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Claire Perry
We led the world in setting up the Green Investment Bank and it is now being copied by others. Now that it's in the private sector, it will be able to operate on an international level to tackle the global challenge of climate change. It is also perfectly placed to help us finance green initiatives for our Clean Growth Plan and realised the commitments set out in the Paris Agreement.feedback
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Aug 18 2017
Climate change has been commented on by 414 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Climate change are: Terry Hughes, Scott Pruitt, Barack Obama and Emmanuel Macron. For instance, the most recent quote from Terry Hughes is: “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.”.
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Michelle Bachelet

I am convinced that climate change is a reality, a complete and absolute reality. We think it's essential for our economic development to have cleaner energy because we want this planet to last.feedback

Brian Schatz

The oceans are the untold story when it comes to climate change, and we have to feel a sense of urgency when it comes to protecting the ocean that sustains us.feedback

Victoria Keener - East-West Center

Climate change adaptation: It's a new field, and you really don't know how well you're preparing for things until 20 years, 30 years down the road.feedback

Michael R. Bloomberg

Forget the White House, a new coalition of cities, businesses and universities are taking a lead role in fighting climate change. Michael Bloomberg is a former mayor of New York City.feedback

Elisa Allen - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

There's no need for tallow, and the Bank of England has failed to balance the books by investing in a non-animal bank note component that would please everyone. While the use of tallow is not the most shocking case of cruelty to animals, it is a direct subsidy for abattoirs for which there's no justification. Our society is rapidly moving away from the destruction and violence of animal agriculture – one of the most significant contributors to climate change and a practice that causes billions of gentle, intelligent animals to suffer greatly every year.feedback

Jane McAdam

Disasters become disasters on steroids: more frequent and more intense. Climate change is also a process. Slow-onset impacts such as sea-level rise or desertification take place over time, resulting in a gradual deterioration of living conditions that ultimately renders land uninhabitable.feedback

Chris Barrie

Australia's climate change credentials have suffered from a serious lack of political leadership.feedback

Jane McAdam

Reasoned, empirically-grounded analysis has too often been overshadowed by alarmist and ill-informed assumptions about the numbers of people on the move, and the nature of that movement. As a result, the security analysis has been 'flipped' away from the needs of the most vulnerable communities to instead focus on the national security of developed states, premised on the flawed notion that they will be inundated by people fleeing the impacts of climate change.feedback

Victoria Hermann

It was clear from the start of the Trump administration that there was no interest in helping Alaskan communities, particularly coastal communities, adapt to climate change. There's now no liaison from Washington on the issue. The biggest loss has been momentum. It feels like the Obama administration was kickstarting something useful but now it has dropped dead.feedback

Scott Anderson

I imagine these things go in cycles but it concerns the locals. People in Port Heiden definitely think climate change is a real and serious threat.feedback

Mike Brubaker - Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

People are coping with the loss of their history, places where they could reliably hunt and gather food, their burial sites. It causes a lot of distress. Before you see the physical impacts of climate change, you see the mental impacts.feedback

Kent Robertson - Chevron

Chevron welcomes serious attempts to address the issue of climate change, but these suits do not do that.feedback

Alan Robock

We all agree that climate change is real and that the solution is to reduce the emissions of the gases that cause global warming. The Paris Agreement was a good start, but those pledges aren't enough, and we have to reduce more. Even then it [won't be] fast enough. So what we're looking at is: If global warming is so dangerous, could we shave off a little warming while we continue to mitigate greenhouse gases?feedback

Jimmy Bramblett

It has become clear one of the previous administration's priority is not consistent with that of the incoming administration. Namely, that priority is climate change. Please visit with your staff and make them aware of this shift in perspective within the executive branch.feedback

Patricia Scotland

There have been times when I think, Why am I doing this?', and then I think about the 2.4bn people I am serving and that is what makes it worth it. I think it is doable. Climate change poses an existential threat to many of the small states.feedback

Hubertus Fischer

A single hot summer of course leads to higher melting in the ablation zone than usual, but it is the continuously warmer summers related to anthropogenic climate change, that lead to the net shrinking of the glaciers.feedback

Hubertus Fischer

So the chance to find a well-preserved body or at least pieces of it are much higher during times of climate change, where ice recedes.feedback

