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Dan Misleh

With Lima Accord reached, climate attention turns toward 2015

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Negotiators from nearly 200 countries struck a deal early Sunday morning in Lima, Peru, marking the first time that nations, large and small, developed and developing, agreed that each will make pledges aimed at cutting global greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement, known as the Lima Accord, concluded two days after the scheduled end of the two-week (Dec. 1-12) negotiations, held among delegates representing 196 countries at the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, formally known as the 20th Conference of the Parties.

Climate education, advocacy efforts abound in Ohio

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Ten years ago Marianist Sr. Leanne Jablonski experienced a “face to face” epiphany about the realities of climate change. She was teaching at Chaminade University of Honolulu, one of her religious community’s schools.

“We already knew the ice was melting,” recalled Jablonski, who holds a doctorate in global climate change and plant physiological ecology from McGill University in Montreal.

Solar program to power up Stockton, Calif., diocese

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Collection baskets, fish fries and charity auctions are common ways Catholics financially support their parishes. In Stockton, Calif., they can now add solar power to the list.

On Saturday, the Stockton diocese officially launched a new project aimed at spreading solar energy in the community, while at the same time reducing electricity bills and raising funds for the local church.

Vatican hosts five-day sustainability summit

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A Vatican conference kicking off Friday has brought together academics and experts from across the globe to address sustainability issues related to both people and the planet.

The conference -- “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature, Our Responsibility” -- is a joint venture of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. It runs through the weekend and concludes Tuesday.

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