Scientists, Religious Leaders Join to Fight Threat to Environment

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Scientists and religious leaders will launch a campaign this spring to warn of global threats to the environment, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist said here Friday.

They will distribute booklets explaining the threats to 53,000 religious groups around the country, said the physicist, Henry Kendall.

"The scientific and religious communities have never had enormously close links, but on this issue they have a common ground," Kendall said.

Kendall won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1990. He is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists, both in Cambridge, Mass. The union is a nonprofit group that seeks to influence public policy.

He also serves on the board of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, a group of scientists and religious leaders.

Kendall gave the keynote speech Friday night at the Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium, held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At the symposium, high school students presented their scientific research, visited local research institutions and learned about science careers.s

In an interview, Kendall said the religious partnership will distribute the booklets to Catholic, Baptist, Greek Orthodox, Jewish and other congregations. …


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