Jeffrey Gettleman

Kenya has a land problem. Africa itself has a land problem. The continent seems so vast and the land so open. The awesome sense of space is an inextricable part of the beauty here–the unadulterated vistas, the endless land. But in a way, that is an illusion. Population swells, climate change, soil degradation, erosion, poaching, global food prices and even the benefits of affluence are exerting incredible pressure on African land.feedback

Michael B. Gerrard

This is the furthest thing from retirement. In the years since I've 'retired,' I've produced five books on climate change.feedback

Michael B. Gerrard

There was some controversy on whether countries damaged by climate change could get compensation from damagers. We beat back some potentially bad language.feedback

Frank Kelly

By 2050, nearly two-thirds of the world's population will live in urban areas. How we manage and plan for growing urbanisation will be key to so many global aspirations from improving air quality and human health, maintaining economic success and combatting climate change.feedback

Oliver Hayes - Friends of the Earth

Electric cars are critical in the fight against climate change and deadly air pollution, but they're not a panacea. We must now build the infrastructure that reassures ordinary people that cycling and walking is safe, and invest in public transport that is consistently clean, cheap and reliable.feedback

Jessika Trancik

One relevant question is: what should the U.S. be doing so that its own home-grown companies could compete and stay at the forefront of these changing markets? I don't think we are capturing the opportunity right now with the uncertainty in policy on climate change and the unpredictability there.feedback

Eric Chaisse

Lavender in Provence is effectively endangered, because in recent years the plant has been subjected to the effects of climate change that brought a lot less rain in the spring and mostly in the autumn. This affects the lifespan of lavender. There's also a small cicada, a micro-bacteria transmitting leaf hopper, and in very dry weather there are lots of them.feedback

Bob Bullard

For too long, a lot of the climate change and global warming arguments have been looking at melting ice and polar bears and not at the human suffering side of it. They are still pushing out the polar bear as the icon for climate change. The icon should be a kid who is suffering from the negative impacts of climate change and increased air pollution, or a family where rising water is endangering their lives.feedback

Jerry Brown

The fact that Trump is the null hypothesis, he's saying there is no climate change, it's a hoax. So that sets up an antinomy, a contradiction. And because of that what California is doing is more salient. People are paying attention. People are more concerned because now they see, oh what Trump is saying – that's not right.feedback

Alexey Fedorov

I think the main thing about our paper that we show is that the Arctic sea ice loss can play an active role in climate change and ocean change as well.feedback

Jacob Poushter - Pew Research Center

The stark partisan divide between those on the left and the right means there is a large portion in the United States that doesn't see climate change as a threat. But there's a large percentage that does, so that lowers the number.feedback

Elfatih Eltahir

It presents a dilemma for India between the need to grow economically at a fast pace, consuming fossil fuels, and the need to avoid such potentially lethal impacts. To India, global climate change is no longer abstract – it is about how to save potentially vulnerable populations.feedback

Christoph Schär

This is a solid piece of work, which will likely shape our perception of future climate change. In my view, the results are of concern and alarming.feedback

Chris Huntingford

If given just one word to describe climate change, then 'unfairness' would be a good candidate. Raised levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are expected to cause deadly heatwaves for much of South Asia. Yet many of those living there will have contributed little to climate change.feedback

Scott Pruitt

No. I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don't know that yet… We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.feedback

Anthony Leiserowitz

Climate change is in many ways a small skirmish in the midst of a much larger political struggle that's been going on in this country since its founding. What's the relationship between government and a society of free individuals? That's playing out across the board on a lot of other issues from tax policy to health care.feedback

Paula Caballero - World Resources Institute

In Latin America the impacts of climate change both in terms of extreme events as well as the intensity and frequency of events has really gained momentum.feedback

Dieter Helm

Everyone is repeatedly surprised at how fast electric cars are coming forward. But the political pressure to adopt this technology is increasing all the time. It's not due to concerns over climate change – it's city air pollution.feedback

Richard Jorissen

Climate change may cause increased river discharge, but it may also cause sea levels and lake levels to rise, so the water level downstream may go up as well.feedback

