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Your child has worrisome symptoms.   97 doctors say 'treat.'

97 of 100 doctors recommend quick action to correct your child's serious abnormalities revealed by tests. One doctor says the child seems ...

You cannot adapt to chaos.

"You cannot adapt to chaos." - unknown.

You can find someone to say whatever you want to hear.

"We desperately want to believe that big problems are overblown or nonexistent. Whenever a group of people 'desperately wants to believe' s ...

Would you let space aliens damage our planet?

If aliens came and damaged our planet, would you declare them 'persons' and give them money, or would you mobilize to fight them?

Category:Human Causality
Would you eat a mushroom that 97% of experts say is poisonous?

If 97% of experts say a mushroom is poisonous but 3% say it is safe, would you feed it to your kids?

Category:Who to Believe?
Would you drive on a bridge 97% of engineers agree will collapse?

97% of engineers agree bridge ahead will collapse. 3% say not to worry. Would you keep driving?

Category:Who to Believe?
Would you believe a detective who pins murder on a ghost?

Suppose you saw a dead body in a crime scene. Would you believe a police detective who says, 'A ghost did it!' when there's evidence everyw ...

Category:Who to Believe?
Would you argue with your doctor over a heart condition?

Some people say ‘When you are sure about climate change, then we will do something about it.’ Suppose your doctor says ‘Well, I am very ...

Category:Who to Believe?
Will this disaster movie end with a kiss?

Climate change is like one of those Hollywood disaster movies that pit obstructionists against ordinary people who become heroes. Those movi ...

Category:ALL BITES
When in doubt, ask... your insurance company!

“The prospect of extreme climate change and its potentially devastating economic and social consequences are of great concern to the insuran ...

Category:Who to Believe?
When in doubt, ask. . . an investor!

Climate change is "a significant investment risk for the foreseeable future".

Category:Who to Believe?
Weather you see from your window, climate you see from a satellite

‘Weather is what you see outside your window, climate is what you see from a satellite.’ – Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at S ...

We're not first.   Pond scum did it 2 billion years ago!

Human's aren't the first species to alter the atmosphere; that distinction belongs to cyanobacteria, (blue-green algae) which, some two bill ...

Unless you care a whole awful lot, nothing will change – The Lorax

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Suess

Uncertainty? In science, 95% certainty is the gold standard

“In science, 95 percent certainty is often considered the gold standard for certainty.” - Seth Borenstein Associate Press science writer

To do nothing during a crisis is not a conservative thing to do

"To do nothing when the situation is changing rapidly is not a conservative thing to do." — Spencer R. Weart from his book, The Discovery of ...

Time to act like this is an emergency

“If (climate change) is an emergency, we have to act like it…But the good news is (if we act) we get to have a future for our kids.” — Naomi ...

Think climate change is a bunch of hooey?  The Chinese do not

"To my free enterprise colleagues -- especially conservatives here -- (if) you think it's all a bunch of hooey, the Chinese don't." — conser ...

The sky is blue... and the temperature is increasing!

"I really, really deplore the politicisation and polarisation of this issue" [global warming]. "There are these increasingly unprincipled at ...

The most effective and memorable request to your congressperson

“Rep. Cantor, we need you to promise us that you won’t leave office until Congress has solved the climate crisis.” — Elli Sparks, Citizens C ...

The greenhouse effect isn’t rocket science

‘The science behind the greenhouse effect was simple enough to have been widely understood by the mid 19th century, when the light bulb and ...

The danger is not to the planet but our civilization

‘The danger is not to the planet but to our civilization on the planet. This is the real challenge of climate change.’ – Adam Frank, writer ...

The best job creators: clean energy & energy efficiency companies

‘Clean energy and energy efficiency companies are growing faster than any other sector. They are job creators. I cannot emphasize that str ...

Category:Clean Energy
The 'Copernicus' of Global Warming

Joseph Fourier (1768 — 1830), the 'Copernicus' of global warming.

Tax carbon! Can restaurants throw their thrash into the street?

Fossil fuel industry is the only industry on earth throwing its waste out for free. If you run a restaurant, you have to pay someone to car ...

Still wearing those 1970s outdated disco clothes?

Just as bad as wearing outdated disco clothes is believing this outdated idea: 'scientists still disagree if humans are causing climate chan ...

Category:Who to Believe?
Small Antarctic sea ice gain overlooks total sea ice loss

‘Looking at sea ice and not total ice is like your high school football team winning their game, but your NFL team loses the Super Bowl.’ — ...

