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Josh Frydenberg
It is critical for reefs worldwide, including the Great Barrier Reef, that international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are effective. Australia is taking strong action to address the global threat of climate change having ratified the Paris Agreement which will see Australia reduce its emissions by 26 to 28 percent on 2005.feedback
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NEW Jun 26 2017
Multiple people spoke about Climate change in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Scott Pruitt is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “So, no, I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”.
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Kim Holmén

No region on the planet is experiencing more dramatic climate change than the Arctic. Make no mistake, there has never been a run of temperatures like this ever recorded. Water temperatures on Svalbard have increased 10C or more in my time here.feedback

Saleemul Huq

Temperatures have already gone up by 1C. We can see that the weather patterns have changed. Ask anyone in the street, and they will say the frequency of floods has changed. Bangladesh has a long history of floods, but what used to be a one-in-20-year event now happens one year in five. It is what we would expect with climate change models.feedback

Zhang Xiliang

A successful start of a carbon market will greatly enhance China's international standing in responding to climate change.feedback

Gina Hanrahan - World Wide Fund for Nature

Scotland's growing tidal industry is hitting new milestones. With a third of Europe's tidal potential, Scotland's powerful seas have a significant contribution to make in the fight against climate change. The renewable energy transition is happening globally at a pace many thought impossible only a few years ago.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Europe is not a supermarket. We have to promote a Europe that goes toward greater economic and social wellbeing. Europe isn't a supermarket. Europe is a common destiny. It is weakened when it accepts its principles being rejected. The countries in Europe that don't respect the rules should have to face the political consequences. And that's not just an east-west debate. Everything is linked. You can't say you want to lead an effective fight against terror and not do something about climate change.feedback

Camilo Mora

People are talking about the future when it comes to climate change, but what we found from this paper is that this is already happening … and this is obviously going to get a lot worse.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Anyone who thinks the fight against climate change is mere whim by middle-class liberals is deeply wrong.feedback

Yann Louvel - BankTrack

There is simply not enough time left for excuse-making, fiddling at the policy edges and more egregious investments in extreme infrastructure projects, [such as] pipelines that transport tar sands oil. We hear of [banks'] revulsion to Trump's stance on climate change and their support for clean investments, yet their actions of continued investments in extreme fossil fuels demonstrate that they actually side with the Trump approach.feedback

Desmond Tutu

During the anti-apartheid struggle, using boycotts, divestment and sanctions, we were not only able to apply economic pressure on the unjust state, but also serious moral pressure. People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.feedback

Ronald Blunden

It is the [scale] of the damages being sought in the suit. We are concerned that it is about muzzling Greenpeace at a time when the US government is pulling out of the Paris accord on climate change. You need these NGOs to be able to do their work and be whistleblowers, because if they disappear, and if the US pulls out of the Paris accord, who will be left to speak up and defend the environment?feedback

Stephen Hawking

The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive. The threats are too big and too numerous. Our physical resources are being drained, at an alarming rate. We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change. Rising temperatures, reduction of the polar ice caps, deforestation, and decimation of animal species. We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot. Even if only 1% of these have Earth-sized planets, we have 10 candidate New Worlds.feedback

Corin Tucker

I think we need to keep moving forward on climate change issues in this country regardless of the administration's opinion.feedback

Camilo Mora

We are running out of choices for the future. For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible. Many people around the world are already paying the ultimate price of heatwaves, and while models suggest that this is likely to continue, it could be much worse if emissions are not considerably reduced. Climate change has put humanity on a path that will become increasingly dangerous and difficult to reverse if greenhouse gas emissions are not taken much more seriously.feedback

Ian Dunlop

Climate change has to become seen as a reason for far greater levels of global cooperation than we've seen before. If we don't see it that way, then we're going to be in big trouble. This problem is bigger than any of us, it's bigger than any nation state, any political party.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

It is called global warming for a reason. A tonne of CO2 that goes into the atmosphere has the same impact on the world's temperature, regardless of where it comes from – whether it is emitted in Australia, Europe, China or the United States. So an effective global response is vital. Climate change is a global problem. The planet is warming because of the growing level of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. If this trend continues then truly catastrophic consequences will ensue, from rising sea levels to reduced water availability to more heatwaves and fires.feedback

Evan Mills

The sad irony is that legalization is probably the only avenue for solving the problem, if only policymakers would confront it. Until then, some of the nation's hard-earned progress towards climate change solutions is on the chopping block as regulators continue to ignore this industry's mushrooming carbon footprint.feedback

Mark R. Tercek

Climate change is already impacting our communities, our economy and our environment and those impacts will continue to grow and become worse if we don't act now. We can't afford to wait to have these conversations.feedback

Michael B. Gerrard

None of those has gotten very far," but "there continues to be talk of more. If a sufficiently high carbon tax were imposed, it could accomplish a lot more for fighting climate change than liability suits.feedback

Scott Pruitt

So, no, I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.feedback

Janice Brahney

Unlike salmon, no part of the wildebeest life cycle requires that they die en masse in a river. But the fact that [such deaths] occur nearly annually suggests that their impact on the ecosystem might be just as significant. It would be interesting to investigate what might happen should this influx of wildebeest nutrients not occur for a period of time. With climate change, how might the frequency of these events change in the future? Has the frequency of these events already changed?feedback

Aaron Davis

People should also be thinking about the millions of smallholder farmers who put their coffee on the table. The coffee farmers of Ethiopia are really on the frontline [of climate change] – they are the people who will pay the price first. In the longer term, the only truly sustainable solution is to combat the root causes of climate change.feedback

