Over Easy: Around the World
Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.
A continuing emphasis on the role of mankind in creating climate change has been undeterred by criticism of the Vatican for insistence on the factual and provable nature of our contamination.
The Vatican Science Academy has challenged politicians to end their “infatuation” with a form of economic growth that is ruining the Earth.
The academy said that nations were measuring their wealth by GDP (Gross Domestic Product), taking no account of the harm caused by business practises.
It urged countries to act as stewards of God’s creation.
The statements are likely to influence the Pope’s coming Encyclical on climate change.
An Cambridge Economics professor, Partha Dasgupta, told the academy’s climate conference in St Peter’s Basilica: “GDP is a disgraceful index because it does not count depreciation of our assets – including damage to Mother Nature, the most fundamental asset we have.”
Cardinal Peter Turkson, who helped write the coming Encyclical – an official statement – said: “For humans to degrade the integrity of the Earth by constant changes in its climate; by stripping its natural forests; to contaminate Earth’s water, land and air with poisonous substances – all of these are sins.
“There is an all-embracing imperative to protect our garden, our hope. We must move away from our unthinking infatuation with GDP.”
A Marshall Island flagged commercial ship has been taken in custody and brought to port on the southern coast of Iran, being followed closely by international shipping concerns.
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed to Reuters that Iranian forces had boarded a Marshall Island-flagged vessel, the MV Maersk Tigris, in the Gulf.
The Pentagon spokesman said the incident occurred when the Maersk Tigris was passing through the Strait of Hormuz. A U.S. government official said the ship was intercepted by the Naval force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) at 0905 GMT.
U.S. planes and a destroyer were monitoring the situation after the vessel, the MV Maersk Tigris, made a distress call in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most important oil shipping channels.
Iran has in the past sometimes threatened to block the strait to advance its opposition to sanctions imposed over its nuclear program.