20 Powerful Quotes By Pope Francis On Climate Change And The Environment

Pope Francis Climate Change Quotes

Pope Francis meets with the crowd this week in Saint Peters Square. Source: Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse

This Thursday Pope Francis released his much-anticipated (or dreaded, pending your politics) papal encyclical, which took on the topics of climate change, consumerism and environmental degradation through a moral lens.

In the 184-page document, he calls for what the New York Times describes as “a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles,” and one that pays particular attention to advancing the needs of the poor.

This is not a new cause for Pope Francis; the Pope has made a social-justice oriented approach to climate change mitigation a key component of his faith and papacy for years. You can read the encyclical, “Laudato Si,” here. If you don’t have the time to pore over papal documents, we’ve extracted some of the Pope’s most powerful quotes on climate change and the environment below–some from the encyclical, some not–for your reading pleasure:

Of course, Francis’ impassioned, unapologetic stance on human-induced climate change has brought forth a number of critics. Some Roman Catholics, according to the Times report, have interpreted the document as an attack on capitalism and as unwanted political meddling at a moment when climate change is high on the global agenda. Others suggest that existing systems have helped many become wealthy and thus healthy and prosperous, and that the Pope’s calling for a move away from intensified production and thus technological innovation will not do much to help developing countries become “less poor.” Still others are concerned about the relationship between Church doctrine and state policy.

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The Super Cold (And Awesome) Clouds Of Saturn

Clouds Of Saturn

In the early 1980s, a Voyager mission discovered a curious hexagon on Saturn’s north pole. Incredibly enough, just one side of the hexagon is 8,600 miles long, or more than Earth’s diameter. The jury is still out as to why such a shape appears on the planet, but most astronomers believe it is due to a standing-wave pattern within Saturn’s atmosphere.

It was also Voyager that discovered Saturn’s finer clouds patterns. In the upper cloud layers, temperatures are around 100-160 Kelvin, or really, really cold.

For more fascinating space finds, check out these space facts and the most astonishing nebulae photography!

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Sun Rays Field Fog

Sunrise over the small mountain hamlet of Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia. Source: Twisted Sifter

Dazzling Aerial Photography From Around The World

Aerial Elephants Grass

Elephants in Botswana’s Okavango flood plain. Source: Twisted Sifter

The view from on high can be at once elegant and cluttered, clarifying and overwhelming. But, most often, the view from above is absolutely gorgeous. The annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, ending June 30, attracts reams of striking images taken from vantage points you and I will probably never occupy. Perhaps chief among those images–both in terms of beauty and uniqueness–are those taken from the sky. Yes, you and I may never hover above the plains of Africa or the mountains of Indonesia, but the arresting photographs at Twisted Sifter come quite close to bringing us there.

Great Barrier Reef Aerial

The Great Barrier Reef near Hamilton Island. Source: Twisted Sifter

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Impressive Robot Learns To Limp On A Broken Leg

French researchers design a robot that can re-learn how to walk on a broken limb.

Okay, the study of robotics is starting to really take off– researchers at the French Institute For Computer Science have recently designed a robot that is able to diagnose and compensate for its own injuries. Most mobile robots, when faced with a broken leg, will helplessly plod around in circles, unable to continue. These robots are different– they re-learn how to walk with their new limitations.

Source: Nature

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