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The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. The USCCB is focusing on particular parts of the climate change issue. Our efforts promote prudent action to address the growing impact of global climate change and pursue the common good in a very polarized debate. The bishops' primary concern is to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of climate legislation. Poor people cannot be made to bear an undue burden of the impacts of climate change or the global adjustments needed to address it.

People living in poverty--both at home and abroad--contribute least to climate change but they are likely to suffer its worst consequences with few resources to adapt and respond. The impacts of climate change--including increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts--are making the lives of the world's poorest even more precarious. Urgent action that both addresses the growing impact of climate change and acts to protect the poor and vulnerable is needed.


--British oil firm BP announced that it expected to make an additional, unexpectedly high payout of $1.7 billion in the fourth quarter for claims related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010, the worst oil spill in American history.

--The E.U. pledged to make every piece of plastic packaging found in member states reusable or recyclable by 2030 as part of its first Europe-wide strategy to combat plastic waste.

30K--Total square miles in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, all of which would be opened to oil and gas exploration under Trump's proposed policies (Glyn Peterson)

--SYRIA INTENDS TO SIGN PARIS PACT--Syria is planning on signing the Paris climate-change accord, an official from the war-ravaged country announced at a global climate meeting in Germany. The move would leave the U.S. as the sole U.N. member state outside the agreement.

3.95 billion--Age of a rock containing organic material found in Canada's Labrador region, thought to be some of the earliest known life on Earth, according to new research published in the journal "Nature."

--Seven in 10 Americans--including almost half of self-identified Trump voters--favored our staying in the Paris climate agreement, according to a Yale poll.