Without people, who would appreciate trees?

Sheila Liaugminas | 04 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: environment, Pope Benedict XVI
Well, that’s not exactly how he said it. But Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Day of Peace this year must have certainly grabbed the attention of the most ardent ecologist, environmentalists and naturalists.

Media pollution

Sheila Liaugminas | 14 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: environment, human ecology, Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict asked the Copenhagen summit on climate change to consider another way the air gets dirtied, and we’re all familiar with it.

The originality of Thomas Berry, environmentalist

Marie I. George | 09 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: environment, theology, Thomas Berry
A posthumous acquaintance with the work of an eco-theologian leaves this writer roundly disappointed.

Here’s to happy life years

Carolyn Moynihan | 31 October 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: environment, family values, happiness
Why are Costa Ricans so happy and the world’s women so glum?

Cleanliness is next to…virtue

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: environment, virtue
You might have heard of the odour of sanctity; today’s equivalent is “The Smell of Virtue” -- the title of a study by some management professors into the effects of a clean-smelling environment on behaviour.

‘To till it and to keep it’

Benedict XVI | 23 September 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Benedict XVI, environment, global warming
Participants in today’s climate change summit at the United Nations would do well to read Pope Benedict’s guidance on this topic.

Clear the air: eliminate people

Sheila Liaugminas | 13 September 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: environment, population
Last one to go turns off the lights. But then, they’re already in the dark. 

Contraception is not the way to fight global warming

William West | 11 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: environment, family planning, population control
Population researchers have rejected research suggesting population control should be used to fight global warming.

Beyond the culture of dependency in Africa

Wangari Maathai | 27 May 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa, environment, Wangari Maathai
The experience of poor farmers in Kenya is a lesson in the need for an ethical revolution against corruption, says the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

Voluntary extinction—what a good idea!

Michael Cook | 20 April 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: environment
Before we turn to more optimistic topics, let's take a look at the website of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT), whose creed is "Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth's biosphere to return to good health." Are they serious? Not serious, exactly, but "vehement": "Returning Earth to its natural splendor and ending needless suffering of humanity are happy thoughts -- no sense moping around in gloom and doom."

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