Aaron Davis

There is a pathway to resilience, even under climate change. But it is a hugely daunting task. Millions of farmers would have to change. Some of the origins, what you would call terroir in the wine industry, will disappear, unless serious intervention is undertaken. It would be like losing the Burgundy wine region. Those areas are found nowhere else but Ethiopia, and because of the genetic diversity, the diversity of flavour profiles is globally unique.feedback

Aaron Davis

In one area, there are hundreds if not thousands of hectares of dead trees. It is a world renowned name and has been grown in that area for many centuries. But under all [climate change] scenarios, it's going to get worse.feedback

Amir AghaKouchak

The impact of global climate change is not a specter on the horizon. It's real, and it's being felt now all over the planet. It's particularly alarming that the adverse effects are pummeling the world's most vulnerable populations.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.feedback

Thomas Curt

As a further aggravating factor, the Iberian Peninsula is experiencing global warming more severely than other regions.feedback

Thomas Nilsen

We, as a country, we are petroholics. We do understand that climate change is caused by burning fossil fuels. At the same time, we depend so much on the income from the oil. Just like alcoholics, we do want to stop, but we don't know how.feedback

Thina Margrethe Saltvedt - Nordea Bank

The world might not need our oil. We want to be a leader in climate change. But what we do is export the CO2.feedback

Stephanie Clark

These new figures show the enormous scale of the energy we are literally flushing away every day. Water which is used in homes and businesses collects heat from the air around it, as in a toilet cistern, or is heated, as in dishwashers and showers. That's in addition to the energy that it gains from the sun when stored in reservoirs. Technology now exists which allows us to capture that energy, and waste heat can play an important role in helping us reach our challenging climate change targets.feedback

Peter van Wingerden

The river is no longer just for industry. We need to find new uses, which keep us safe from climate change, and help the city grow and prosper.feedback

Ahmed Aboutaleb

For us, climate change is beyond ideology. If there is a shooting in a bar, I am asked a million questions. But if I say everyone should own a boat because we predict a tremendous increase in the intensity of rain, nobody questions the politics. Rotterdam lies in the most vulnerable part of the Netherlands, both economically and geographically. If the water comes in, from the rivers or the sea, we can evacuate maybe 15 out of 100 people. So evacuation isn't an option. We can escape only into high buildings. We have no choice. We must learn to live with water.feedback

Harold van Waveren

We can't just keep building higher levees, because we will end up living behind 10-meter walls. We need to give the rivers more places to flow. Protection against climate change is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain, and the chain in our case includes not just the big gates and dams at the sea but a whole philosophy of spatial planning, crisis management, children's education, online apps and public spaces.feedback

Daniel Pauly

You can have entire fisheries collapsing without knowing because you cannot separate the global warming-induced migration from the reduction due to fishing, or even pollution. So we will never know for sure why this or that collapse has occurred, except in a few cases.feedback

Daniel Pauly

Climate change is something that is already being perceived by fish. It's already happening and they're already moving.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

The refusal of the US to commit to the Paris agreement will push the rest of the world to be even more united against climate change.feedback

David Barber

It's not something you would expect to see there and not something we've seen there before. In the high Arctic, climate change is causing the ice to get thinner and there to be less of it. What that does is that it increases the mobility of ice. We're very poorly prepared for climate change. We pay lip service to the fact that we think we know it's coming and society is trying to grapple with the complexity of it, but when it really comes down to brass tacks, our systems are ill prepared for it.feedback

Angela Merkel

For us, it is clear that the Paris agreement is a cornerstone for cooperation in the world. I believe we must take even more decisive action in Germany and Europe to join forces to combat climate change.feedback

Michael Gove

Yes, I think he is wrong. I think that we need international co-operation in order to deal with climate change. And I think the Paris Accord which my friend Amber Rudd had a huge role in helping to shape is a significant step forward.feedback

Daniel Zarrilli

1.5C was the stretch target at Paris. It's a very aggressive goal, which is perhaps the most charitable way to put it. But we are already at risk and it's important to set high targets to head off the worst consequences of climate change. Others need to see what New York City is doing and make the same accelerations. We need to do more and we need to do it faster.feedback

Bill de Blasio

This is a dagger aimed straight at the heart of New York City. We have to understand that if climate change is not addressed, one of the greatest coastal cities on the earth will be increasingly threatened. It's very painful to reflect the fact that Donald Trump is from New York City. He should know better.feedback

Tom Delay

Carlsberg's ambitions go above and beyond the levels of carbon reduction that science tells us are necessary to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Carlsberg has taken a genuine leadership position on some of the most critical environmental issues the world currently faces by developing an ambitious long-term business strategy that focuses on delivering a sustainable future.feedback

Caroline Lucas

His record of voting against measures to halt climate change and his attempt to wipe the subject from our children's curriculum show him entirely unfit to lead our country in tackling one of the greatest threats we face. This appointment is further evidence of both Theresa May's complete disregard for the environment and her desperation to hold together a government in chaos.feedback

Lisa Jackson - United States Environmental Protection Agency

Leadership from the business community is essential to address the threat of climate change and protect our shared planet.feedback

Alex Gilbert

All these fights trace back to the fact that current energy markets don't value climate change properly. It's a really messy way of getting there.feedback

Patricia Espinosa

He also mentioned he wants to engage with the (UN's) Climate Change secretariat.feedback

John Sauven - Greenpeace

He once described himself as a 'shy green', and that shyness was fully on display when he tried to remove climate change from the school curriculum, called for the Habitat Directive to be scrapped, and voted to sell off our forests. But he has also spoken of his love for the great Scottish outdoors and of the importance of preserving this natural beauty for the next generation – a key promise in the Conservative manifesto.feedback