Anna Michalak

In reality, what happens to water quality is more about this interplay between what we as humans are doing locally – things like land use and land management – and what we as humans are doing globally, in terms of climate change.feedback

Anna Michalak

When we think about climate change, we are used to thinking about water quantity – drought, flooding, extreme rainfall and things along those lines. Climate change is just as tightly linked to issues related to water quality, and it's not enough for the water to just be there, it has to be sustainable.feedback

Michael Gove

It is important that we all gear up for a significant change which deals not just with the problems to health caused by emissions but the broader problems caused in terms of accelerating climate change. We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars, not just because of the health problems that they cause, but also because the emissions that they cause would mean that we would accelerate climate change.feedback

Paul Behrens

As it is, climate change makes many fossil-fuel power plants stranded assets. Water stress only adds to the problems.feedback

Dave Pine

We are at the point of no return in fighting climate change, and if we don't reduce emissions there will be catastrophic impacts.feedback

Al Gore

President Donald Trump once called climate change a Chinese hoax (although he later claimed he was joking), and the man he appointed to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, even denied the most basic scientific finding concerning global warming: that CO2 emissions trap heat in the atmosphere. That fact was proven by scientists more than 150 years ago! These misinformation efforts have thus far been all too effective. They've obstructed progress by normalizing outright denial of science so effectively that the U.S. has more climate change deniers than any other country.feedback

Ken Kimmell - Union of Concerned Scientists

The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency continues. The executive order undercuts a key part of the nation's response to climate change, without offering even a hint of what will replace it.feedback

Joel Clement

I'm the climate change guy, and they moved me to the accounting office that collects fossil fuel royalties. They couldn't have found a job less suited for me, or that sent a clearer signal that they were trying to get me to quit.feedback

Scott Pruitt

Human activity [is not the] primary contributor to the global warming that we see.feedback

Petter Ostbo

Maybe even move our fertilizer from Holland all the way to Brazil. We want to go zero emission. Even if some say climate change is not reality, it's a business reality because clean sources of energy are more affordable than fossil fuels.feedback

Francisco Borja

Most of Doñana's lagoons feed on groundwater. Climate change will mean less rainfall and a decrease in water table levels. Therefore, lagoons, like the one where we stand, will have more and more trouble filling up on water each winter.feedback

Sam Gardner - World Wide Fund for Nature

The first six months of 2017 have certainly been incredible for renewables, with wind turbines alone helping to ensure millions of tonnes of climate-damaging carbon emissions were avoided. Scotland is continuing to break records on renewable electricity, attracting investment, creating jobs and tackling climate change. If we want to reap the same rewards in the transport and heating sectors we need the Scottish Government to put in place strong policies on energy efficiency and transport in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

It will be critically important in order to secure staff eagerness to travel that the climate change commitments made by China be actually respected and acted upon.feedback

Alex Hallatt

I was so excited when 'An Inconvenient Truth' was the success it was. Finally, finally climate change was now in the mainstream. In the intervening 10 to 11 years, it seems like we're almost going backwards. It's really, really frightening.feedback

Barack Obama

In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership can still give our children a fighting chance.feedback

Michael Gove

It is because environmental degradation is such a threat to future prosperity and security that I deeply regret President Trump's approach towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. International co-operation to deal with climate change is critical if we're to safeguard our planet's future and the world's second biggest generator of carbon emissions can't simply walk out of the room when the heat is on.feedback

Anthony Scaramucci

I want to thank personally Sean Spicer. I love the guy and I wish him well, and I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money. I don't like the way he talks about women, I don't like the way he talks about our friend Megyn Kelly... He's got a big mouth. There are scientists that believe that [climate change] is not happening.feedback

Michael Gove

International co-operation to deal with climate change is critical if we're to safeguard our planet's future and the world's second biggest generator of carbon emissions can't simply walk out of the room when the heat is on. It's our planet too and America needs to know we can only resolve this problem together.feedback

Sheema Sen Gupta

People need to understand how important this is for kids, for their rights, for their development. If we don't look at climate change, at addressing these issues, we won't make the progress we're committed to making.feedback

Sheema Sen Gupta

In Bangladesh, climate change is in your face. You can't avoid it. You can see it happening. Every year you have cyclones, floods, landslides. It's a given. It's now part of everyday living, and the clearest thing you see (from it) is rural to urban migration.feedback

