Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Not to get too far from the OP or the subject of this forum, but this seems to be quite a transition from the traditional Roman Catholic doctrine and history regarding human affects on Creation. The Catholic Church has long time taught that the Universe is perfect the way God made it, and that there is no change aside from God. In acknowledging "the new geologic "era" of human modification of the world, known as "Anthropocene" and that "Perhaps the reality that the Vatican recognizes this fact, as the report indicates, is worth mentioning to those who remain unconvinced of human-induced climate change."
This is in fact a quite radical transition, not necessarily of late, but in the context of Western History. I wonder what the Orthodox opinion is regarding the human affects on global climate?
My two-cents: it is literally common sense to know that human activities in relation to fossil fuels is causing some sort of change and obviously could have an affect, for any human being who ever lit a fire in an enclosed space surely has practical experience as to greenhouse gases and global warming. If we burn billions of tons of fossil fuels and wood for heating/energy, surely it doesn't take experts to assume that there will be some naturally occurring consequences to the environment and the world. True, volcanism is the largest source of the increasing greenhouse effect, and volcanoes and vents release monumentally more gases than does the human burning of fossil fuels, however this only accentuates the impact of humans, not diminishes it. God has given us the Free-Will to attempt to make better decisions in His Grace. Is global warming the Apocalypse? Not likely, but is global warming an observed reality we as Christians need to acknowledge and deal with, yes. The largely American right-shifting Protestant interpretation of denial of global warming and basically insinuating a "kill em all and let God sort em out" attitude is quite disconcerting how Christians could be so callous and even vitriolic.