Edmund Brown

California and Germany unite the world leaders in the fight against climate change, the existential threat of our time.feedback

Terry McAuliffe

The president may have turned a blind eye to climate change, but Americans shouldn’t.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Our deference to NATO can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts. We have no other choice than to defend our own interests in the Middle East, in climate change, in our trade agreements.feedback

Bill Shorten

So yesterday I wrote to Mr Turnbull, I extended an olive branch because Australians want more from their political leaders than just the ongoing fighting and division over climate change.feedback

Leonardo DiCaprio

Now more than ever, the world is looking for bold leadership at every level to tackle climate change and environmental conservation issues. I am honored to work with President Peña Nieto, who has been a leader in ecosystem conservation, to ensure the future viability of marine life in the Gulf. This action is a critical step towards ensuring that the Gulf of California continues to be both vibrant and productive, especially for species like the critically endangered Vaquita.feedback

David Ige

Hawai'i is committed to environmental stewardship, and we look forward to working with other states to fight global climate change. Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island Earth. The Hawaii State Legislature understands the importance of taking action, and I applaud its work this session to ensure that we continue to deliver the island Earth that we want to leave to our children.feedback

David Ige

Many of the greatest challenges of our day hit us first, and that means that we also need to be first when it comes to creating solutions. We are the testing grounds – as an island state, we are especially aware of the limits of our natural environment. Climate change is real, regardless of what others may say.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Yes, immigrants cause global warming. Saving the planet by demonizing immigrants give liberals and conservatives something they can do together. Now, when a liberal yammers on about the record heat we had this winter, a conservative can say: 'Let's save the environment by building an electrified border fence that runs on alternative energy.feedback

Justin Trudeau

The future is still bright for those who have the courage to confront hard truths, and the confidence to stay the course. Canada will not back down from its commitment to fight climate change - and we are not alone. Around the world, nearly every country is on our side. ... Inaction is not an option. We can't walk away from the reality of climate change.feedback

Barack Obama

In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change. An agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership will still give our children a fighting chance. And in some cases, that leads people to search for certainty and control and they can call for isolationism or nationalism or they can suggest rolling back the rights of others. History also shows there is a better way. Canada shows, the United States, Europe, Japan show it is possible for us to overcome our fears and to reach across our divides.feedback

Garrison Keillor

The scientists are right about climate change, but the sanctimony is awfully heavy.feedback

Peter Thomson

In most probability this conference represents the best opportunity we will ever have to reverse the cycle of decline that human activity has brought upon the Ocean. If we want a secure future for our species on this planet, we have to act now on the health of the ocean and on climate change.feedback

Justin Trudeau

Canada will not back down from our commitment to fight climate change -- and we're not alone. Around the world, nearly every country is on our side. Business is on our side. Science is on our side. And together, our efforts will make a difference.feedback

Hal Harvey - Apple

I think the answer is that we don't need these silly wars. Let's not even try to agree on climate change. Let's just get the job done.feedback

Kaustubh Thirumalai

We wanted to try to go into this business of 'attribution', in which people try to parse out the temperature differences that are caused because of natural variability or man-made anthropogenic variability. El Niño tends to prime this region for extremes, but global warming makes them worse.feedback

Meleah Geertsma - Natural Resources Defense Council

In its haste to do favors for its polluter cronies, the Trump EPA has broken the law. The Trump administration does not have unlimited power to put people's health in jeopardy with unchecked, unilateral executive action like this. Stopping methane leaks is a no-brainer -- avoiding wasted gas, creating jobs, fighting climate change and cutting cancer-causing pollution all at once. We will not stand for this blatant polluter giveaway.feedback

Jerry Brown

It's highly significant that the governor of California can meet with the president of China, talking about very specific issues on the foremost challenge of our time – namely, climate change. He expressed very positive feelings about the role of California, about America and Chinese cooperation, and about the role of China in dealing with the larger problems of humanity. California's leading, China's leading. It's true I didn't come to Washington, I came to Beijing. Well, someday I'm going to go to Washington, but not this week. I think there is a good feeling between us.feedback

Alyssa Hall

I felt like we were being attacked on a daily basis from headquarters. A lot of my projects were being cancelled or postponed indefinitely, so I was left with nothing to do. If it was a project associated with climate change people at headquarters would pick up the phone rather than email. Staff were paranoid that their programs were going to get cut if they mentioned climate change. One day it was fine and then it was like you were being slapped in the face every day.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

For too long, we've seen low growth hold back progress in the fight against poverty, so it is encouraging to see signs that the global economy is gaining firmer footing. With a fragile but real recovery now underway, countries should seize this moment to undertake institutional and market reforms that can attract private investment to help sustain growth in the long-term. Countries must also continue to invest in people and build resilience against overlapping challenges, including climate change, conflict, forced displacement, famine, and disease.feedback

Charles Michel

I condemn this brutal act against #ParisAccord @realDonaldTrump Leadership means fighting climate change together. Not forsaking commitment.feedback

Maros Sefcovic

I'm quite optimistic when I see the reaction from the states, from the cities, from the mayors, from all important U.S. companies, that they will still push for an active fight against climate change. The message to Jerry Brown will be to push ahead.feedback

Justin Trudeau

For those of you feeling worried today, worried about our planet's future, and what that means for you and your family down the road, I want you to know we hear you. Canada hears you. We share your concerns, and we know inaction is not an option. We can't walk away from the reality of climate change, and we won't walk away from a global plan that has a realistic chance of fighting it. Now, I don't want to offer false hope. The truth is we can't turn back the clock. We can't cool down the atmosphere. That damage is done, damage that was set in motion generations ago.feedback

