Pope Francis’s Speeches Contain Blessings for the Poor

Pope Francis at U.S. Congress

Pope Francis’s speech to the Congress yesterday emphasized the need to work together, to take care of the poor, and the moral imperative of climate change. His text contains much in the way of moral allusions and transcendent perspective and spoken with a heavily accented English was difficult to understand at times. In fact, his speech is so unusual in […]

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5 Lessons Learned at 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference

2015 Soil Not Oil in Richmond, CA

The Soil Not Oil Conference took place on September 4th & 5th (Friday & Saturday) at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center in Richmond, CA. The conference’s theme is one of progressive adaptation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s designation of 2015 as the International Year of Soil. While the FAO hopes to raise awareness among civil society […]

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Rough: the biggest Sierra Foothills fire in 2015

Dust, ash, and smoke linger in Valley

The Rough Fire is the biggest fire this summer in California. The fire, grown to over 140,000 acres, is less than 40 miles east of Fresno and runs north along highway 180 inside the Kings Canyon National Park. Reported size of the fire varies according to the amount of the burnt ground, but estimates range from 50,000 to 80,000 acres. […]

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