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Planetary decisions – a game of popularity or fact finding?

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What is our appetite for the truth and why do we need it particularly if it is inconvenient or will involve uncomfortable change?

In an address by the pope to experts attending a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on November 25-29 to discuss the impact of scientific knowledge and technology on people and the planet, the pope said that scientists need to be free of political, economic and ideological interests in building a cultural model to tackle climate change  (http://bit.ly/2gGkbBf). This is a worrying, powerful and pertinent statement.

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Should the flip of a coin or roll of a dice determine fate?

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The concept of Environmental Triage is becoming the focus of attention for many Conservationists.  Too many plant and animal species are threatened or have become extinct on our watch.  Our precious natural resources are being degraded and it appears that unless we act immediately this decline will rapidly continue.  However the resources we have to help us fight this unfolding catastrophe are finite.  How should we decide which species should be prioritized as recipients of precious funds and limited resources? Alternatively should we simply share around the available funds and resources to save as many species and ecosystems as possible?

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