000 premature deaths annually across the United States in a high climate-warming scenario, suggests a new study published in GeoHealth. Climate change is associated with many adverse effects […]

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The health effects of climate change March 20, 2017By Lise Van Susteren, MD “Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” – U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana vs. United States […]

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The full lineup of disruptions to the world’s biological, agricultural and ecological systems reads like a murderer’s row of assaults on society’s ability to thrive and survive. The following list of consequences of climate change to the world’s health and welfare are only those which are presently obvious. Many surprises still remain hidden in the […]

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U.S. Global Change Research Program Volume I presents an assessment of the physical science underlying this report: Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. (The National Climate Assessment […]

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“The state of the planet is broken. Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.” This is how United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres began a Wednesday address at Columbia University, in which he reflected on the past 11 months of extreme weather and challenged world leaders to use the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to construct a better world free from destructive greenhouse gas emissions.

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