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Vatican Urges Climate Action
The Vatican Science Academy has urged governments to take action to tame climate change. The academy’s head has indicated it is the duty of Christians, as stewards of the earth, to take action. The Smithsonian reports: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-urges-climate-change-action-protect-poor-180955115/

Harbor Lights Attract Sea Life
Research suggests that the bright lights used to illuminate harbors attract sea creatures, many of them damaging to the ships docked there. To many, I’m sure, it seems just another chapter in the ongoing saga of unintended consequences from human activities. The BBC has details: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32500640

Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island to Get Restoration
Sauvie Island’s Sturgeon Lake has been dying for some time now. Sedimentation has been filling in the lake, so that in recent years it has become little more than a mud flat. Now, funds have been found to begin restoring the lake to its former, well, lakeness. The Oregonian has more: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/04/sauvie_islands_dying_sturgeon.html#incart_river

Benton County Site of New GMO Battle
Benton County, Oregon, is a new venue for the contest between those promoting widespread growing of genetically modified organisms and those opposing. While the state legislature passed a bill in 2013 to prohibit local GMO bans, the measure in Benton County takes a different approach: it gives rights to natural resources. That idea isn’t as novel as it may sound; other countries have institutionalized such rights, and efforts are afoot in some states to block fracking through such measures. Of course, some are crying “foul”, while others applaud. The Oregonian covers the issue: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/04/do_plants_have_rights_gmo_figh.html#incart_river