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Massachusetts bishops issue statement on climate change

September 18, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: “With this immense threat, we may feel inclined to despair, but we are people of faith,” the state’s bishops said in their statement. “Action is needed at all levels of government to encourage replacement of fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy while ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are protected from harm during this transition.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 18, 2019 9:02 AM ET USA

    Renewable energy sources alone are not sufficient to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations (primarily CO2) in the near term (i.e., the next 50 years). What is necessary is a multifaceted approach which includes: reforestation of tropical regions, new forestation of boreal and austral regions, and expanded research on and implementation of a variety of carbon-capture technologies. Allow me, as an atmospheric scientist, to recommend a highly readable 2018 book: "Carbon Capture," by Howard Herzog.