Derick Mains - Facebook

He had a great visit to the park and got to meet with a team from the National Park Service who were all very open and knowledgeable about the role that climate change is playing in the decline of the glaciers in the park.feedback

Scott Segal

The litigants misunderstand nuisance law. Commentators have suggested that nuisance law, a relative backwater in property law, is based upon conditions in which there are distinct producers and recipients of pollution. However, in the case of global climate change, a molecule of carbon is literally around the world in seven days. The requisite causation needed for nuisance suits is missing and unprovable.feedback

Sheema Sen Gupta

I hesitate to say climate change and urbanization are the major causes of child marriage. But they do compound it and make it a bit more difficult to intervene.feedback

Julien Vincent

Right now, several key countries supporting the Paris climate change agreement are actively undermining it by trying to expand the polluting coal-power sector in other countries. We wouldn't have this massive spread of new coal-fired power if public finance institutions weren't making them bankable. As early as 2015, private capital investments into clean energy were already double those into fossil fuels. Private investors are vacating the field in terms of coal and putting their money into renewable energy.feedback

Rosie Woodroffe - Zoological Society of London

When people think about climate change affecting wildlife, they mostly think about polar bears. But wild dogs are adapted to the heat – surely they'd be fine? So it is shocking and surprising that even right on the equator these effects are being seen. It illustrates the global impact of climate change. If you are an animal who makes your living by running around really fast, obviously you are going to get hot. But there are not enough hours in the day any more that are cool enough to do that. This is something which is genuinely suppressing population size.feedback

Sean Mills - Snapchat

The Snapchat audience cares deeply about what's going on in the world and they want to know more. What they care about are the issues: climate change, gun violence, immigration, how they're going to pay for college. We see real spikes when we cover issues that they care about.feedback

James Hansen

Some consequences [of climate change] are already becoming inevitable, but as yet it could be moderate if we begin to reduce emissions rapidly. So that's the objective – to try to get the global community to understand the importance of beginning those emissions reductions soon, and keeping the task that we're leaving for young people one that they can manage.feedback

Peter Owen

The Great Australian Bight is a completely inappropriate place to open up a new offshore oil and gas precinct, especially as we hurtle towards catastrophic climate change.feedback

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

I think there is a big difference between Americans and the Trump administration. America is full of brilliant, brilliant people with brilliant minds who want to do the right thing. The sad thing is that some of the things that are coming out of the Trump administration seem to be anything but that. And obviously, seeing as today we are talking about climate change, it was America first and our beautiful globe last. And it does seem incredibly sad. So there is by no means any guarantee we will change his mind.feedback

Daniel Bulian

Climate change is a null issue for me. It's too early to know if there are any serious impacts.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Donald Trump listened to me, he understood the meaning of my approach, including the link between global warming and terrorism. He told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months, . We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord. It is important to maintain the dialogue so that the US can eventually reintegrate the field of action against global warming and play the game of multilateralism. Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord, let's see what happens.feedback

Kevin de León

Californians overwhelmingly support our efforts to tackle climate change. They know it's an urgent threat and they want us to continue to lead.feedback

Jerry Brown

The legislature is taking action to curb climate change and protect vulnerable communities from industrial poisons.feedback

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

With climate change, it's America first and our beautiful globe last, and that seems incredibly sad. I've got a feeling that the president is regretting what he did. Maybe his children and son in law [adviser Jared Kushner] are saying, Look, I told you so.' Hopefully there is a positive change of mind.feedback

Trevor Maynard

From year to year, risk varies relatively little but climate change in the end will be far larger as a risk. It affects the global economic structure, food, water. [It's like] trying to turn a supertanker around – we can't start in 30 years when things are going bad, we have to start now.feedback

Paolo Besana

Most people respect the rules but it's summer, and of course we have global warming, and so some come in t-shirts and shorts. Our audience is quite traditional and it's important for them to see other people being well-dressed. It is do with respect for the place and respect for others. Just because it's hot doesn't mean you can't be elegant.feedback

