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EU bans single-use plastic products
EU bans single-use plastic products

Producers will help cover the costs of clean-up and waste management for items such as food and drinks containers. “Single use plastics are not a smart economic or environmental choice”, says the European Commission.

 
 
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“The ocean is the last frontier”
“The ocean is the last frontier”

A report warns that ocean plastic will triple in a decade. “We invest a lot of money for missions to space, but there’s nothing living out there. The sea bed is teeming with life”, experts say.

 
 
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Technology

 
Mobile World Congress: Life at infinite point zero
Mobile World Congress: Life at infinite point zero

Virtual reality, 5G and artificial intelligence are among some of the services highlighted in the latest edition of the Mobile World Congress. “What do we contribute apart from the trace of our fingerprints?”, asks IT engineer Jesús Muñoz.

 
 
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Michael Wickham

 
Fire and the future of forests
Fire and the future of forests

When the forest burns, soils are exposed to the rain, and erosion becomes a serious problem.

 
 
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Health

 
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally

Around 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries. “Cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence”, WHO says.

 
 
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Paris summit was “good news” in the fight against climate change
Paris summit was “good news” in the fight against climate change

Christians in Europe are “finally taking the challenge of climate change seriously”, says Dave Bookless of A Rocha.

 
 
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Science and faith

 
A feast for God’s Word and God’s World
A feast for God’s Word and God’s World

About 90 delegates attended the European Creation Care and the Gospel conference in Nice (France). Chris Wright: “Whatever we do to God’s creation either points to, or diminishes, God’s glory”.

 
 
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Science and faith

 
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse

According to researchers, the solar eclipse took place on 30 October 1207 BC. If the words in Joshua “are describing a real observation, then a major astronomical event was taking place”.

 
 
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Women, science and faith

 
Maria Sibylla Merian, a great scientist with a strong faith
Maria Sibylla Merian, a great scientist with a strong faith

The German-born Protestant scientist was the precursor of modern entomology. This year is the 300th anniversary of her death.

 
 
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Environment

 
A trillion-ton iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf
A trillion-ton iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has changed the outline of the Antarctic Peninsula forever. Experts say this will not result in sea level rises.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Those who seek short-term wealth do not see that their own existence is threatened”
“Those who seek short-term wealth do not see that their own existence is threatened”

Miguel Wickham comments on the United States decision to leave the Paris Agreement and encourages Christians to commit themselves to the biblical mandate of stewardship.

 
 
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Climate change

 
Christians campaign and pray for climate justice
Christians campaign and pray for climate justice

The Renew Our World campaign is “calling on Christians worldwide to join in prayer and action to respond to the negative consequences of climate change.”

 
 
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Environment

 
EU sends “final warning” to five countries over air pollution breaches
EU sends “final warning”  to five countries over air pollution breaches

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK will face court action if they don't set out plans to cut NO2 emissions.NO2 caused almost 70,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2013.

 
 
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Martin Hodson
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Climate change in Europe
Climate change in Europe

The response of the European Churches to climate change, as with all environmental issues, has been patchy, but there are signs that this is beginning to change.

 
 
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Environment

 
World’s largest marine reserve will be established in Antarctica
World’s largest marine reserve will be established in Antarctica

The Southern Ocean will be sheltered from fishing in the next 35 years. The agreement comes after five years of negotiations. Russia was the last one to accept it.

 
 
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Megan Best

 
The truth about dying
The truth about dying

I have always found striking, the discrepancy between the public support for euthanasia (among those who are healthy) and my patients’ desire for continued life.

 
 
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Archaeology

 
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea

A team of Russian archaeologists announces “a discovery of international significance” in the ancient Greek site of Phanagoria (Crimea). Darius I is mentioned in the book of Ezra.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”

“Many atheists are beginning to see that their loud, aggressive attitude is not working”, says Mathematics Prof. John Lennox in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “We need to spend time to get to know Scripture at beyond a kind of Sunday school class level”.

 
 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Little bugs standing up to God?
Little bugs standing up to God?

What mysterious properties do the Oikopleura dioica have to challenge God and cause such religious tremors?

 
 
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Dave Bookless

 
Countdown to Day Zero
Countdown to Day Zero

Water is, biblically, a precious blessing from God. It is a gift, not a right. And wasting it, misusing it, failing daily to be grateful for it, are sins against God, neighbour and creation.

 
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Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
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Physics

 
Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76
Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

“He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love’”, the scientist’s children say in a statement.

 
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Roxana Stanciu

 
‘Google babies’
‘Google babies’

The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning “the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”.

 
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Environment

 
Snow in the Sahara desert
Snow in the Sahara desert

It happened for the third time in 40 years. The image has been captured by the European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. 

 
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Interview

 
“Non-believing colleagues often see Christianity as a life without much freedom”
“Non-believing colleagues often see Christianity as a life without much freedom”

Czech researcher David Vokoun shares about what it means to live out his faith in the workplace. “What makes a difference is my motivation for doing my work”. 