Kingsley Faulkner

It would be foolish to ever support coal given the health impacts and given the scientific debate about climate change is over ... We know how serious it is.feedback

John Oliver

But this week, the climate change movement may have gotten a symbol to rally around, because apparently it was never quite enough to motivate ourselves out of love for this large gassy orb.feedback

John Oliver

Trump may have inadvertently done us a tiny favor this week, because the problem with climate change is that it's always felt so abstract and impersonal and far off in the future. The usual symbols that we use don't do much to fix or help that. It's either a graph that's difficult to understand or a sad polar bear on a small piece of ice. And it's hard to get emotionally fired up over that.feedback

David Konisky

I do think the refusal to acknowledge climate change as a serious problem facing the United States and the world, as well as the reckless decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, does risk alienating moderate Republicans and Independents.feedback

Scott Pruitt

It was not a political decision. It was a right for this country, Chuck. This is a decision that was right for this country from a jobs perspective, an economy perspective, and an environmental perspective. But not Paris. Paris represents a bad deal for this country. It "contributes to climate change.feedback

Sadiq Khan

Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed – one of the things the police and all of us need to do is make sure we're as safe as we possibly can be. Climate change is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, risk to London. I want to put our city at the leading edge of the fight against this risk. But London can't take on this challenge alone. That's why I have joined forces with leaders of world cities to find ways that we can create cleaner, greener, better and healthier cities together.feedback

Richard Lugar

In my own campaign, there were people who felt strongly enough about my views on climate change to use it to help defeat me, and other Republicans are very sensitive to that possibility. So even if they privately believe we ought to do something about it, they're reticent, especially with the Republican president taking the views he is now taking.feedback

Carlos Curbelo

With 40 percent of Florida's population at risk from sea-level rise, my state is on the front lines of climate change. South Florida residents are already beginning to feel the effects of climate change in their daily lives.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

He believes that global warming is naturally occurring. That there are shifts naturally occurring.feedback

Mike Pence

For some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world. It's long been a goal of the liberal left in this country to advance a climate change agenda.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Climate is changing. I'm not a believer in man-made global warming. I am not a believer, Unless somebody can prove something to me ... I am not a believer and we have much bigger problems. I'm looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it. We're going to look very carefully.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

This decision can't and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet. On the contrary. We in Germany, Europe and the world will combine our forces more resolutely than ever to address and successfully tackle challenges for humanity such as climate change.feedback

Prince Albert

The Principality of Monaco affirms more than ever its commitment in the fight against global warming with ambitious objectives greater than those envisaged by the Paris Agreement. I invite all the nations of the world, signatories of this Agreement, to continue and confirm their commitments for a cause that concerns the preservation of our Earth and Humanity.feedback

Prince Albert

I was pretty shocked, when I heard his climate change denial. It's dangerous to have someone like this running for office, someone who can have people believing it's all a conspiracy.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

My impression is that it was the most fruitful and most promising summit. We have a joint responsibility to protect this system. We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris Agreement is a big mistake. But the fight against climate change, and all the research, innovation and technological progress it will bring, will continue, with or without the US.feedback

Mitt Romney

We don't know what's causing climate change.feedback

Patricia Espinosa

We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for this generous contribution. This kind of support is crucial for the work of the Secretariat to assist nations in their efforts to implement their commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.feedback

Brad Smith

We've sent letters to and held meeting on this topic with senior officials in the State Department and the White House. And in the past month, we've joined with other American business leaders to take out full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Post, urging the Administration to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement. We are disappointed with today's decision by the White House to withdraw the United States from the landmark, globally supported Paris Agreement on climate change.feedback

Keith Seitter

[F]rom a scientific viewpoint, it is particularly troubling that the President's claims cast aside the extensively studied domestic and global economic, health, and ecological risks of inaction on climate change.feedback

Li Keqiang

China will stand by its responsibilities on climate change. With tremendous effort, China will continue to implement promises made in the Paris Agreement, to move toward the 2030 goal step by step steadfastly.feedback

Lisa Vox

The United States will withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change, President Trump announced Thursday. Environmental scientists say the consequences could be catastrophic for the planet. But for some Trump supporters, there’s no reason to worry. “As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us,” Rep. [].feedback

Darren W. Woods - ExxonMobil

For us, our position on the Paris agreement... we need a framework like that to address the risks of climate change.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Today we are stepping up our cooperation on climate change with China, which means that today, China and Europe have demonstrated solidarity with future generations and responsibility for the whole planet. We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris agreement is a big mistake. But the fight against climate change and all the research, innovation and technological progress it will bring will continue with or without the United States.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Global warming has been proven to be a canard repeatedly over and over again. The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax! I'm not a believer in global warming. I'm not a believer in man-made global warming. I have a very open mind. And I'm going to study a lot of the things that happened on it and we're going to look at it very carefully. But I have an open mind.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don't believe it $$$$!feedback

Chuck Hagel

Climate change is a 'threat multiplier' because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today - from infectious disease to armed insurgencies - and to produce new challenges in the future.feedback

Angela Merkel

We will gather all our strength – in Germany, in Europe and in the world – to meet the great challenges of humanity, like climate change, and to successfully master these challenges. For all for whom the future of this planet is important, I say: Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth. What we began over 20 years ago and continued in Paris one and a half years ago with a historic quantum leap will lead to success.feedback

Miguel Arias Canete - EU Energy

We will establish a dialogue within the United States with all the players that in the United States support ambitious climate change policies.feedback

