This is a page for notable acknowledgements of global warming in the mainstream press. These quotations give a “pulse” on the progress of public awareness.
Mar 29, 2014. As Seas Rise, Millions Cling to Borrowed Time and Dying Land, New York Times. “As the world’s top scientists meet in Yokohama, Japan, this week, at the top of the agenda is the prediction that global sea levels could rise by as much as three feet by 2100. … Climate scientists have concluded that widespread burning of fossil fuels is releasing heat-trapping gases that are warming the planet.” Online version: Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land
May 11, 2013. Heat-trapping gas passes milestone, raising fears, New York Times. The milestone is 400 ppm carbon dioxide. As of May 12, there are 700 comments on the article.
Nov 18, 2010. GOP Rep. Bob Inglis Slams His Party On Climate Change (VIDEO), Huffington Post.
From Bloomberg’s op-ed A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change in Bloomberg view, Nov 1, 2102:
Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be – given this week’s devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.
From San Francisco Chronicle article N.Y.‘s Cuomo links storm, climate change:
Part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is a reality. Extreme weather is a reality. It is a reality that we are vulnerable… There’s only so long you can say, ‘This is once in a lifetime, and it’s not going to happen again.’
The frequency (of extreme weather situations) is way up…It is not prudent to sit here … and say it’s not going to happen again. … It’s a conversation I think is overdue.
From New York Daily News article Gov. Cuomo: Sandy As Bad As Anything I’ve Experienced in New York, Oct 30, 2012:
Cuomo said he spoke twice yesterday to Obama, joking at one point “we have a 100-year flood every two years now
There’s no such thing as a 100-year flood…These are extreme weather patterns. The frequency has been increasing.
From article Gov. Christie admits climate change is a real problem, that human activity plays a role, nj.com news, August 19, 2011:
climate change is real…human activity plays a role in these changes…[climate change] is impacting our state
I can’t claim to fully understand all of this. Certainly not after just a few months of study. But when you have over 90 percent of the world’s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role it’s time to defer to the experts.
He added that climate science is complex and “we know enough to know that we are at least part of the problem.”
From his January 2013 state of the State speech:
When we think about California’s future, no long term liability presents as great a danger to our well-being as the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
According to the latest report from the World Bank, carbon dioxide emissions are the highest in 15 million years. At today’s emissions rate, the planet could warm by more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, an event unknown in human experience. California is extremely vulnerable because of our Mediterranean climate, long coastline and reliance on snowpack for so much of our water supply.
Tipping points can be reached before we even know we have passed them. This is a different kind of challenge than we ever faced. It requires acting now even though the worst consequences are perhaps decades in the future.
Again California is leading the way. We are reducing emissions as required by AB 32 and we will meet our goal of getting carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Key to our efforts is reducing electricity consumption through efficiency standards for buildings and appliances. Over the last three decades, these pioneering efforts have saved Californians $65 billion dollars. And we are not through yet.
We are also meeting our renewable energy goals: more than 20 percent renewable energy this year. By 2020, we will get at least a third of our electricity from the sun and the wind and other renewable sources–and probably more.
Cover story, November 2012: It’s Global Warming, Stupid.
The cover photo is shown here.
From Climate Change: The Evidence and Our Options, The Behavior Analyst, Fall 2010.
Climatologists, like other scientists, tend to be a stolid group. We are not given to theatrical rantings about falling skies. Most of us are far more comfortable in our laboratories or gathering data in the field than we are giving interviews to journalists or speaking before Congressional committees. Why then are climatologists speaking out about the dangers of global warming? The answer is that virtually all of us are now convinced that global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization.
From his inaugural speech, January 2013:
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries — we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.