Sharon Bidwell

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Earth just had its 400th straight warmer-than-average month thanks to global warming

It was December 1984, and President Reagan had just been elected to his second term, <i>Dynasty</i> was the top show on TV and Madonna's <i>Like a Virgin</i> topped the musical charts.<p>It was also the last time the Earth had a cooler-than-average month.<p>Last month marked the planet's 400th consecutive month with …

Global Warming

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says

There is a lot of plastic in the world’s oceans.<p>It coagulates into great floating “garbage patches” that cover large swaths of the Pacific. It washes up on urban beaches and remote islands, tossed about in the waves and transported across incredible distances before arriving, unwanted, back on …

Pollution

Before the next videotaped Starbucks disaster, everyone should take implicit bias training

Why put implicit bias training into a box that says 'break in case of emergency,' when it’s just a matter of time before the next incident of racism?<p>Everyone should get tested for implicit bias, and if you’re a public official or receiving public dollars — it should be mandatory. It’s just a matter …

The case of Alfie Evans: what does Catholic tradition say?

Emotions are high; a child is being removed from medical interventions that have been keeping him alive; doctors and staff, the entire U.K. judicial …

More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air, says new report

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.<p>According to the annual State of Global Air Report, published Tuesday by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), long-term exposure to air pollution contributed …

Mental Health Disorders Are Pervasive in the Juvenile Justice System. Here’s How One State Is Addressing It

Between 50 and 70 percent of the young prisoners in state juvenile justice systems have a mental disability, but an analysis of those systems found …

Archbishop Oscar Romero was gunned down inside his own church 38 years ago. Soon he'll become El Salvador's first saint

On March 24, 1980, the archbishop of San Salvador was shot inside his own church in a deliberate, cold-blooded murder that shocked the world.<p>Now, …

'Dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico will take decades to recover from farm pollution

The enormous “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico will take decades to recover even if the flow of farming chemicals that is causing the damage is completely halted, new research has warned.<p>Intensive agriculture near the Mississippi has led to fertilizers leeching into the river, and ultimately the …

Pollution

How dirty is your air? This map shows you

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, released this week, is arguably the most ambitious effort ever untaken by the U.S. to fight climate change. But …

Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns

More than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water.<p>The comprehensive annual study warns of conflict and civilisational threats unless actions are taken to reduce …

Water

'Guilty of being poor': does California couple's poverty amount to child abuse?

When police stumbled across the makeshift shelter in the Joshua Tree desert last week they made a shocking discovery: three children were living in a plywood box.<p>There appeared to be no electricity, no running water and not enough food but piles of rubbish and human feces, a scene of squalor and …

Sociology

How one Catholic ministry is helping families deal with the devastating aftermath of suicide

Mary Ann Rowan first noticed a change in her son Kevin when he returned from a year teaching English in Mexico after graduating from Indiana …

Mental Health

Women earn 10% less than men in America's public sector, analysis shows

Although women hold half of all state and federal service jobs, they make 10% less than men in the public sector, according to an analysis of government documents obtained through freedom of information requests by an investigative non-profit.<p>The analysis by the Contently Foundation, a non-profit …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

What Can Uber Teach Us About the Gender Pay Gap?

A new study using data from Uber shows that experience on the platform is a big factor in driver earnings. It also shows that 65 percent of male …

Why pro-life feminism is more important now than ever

This year, thousands will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 45th annual March for Life, a protest against the practice and legality of abortion …

Plastic bottles, toothbrushes, chip bags make up huge floating garbage site in Caribbean

Just off the Caribbean island of Roatan lies a massive pile of floating garbage.<p>It spans kilometres of ocean and consists of everyday plastic items …

We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated. This is how well your district does. - Vox

Is your district drawing borders to reduce or perpetuate racial segregation?<p>Think about your elementary school.<p>If you attended an American public school, chances are you went to that school because your family lived in that school’s attendance zone. You probably didn’t think twice about it.<p>We tend …

Extreme poverty in America: read the UN special monitor's report

I have spent the past two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the federal government, to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens. In my travels through California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West …

Income Inequality

Statement on Visit to the USA, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights*

Washington, December 15, 2017<p><b>I. Introduction</b><p>1. I have spent the past two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the federal …

Income Inequality

How can you be Christian without caring for the poor?

The minuscule Galilean town in which Joseph and Mary spent their lives and raised their son Jesus, was, quite literally, a joke. "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" asked one disciple, when he heard where the Messiah was from. Some scholars posit that this was a popular saying in the 1st …

The Transformation of the American Farm, in 18 Charts - WSJ

The American farm has been transformed. During the first half of the 20th century, farmers raised a mix of crops and livestock on a few hundred acres of land. These days, most farmers specialize in a few, or even just one product, on much bigger spreads. That focus has helped farmers reap bigger …

Why Texas' 'death penalty capital of the world' stopped executing people

Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.<p>Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national …

US spends twice as much on tax break for rich as on rent for the poorest

Joel Rubenzahl is not the kind of person who seems in need of government housing assistance.<p>He lives by himself in a four-bedroom home that he bought for $923,500 in 2000, in a genteel area of Berkeley, California. After45 years in the business of building low-income housing, he’s semi-retired and …

Housing

Christians & the Death Penalty

Christians & the Death PenaltyBy David Bentley HartNovember 16, 2017I would be lying if I claimed that my initial approach to <i>By Man Shall His Blood</i> …

Racism is a sickness of the soul. Can Jesuit spirituality help us heal?

Dealing with the reality of racism in the United States is not easy. If it were, we would be well on our way to a more just world. But to have an …

Common Sense

The haves and have-nots: four cities in crisis

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, but many people are residing in a state of limbo, leading a precarious existence on the margins, excluded from the promises of urban life. The world’s population is on the move more than ever before, driven by conflict and persecution, …

Los Angeles

Ohio execution called off after officials fail to find a vein for lethal injection

Ohio called off the execution of a condemned killer with multiple health problems on Wednesday, because members of the state’s execution team were unable to find a vein to insert an IV that would administer the lethal drugs.<p>It was only the third time in US history that an execution has been called …

Armed Robbery

A quarter of Kentucky kids are living in poverty, survey shows

CLOSE<p>Poverty remains a problem for children in Kentucky and Indiana, despite recent improvements in health coverage. June 13, 2017<p>One-quarter of the …

Untried and unethical: why Nevada's new lethal injection crosses a line

Today, Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Nevada’s Ely State Prison. However, the execution has been postponed over concerns around the untested drug combination proposed as the method of death. The postponement is the latest incident in a series of …

Death Row

How to own up to white privilege

Sidebar title 1: Sidebar text 1: Sidebar title 2: Sidebar text 2: Author: Author Pretext: Article Author: Kevin P. ConsidineMy high school was …