Bambang Susantono - Asian Development Bank

Countries in Asia and the Pacific are at the highest risk of plummeting into deeper poverty – and disaster – if (climate change) mitigation and adaptation efforts are not quickly and strongly implemented.feedback

Donovan Richards

With the Trump administration in place, people who don't necessarily even believe in climate change, I'm really worried whether the money will even be there.feedback

Ethan Coffel

Our results suggest that weight restriction may impose a non-trivial cost on airlines and impact aviation operations around the world. The sooner climate change is incorporated into mid- and long-range plans the more effective adaptation efforts can be.feedback

Fran Lambrick

Frontline environmental defenders are critical in fighting climate change, protecting our natural resources and upholding human rights and cultural identity. Yet they face violent reprisals, threats and criminalisation.feedback

Rocky Chavez

We recognize that climate change is a real issue that needs to be addressed.feedback

Anna Hogg

At this point it would be premature to say that this was caused by global warming.feedback

Harry M. Reid

This is not a confrontation with Trump; it's a confrontation with doing something about climate change. Rather than sitting, fretting about it, let's all do something about it – individuals can do something about it.feedback

Martin O'Leary

Although this is a natural event, and we're not aware of any link to human-induced climate change, this puts the ice shelf in a very vulnerable position. This is the furthest back that the ice front has been in recorded history. We're going to be watching very carefully for signs that the rest of the shelf is becoming unstable.feedback

Kimberley Nicholas

In life, there are many values on which people make decisions and carbon is only one of them. I don't have children, but it is a choice I am considering and discussing with my fiance. Because we care so much about climate change that will certainly be one factor we consider in the decision, but it won't be the only one.feedback

David Wallace-Wells

[N]o matter how well-informed you are [about climate change], you are surely not alarmed enough.feedback

Anthony Rendon

Our environment and economy depend on curbing the harmful effects of climate change. Once again we are showing that in California, protecting the environment and improving public health are inextricably linked.feedback

Al Franken

Since taking office, President Trump has decided to disregard science in order to repeatedly put the short-sighted interests of his friends in the fossil fuel industry ahead of the safety of our planet. We hope to bring some much needed attention to this critical issue and ultimately, to help encourage people in Minnesota, Dave's home state of Indiana, and all Americans to make their voices heard and join the fight to combat climate change.feedback

Christophe Castaner

There's also a strong political dimension. Emmanuel Macron wants to try to prevent the president of the United States being isolated. He (Trump) sometimes takes decisions that we disagree with, on climate change for example. But we can do things: either you say 'we're not speaking because you haven't been nice' or we can reach out to him to keep him in the circle.feedback

Richard Haass

Overall, the trip embraced nationalism much more than internationalism. There was further rejection of free trade, nothing on climate change, disrespect of free media, and a pro forma pushback versus Russian interference in our politics.feedback

Evelyn Mervine - De Beers

Since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, there has been a huge jump in carbon pricing schemes. What's clear is there will be carbon pricing by 2030s - it will be a cost of doing business.feedback

Paul Bloom - Yale

When we rely on empathy, we think that a little girl stuck down a well is more important than all of climate change, is more important than tens of thousands of people dying in a far away country. Empathy zooms us in on the attractive, on the young, on people of the same race. It zooms us in on the one rather than the many. And so it distorts our priorities.feedback

Theresa May

Like other world leaders here, I am dismayed at the US decision to pull out of the Paris agreement and I have urged President Trump to rejoin the Paris agreement. The UK's own commitment to the Paris agreement and tackling global climate change is as strong as ever. I did bring the issue of the climate change agreement up with President Trump, I've had a number of conversations with him over the time I have been here at the G20. When I brought it up with him, what I did was I encouraged him to bring the United States back into the Paris agreement.feedback

Susanne Neubronner - Greenpeace

The millions of people threatened by climate change or already suffering its impact expect the G-20 leaders to accelerate their efforts to reduce their emissions. This can only be achieved by ending the age of coal by a socially just phase-out.feedback

Adam Schiff

Yes, I'm sure that's the big talk at G20. Not climate change or trade, but why didn't John Podesta give a server that wasn't his to the CIA.feedback

Yuval Steinitz

Even if there's a 50 percent likelihood that climate change and global warming are caused by human activity, it is our duty to act to minimize risks.feedback

