The climate Comms event of, at least this week, has arrived early due to a leak. The Vatican has released its view on the state of the planet. Much anticipated by some on both sides of the debate, the leak will no doubt leave the usual suspects scrambling to spin the Encyclical for all it is worth.
“A crime against nature is a crime against ourselves and a sin against God”
The Bishop Hill blog reports that a copy of the Encyclical has been leaked to the Italian media. Initial indications are that it will be seen as a damp squib.
This appears to be the Vatican’s version of a summary for policy makers. AGW is not however the main theme. Much time is spent expressing concern for the environment as you would expect if the essay were written by the WWF or Greenpeace. To be honest, there are some concerns expressed that are hard to argue with. There is a call for action in the areas of poverty, water, green energy and the Rainforests and many more besides. AGW gets a couple of paragraphs to itself, with sentences taken almost straight from the IPCC. Many other references to AGW are thinly spread throughout the whole document.
Find a comfy chair, as it is long, and read the Translation Here.
The Guardian has spotted that the Vatican rejects the use of Carbon Credits
Update: A good day to bury bad news