Is climate change a serious problem that requires drastic action? Does the Pope wear a funny hat? Finally, these two questions go together for reasons beyond heavy sarcasm. The Vatican's scientific advisory panel, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has issued a report calling for an urgent reduction in carbon emissions.

"We appeal to all nations to develop and implement, without delay, effective and fair policies to reduce the causes and impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems, including mountain glaciers and their watersheds, aware that we all live in the same home," says the report. Okay, so the current Pope is ultra-German and scary, but at least his scientists are softies.

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The Catholic church is still kind of wiping holy egg off its face for the whole Galileo thing, so this is a step in the right direction. Unfair? Maybe, but that was kind of a big foot-in-mouth moment.

So, who wants to be the first one to tell them that one major part of reducing our climate impact is family planning?

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