Theresa May

On climate change I've already made clear our position to President Trump, there will be a discussion about the US position, I and others at that table will be encouraging President Trump to look at ways America can come back into the Paris Agreement.feedback

Georges Benjamin

From her work as a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist to her recent service as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dr. Fitzgerald is more than prepared to face the health challenges of our time, including climate change, Zika, Ebola, and our growing burden of chronic disease.feedback

Ian Johnstone

You need to kind of manufacture that, find the people who are going to support it early on and get commitments so that you can launch with momentum. Is the beach cleanup going to make a dent in climate change? Probably not. But it's an opportunity for like-minded people to get together and on a very small scale, make a difference.feedback

Jeff Orlowski - Sundance

We hadn't planned on making a series. Making 'Chasing Ice' really had awakened me to the urgency of the climate change problem, and this looked like an opportunity to tell a new story, and also one that had a very different visual aspect.feedback

Dannel P. Malloy

Connecticut has been a national leader in combating climate change, . We have no plans of slowing down our efforts.feedback

Zhu Guangyao

The policies produced by the G20 should be by the consensus of all member states,'. No one should be excluded.''. China will firmly promote its policies taking more measures against climate change.feedback

Nicolas Hulot

One of the symbolic acts of the plan is that France, which previously had made the promise to divide its greenhouse gas emissions by four by 2050, has decided to become carbon neutral by 2050 following the U.S. decision. We want to demonstrate that fighting against climate change can lead to an improvement of French people's daily lives.feedback

David Booth

The Great Barrier reef is under extreme threat from climate change, coal development, overfishing and influx of nutrients and the lack of UNESCO recognition of the danger it is in is perplexing.feedback

Mikael Olai Milhøj - Danske Bank

The G20 meeting starts tomorrow and there are many things to talk about: North Korea, Paris climate change deal, trade/protectionism, Ukraine and so on. CNN has a long list of Trump's disagreement with G20 counterparts and EU-Japan is expected to present its free trade deal (removing 99pc of tariffs on traded goods) today.feedback

Foster Vander Elst - Greenpeace

An endangerment listing, as tragic as that would be, would be a more realistic representation of the state of reef and would at least force the federal government to act on climate change.feedback

Catherine McKenna

It would be great to have a clear message that everyone understands we need to be taking action on climate change, and the Paris agreement is critical to that. Canada is really pushing for that.feedback

Édouard Philippe

Those who, through selfishness or a lack of conscience, turn their backs on the Paris climate change agreement, show more than just a simple misunderstanding of the world that is coming. It shows that at the heart of things, they are scared of the future. The ostrich is without doubt a nice animal, but putting your head in the sand has never prepared a person to face the future. Companies must want to set themselves up and develop on our soil rather than elsewhere.feedback

Charles Kupchan

The G20 agenda is set for some uncomfortable conversations. It will be dominated by climate change, by free trade, by immigration, and these are issues where Trump is – more or less – alone. The top line will be: Is Trump – as he was during his first trip to Europe – the odd man out.feedback

Shinzo Abe

Global warming has already resulted in the earth, which sustains human life, experiencing various crises for a long time. That's why we must all take action together quickly.feedback

Gianni Pitella

After a few months of his presidency, Trump has already jeopardised the Paris agreement on the climate change, endangered the EU-US and Nato relationships, and now he risks blowing up the already very delicate situation in Poland and eastern Europe.feedback

Stephen Hawking

We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.feedback

Nicola Kimm - Philips Lighting

If we look around us, we see an ever increasing need for more energy. Through the sales of our energy-efficient lighting, we contribute to reducing lighting's share of all global electricity consumption from the current 15% level to 8% in 2030. However, this alone is not enough. To keep our planet on course with the Paris agreement to mitigate climate change, we must fully switch to renewable sources of electricity. Partnering with ECOHZ enables us to keep to our part in this fiduciary duty.feedback

Kate Mackenzie

Disclosure isn't just about publishing pretty reports any more. It's about demonstrating how you are responding to climate change-related risks, and why.feedback

