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Nobel laureate, in Vatican newspaper, calls for major efforts to address climate change

October 30, 2013

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, a Mexican scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995 called upon the international community to devote “1% or perhaps 2% of global GDP” to addressing climate change.

“97% of scientific experts have demonstrated agreement that there is climate change and that this is caused by the activities of man,” said Mario J. Molina, who won the Nobel Prize for his research related to the ozone layer.

A refusal to address climate change, he added, risks “very serious damage” to the economy, particularly in poorer nations, and a “20 to 30% chance” of a rise in average temperatures of 5 to 6 degrees Celsius – a scenario he compared to “Russian roulette.”


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  • Posted by: impossible - Oct. 31, 2013 11:03 PM ET USA

    Perhaps he should have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Junk Science.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Oct. 31, 2013 10:12 AM ET USA

    I support anthropogenic global warning, and I embrace every teaching of the Church. And as it should be I am opposed to any corrective measure that goes against the moral teachings of the Church. If you disagree with me from a scientific viewpoint, just do what has been done for centuries: write a paper and send it to a peer reviewed journal.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 30, 2013 9:32 PM ET USA

    Interesting. I have not seen any real evidence supporting the projected 5-6 degree C temperature increase. Nor do I see evidence of current rise in temperature, which appears to be stabilizing. The Vatican is swallowing conjecture and treating it as fine food.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 30, 2013 7:06 PM ET USA

    Here we go again with the blame on humans for any global warming which is now known that temps have not risen for the last 15 years. The arrogance of man that we will be able to control the weather for the earth. It has more to do with the sun and the angle of the earth than any humans. This is nothing more than a redistribution scheme. Who is to collect this 1 or 2% of global GDP and where does it go? What a way to slip into a one world government.

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 30, 2013 11:22 AM ET USA

    I do not know where he is getting his "97% agree" figure. Unless he is not counting those who have been extorted, mocked into silence or drummed out by the monied interests behind the global warming scam. I have yet to meet a supporter of anthropogenic global warming who embraced Catholic teachings on life issues. Church publications should not give anti-Catholics a platform to spout their lies unchallenged.