If you wake up to find that your house is flooding, you donít ignore it and set off to work because youíre worried about losing a dayís pay - you start shifting sandbags.
Danny Chiver, Author The No-Nonsense Guide To Climate Change, 2011


Our dependence on fuel adds significant cost and puts US soldiers and contractors at risk.
Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defence for the environment, January 2010


Face facts: Climate change is unfolding as predicted
September 2010, Star-Ledger Editorial Board


Maybe we have enough technology to save the planet but it is not enough because the people are not ready.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Interview Guardian, August 2010


Extreme events are occurring with greater frequency, and in many cases with greater intensity.
Jay Lawrimore, chief of climate analysis at the National Climatic Data Center, August 2010


While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden on civilian institutions and militaries around the world.
Pentagon strategy review, January 2010


Unfortunately, what is happening now in our central regions is evidence of this global climate change, because we have never in our history faced such weather conditions in the past. This means that we need to change the way we work, change the methods that we used in the past.
President Dmitry Medvedev to Moscow-region fires, August 2010


I think that will only really change when the human races begins to suffer some of the extremely severe consequences of climate change which may be some decades ahead. They will then realise, as we have with the financial crisis, that we are up against the wall and hitting the buffers and we have got to change.
Former environment minister Michael Meacher, July 2010


There is no question that we need to get ahead of climate change. This is a wake-up call.
Vladimir Slivyak, co-chair of Ecodefense, a grass-roots Russian environmental group to Moscow-region fires, August 2010


For years weíve tried to Ďsellí climate change, but a lot of people arenít buying. Threats of climate hell havenít seemed to hold us back from running headlong towards it. We must build a visual and compelling vision of low carbon heaven. And this vision must be desirable.
Solitaire Townsend, co-founder of sustainability consultancy Futerra


What's happening with the planet's climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate.
Dmitri Medvedev, President of Russia, August 2010 after wildfires in Rusia


If carbon dioxide continues to increase, the study group finds no reason to doubt that climate change will result and no reason to believe that these changes will be negligible.
National Academy of Sciences / NAS, 1979


The best thing about improvements in health care is that all the climate-change deniers are now going to live long enough to see how wrong they were.
Joe Romm, the climateprogress.org blogger


Climate change is best viewed as a threat multiplier which exacerbates existing trends, tensions and instability. The core challenge is that climate change threatens to overburden states and regions which are already fragile and conflict prone.
Paper from the High Representative and the European Commission to the European Council, 2008


Desertification could trigger a vicious circle of degradation, migration and conflicts over territory and borders that threatens the political stability of countries and regions.
Paper from the High Representative and the European Commission to the European Council, 2008


The recent sea-ice retreat is larger than in any of the (19) IPCC [climate] models.
Tore Furevik, Vice director at Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, 2006


The women of the Green Belt Movement have learned about the causes and the symptoms of environmental degradation. They have begun to appreciate that they, rather than their government, ought to be the custodians of the environment.
Wangari Matthai, green belt movement, speech at Radcliffe College, Harvard University, USA, 1994


The climate is changing. This year we have come to understand this when we faced events that resulted in fires.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, September 2010


In fact, every child on earth born after June 23, 1988 belongs to what I call Generation Hot. This generation includes some two billion young people, all of whom have grown up under global warming and are fated to spend the rest of their lives confronting its mounting impacts.
Mark Hertsgaard, interview, preview to his book Generation Hot: Living through the next fifty years on earth, September 2010


We are in the midst of the 6th largest extinction event in the history of the plant
and the first caused by human action.
Graciela Chichilnisky, professor of economics and mathematical statistics at Columbia University, September 2010


I don't think we have learnt to keep within the limits. They are quite elastic but there is a point beyond which they will break and then you will get a complete and massive change in the climate in which the survival of human species might not be compatible.
Former environment minister Michael Meacher, July 2010


It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.
Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe



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