Isn’t it time to talk not only about weather, but also about climate?
Nicholas D. Kristof, The Opinion Pages, New York Times, October 2012

Sandy was particularly destructive because it was prevented from moving back out to sea by a “blocking pattern” associated with the jet stream. There’s debate about this, but one recent study suggested that melting sea ice in the Arctic may lead to such blocking.
Nicholas D. Kristof, The Opinion Pages, New York Times, October 2012

Rising seas create a higher baseline for future storm surges. The New York City Panel on Climate Change has projected that coastal waters may rise by two feet by 2050 and four feet by the end of the century.
Nicholas D. Kristof, The Opinion Pages, New York Times, October 2012

And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it.
President Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, September 2012

We should prepare for the weather risk changes that lie ahead, and nowhere more so than in North America.
Peter Röder, Board member of Munich Reinsurance with responsibility for the US market, Oktober 2012

Of the 10 warmest summers on record for the contiguous United States, seven have occurred since 2000.
Jake Crouch, National Climatic Data Center, 2012

We need a shift from an economy that consumes us to one that serves people and planet.
Bruce Nixon, author, A Better World is Possible, January 2012

A level of no more than 350 ppm is still feasible, with the help of reforestation and improved agricultural practices, but just barely - time is running out.
J. Hansen, 2008

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. We are faced now with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confr onted with the fi erce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late…We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: Too late.
Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Where do we go from here: chaos or community’

Just 8% of the $409bn spent on fossil-fuel subsidies in 2010 went to the poorest 20% of the population.
Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Interview Guardian, January 2012

We would expect natural change in the oceans over decades or centuries but change with such elevated sea surface temperatures in a growing number of locations and in a synchronised manner was definitely not expected.
Dr. Wenju Cai, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Nature Climate Change, January 2012

The world beyond 450 ppm atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the world that crosses carbon cycle tipping points that quickly take us to 1000 ppm, is a world not merely of endless regional resource wars around the globe. It is a world with dozens of Darfurs. It is a world of a hundred Katrinas, of countless environmental refugees
Joe Romm about 2029, May 2009

Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving Hummers in terms of global warming pollution.
Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council, February 2012

In 1989 when I first climbed Everest there was a lot of snow and ice but now most of it has just become bare rock. That, as a result, is causing more rockfalls which is a danger to the climbers.
Apa Sherpa, Nepali climber who has conquered Mount Everest a record 21 times, February 2012

The impact of global warming in many countries is preventing sustainable development or even destroying existing development gains.
Bärbel Kofler and Nina Netzer On the Road to Sustainable Development, How to Reconcile Climate Protection and Economic Growth, May 2012

We remain on an unsustainable course for the climate!
IEA, Pricey Delay for Climate Action, April 2012

Smoking Causes Cancer. Carbon Pollution Causes Extreme Weather
Dan Lashof, Director of the National Resources Defense Council’s climate and clean air program,
Blog, July 2012

Temperature fluctuations can have large negative impacts on poor countries.
Benjamin Olken, economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, August 2012

Assuming an increase in global average temperature by 3 to 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century, this could mean very substantial increases in rainfall intensity as a result of climate change
Dr Seth Westra, Senior Lecturer with the University of Adelaide's School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, February 2013

A recent report by UNEP and Interpol estimated that between 50 to 90 per cent of logging in key tropical countries of the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia is being carried out by organized crime. This threatens not only attempts to eradicate poverty and deforestation but also efforts to combat climate change.
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, CITES, March 2013

A 4-degree warmer world can, and must be, avoided.
World Bank President Kim, November 2012

The planetary machinery tends to be jumpy, this is to respond disproportionately to disruptions that come with the manmade greenhouse effect.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director PIK, November 2012

Climate change isn’t a graph or a number; it’s a storm and a flood. It’s not in Greenland or Vanuatu; it’s in New York and New Jersey.
Scott Rosenberg, Editor, November 2012

It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.
Dalai Lama XIV

Don’t ask what global climate protection can do for your country; ask what your country can do for climate protection.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), rephrasing former US president John F. Kennedy’s famous words in Doha, December 2012

First law of humanity: Don’t kill your children.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), rephrasing former US president John F. Kennedy’s famous words in Doha, December 2012

A circular, resource-efficient and resilient economy should be achieved in a socially inclusive and responsible way by:
1. Encouraging innovation and accelerating public and private investment in resource-efficient technologies, systems and skills ...
3. Abolishing environmentally harmful subsidies and tax-breaks that waste public money on obsolete practices ...
4. Creating better market conditions for products and services that have lower impacts across their life-cycles, ...

European Resource Efficiency Platform, MANIFESTO FOR A RESOURCE-EFFICIENT EUROPE, December 2012

We are just about to cross the 400 parts per million threshold.
Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), April 2013

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