The Pope

Someone leaked the Pope. His people are unimpressed. Other things also happened today (but not much actually).

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1) Theology: Pope calls for climate action (according to a leaked draft)

Pope Francis offers a broad vision of an endangered planet, partly blaming human activity and fossil fuels for climate change while calling for people of all religions to take swift action, according to a leaked draft of his environmental encyclical that was posted online Monday by an Italian magazine and reported everywhere (including, in this case, The New York Times).

In the draft Francis writes “Numerous scientific studies indicate that most of the global warming of the past decades is due to the concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and others), emitted especially because of human activities.”

He adds that the problem is compounded “by the development model based on the intensive use of fossil fuels that is at the core of the global energy model.”

2) UK Fracking: Council gives permission with drilling possible within a year

Shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources received a boost in its plan to start fracking in north west England on Monday when local government recommended that its application to drill up to four exploration wells should be granted.

The council approved plans for the company’s operation at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, though it again vetoed another application at Roseacre Wood on traffic grounds. The move means fracking could re-start in the UK within a year, reports The Independent’s Tom Bawden.

3) Arctic oil: Shell rig departs seattle surrounded by kayaks

The Guardian reports that Shell’s deep-water Arctic oil rig has left the port of Seattle en-route to Alaska’s Chukchi Sea where it will carry out exploratory drilling.

The news – greeted with protests from kayaking activists – comes as Canada’s environment ministry on Monday said it had approved an East Coast offshore drilling project led by Shell, saying the exploration project was “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

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