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Differing sketches on energy ahead of World Environment Day

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The days leading up to United Nations World Environment Day have sketched energy contrasts across North America.

In the U.S., one state’s legislators successfully stalled clean energy initiatives; further south, a Caribbean island took a global spotlight as it moves toward generating a third of its energy from renewable, and primarily the sun.

Preview: Sisters' songs suspend Bluegrass Pipeline

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When developers announced that work on the Bluegrass Pipeline had been suspended, members of the Sisters of Loretto community in Marion County, Ky., saw it as a step forward. They believe their many prayers and protests played a part in the bringing about suspension. But the Loretto community has also been quick to point out that the pipeline's suspension is not a victory -- not, they say, as long as energy companies and their pipelines continue to destroy Earth elsewhere.

Francis: Caring for the earth a thank-you note to God

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Recycling an aluminum can. Planting new trees. Flipping off the light switch. All can act as thank-you notes to God.

So said Pope Francis, who delivered that message Wednesday during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square before more than 50,000 people.

“Custody of creation is custody of God’s gift to us and it is also a way of saying thank you to God. I am the master of creation but to carry it forward I will never destroy your gift,” he said.

Vatican: More help needed for those bearing brunt of climate change

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World leaders and policymakers need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change and direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said.

"As with most natural disasters, climate-related emergencies cause more suffering and personal loss on those who live in poverty," Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, told members of the World Health Assembly on Wednesday in Geneva.

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