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Thousands of media reports on Pope´s environmental encyclical

06/25/2015 - Worldwide, the presentation of the Pope´s encyclical “Laudato Si” in Rome last week has triggered tremendous coverage in the media. The director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, had been invited by the Vatican to speak about the scientific reasoning of the encyclical as the only scientist at its presentation. Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist at PIK, discussed the significance of the Pope´s words at an event of the German Catholic Academy in Berlin on the same day; next week he will also be at the Vatican.
Thousands of media reports on Pope´s environmental encyclical

Media worldwide reported on the Pope´s encyclical - and leading PIK scientists. (Photo: CNN screenshot)

Media monitoring has counted about 5000 online reports on the encyclical and Schellnhuber´s presentation at the Vatican. The two leading German daily newspapers published big interviews with PIK´s top representatives. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung a conversation with Schellnhuber where he discussed the political significance of the encyclical. Edenhofer explained in Süddeutsche Zeitung why the atmosphere belongs to all of humanity (sorry, no link), they also had a portrait of Schellnhuber. Another portrait was published by Tagesspiegel, and that of the Australian Sydney Morning Herald was picked up widely internationally and on Twitter and Facebook.

In an interview together with Cardinal Turkson on CNN, Schellnhuber said that the encyclical brought together reason and faith for a powerful appeal in the run-up oft the climate negotiations in Paris later this year. Tagesthemen and heute Journal interviewed him in Rome. Many international media quoted Schellnhuber and Edenhofer, among them Nature, the Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Several news agencies like dpa, Reuters and AP also covered the responses throughout the world, led by Ban Ki-moon, Obama and the World Bank. Today, German weekly Die Zeit published an opinion piece by Ottmar Edenhofer with interpretations of the encyclical.

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