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Global Warming Debate: 12 Quotes From Those Who Believe

By    |   Monday, 27 October 2014 01:45 PM

Billions of dollars have been spent studying climate change, and people who believe in climate change have made many viable arguments about why it is real. Here are 12 quotes from those who believe humans are responsible for a warming world.

1. ”Both poles are melting, so there you go. And it’s a bigger problem than just rising sea levels: Northern sea ice has been shown to affect overall weather patterns… We don’t know what exactly will happen as waters warm, as ice melts, as temperatures rise over years and decades. But we do know it means big changes… Monkeying around with our own planet is insane. Lying about it is even worse.” — Phil Plait, astronomer and author of “Death From the Skies!” to Slate.com. 

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2. "The wildfires, infestations and heat and drought stress are the symptoms; climate change is the underlying disease.” — Jason Funk, senior climate scientist at the UCS Nature World News.

3. "Global warming is threatening Arctic ecosystems and their peoples from all sides as never before in history… Unless urgent actions are taken to control fossil fuel burning, we may witness the end of an ecosystem in the next few generations." — Jay R. Malcolm, member of University of Toronto’s forest faculty, to Worldwildlife.org.

4. “Arctic organisms from the smallest plant to the largest mammal are reliant on each other for survival. Global warming could cause a domino effect, resulting in massive loss of species diversity." — Adam Markham, director of WWF's climate change campaign, to Worldwildlife.org.

5. “In the 1980s, about 25 percent of the Arctic sea ice was estimated to be older than four years in age. But for every year since 2008, less than 10 percent of the sea ice in the Arctic is older than 4 years. The Arctic is now an ocean of rapidly melting thin ice cubes.” — Melanie Fitzpatrick, climate scientist, UCS Climate and Energy Program, to Climate Progress. 

6. "Everyone agreed the sun rose in the east and set in the west… Suddenly we emerge four years later, with a field of Republicans that are trying to tell us that the sun rises in the west, and we're not sure if it sets." — Navin Nayak, senior vice president of the League of Conservation Voters, to NPR.org.

7. "Our study demonstrates just how much local weather can influence people's opinions on global warming. We find that, unfortunately, a cold winter is enough to make some people, including many newspaper editors and opinion leaders, doubt the overwhelming scientific consensus on the issue." — Prof. Simon Donner, climate study researcher, to Science Daily.

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8. "The facts of global warming demand our urgent attention. Good stewardship, prudence and simple common sense demand that we act to meet the challenge and act quickly." — Senator John McCain to NPR.org.

9. “We’re now realizing as a country that the oppositional relationship between the economy and the environment is just not true. Many of the solutions to climate change are things that benefit the economy, like fuel-efficient cars that save people money on gas, or people in the Rust Belt going to work building wind turbines. And a lot of companies like Dow Chemical are reducing emissions and saving money.” — Brenda Ekwurzel, climate researcher for the Union of Concerned Scientists, to Columbia University’s blog.

10. “The complexity of the subject makes it possible for well paid, highly professional cadres of anti science activists, who have been supported by a network of fossil fuel companies, foundations, and wealthy individuals … to confuse and obfuscate the issue. The tactics used are not new, they are patterned after the successful efforts of tobacco companies to blur the science of tobacco effects for 40 years. It makes perfect economic sense for these big companies. Every week without serious action is billions in the bank.” — Peter Sinclair, climate change activist and founder of Climatecrocks, to Miskeptics.org.

11. "By using satellite data, along with a large suite of climate model simulations, our results suggest that global ocean warming has been underestimated by 24 to 58 percent. The conclusion that warming has been underestimated agrees with previous studies, however it's the first time that scientists have tried to estimate how much heat we've missed." — Oceanographer Paul Durack, of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, to Discovery.com.

12. “To say that the temperatures have plateaued misrepresents the understanding of the science… It’s a very primitive understanding of the science.” — Christiana Figueres, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to Bloomberg.

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