Skepticism vs. Denial

Skepticism = looking at all the evidence before drawing a conclusion. Denial = rejecting any evidence that does not support your preferred, ...

Skeptical of climate change?  So am I!

I am skeptical we can keep burning fossil fuels with a business as usual mentality without harming the planet.

Scientific consensus matters; even Galileo made mistakes.

Galileo championed the idea that Earth revolves around the sun, but some of his evidence was later proven wrong. Today, peer review and co ...

Science drags us 'kicking and screaming' toward truth

"Science is so powerful that it drags us kicking and screaming towards the truth, despite our best efforts to avoid it."

Science denial occurs when a group feels threatened.

Science denial and politicization occurs whenever some influential group sees a new discovery as threatening to their worldview, values, st ...

Save the bankers?   Or the biosphere?

"Are we going to go down in history as the people who saved the bankers and let the biosphere go down?" —George Monbiot

Responsibility (personal and for the planet) is a Republican value

"Responsibility is a big Republican theme. Why should we not take responsibility for what we are collectively doing to the climate system?" ...

Reject climate change? your grandkids will read your words

Reject climate change? "Make sure to say that very publicly, because I want our grandchildren to read what you said and what I said." - Bob ...

Reject climate change? Then you are rejecting science itself

'If you disagree with the science of human-caused climate change, then you are disagreeing with science itself,' — World Bank President Jim ...

Reject climate change? That harms your beach house & your kids

'If you dismiss all climate science as a hoax, I can’t help you. That’s between you & your beach house — and your kids, whose future you’re ...

Recent floods: Not just power of nature, but power of man

"(Recent floods) not just by the power of nature but by the power of man." — climate activist Bill McKibben

Reality doesn't go away when you stop believing in it.

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

Only poets can approach explaining this present danger

“Only poets can approach this task (describing the threat of climate change) until we come up with the right metaphor.” — Donald A. Brown, A ...

Nothing can be changed until it is faced.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
-- James Baldwin

No warming since 1998? Think all stopped cars are broken down?

'No warming in 15 years' is like arguing your car is broken down because it hasn't moved in the 15 seconds while you stopped at a red light. ...

No warming since 1998? It's like the tail wagging the dog

'When you focus on just atmospheric heat to measure global warming, it's like tracking the tip of your dog’s tail to determine its location, ...

No such thing as a free lunch

There is no such thing as a free lunch. If there is, you might get food poisoning.

New theory? 1965, Pres. Lyndon Johnson warned about climate change

"This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through...a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burn ...

Natural cycle? Even the dinosaurs would disagree

"The last time climate change happened this fast was the Cretaceous (time of the dinosaurs) and the oil was being made then." - Stephanie C ...

My doctor can't say how and when I'll die.   So mortality is not real?

No doctor can tell us exactly how and when we'll die. But that doesn't invalidate the reality of mortality. We can be quite certain tha ...

Keystone XL? It’s foreign corporations selling dirty crap to China

‘Senator, why do you support this Keystone boondoggle of foreign corporations selling dirty crap to China?’ – Van Jones, co-host of “Crossfi ...

Keep using fossil fuels?  That 'gas tank' will soon be empty

We burn fossil fuels a million times faster than nature created them. Sooner or later, we will run out. — inspired by Dr. Richard Alley on ...

It's stopped warming?   Waves vs. tides.

Have you ever stood on a beach and watched the tide coming in? The long-term trend (the water level steadily rising) is hidden behind sh ...

Is the fox a "serious" protector of the henhouse?

Calling him [an oil lobbyist] a serious source on climate is like calling a fox a "serious" protector of the hen house.

Category:Who to Believe?
Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad? That's the scientific debate

‘Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad?’ This is what the scientists debate, not it could be fine. Nothing like that.’ – Dr. Justin Woo ...

Intense snowstorms!  Yep.  Actually that is global warming.

(With climate change) “we will see a shorter snow season, but more intense individual snowfall events. – Dr. Michael Mann, Climatologist at ...

Ignoring symptoms is common..and can be fatal

Some people ignore a suspicious lump in their body, hoping it will go away. When they eventually go to the doctor -- because of night sweat ...

Ignore climate change?  This increases your risk of being unlucky.

“Think of climate change as something that increases our risks of being unlucky. We need to prepare up front as we move into a warmer, hott ...

If you haven't given birth you can't be pregnant!

To declare that the warming has not yet appeared and therefore the theory is wrong is like arguing that "a woman hasn't yet given birth and ...

