Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/3/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Shifts in ocean currents and massive methane release are distant threats.

Climate scientists are warning that the discussion must now move from if climate change is happening and if humans are the cause, to actually adapting and preparing for the impacts of said change. A report from the National Research Council suggests the time is now to make changes.

The loss of sea ice was cited as an immediate threat, but how does that threaten humanity?

The loss of sea ice was cited as an immediate threat, but how does that threaten humanity?


By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

12/3/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: global warming, climate change, ice caps, temprature, pollution, scientists, consensus, flooding, methane, abrupt, extinction

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The report from the National Research Council affirms that climate change is real and that humans are the driving cause, citing rapid sea ice loss over the past decade and increased extinction pressure on plants and animals as evidence.

The Council is an advisory board that will help policymakers in Washington to craft plans to actually deal with the challenge at hand.

The report pointed out that some threats were immediate, others were likely to be near-term, but other, more popularly cited threats were also concluded to be fairly long-term, and unworthy of immediate concern.

Those long term threats that we can go to sleep without worrying much about include shifting of ocean currents and the mass-release of methane trapped in the Arctic tundra.

This doesn't mean we can be complacent about the whole thing, however. The report indicates that these are threats, they're just not threats most of us will live to grapple with.

In the meantime, the extinction of species and the swift decline of sea ice, which can impact the climate, were more significant concerns.

In the United States, perhaps more than in other places, debate seems to concentrate on whether or not climate change is happening at all. The consensus view, even among skeptics, is that it is happening. At the same time, Americans are obsessed with the blame. Is it nature, or humans?

Scientists have repeatedly pointed out that the current pace of climate change is more rapid than other climate shifts in the historical record. The key factor between now and prehistoric climate shifts seems to be human activity.

Every climate shift results in the extinction of some organisms while most organisms adapt, but the present day shift in climate appears to be so rapid that species may not be able to adapt-a process which can take hundreds to thousands of years in small animals, longer for larger creatures.

Species are becoming extinct at an alarming rate as human population grows. Can we do anything to be

Species are becoming extinct at an alarming rate as human population grows. Can we do anything to be better stewards of creation?

Despite the likely extinction of several species and shifts in climate, which will result in some places becoming drier and other wetter, the overall net impact to humans may actually be negligible, at least in the short term. t is unlikely that global climate change in itself could cause the demise of humanity, however it could significantly upset the status quo in important ways. For example, the loss of water or farmland in one region could spark resource wars which especially in the modern age have the potential to overflow borders.

By identifying the immediate threats, the current report can be used to guide effective policy implementation at the national level. Whether or not that happens depends mostly on the national conversation, and if we can get away from discussing blame to discussing adaptation.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Green

Hurricane Joaquin heads to NE America Watch

Image of Overhead view of Hurricane Joaquin (NASA).

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The National Hurricane Center reported hurricane Joaquin intensified Thursday afternoon to a Category 4, which means the wind speed ranges between 131 and 155 mph. Joaquin had maximum sustained winds at 130 mph. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - CNN reported ... continue reading

JUST IN CASE: Scientists plan to save world from giant asteroid - as in 'Armageddon' movie Watch

Image of Both the NASA and the European Space Agency plan to implant the device into the 52-foot Didymoon. The experiment will test the principle that a much larger asteroid threatening the Earth could be deflected.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They're not saying it's going to happen -but just in case, scientists are planning a space mission to nudge an asteroid out of its orbit. You know, like in that 1998 Bruce Willis movie Armageddon. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The joint European-U.S. effort, ... continue reading

Mars revelations may reveal God's personality according to Vatican astronomer Watch

Image of Architectural Digest's winning design for a 3-D-printed habitat on Mars.


An exciting discovery found on the surface of Mars revealed details about the planet which gives people a better understanding of God's personality, Vatican astronomer Brother Consolmagno reported.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - NASA scientists confirmed ... continue reading

Climate Talk: Al Gore spreads the environmental gospel Watch

Image of Al Gore leads environmental training prior to Paris climate change talks.


Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore trained an army of organizers and encouraged them to promote and spread the environmental gospel prior to climate talks that will occur in Paris later this year. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The climate talks are due to commence ... continue reading

Remarkable neon-glowing sea turtle discovered Watch

Image of Hawksbill sea turtles glow neon ( via David Gruber).

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While researching biofluorescence in small sharks and coral reefs, an unexpected glowing creature passed a team of scientists who identified the fluorescent creature as a sea turtle species. After testing others, they determined hawksbill sea turtles have attained the ... continue reading

Strange Stonehenge-styled rocks found on surface of Mars Watch

Image of


Alien experts and hunters usually look for -and find- the most bizarre images beamed back from the surface of Mars, which includes coffins, pyramids, crabs and even floating spoons. New images of Mars have excited alien enthusiasts with what appears to be an alien ... continue reading

Very rare simultaneous supermoon and eclipse expected to hit the sky this weekend Watch

Image of Lunar eclipse and blood moon from 2011 ( David Paleino).


A supermoon lunar eclipse is expected this weekend, exciting some people but bothering those who believe it signifies the nearing end of times as cited by some religions. Regardless of the contrasting responses, NASA and a professional photographer have some reminders ... continue reading

Massive 100,000-year-long meteor shower could be responsible for Earth's shape Watch

Image of Meteor shower lasing 100,000 years could have helped form the Earth's crust (CORBIS).


Earth has higher levels of magnesium and lower levels of silicon today than it does in deposits of its formative materials, leading French scientists to question "why?" MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Mail, a recent theory was made after ... continue reading

Love Birds: Research finds birds really do fall in love Watch

Image of


There are more characteristics birds have that are similar with humans. In a recent study created by a team of researchers in Germany, it was discovered that "lovebirds" isn't just a name of a specific kind of bird, but that birds really do fall in love. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading

Terrifying superfish caught off coast of Japanese nuclear power plant Watch

Image of Hirasaka Hiroshi poses with the monstrous Wolfish (Hiroshi Hirasaka/Twitter).


The Daily Mail reports the discovery of a terrifyingly large fish that was caught in waters near Japan's Fukushima plant.  MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Speculated to be an unusually big wolfish, Japanese fisherman Hirasaka Hiroshi proudly posed ... continue reading

All Green News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 3:1-10
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to Jonah a second ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 130:1-2, 3-4, 7-8
1 [Song of Ascents] From the depths I call to you, ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:38-42
38 In the course of their journey he came to a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 6th, 2015 Image

St. Bruno
October 6: Bruno was born in Cologne of the prominent Hartenfaust family. ... Read More