Friederike Otto

Heat can be deadly – especially for the very young and the elderly. This extreme event attribution analysis makes clear that European heatwaves have become more frequent, and in the South of Europe at least 10 times more frequent. It is critical that cities work with scientists and public health experts to develop heat action plans. Climate change is impacting communities right now and these plans save lives.feedback

Geert Jan van Oldenborgh

We found clear and strong links between this month's record warmth and human-caused climate change.feedback

Joseph Majkut

Most of the risk maps show that climate change is going to be terrible for Trump country. Like, it's not clear at all–from these maps–why reducing climate change is not a more urgent issue for Republicans, purely as a matter of representing their people.feedback

Solomon Hsiang

If we have a rough number, is that good enough? I definitely think we're never going to know the cost of climate change to seven decimal places. But it's unclear what a rough number means, because there's been very little benchmarking to any real-world data.feedback

Solomon Hsiang

The poor regions will get poorer and the richer regions will benefit. What we're seeing here is that climate change will have a very large impact on the quality of life and economic opportunity in the coming decades for ourselves and our children.feedback

Kouichi Yamamoto

The Kyoto Protocol was mainly to enhance developed countries to combat global warming, but the Paris climate pact is for all countries and underlines a big advancement. Therefore, the U.S. withdrawal this time has a much bigger implication than that from the Kyoto Protocol.feedback

Soloman Hsiang

Unmitigated climate change will be very expensive for huge regions of the United States. If we continue on the current path, our analysis indicates it may result in the largest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in the country's history.feedback

Brett Mitchell

We believe very strongly in climate change; it is real, it does exist, and we need to do something about it.feedback

Louis Leonard - World Wide Fund for Nature

If you're a company that either grows food in the heartland of the United States or ships it down the Mississippi and out to other countries, or you're a company that builds the components of wind turbines and solar panels, or you're a company that has a big retail footprint all over the world, climate change has come to you already. I think that the understanding of those impacts has led those companies to again take action to begin to green their own footprint, and their supply chains.feedback

Michael Graham

If climate change is as bad as we think it will be, I don't see how we can't do this.feedback

Solomon Hsiang

You see a similar pattern internationally, where countries in the tropics are more heavily impacted by climate change. But this is the first study to show that same pattern of inequality in the United States.feedback

Angela Merkel

We cannot expect easy discussions on climate change at the G20 summit. Our differences with the U.S. are clear. The Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable.feedback

Hiroichi Yagi

We think engagement investment is about promoting companies to be involved with ESG through engagement. If you just sell and stop investing in companies that are not mindful of climate change, then you are abandoning engagement there.feedback

Angela Merkel

The EU's unity is greater than some heated debates might suggest. The remaining EU-27 are well prepared for the Brexit negotiations. Those who believe that these problems can be solved with isolationism and protectionism are seriously misled. We are convinced that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, an existential challenge. We cannot wait to act until the science has convinced every last doubter.feedback

Emma Herd

Boards need a plan for managing climate change risks and opportunities that shareholders can see. Having a globally consistent framework for reporting on material climate change risks will accelerate this trend.feedback

Christian Thimann - AXA Group

We of course have an intrinsic interest in the world fighting against climate change. We see the frequency and intensity of natural disasters linked to climate change augmenting every year. We consider a world of plus two degrees may still be insurable but a world of plus four degrees might not be.feedback

Philippe Defosses

The more companies report effectively on climate related risks and opportunities, the easier it becomes for investors to allocate the substantial amounts of capital required to implement the Paris Agreement and to work on their own climate risk disclosure. There should be no resistance to the widespread adoption on the TCFD's recommendations given how – in most G20 countries – companies already have legal obligations to disclose material risks in their routine financial filings, including those that related to climate change.feedback

Ben van Beurden - Royal Dutch Shell

I agree that companies should be clear about how they plan to be resilient in the face of climate change and energy transition. I believe it is right that it should be transparent which companies are truly on firm foundations over the long-term. I applaud the task force for its work to achieve this aim and I have signed a letter confirming Shell's support for the initiative.feedback

Catherine Von Burg

Despite Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, the economics of cheaper fuel sources, that happen to be renewable, will drive the market forward. Then, the bipartisan rhetoric about climate change being real or not won't matter. The bottom line, and the return on investment, will create the change the planet needs at this critical juncture in time.feedback