If left unchecked, this issue will swamp all other all other issues

“Climate Change is not just another issue. It is an issue that if left unchecked, will swamp all other issues.” — Ross Gelbspan, writer and ...

If common sense were enough, we wouldn't need science.

"It may not be common sense, but if common sense were good enough, we wouldn't need science."

If 1º melts the Arctic, we're fools to see what 2º will do

"If 1 degee melts the Arctic, we're fools to find out what 2 degrees will do." — Bill McKibben, environmental author & founder of 350.org

I have a theory that bigfoot exists!

Oh really, what is your evidence? Many people are confused about the definition of the word 'theory,' especially with climate change.

Hurricane Sandy: A criminal with help from an accomplice

"If (Hurricane Sandy) was a criminal case, detectives would be treating global warming as a likely accomplice in the crime. - writer Andrew ...

Category:Extreme Weather
Hate high taxes?  Then stop Mother Nature's Extreme Weather Tax

Alarmed by Hurricane Sandy’s destruction and the current drought? Warning: Mother Nature is now imposing ‘an extreme weather tax.’

Global Warming paused since 1998?  Paws are for puppies & kittens

‘People ask me: Is there a pause in global warming? My response: paws are for kittens & puppies. Global warming is still increasing.’ - Jos ...

Fossil Fuels: increasingly risky investments says Forbes Magazine

'Although they were lucrative, fossil fuels are now increasingly risky investments, and the stakes are too high to maintain a stable climate ...

First they ignore you, then ridicule, fight . . . then you win

'First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.'

Extreme drought and heat waves are a threat to your freedom.

“Climate change is a threat to our freedoms. If you're a Great Plains rancher or a farmer, your freedom is enormously constrained by the fa ...

Drive your car if 97% of mechanics agree your brakes are shot?

97% of mechanics agree your brakes are shot. 3% say your brakes are fine. You family is inside the car. Who do you listen to?

Category:Who to Believe?
Drastic climate change is a conservative's worst nightmare

"Under pressure from climate stress even the most robust constitutional democracy may find its character threatened. Faced with more stress ...

Don't like terrorism or high gas prices?  Then solve climate change.

"Congressman, set aside climate change, you realize that...things I suggested will help us be a lot more resilient against terrorism or oil ...

Don't like big government? Then act now to solve climate change

"I do not want the government telling me what to do. But, the longer we wait, the worse this problem gets...then you are going to see a lot ...

Don't hang your science on upside-down hooks

"When looking for a hat rack to hang your science upon, avoid those that have upside-down hooks." — Scott Mandia, tweeting about climate con ...

Don't fear global warming but do fear local climate destabilization

"Unfortunately, the focus remains mostly on “global warming” instead of on the bigger concern—that we are disrupting the planet’s climate in ...

Don't fall for denial or despair, instead just take action

"(Many) people go straight from denial to despair, without pausing on the intermediate step of actually doing something about (climate chang ...

Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

It is easier to argue for the existence of Santa Claus than argue against all the evidence of climate change.— a scientist at Washington Uni ...

Distant danger:  Try warning a teenager to stop smoking!

It's hard to change habits, especially when the most harmful consequences lie in the distant future. Try convincing a teenager to stop smok ...

Deny global warming? Do you deny Air Force heat seeking missiles?

'In a bizarre sense, to deny global warming is to question the ability of the Air Force to put the right sensor on a heat seeking missile.' ...

Category:Who to Believe?
Denial: we all do it!

Who amongst us has not delayed opening a bank or credit card statement because we don't want to be reminded of the unpleasant news it contai ...

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt." -- Mark Twain

"Call Me Cleopatra, 'Cause I'm the Queen of Denial"
-- country-wes ...

Debate = contest of orators. Science = contest of evidence.

Debate is a contest of orators; Science is a contest of evidence.

Coral:   Don't worry; it's not cancer (it's coronary thrombosis)

Telling the inhabitants of a coral that island that they're safe because sea level won't rise, is like a doctor telling a smoker, "stop worr ...

Consensus?  97+% of climate researchers support IPCC

"...97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of ACC [anthropogenic climate change] outline ...

Category:Who to Believe?
Conflating 'uncertainty' with 'ignorance'.

Some skeptics conflate 'uncertainty' with 'ignorance'. This is the idea that because scientists are uncertain about some aspect [of climate ...

Coal: a deadly thug for inner city neighborhoods and minorities.

