The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells review – our terrifying future

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Burning issue … Eagle Creek ablaze near Beacon Rock golf course in North Bonneville, Washington, in September 2017. Photograph: Kirsti McCluer/Reuters

Enough to induce a panic attack … a brutal portrait of climate change and our future lives on Earth. But we have the tools to avoid it

You already know it’s bad. You already know the weather has gone weird, the ice caps are melting, the insects are disappearing from the Earth. You already know that your children, and your children’s children, if they are reckless or brave enough to reproduce, face a vista of rising seas, vanishing coastal cities, storms, wildfires, biblical floods. As someone who reads the news and is sensitive to the general mood of the times, you have a general sense of what we’re looking at. But do you truly understand the scale of the tribulations we face? David Wallace-Wellsauthor of the distressingly titled The Uninhabitable Earth, is here to tell you that you do not. “It is,” as he puts it in the book’s first line, “worse, much worse, than you think.”

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Losing my religion: after the Pell verdict, the conflict for Catholics

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Will we become a nation that drifted from the church? A nation that broke from it? Or a nation that stayed?

There are a few ways you can lose your religion – in a slow drift where the time between mass attendance and sacraments like confession gets longer and longer, until you can’t in good faith claim to be a member of the flock any more. And then there’s the frank event, where something happens and you realise you cannot continue supporting the institution that has inflicted so much pain.

 ‘The last years of the church’s trials has turned ambivalence into anger and disgust but also something more complicated.’ Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

For many that moment of breaking off happened with the George Pell verdicts and during the royal commission hearing testimony from survivors of clerical sexual abuse.

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Auferstehung : Was, wenn Jesus wiederkommt?

Vor 2000 Jahren wandelte Jesus auf dieser Erde – und versprach: Ich kehre zurück. Was würde passieren?
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‘Few acts more horrific’: former US priest jailed for 30 years for child sexual abuse

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Catholic priest Arthur Perrault convicted of ‘long-term’ abuse of altar boy in New Mexico in 1990s

 The former Catholic priest Arthur Perrault has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing an altar boy in the US in the 1990s. Photograph: AP

A former Roman Catholic priest who fled to Morocco before he was returned to the United States and convicted of sexually abusing an altar boy in New Mexico in the 1990s, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The US district judge, Martha Vazquez, imposed the sentence on Arthur Perrault, 81, a onetime Air Force chaplain and colonel.

“There are few acts more horrific than the long-term sexual abuse of a child,” said the US attorney, John Anderson, in a statement. “At long last, today’s sentence holds Perrault accountable for his deplorable conduct.”

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Harry Potter books removed from Catholic school ‘on exorcists’ advice’

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