Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical has been widely praised for supporting the science on climate change. But as Johan Rockström, who’s been involved in high level discussions between scientists and the Vatican explains, the story of how the Pope has integrated science and religion represents a profound shift in world view.


Johan Rockström’s theory of climate boundaries has proven so influential it’s been adopted by the Vatican. Writer John Carey digs into the theory — and why Rockström says his isn’t, actually, a doomsday message.

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.” Climate week is over, but climate change rolls on. What does global weirding mean for the global South? 3 ideas behind the news.

Cowboy at Paniolo Heritage Rodeo-Saturday, Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

So much has disappeared from the islands of my childhood. Will the paniolo be next?


In Africa, ebola has already killed hundreds and sickened more than a thousand people so far this year — and the pandemic continues to spread into new countries. When did the current outbreak begin? Why can’t it be stopped? How much should you freak out? 3 ideas behind the week’s headlines.