"It's very easy right now to talk about climate change as... theoretical, to talk about the dirtiness caused by coal plants as...aesthetic" ...

CO2 is benign because we exhale it?   So tsunamis are OK...

"Let me address the argument that CO2 is benign because we exhale it. That's about as good an argument as saying a tsunami isn't dangerous ...

CO2 emissions not at fault?   That's rejecting 90 million tons of evidence

'(Contrarians) seem “certain” the world’s scientists are wrong, and spewing 90 million tons per day of man-made (CO2) pollution into the atm ...

Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it

“Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it. Humans have changed the climate so now all weather is affected by us.” – Scott ...

China’s pollution is no excuse for inaction

Saying ‘we won’t do anything until China does’ is like saying ’We won’t protect free speech until China does.’ — Senator Barbara Boxer, Cali ...

Believe in global warming?  Great reply: Do you believe in gravity?

"People often ask if I believe in global warming. I now just reply with the question: 'Do you believe in gravity.'" — Neil deGrasse Tyson, ...

Behind closed doors, most GOP lawmakers accept climate change

“Most Republicans say the same thing behind closed doors: ‘Of course, I get that the climate is changing, of course I get that we need to do ...

Are you still debating if smoking causes cancer?

"Giving scientists and climate change deniers equal time is like having tobacco executives debate doctors on the safety of cigarettes." — Se ...

Category:Who to Believe?
Are models wrong? No, they're 'useful'.

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful” — George E. P. Box

An extra 2°C and you'd have a fever!

"When we look at the last 4 decades, we've seen 0.5°C global warming. Some people say, 'well that's not much!' Then I tell them to think o ...

A political issue? Ultimately, it's an argument of humans vs. physics

"(Climate Change) is ultimately an argument of humans vs. physics. It is not Republicans vs. Democrats, liberals vs conservatives, or envir ...

A natural cycle?  Mother Nature disagrees!

"It's getting warmer. Storms are getting stronger...and it's getting harder to say this is an accident of nature" — Dr. Stephen Schneider.

A few loose bricks don't bring the wall down!

When you've built a great wall of evidence it takes more than a brick coming loose to bring the whole lot down.

3 phases of great scientific ideas: denial, resistance, & acceptance

“Every great scientific truth goes thru three phases: 1st people deny it, 2nd they say it conflicts with the Bible, 3rd they say they knew i ...

2012 drought natural? Blame the car engine for a speeding ticket?

"Blaming La Nina for the record drought is like blaming the car engine for the speeding ticket. See what happens when the driver steps on th ...

100% Certainty?  Not even the military requires this to take action

"You never have 100% certainty in anything. If you wait for 100% certainty on the battlefield, something bad is going to happen." — Vice Ad ...

'You can't wake a person who's pretending to sleep.'

'You can't wake a person who is pretending to sleep'—Oromo saying, Ethiopia

'This is not uncertainty.  It's high school physics and chemistry'

'Certain gases trap heat in our atmosphere...Anyone who tells you that's uncertain is either very confused or they're lying.' — Naomi Oresk ...

'Still want to debate if the earth is flat?'

'Or if the sun revolves around the earth?' Climate Scientist Michael E. Mann's response to the statement that climate change is a hoax.

'Little old us? We're not important enough to alter the planet.'

Humans have overrun the planet to live in every ecosphere. We have had a dramatic impact on natural resources in every land we have colonise ...

'I hate surgery.  So I can't possibly have a tumor!

Imagine your radiologist pointing to a spot on your lung x-ray, which several top oncologists have agreed shows cancer.. Would you say, 'I ...

'I am not going fishing.  I want to get climate change right.'

'Hey, Senator Inhofe, I am not going fishing. (Many) military people like me want to get climate change right.' — Ret. General Steve Ander ...

'Clean Coal'; a breakthrough —in marketing?

" 'Clean coal' represents a breakthrough —in the marketing of coal. But it does not represent a breakthrough in the burning of coal." ...

"If I were wrong, then one would be enough." — Albert Einstein

In 1931, a book was published, "100 Authors Against Einstein." Albert Einstein's response: "If I were wrong, then one would be enough."

"Climate is always changing... !"

Sure, the climate always changes—just like asteroids have always hit the Earth. But does that mean that a big asteroid hitting the Earth tod ...

"Call me crazy"  I believe in evolution. . .

"To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy." — Jon Huntsman

"...Like leaving the 'fridge door open."

As the Arctic warms, so the northern continents at higher latitudes experience cold winters with heavy snow falls. It's rather like the frid ...