Release of encyclical reveals pope’s deep dive into climate science – The Washington Post

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Vatican announces pope’s message on climate(22:40)

Vatican leaders released Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical June 18 in Vatican City. (The Vatican English)

By Anthony Faiola, Michelle Boorstein and Chris Mooney June 18 at 3:10 PM

VATICAN CITY — He warns of “synthetic agrotoxins” harming birds and insects and “bioaccumulation” from industrial waste. He calls for renewable fuel subsidies and “maximum energy efficiency.” And although he offers prayers at the beginning and end of his heavily anticipated missive on the environment, Pope Francis unmasks himself not only as a very green pontiff, but also as a total policy wonk.

In the 192-page paper released Thursday, Francis lays out the argument for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change — a position bringing him immediately into conflict with skeptics, whom he chides for their “denial.”

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