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The Green Pontiff urges Climate Change initiatives

On Thursday, June 17, 2015, Pope Francis called for action on climate change in his encyclical on the environment. The 182 page “Laudato Si,” or “Be Praised”  is the first encyclical emanating from the Vatican that is dedicated to climate change.  Pope Francis pressed the religious community to work for an “ecological conversion” for the

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Eco-Tourism? Or Final Pilgrimages?

In the June, 2015 issue of Traveler magazine, a beautifully written article by Kevin West reveals a growing trend in travelogues. His article, “Getting Warmer,” is about his trip to a remote coast of Greenland to see what he calls the “awe-inspiring beauty” of impressive icebergs. For the reader, it’s a voyage that entices exploration

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UPDATE: NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory

On January 31, 2015, NASA launched SMAP, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, to gather data for the next three years about the Earth’s water and soil moisture conditions.  Last week NASA announced that the SMAP “commission phase” is over and the data that was recorded is now being studied.  SMAP’s first global view

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