Miguel Arias Canete - EU Energy

The fight against climate change cannot depend on the result of elections in one country or another.feedback

R.C. Hammond

This was not a litmus test on the reality of climate change for him. He still sees a path forward on that and we're also going to continue to work with our friends and allies on our priorities: national security and the economy.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

The president’s White House seemed pure TV drama, but his move out of the Paris climate change agreement gives it a sickening twist. Until now, at least for those watching from afar, the Trump show has been a spectacle. It has shocked and appalled, but with the compulsive appeal of something like entertainment. The accelerating investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has followed the story arc of a gripping political thriller, a real-life rival to House of Cards. Indeed, the latest episode of the Trump-Russia drama promises a cameo role for our own Nigel Farage, now named as a “person of interest” to the FBI’s inquiry (even if voters in seven UK parliamentary contests deemed him anything but).feedback

Lin Boqiang

The talk of climate change actions is very important because energy reforms will inevitably hurt some vested interests. Such talk has created favorable conditions for energy reforms, without which many things would have been impossible. China is now number one in the world in installed capacity of wind and solar power. This would not be possible without all the talk about climate change and a low-carbon economy.feedback

Jonathan Finer

Reaching an agreement in Paris depended on the United States, China and a small group of key countries pushing each other to be ambitious in their targets and holding each other accountable. This same dynamic should have resulted in an ongoing effort to ratchet up the fight against climate change, which everyone knows is necessary to actually address it. The United States pulling out takes a lot of that pressure off.feedback

Harsh Pant

Modi's constituency is the middle class, and the middle class in Indian cities is choking on pollution. Modi knows climate change is good politics. Climate change makes sense to Modi because he believes it as it is good economics and politics.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Climate change is undeniable. I urge all the governments around the world to stay the course, to remain committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement to the benefit of all of us. And in relation to U.S. society, I am deeply convinced that states, cities, the business community, the civil society, will also remain engaged, will bet on the green economy.feedback

Peter Kiernan

The U.S. withdrawal from Paris may slow down global progress on climate change, but will not reverse it, leaving the U.S. in catch-up mode regarding the clean energy transition.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Today we are stepping up our cooperation on climate change with China, which means that today China and Europe have demonstrated solidarity with future generations and responsibility for the whole planet. We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris Agreement is a big mistake, bigger than not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol because Paris is fairer.feedback

Wayne Balta - International Business Machines

As IBM stated 10 years ago, Climate change is one of the most critical global environmental challenges facing the planet.' That is even truer today.feedback

Indra K. Nooyi - PepsiCo

Combating climate change is absolutely critical to the future of our company, customers, consumers – and our world.feedback

Frank Yu - Wood Mackenzie

China has expressed very clear signals that it wants to take more leadership in terms of promoting trade and global co-operation against climate change. The retreat of the U.S. actually gives China more opportunity to lead these global efforts.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Addressing climate change is not just an environmental or moral imperative, it is an economic imperative.feedback

Chris Tollefson

When they say they're going to fight the pipeline, what they're really saying is they're going to prevent this pipeline from being built until environmental assessments, until consultations with First Nations have occurred. The project represents a test, a challenge in terms of the rule of law, the resilience and effectiveness of our institutions of government to generate science, evidence, public participation in a way that allows us to make wise decisions about the future in the shadow of climate change.feedback

Angela Merkel

We will gather all our strength – in Germany, in Europe and in the world – to meet the great challenges of humanity, like climate change, and to successfully master these challenges. For all for whom the future of this planet is important, I say: Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth. The path, there is no doubt about it, is rocky. I have known that ever since I started in politics. But I am also convinced, if I look back at these more than 20 years, that the path is irreversible.feedback

Mario Rodriguez - Greenpeace

The battle against climate change is irreversible. Resistance will be maintained because the United States is much more than just the White House and Trump.feedback

Emily Thornberry

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy are absolutely right to stand by the Paris Agreement and make clear to Donald Trump that it is not up for renegotiation. The commitments made in Paris are vital to stop the world reaching the point of no return on climate change, and there can be no question of watering them down.feedback

Al Franken

We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement ... While the U.S. decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies.feedback

Hua Chunying

China will stay committed to upholding and promoting the global governance on climate change, and take an active part in the multilateral process on climate change. We will work with all relevant parties to safeguard the outcomes of the Paris Agreement, press ahead with the negotiation and implementation of the enforcement rules, and promote green, low-carbon and sustainable growth of the world.feedback

Zhang Haibin

The international community's expectation of China will now rise sharply, and whether or not China will assume this responsibility is still a major question. China will not alter its commitments because of Trump, or follow him in quitting. But I don't think China is currently able to independently assume the mantle of global climate change governance, China can't fully take the place of the US.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the US in the agreement. But it wasn't enough.feedback

Paul Whittaker - The Australian

GetUp! is effectively another wing of the Labor party and the Greens. GetUp!'s deputy chair Ms McGrath will be sitting in judgment at the press council on complaints over contentious newspaper stories about important matters in the public interest such as mining, climate change, immigration and asylum seekers – all issues of which the organisation she represents has aggressively campaigned on from a Green-left position.feedback

Tim Farron

You have gone to Washington to hold Donald Trump's hand, now is the time to hold his feet to the fire. If the special relationship between the Prime Minister and Mr Trump actually exists, it exists for moments like this. We need to make him see sense on climate change.feedback

