The era of the lawn in the West is over.
Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, 2013

The record rainfall and storm surges that have brought flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, February 2014

Unfortunately, the current pace of progress is not nearly rapid enough, with many rich industrialised countries being slow to make the transition to cleaner and more efficient forms of economic growth.
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, February 2014

Fortunately poorer countries, such as China, are showing leadership and beginning to demonstrate to the world how to invest in low-carbon growth.
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, February 2014

It's very unusual to have so many powerful storms come in one after the other in such a short space of time; we haven't seen anything like this since about 1991.
Matt Dobson, forecaster for MeteoGroup, UK, January 2014

The climate is changing and as the climate changes we can anticipate quite a radical change in weather conditions.
Sir David King, January 2014

Summer 2012–13 was the warmest on record nationally, spring was also the warmest on record and winter the third warmest.
Australian Bureau of Meteorology, January 2014

We have had two back-to-back dry years, and a third one will really increase the detrimental effects.
Ted Thomas, spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources, California, January 2014

The North Pole probably looks a bit different than you would expect right now. Because, at this very moment, it's actually a lake.
Huffington Post, July 2013

In my mind, we are heading for a different planet to the one that we have been used to.
Jeremy Shakun of Harvard University, a co-author of the study of global temperatures, March 2013

Now we know that it is warmer than most of the past 11,300 years. This is of particular interest because the Holocene spans the entire period of human civilisation.
Shaun Marcott of Oregan State University in Corvalis, the lead author of the study of global temperatures, March 2013

In 50 years, no one will care about the fiscal cliff or the Euro crisis. They'll just ask, "So the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?"
Bill McKibben, April 2013

We call on all people and nations to recognise the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other land uses.
Report by the Working Group Commissioned by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 2011

Today the great gift of God’s Creation is exposed to serious dangers and lifestyles which can degrade it. Environmental pollution is making particularly unsustainable the lives of the poor of the world … we must pledge ourselves to take care of creation and to share its resources in solidarity.
Pope Benedict XVI

The oiloholics
The Economist, 2005

America and China, in their different ways, are drunk on oil consumption.
The Economist, 2005

Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire.
John Kerry, September 2013

It takes five square miles of cleared mangrove forest to produce just over two pounds of shrimp -- and that land is typically left depleted within ten years and rendered unusable for another forty. By comparison, the devastation left behind from cattle-ranch deforestation seems, well, quite rosy.
Stephen Messenger, 2012

If price spikes don’t change eating habits, perhaps the combination of deforestation, pollution, climate change, starvation, heart disease and animal cruelty will gradually encourage the simple daily act of eating more plants and fewer animals.
Mark Bittman, 2008

Vegetarian is the New Prius
Kathy Freston, Huffingtonpost, 2007

The entire global CO2 budget to 2100 is used up by 2040.
World Energy Outlook 2014, IEA, November 2014

Slower, less, better, finer.
Hans Glauber, Toblach Talks, about sufficiency, 2014

It’s a pity we’re still officially living in an age called the Holocene.
The Anthropocene — human dominance of biological, chemical and geological processes on Earth — is already an undeniable reality.
Paul J. Crutzen, Christian Schwägerl, essay, 2011

Imagine our descendants in the year 2200 or 2500. They might liken us to aliens who have treated the Earth as if it were a mere stopover for refueling, or even worse, characterize us as barbarians who would ransack their own home.
Paul J. Crutzen, Christian Schwägerl, essay, 2011

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