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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Encyclical coincides with news: May was hottest on record

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Encyclical coincides with news: May was hottest on record

(AP) – As Pope Francis issued his warning on global warming, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures showing that last month was the hottest May in 136 years of global records. And the first five months of 2015 were by far the hottest year so far on record, on pace to beat […]

Encyclical coincides with news: May was hottest on record

(AP) – As Pope Francis issued his warning on global warming, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures showing that last month was the hottest May in 136 years of global records.

And the first five months of 2015 were by far the hottest year so far on record, on pace to beat last year’s record.

“It was the warmest May on record, about a degree and a half warmer than the 20th-century average,” said Deke Arndt, head of climate monitoring for NOAA. It was unusually hot all over the world, including 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average in Alaska.

May also saw a heat wave that killed at least 2,200 people in India. It is the fifth deadliest heat wave in recent records, according to the International Disaster Database.

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4:45 p.m. (1445 GMT, 10:45 a.m. EDT)

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says Pope Francis’ encyclical is a call for global and national action to protect the environment and for a moral analysis of economic policy.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, says “it’s marching orders for advocacy – and I think the bishops … and others have done that for many years.”

Noting the U.S. bishops’ lobbying on environmental protection, and the pastoral statements they’ve issued, one of which the pope quoted in the encyclical, he said “it really brings about a new urgency for us.”

Ahead of the encyclical’s release, some politically conservative Catholics, including Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, said they would not follow the pope’s teachings in the document, which is one of the most authoritative ways a pontiff can speak to the faithful.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, says the encyclical wasn’t a directive from Francis to people in politics or business that “you must do this.”

Wuerl says, “That doesn’t appear in the document. He is saying, `Here is the moral frame of reference. I would like that everyone would work together on this so we individually can get together and say what could we do?”

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