Matt Sonnesyn

Business Roundtable CEOs have long held the view that the consequences of climate change are potentially serious and far-reaching.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Climate change is one of the major issues of our time. It is already changing our daily lives but it is global. Everyone is impacted and if we do nothing our children will know a world of migrations, of wars of shortage, a dangerous world, it is not the future we want for ourselves, it is not the future we want for our children, it is not the future we want for our world. I reaffirm clearly that the Paris Agreement remains irreversible and will be implemented not just by France but by all the other nations.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Climate change is one of the major issues of our time. It is already changing our daily lives but it is global. I reaffirm clearly that the Paris Agreement remains irreversible and will be implemented not just by France but by all the other nations. To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world. I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS. Under Paris deal, China committed to produce as much clean electricity by 2030 as the US does from all sources today.feedback

Michelle Krebs - Auto Trader Group

Despite the U.S. government's decision to withdraw, global automakers must continue developing vehicles to meet more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards for the rest of the world that remains part of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Otherwise, they risk being unable to sell their vehicles in global markets, including China, now the world's largest new-car market, and falling behind technologically.feedback

Jack Nerad

Auto makers might try to mask their joy at the withdrawal from the Paris Accord on climate change, but many of them will rejoice that they will be less likely to be forced to sell vehicles that U.S. consumers don't seem to want.feedback

Barack Obama

One of the reasons I ran for this office was to make sure that America does its part to protect this planet for future generations. Over the past seven and a half years, we've transformed the United States into a global leader in the fight against climate change.feedback

Li Keqiang

China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment. Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it's not invented by China... and we realize that this is a global consensus agreement and that as a big developing nation we should shoulder our international responsibility.feedback

Hua Chunying

Climate change is a global challenge. No county can place itself outside of this.feedback

Bill de Blasio

The President withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would be horribly destructive for the planet, the country, and this city. President Trump should know that climate change is a dagger aimed straight at the heart of New York City.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're not there yet. We continue to lobby the U.S. at all levels to continue to take climate change extremely seriously.feedback

Peter Turkson

The Vatican would always respect the decision of a sovereign state. We will continue to still talk about climate change and all of that, and hope that some change can occur midstream.feedback

Joseph Curtin

The Paris agreement is not intended as a fig leaf. It is not a branding opportunity, nor is it intended as a platform for lobbying. It is a club for countries who are part of a global effort to tackle dangerous climate change, and who are committed to emissions reductions. The US no longer meets these admission criteria.feedback

Edward Mason

Members of the board, do you leave your understanding of climate change at the door when you attend Exxon Mobil board meetings?feedback

Ross Eisenberg - National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers support the spirit of the Paris Agreement and the effort to address climate change through a fair international agreement. But as the president has acknowledged, certain elements of this deal were not equitable for U.S. manufacturers.feedback

Nick Akins - American Electric Power

Specific customers are looking specifically for renewables and to what degree you are moving toward a new clean energy economy. Shareholders are more interested in sustainability going forward and improvements from a climate change perspective and carbon emissions perspective. We are trying to make our company long-term sustainable regardless of administration.feedback

Ed Davey

The Paris agreement is facing a mortal, US-led threat. But at this crucial moment, our prime minister is, once again, absent, silent and weak. The most important international agreement to tackle climate change is about to be dealt a severe blow – but Theresa May is nowhere to be found.feedback

Jeffrey Immelt

We believe climate change is real, and the science is well accepted. Our customers, partners and countries are demanding technology that generates power while reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency and reducing cost.feedback

Bjorn Lomborg

The carbon-cutting treaty approach has failed politically and economically for two decades. It is an incredibly expensive distraction from the green energy R&D investment that is needed to solve climate change.feedback

Heather Coleman - Oxfam Intermón

This will have very serious consequences for millions around the world, whose lives are on the line because of climate change. Pulling out of the Paris agreement [would be] a huge embarrassment that puts the US in the same camp as Nicaragua and Syria – the only two states who are not party to the agreement.feedback

Paul Allen - Microsoft

Opening up access to LEO (low earth orbit) will deliver many benefits. For example, we could deploy more satellites that would enable better understanding of why our weather patterns are changing and help increase agricultural productivity. And, we could study atmospheric chemistry more closely to better study and mitigate climate change. But none of this will happen as quickly without exploring new, flexible and streamlined ways to send satellites into orbit.feedback

Dirk Forrister

The notion of a trade battle over climate change is something everyone's tried to avoid for two or three decades. That's why we have an international agreement to put everyone in the same frame.feedback

Faiza Oulahsen - Greenpeace

I think it's a major blow to citizens, organisations and corporations that are deeply concerned about climate change, especially the ones in the US. However, I have to say it's not the end of the world.feedback

David Doniger - Natural Resources Defense Council

On the heels of news reports that the U.S. will walk away from a global commitment to combat climate change, President Trump is sabotaging headway the U.S. has already made. The Trump administration is giving its friends in the oil and gas industry a free pass to continue polluting our air. ... We will fight Trump's latest polluter giveaway in court.feedback

Michael Oppenheimer - O'Neal

The actions of the United States are bound to have a ripple effect in other emerging economies that are just getting serious about climate change, such as India, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. We will see more extreme heat, damaging storms, coastal flooding and risks to food security. And that's not the kind of world we want to live in.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Commitments so far could still see temperatures rise by 3 degrees or more. So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming. The journey from Paris is well underway. The support across all sectors of society is profound. The transition in the real economy is a fact. There will be bumps along the path ... but with everyone's participation, the world can bring the Paris Agreement fully to life.feedback

