Tag Archives: Climate change

Science and Faith to battle climate change

A summary of a recent Catholic event on climate change. David Titley spoke on the science part of climate change and climate action.


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Photo: Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, the leader of the local diocese, speaks at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Norfolk, Virginia, Aug. 25, 2015. Bishop Dilorenzo was at the church to head up a panel discussion about climate change.The focus includes Pope Francis’ recent encyclical telling Catholics they have moral responsibility to address climate change. L. Todd Spencer | The Virginian-Pilot (L. Todd Spencer | The Virginian-Pilot)

Is the science behind climate change being ignored?

A summary of David Titley’s talk on Friday July 24, 2015 at the Citizen’s Climate Education event held in Hudson, NY.


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Photo: Rear Admiral David Titley tours the USS Slater in Albany, N.Y. April 26, 2012, as part of the United States Navy’s 50/50 Program, an outreach effort that features 50 senior Navy leaders in 50 U.S. cities. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union archive)

Navy ship.

Toll and Titley: The threat in Hampton Roads (Op-Ed)

Rising seas, extreme storm surge and recurrent floods threaten the Hampton Roads region. In fact, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hampton Roads is the area most threatened by rising seas on the East Coast.

It’s not just an environmental issue. It’s an issue that costs money, depletes resources and impacts residents and visitors alike.

It’s also an issue that threatens national security.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Defense released a new sustainability strategy – the 2014 Sustainability Performance Plan – which highlighted Hampton Roads as a community bearing the brunt of early impacts of climate change.


Read the full story on HamptonRoads.com here: http://hamptonroads.com/2014/11/toll-and-titley-threat-hampton-roads

Does Our Military Know Something We Don’t About Global Warming?

Every branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s perspective is significant in how it views climate effects on emerging military conflicts.

China will be our biggest military and political problem by the middle of this century. It would be nice to understand what issues will exacerbate our struggles.

General Gordon Sullivan put the issue of uncertainty where it should be:“People are saying they want to be perfectly convinced about climate science projections…But speaking as a soldier, we never have 100 percent certainty. If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something bad is going to happen on the battlefield.”

And as Rear Admiral David Titley, former Oceanographer of the Navy, stated in a 2013 testimony to Congress, “I tell people, this is cutting-edge 19th-Century science that we’re now refining.”

Read the full article on Forbes.com: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/11/14/does-our-military-know-something-we-dont-about-global-warming/

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Connecting the dots: Extreme climate change, conflict

What does melting sea ice in the Arctic have to do with the barbarism of the Islamic State?

The answer is scary: Rising sea levels eventually will overrun some Pacific island nations and will turn many low-lying villages around the globe into ghost towns. Where will the uprooted inhabitants go?

Read the whole article at: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/columnists/dick-hughes/2014/11/22/connecting-dots-extreme-climate-change-conflict/19418355/

David Titley gives talk

David Titley talk warns of climate change conflicts

Before beginning a climate change talk to a sold-out Salem City Club crowd on Friday, Dr. David Titley gave the audience a warning about his speech: “There’s not going to be a whole lot of polar bears.”

Not that Titley has a problem with polar bears. But, as he told about 120 people in the Willamette Heritage Center, he thinks too much talk about climate change prioritizes pretty polar bears over another pained populace: people.

Read the full article at The Statesman Journal here: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2014/11/21/david-titley-talk-warns-climate-change-conflicts/19369053/

Villanova panel speaks on climate change.

Human and economic impact of climate change studied at Villanova

Close to 40 people gathered at Villanova University Tuesday night, Nov. 11, for the “Faith and Environment Panel: Empowering the Care of Creation” in which three speakers discussed climate change in relation to faith, national security and poverty.

Click here to read the full article: http://catholicphilly.com/2014/11/news/local-news/human-and-economic-impact-of-climate-change-studied-at-villanova/

Event: “Catholics and Climate Change: Faith, Security and Health Perspectives”

Click here to download event flyer. (PDF – available in alternate media upon request)

As climate change fuels extreme heat, drought, increasing asthma rates and other impacts that harm the human family—particularly the poorest and most vulnerable members—the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has supported a national carbon pollution standard.

In light of this advocacy, the Catholic Climate Covenant and Marymount University are co-sponsoring a free and public panel to discuss the scientific, national security, public health and policy aspects of climate change from a Catholic perspective.

WHAT: Catholics and Climate Change: Faith, Security and Health Perspectives
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm EST
WHERE: Marymount University, Reinsch Library Auditorium
2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207-4299