The scientific community has warned that if greenhouse gas emissions keep increasing, the planet will reach a point of no return. Global warming will become catastrophic and irreversible.
The governments of more than 190 countries will be meeting in Paris on 7-8 December to try to reach a global agreement on climate change. Ahead of these COP21 climate talks, here are 15 world leaders talking about the imminent danger of climate change.
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Author: José Santiago, Digital Content Specialist, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum
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José Santiago, Digital Content Specialist, Public Engagement , World Economic Forum
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Global Warming Sayings and Quotes
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old global warming quotes, global warming sayings, and global warming proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.
Climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism.
The big damages come if the climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases turns out to be high [causing greater global warming than current projections.] Then it's not a bullet headed at us, but a thermonuclear warhead.
Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences.
Global warming threatens our health, our economy, our natural resources, and our children's future. It is clear we must act.
Today, we can see with our own eyes what global warming is doing. In that context it becomes truly irresponsible, if not immoral, for us not to do something
Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it.
The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt.
If we don't take the action today, tomorrow will be the End. Let us be awake and fight back against global warming
Planting and growing increasing quantities of trees is the scientific solution to Earth's environmental dilemma.
First, I worry about climate change. It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it, and make a lot of the other efforts that we're making irrelevant and impossible
I used to be skeptical of global warming, but now I'm absolutely convinced that the world is spiraling out of control. CO2 is like a bushfire that gets bigger and bigger every year.
It's unlikely that the U.S. is going to take serious action on climate change until there are observable, dramatic events, almost catastrophic in nature, that drive public opinion and drive the political process in that direction.
Without urgent measures to rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, the possibility of limiting the temperature rise below a dangerous level will have disappeared within a decade.
We are running out of time, we must have a planetary solution to a planetary crisis.
We are running out of time. We know that if we continue to rely on fossil fuels we will face a future of worsening air pollution and an increasingly inhospitable climate.