Editorial: Climate change is church’s No. 1 pro-life issue

“The problem is enormous, but so is the opportunity for the church to use its resources, its access to some of the best experts in its academies and the attention of those in its parochial structures to begin to educate. This is a human life issue of enormous proportions, and one in which the young should be fully engaged.” [National Catholic Reporter]

Pope Francis: ‘We Are Custodians of Creation’

“Echoing conclusions reached at the recent Vatican meeting of scientists, theologians and others on sustainable development, he spoke yesterday about the human responsibility for “wise stewardship” of the environment, both for our own sake (“If we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us!”) and out of a broader sense of what is right.” [The New York Times]

A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change

“This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced. My guess is people will come by the tens of thousands, and it will be the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change.” [Rolling Stone]

On World Fish Migration Day, Recalling When America’s Rivers Ran Silver

“The great seasonal movements of fish…are one of the essential elements of many aquatic ecosystems. A spectacular example is the migrations between rivers and the sea by the so-called anadromous species such as salmon, shad, river herring and sturgeon. Local community events are being held today at 250 international locations to celebrate the importance of these movements and to highlight the need to protect and restore them with the first ever “World Fish Migration Day.” [The New York Times]

Tiny beads polluting N.Y. waters

“Researchers from the State University of New York at Fredonia have conducted sampling in the Great Lakes and found alarmingly high concentrations of microbeads, with the highest concentrations in the New York waters of Lake Erie. And like all plastics, they can persist in the environment for centuries.” [Commentary by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in the Albany Times Union]

A Celebration of Water Resources

“675 students (grades 2-12) from New York City and Watershed communities were honored for creating more than 580 original pieces of artwork and poetry that reflect an appreciation for New York’s water resources.” [NYC Department of Environmental Protection “Weekly Pipeline”]

A Pushback on Green Power

“As renewable energy production has surged in recent years, opponents of government policies that have helped spur its growth have pushed to roll back those incentives and mandates in state after state.” [The New York Times]

Crude oil terminal owners called to show pollution cleanup funding

“A state lawmaker from Albany is proposing that oil storage terminals that handle Bakken crude oil or tar sands oil — like the two terminals at the Port of Albany — be required to put up financial guarantees to cover the multimillion-dollar costs of dealing with spills, fires or explosions.” [Albany Times Union]

Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth

“Next month, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) will publish a new estimate of US shale deposits set to deal a death-blow to industry hype about a new golden era of US energy independence by fracking unconventional oil and gas.” [The Guardian]