Darren W. Woods - ExxonMobil

We'll have to step back and reflect on the vote and the messages that we're getting in terms of what we have put out there and see where the opportunities are to better express our position and what we think the implications are going to be for our business going forward. We need a framework like that to address the challenges of climate change, the risk of climate change. It's a global issue.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You need six pages of paperwork to go diving off Lisianski Island, there's no-one living there, there are no threats. And yet the coral is overwhelmed by these big heat stress events that are becoming more frequent with climate change.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Some may seek to portray the response to climate change as a fundamental threat to the economy. Yet, what we are witnessing in these early years of a systemic response is the opposite. We are seeing new industries. New markets. Healthier environments. More jobs. Less dependency on global supply chains of fossil fuels.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Some may seek to portray the response to climate change as a fundamental threat to the economy. Yet what we are witnessing in these early years of a systemic response is the opposite. The sustainability train has left the station. Get on board or get left behind… Those who fail to bet on the green economy will be living in a grey future. Yes, not everyone will move at the same pace or with equal vigour. But if any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course. Allow me to be blunt. The world is in a mess.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world. Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain. Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case.feedback

Lyndon Schneiders

Deforestation and land clearing has a double impact on climate change. The trees can no longer draw carbon pollution out of the air and they also release carbon and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as they are burnt or rot.feedback

Caroline Russell

Farming subsidies should be used to make sure land is used to store water. We have completely messed up our floodplains, we are getting more water from climate change, and there is nowhere for the water to go. Land in the countryside has to work differently to protect the built-up areas from flooding.feedback

Stefan Rahmstorf

The U.S. pulling out of Paris will not stop the fight against global warming, since almost all other countries are committed to it. But it could delay it and any delay could be detrimental, as stopping global warming before critical tipping points are crossed is a race against the clock.feedback

Terry Hughes

Most of the coral reef literature assumes business-as-usual emissions to the end of the century, which would result in global warming of 4, 5 or 6C. We will never get there – not because people will become more and more concerned about coral reefs – but because Florida will go under water and that will get people's attention.feedback

Terry Hughes

They are going to be different systems with a different mix of species but if we throw the kitchen sink at it and especially deal with climate change then we will have functioning reefs that will sustain and repair themselves and be of some use to people.feedback

Darren W. Woods - ExxonMobil

We believe the risks of climate change are serious and warrant action, thoughtful action. As a company we are taking action in may ways. The board believes the company has adequately assessed the future impact of policy developments.feedback

Edward Mason

Trump is acting contrary to Wall Street and the world's largest investors. Climate change is a material financial risk and shareholders want to know how companies will manage the change to a low carbon economy. Members of the board, do you leave your understanding of climate change at the door when you attend the ExxonMobil board meeting?feedback

Joseph Curtin

The current debate is really between those who want to leave Paris and totally deny climate change, and those who see Paris as a branding and lobbying opportunity.feedback

Peter Wittig

Precisely because trans-Atlantic relations are so important, it is imperative to speak honestly about the differences we have. Past meetings have revealed a number of such differences, for example in the area of climate change.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk. The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

It is true that we have a difficult situation in relations between the United States and Germany. But the United States are older and bigger than the current conflict and so I think we will return to good relations in the future. Things are getting trivialized now. I think it is inappropriate that we are now communicating with each other between a beer tent and Twitter. Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk.feedback

Isabella Lovin

I think I can safely say that the United States has not been very keen on strong language on climate change. We are not prepared to leave that (strong language) out. That's really fundamental. The impacts of climate change are almost immeasurable.feedback

Marlene Moses

Leaving climate change out of a document in the context of oceans is like cutting off the right arm of the Pacific island countries.feedback

Richard Tol

The focus has been so long on global climate change that we forgot about the local effects. Ignoring the urban heat island effect leads to a fairly drastic under-estimate of the total impact of climate change.feedback

John Alker

Seeking to reduce the level of ambition in the directive is entirely counter-productive both environmentally and economically, and completely undermines the UK's aspirations to maintain a leadership position on climate change.feedback

Jennifer Morgan - Greenpeace

Europe, Canada and Japan stood up today and made a stand, revealing again how far Trump is out of step with the rest of the world on climate change. Leaders must now keep resolve... President Trump should now return to Washington and make the right decision, take climate change seriously and take action with the rest of the world.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

There is no doubt that this will be the most challenging G7 summit in years. It is no secret that the leaders meeting [Friday] sometimes have different positions on topics such as climate change and trade.feedback

Tim Seelig

While we do not believe any new coal mines, including the Adani mine, should proceed given global warming trends and the imperative of carbon emissions reduction, we still welcome these announcements. We thank Deputy Premier Jackie Trad for holding the line on this matter, and we thank the Palaszczuk Cabinet and government for locking in on a better final position. Two and a half years and a week full of crisis meetings, three cabinet meetings, two held late at night and we're still no closer to a deal. I wouldn't be surprised if Adani say this is all too hard.feedback

Alden Meyer - Union of Concerned Scientists

There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this. President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

It is essential for international equilibrium and the reputation of America that it remains engaged with the Paris treaty. The G7 had shown issues such as climate change are not side issues that can be left to others. Trump was a good listener, a pragmatic guy and open to debate.feedback

Rod Campbell

I think that's the big picture, that a Labor government in a time of climate change is subsidising new coal.feedback

Paolo Gentiloni

We will make an important declaration today here in Taormina on climate change, on great migrant flows, on free trade in the world on which so many jobs depend and the future prospects for our economy.feedback

Nick Obradovich

They're continuously collecting–it's the largest public health survey in the world. Too little sleep can make a person more susceptible to disease and chronic illness, and it can harm psychological well-being and cognitive functioning. We don't really know what sleep in 2099 will look like, exactly. Technologies could change the way people sleep. More people might buy air conditioners. Other effects of climate change [can] impact sleep much more.feedback