 
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AI

 
A new religion to worship Artificial Intelligence
A new religion to worship Artificial Intelligence

Former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski, founds Way of the Future, which aims “to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of society”.

 
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Creation Care and the Gospel, in France
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
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Health

 
The ink for tattoos affects the immune system
The ink for tattoos affects the immune system

Scientific research  warns that some of the dyes used in tattoos contain contaminants that could harm the lymph nodes.

 
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Christopher Townsend

 
Gender: where next?
Gender: where next?

Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.

 
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Rvd Rob Smith and Dr Claire Smith

 
The transgender tsunami
The transgender tsunami

Transgenderism is the next major issue that Christians are going to have to come to grips with – theologically, morally, medically, legally and pastorally. Many in our churches have been taken by surprise.

 
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Climate change

 
2016 was the warmest year on record
2016 was the warmest year on record

Scientists say human emissions of CO2, the warming of the Arctic, and El Nino were the main factors of the new high. “God has called us to be responsible stewards of creation”, Christian activists say.

 
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David Robertson

 
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?

Any society that wants to survive must care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst.

 
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Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus
Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus

According to archaeologist Douglas Petrovich, inscriptions in stone slabs from Egypt contain an early form of Hebrew, with references to figures from the Bible.

 
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Gavin Matthews
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Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures
Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures

A look at European statistics on five key biomedical issues: surrogate parenthood, gender transformation, the new eugenics, euthanasia and abortion. 

 
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Science and medicine

 
Are neurosurgeons ready to ‘walk’ through brain with 3D holograms?
Are neurosurgeons ready to ‘walk’ through brain with 3D holograms?

Developers claim this is the first ever 3D digital hologram of the human brain fibre connections. The tecnique is called “Fibre Tractography”.

 
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Archaeology

 
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace

They have also found Philistine pottery, lending credence to the biblical account of them living in the city until being vanquished by King David.

 
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Archaeology

 
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed

The cemetery has been found outside the walls of the Israelite port city of Ashkelon. The discovery of more than 200 bodies will reveal many details about how the Philistines lived.

 
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Referendum 5 June

 
Swiss evangelicals: vote “no” to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
Swiss evangelicals: vote “no” to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

Ahead of the referendum, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance and two Evangelical Parties oppose the proposition of allowing more research in medically assisted reproduction.

 
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Environment

 
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution

Air pollution is responsible for 9% of mortality in France, according to a study made public this week. The only things that are more deadly to the French are tobacco and alcohol.

 
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Culture

 
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely a fake
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely  a fake

Karen L. King’s announcement got much media attention in 2012. After and in-depth research of The Atlantic magazine, she admits she probably was deluded by “fabrications.”

 
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Richard Carhart

 
On the Spiritual Meaning of the “God Particle” (the Higgs Boson)
On the Spiritual Meaning of the “God Particle” (the Higgs Boson)

The media’s interpretation of the significance of the discovery a few months before it was made reflects the need most humans feel to find ultimate spiritual reality.

 
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Archaeology

 
In Jerusalem, 2,600 year-old seal discovered
In Jerusalem, 2,600 year-old seal discovered

It reveals the high status of its owner and confirms the important role of some women during the First Temple period, as described in the book of Proverbs.

 
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Nature

 
Impressive northern lights in UK, Ireland and Germany
Impressive northern lights in UK, Ireland and Germany

Social media users share great ‘Aurora Borealis’ pictures.

 
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Israel

 
Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement in Jerusalem
Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement in Jerusalem

Authorities in Israel called it the oldest discovery of its kind in the area. The historic site was found while authorities were doing roadwork.

 
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Richard Carhart

 
Einstein’s Relativity and Relativism
Einstein’s Relativity and Relativism

Why Einstein’s theory of relativity is actually a powerful argument for absolute truth.

 
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Fighting climate change is “caring for others who are being harmed by our actions”
Fighting climate change is “caring for others who are being harmed by our actions”

“We’ve confused our politics with our faith”, the respected evangelical atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe thinks. “If we really believed what the Bible says, we would be on the forefront of this issue.”

 
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‘Praise Him, sun and moon...’
‘Praise Him, sun and moon...’

The moon, seen from the Earth and from space. Images captured by the NASA in 2015.

 
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Warfare technology

 
“Starting a military Artificial Intelligence arms race is a bad idea”
“Starting a military Artificial Intelligence arms race is a bad idea”

Autonomous weapons will “appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists”, warn prominent researchers like Stuart Russell, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking.

 
 

 
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Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
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Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
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Trailer: “The Peace Between” Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
How can churches better support singles? How can churches better support singles?

Tina Tschage, on some areas in which other Christians can encourage singles.

 
The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines

The Kirk has begun official procedures to investigate the status and the role of the Westminster Confession of Faith within its denomination.

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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