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Vatican Bank: No More Secret Accounts

Vatican City — When Cardinal George Pell, the Holy See’s new Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, addressed the Vatican press corpson Wednesday to lay out the new economic framework for the universal Catholic Church and introduce the Vatican Bank’s new president, he made what could easily be interpreted as a Freudian Slip. “We are working towards transcendence,” the cardinal said to the packed press room before quickly correcting his mistake. “I mean we’re working towards transparency.”

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Palau Moves to Protect Diminishing Fish Stocks in Face of Global Inaction

Palau, a small island nation located in Micronesia, may take a bold step in the fight against wild fish depletion and the destruction of marine biodiversity. On February 4, 2014, President Tommy Remengesau announced his government’s plan to forbid commercial fishing in his nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone. In his address at the UN, Remengesau explained that he would work to ban commercial fishing in his nation’s waters.

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Farming for the Future

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(Photos: Dahr Jamail; Edited: JR / TO)As the impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) continue to escalate, drought, wildfires, flooding and other extreme weather events continue to intensify and last longer as a result. In parts of Africa, the sociopolitical translation of this means wars over water, crops and animals, as drought and the ensuing conflict spinning out of it have become the norm. In the United States, this looks like ever-increasing food prices, growing evidence of overt animosity towards the government, and increasing economic and health concerns about what the future holds as drought, wildfires and temperature extremes continue to intensify. As a growing number of US citizens wonder what they might be able to do to take care of themselves as this dystopian future comes into focus, silver linings are emerging from the darkening clouds.

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