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook

It is time for our generation-defining great works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and getting people involved by asking volunteers to share their health data, track their health data and share their genomes? … How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online? And how about personalizing education so everyone can learn? These achievements are all within our reach.feedback

Joris van Loenhout

It is an interesting and important study, which shows the relationship between warm temperatures and sleep quality, and the expected impact of climate change on this.feedback

Jerome Siegel

It's sort of a nice exercise – yes, this is something that might affect people. But this would be way down on my list of things to worry about with climate change, even though I'm a sleep researcher.feedback

Michael Drexler - World Economic Forum

The anticipated increase in longevity and resulting ageing populations is the financial equivalent of climate change. We must address it now or accept that its adverse consequences will haunt future generations, putting an impossible strain on our children and grandchildren.feedback

Katrien Vandevelde

I came particularly to fight against climate change. Trump is accelerating the melting of the ice caps. I so wish the moment he gets home he will be impeached and we can get Bernie Sanders and have the whole world fighting against global warming.feedback

Justin Trudeau

One of the things that we understand in Canada is that investing in clean energy and investing in fighting against climate change is going to help us.feedback

Justin Trudeau

These are the kinds of things that we intend to highlight. Yes, climate change represents a significant challenge to the world. But it also represents a tremendous opportunity for us to innovate.feedback

Michael Burger

We haven't seen any major wins filed in actions against fossil fuel companies but there have been successes in lawsuits against governments. A lot of this legal action is in the US because America is a litigious society but also because there is such a partisan divide over the fundamental reality of climate change, which doesn't really exist elsewhere in the world.feedback

Brendan Sydes

There's a real risk that this new information will cause a renewed scrutiny for what Australia is or is not doing to protect the reef – particularly around climate change. That would be a tragic situation.feedback

Richard Leck - World Wide Fund for Nature

And the elephant in the room, that is not included in the plan, and Australia is not performing well on, is climate change. Until Australia gets serious about playing its part in limiting emissions to 1.5C temperature rise, we are not taking saving the reef seriously.feedback

Graham Slater

If we do shut down that cold water supply, if climate change does go the route we think it is going, it is going to spell real bad news for these big baleen whales.feedback

Catherine Pepinster

Progressive Catholics want Francis to be an alternative voice, and diplomacy requires dialogue with people you don’t agree with. When the president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, visited the Vatican on Monday, he gave Pope Francis a gold and white bell, a symbol of their mutual concern about global warming. It’s usual for heads of state and the pope to exchange gifts during a meeting but it’s hard to imagine Donald Trump, who is due to visit Pope Francis on Wednesday, would ever consider a gift that might have anything to do with climate change. The US president thinks global warming was invented by the Chinese to harm American manufacturing, while the pope is so convinced of its existence he wrote a papal document dedicated to climate change and its consequences for the world’s poorest.feedback

Erik Solheim

It's patently clear we need more concrete action on climate change, including addressing the root causes and helping communities adapt to the consequences. The science can stand up in a court of law, and governments need to make sure their responses to the problem do too.feedback

Amina J. Mohammed

The world has recognised that climate change is very real, the science shows emissions are having a detrimental effect and will be catastrophic unless we try to reduce them below two degrees and certainly 1.5. And so, the US being one of top emitters it is essential to have them in the agreement. Globally, the implications are huge for countries that will go under water, coastlines that will lose investment to high-level sea rises. This is very real. I see hope for the US staying in the agreement. I think there is a bigger challenge of us keeping the ambition of the MDCs.feedback

Jerry Brown

I want to do everything we can to keep America on track, keep the world on track, and lead in all the ways California has. We're are looking to do everything we can to advance our program, regardless of whatever happens in Washington. Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump's mind, but nowhere else.feedback

Chip Fletcher

It did not cause any direct inaccuracy, but it did eliminate an important connection to be made by the reader – that global warming is causing sea-level rise. I disagree with the decision from the upper administration to delete it, not with the scientists who deleted it at the administration's request.feedback

Neil Frazer

It's a crime against the American people. Because scientists have known for at least 50 years that anthropogenic climate change is a reality. The suppression of this information is a scandal.feedback

Elizabeth Farren

There is outrage regarding the illegal Muslim ban, the global gag rule on women's health, his appalling choices in his cabinet, his appalling views on climate change, and his denigration of journalists and the free press. We are genuinely concerned about the authoritarian tone that his administration has taken.feedback

Caroline Lucas

The Green Guarantee is about hope, and we need hope now like never before. I can't remember a time in my life where the future has felt more uncertain, with Brexit, with accelerated climate change, with an NHS in crisis. Let us make no mistake – she has no mandate for the kind of Brexit she is pursuing, out of the single market, out of the customs union, leaving environmental protections behind, ending free movement.feedback

John S. Watson - Chevron

He "shares the concerns of governments and the public about climate change risks.feedback

Janet McCabe

Every day this was not attended to was a day we got closer to the tipping point – when it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to prevent the kind of climate change damage we are worried about. In any regulated industry, there are companies that are more aggressive than others in pushing back at every turn and trying to stop the policy. Devon was one of those.feedback

Kathy J. Willis

There are just huge areas we know nothing about. I find it really encouraging that there are many, many new plants to be found in the world. Plants are critical to life on Earth and all aspects of human well-being. I get most carried away with the new food crops, because I think one of the most worrying things about climate change is its impact on food security. It has got these really big coffee beans and quite happily survives in up to 40?C. The traits are perfect for saying this might be a good species for future coffee.feedback

Jessica O'Reilly

Those goals have now expired, replaced by the UN's sustainable development goals, one of which, SDG 13, is explicitly about climate change.feedback