Just days before the opening of a UN climate change summit in Paris, Pope Francis on Thursday warned it would be “catastrophic” if global leaders taking part in the meeting fail to ratify significant reductions in the use of fossil fuels.
“Particular interests,” the pontiff insisted, should not be allowed to prevail over the common good in the fight against global warming and climate change. He also took an indirect shot at global warming skeptics, warning against “manipulating information” to serve someone’s “plans and projects.”
Francis was speaking at a United Nations campus in Nairobi, Kenya, on the second day of a Nov. 25-30 visit to Africa. Nairobi is the global headquarters for UN programs on both the environment and housing…