Costas Synolakis

Earlier, we didn't really believe such extremes were possible. But with global warming and sea level rise, such landslides are going to be far more common.feedback

Patrick Leahy

This budget that you've proposed doesn't uphold your agency's mission. We ought to be doubling down on our investment to protect our environment for the sake of our children and grandchildren. We ought to curb the effects of climate change. Instead, the administration is tearing down the legacy of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.feedback

Laura Wellesley

We are talking about a huge share of global supply that could be delayed or stopped for a significant period of time. What is concerning is that, with climate change, we are very likely to see one or more of these chokepoint disruptions coincide with a harvest failure, and that's when things start to get serious.feedback

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

Miguel Arias Canete - EU Energy

Not having an agreement today would have been a very bad signal in view of recent events in climate change policy. The compromise falls short of the level of ambition of the European Commission's proposal.feedback

Peter Wadhams

This is a major warning to us about the dangers of a sea level rise that will continue for many centuries even after global warming is stopped.feedback

Olivia Kember

For a long time now – because we've been having this fight for such a long time – they get that climate change is a problem that needs to be solved, and they see that there's a lot Australia can do about it.feedback

Mitch Landrieu

There's near unanimity in this conference that climate change is real and that humans contribute to it. There may be a little bit of a disagreement about how actually to deal with it. If the federal government refuses to act or is just paralyzed, the cities themselves, through their mayors, are going to create a new national policy by the accumulation of our individual efforts.feedback

David Sailor

The science is showing that the likelihood and the magnitude of these heat waves is likely to be exacerbated by climate change. When you have these heat waves, the residents in the area of course are using more air-conditioning than they would otherwise. So there's a lot more waste heat being dumped into the environment from their attempts to keep their buildings cool. That creates a kind of positive feedback loop between local heat and global climate change.feedback

Darío Soto Abril

The need to change a global food system that exploits both people and planet is greater now than ever. There are new challenges. Climate change is making life harder for smallholder farmers, there is child exploitation, and many workers in developing countries are paid well below even the extreme poverty level. Fairtrade is changing to take these new challenges into account.feedback

Sean Maguire Daily

Where it once used to be 'Well, this will do me' you now think of what the world will be like when [you] have a child. The first thing I think about when we talk about parenting is the environment. Climate change is a real thing. Being a parent is providing a safe future for our children and regardless of what your politics are, climate change is not up for negotiation. It's a real thing … So, parenthood has made me feel more responsibility for that.feedback

Kim Holmén

What is happening here is a very obvious case of climate change with consequences for animals, plants and humans.feedback

Saleemul Huq

We've done a lot of research looking at the most vulnerable hot spots. We are learning by doing. Government has now invested in a major climate change action plan. To counter coastal salinity there is a big program of rainwater harvesting and coastal protection. Scientists are developing saline-tolerant rice. People and government are proactive.feedback

Charlie Munger

Al Gore has come into you fellas business … He has made three or four hundred million dollars in your business. And he's not very smart. He had one obsessive idea that global warming was a terrible thing … So his idea when he went into investment counseling is he was not going to put any CO2 in the air.feedback

William C. Bradford

As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologise for my disrespectful and offensive comments. These comments are inexcusable and I do not stand by them. Soon, climate change' cultists will be pitied as the nuts they always were. Women have no business in combat. Period. Republicans pandering on this issue. Disgusting. I'll shoot anyone who comes for my daughters. That a trahison des professeurs is responsible for the creation of the most important strategic weapon in the Islamist arsenal is a serious charge that must be developed and defended….feedback

Bill de Blasio

We want to surpass that now, because the bottom line is, if the United States of America is going to waver on addressing climate change, then cities or states have to step up. We will now start the process of increasing our goals to lower emissions even further and faster, because bluntly, in the places and countries that do understand we have to act, we're going to have to shoulder more of the burden now.feedback

Carlos Nobre

In many parts of continental South America one sees about 1C warming in the Amazon, which can [be] mostly attributed to global warming. In areas like Rondônia, where there has been widespread deforestation, we see an additional 1C warming due to replacement of forest – which is a high-evaporating vegetation – to pasture, which is less evaporating.feedback

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

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

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

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.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

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