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POLICY: GE crops and climate change (3): the Vatican



                                 PART I
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TITLE:  Vatican closes climate conference, some panelists consider warming
        beneficial
SOURCE: Beliefnet, USA
AUTHOR: The Associated Press
URL:    http://www.beliefnet.com/story/217/story_21728_1.html
DATE:   28.04.2007
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"Not all the scientific world is crying disaster," Cardinal Renato Martino,
who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio
at the start of the two-day conference he hosted. [...] There was no word
on whether any official Vatican document would emerge from the closed-door
debate. Four years ago, Martino hosted a similar conference on genetically
modified foods - which he supports - and the Vatican has yet to issue any
document on that similarly charged topic.
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Vatican closes climate conference, some panelists consider warming beneficial

Vatican City - Vatican officials closed a conference on climate change
Friday that heard from scientists, ministers and religious leaders about
the negative - and sometimes positive - impacts of climate change.

"Not all the scientific world is crying disaster," Cardinal Renato
Martino, who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told
Vatican Radio at the start of the two-day conference he hosted.

"There are a good number of scientists who consistently don't view these
climactic changes in a negative light, and in fact say that these
phenomena recur over the course of years and eras and sometimes they can
have favorable results for agriculture and development."

He stressed that the Vatican had to look at the issue with precaution,
however, in light of the Roman Catholic Church's social doctrine which
says that while man dominates God's creation, he is also its custodian.

That said, some of the invited panelists were of the view that a warming
planet is not all bad.

Among them was Craig Idso, chairman of the Center for the Study of
Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. The organization publishes the weekly
online newsletter CO2 Science, which often reports on what it says are
the benefits of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Other invited guests disputed any benefits, saying the increase in
global temperatures was dangerous to the Earth and its most vulnerable people.

"Rising temperatures will see entire regions experience major declines
in crop yields, up to one third in Africa, with rising numbers of people
at risk from hunger," Britain's environment minister, David Miliband,
said in an extract of his speech to the conference that was published in
the British Catholic weekly The Tablet.

"Whole eco-systems from coral reefs to rain forests face collapse and
many species will face extinction," he wrote.

There was no word on whether any official Vatican document would emerge
from the closed-door debate. Four years ago, Martino hosted a similar
conference on genetically modified foods - which he supports - and the
Vatican has yet to issue any document on that similarly charged topic.

Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to the conference at its start, saying
he hoped that the initiative would contribute to "encouraging research
and the promotion of lifestyles and production and consumption models
that respect creation and the real needs of sustainable progress for people."

Benedict spoke out about the need to care for the environment on Sept.
1, when the Italian Catholic Church celebrated its first Earth Day. In
that message, he lamented the deterioration of the planet that had made
the lives of the poor "especially unbearable."

Other Christian leaders share the view. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
I, the spiritual leader of the world's 200 million Orthodox, is known as
"the Green Patriarch" for his environmental trips to focus attention on
the state of the world's seas and rivers.


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                                 PART II
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TITLE:  Scientists and Cardinal at Vatican conference dismantle global
warming paganism, population reduction
SOURCE: Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee, USA
AUTHOR: 
URL:    http://www.larouchepac.com/pages/breaking_news/2007/04/28/
vatican_conference.shtml
DATE:   28.04.2007
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Scientists and Cardinal at Vatican conference dismantle global warming
paganism, population reduction

April 28 (EIRNS) - International scientists and religious leaders
confronted promoters of Global Warming theories in a two-days conference
in the Vatican, concluding that there is no evidence of man-induced
climate change and that urgent priority for humanity is the development
of the third world.

As reported by Zenit news agency, Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the
Pontifical Council Justitia et Pax, the event organizer, chaired the
meeting, focusing on the new paganism and on depopulation policies
hidden behind climate hysteria . In the concluding speech at the
conference, Cardinal Martino said that "Man has an undisputable
superiority within Creation and, in virtue of his being a person endowed
with an immortal soul, cannot be equal to other living beings, nor
considered a disturbing element to the naturalistic ecological
balance.... The Social Doctrine of the Church," Martino said, "must deal
with many current forms of idolatry of nature, which loose sight of Man.
Such ecologies often emerge in the debate on demographic issue and the
relationship among population, environment and development".

Martino recounted how at the 1994 Cairo World Population Conference,
where he led the Vatican delegation, already he had to "oppose, together
with many third world countries, the idea according to which population
increase in the next decades would be such as to collapse natural
balances and prevent the development of the planet." Such views have
been defeated, Martino said, but "in the meantime, those same ones who
pushed such views have promoted, as a means to prevent the supposed
environmental catastrophe, all but natural instruments, such as the use
of abortion and mass sterilization in high-birth rate poor countries".

"The Church", Martino concluded, "is confident in Man and in his ever
new capacity of finding solutions to problems posed to him by history.
Such capacities allow him to often reject the ever recurring, gloomy and
unprobable catastrophic predictions".

During the debate, such catastrophic predictions pushed by, among
others, British environment minister David Milliband, have been rejected
by world-renowned scientists, who exposed the incompetence of both
Milliband and the IPCC methodologies. Among these, Italian scientist
Antonino Zichici, US scientist Craig Idso and Italian energy expert
Claudio Rafanelli.

Craig Idso, in an interview with the daily Avvenire, explained that CO2,
far from being a pollution agent, is a resource for development. "All
this hysteria on anthropogenic causes of global warming has persuaded
the collective imagination that CO2 is a polluter, or a synonym of
pollution. This is simply absurd: our very life on earth depends on CO2,
and it is thanks to CO2, combined with water, that plants grow.
Therefore, an increase of CO2 is beneficial if we think of vegetation,
or to the possibility of increasing agricultural productivity".

In a clear reference to Al Gore's role, Antonino Zichichi, chairman of
the World Federation of Scientists, slammed the fact that "the [climate]
discussion has not been conducted among scientists, but has been used in
such a way that public opinion has the feeling that we are able to
explain the climate of the past, the present and the future. Nothing is
further away from the truth".

Condensing the spirit of the debate, Justitia et Pax secretary Msgr.
Giampaolo Crepaldi said that the Church sees as its main concern "the
development of poor countries," and therefore global warming cannot
become a pretext to prevent third world development.


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