Notable … and Quotable

Encounter a catchy or “keeper” quotation about climate change and climate change communications over the preceding few weeks? Let us know, and we’ll include it in this new feature we call ‘Notable … and Quotable.’

The quotes have to be on-point, concise, meaty, self-standing … and not so overtly partisan that they would demand clarification, elaboration, or further context. Here are a few examples that we think meet these standards. Do you know the source of the individual quotations, and can you link the quotations with those responsible for the specific quotation?


The Quotes


___ 1. “What we need to do is nothing short of decarbonizing the entire global economy.”

___ 2. “We call for a public health movement that frames the threat of climate change for humankind as a health issue.”

___ 3. “Too many doctors have been silent for tool long about the importance of climate change to the future of health and health services.”

___ 4. “We’re trying to give them phrases that work. If you call it ‘clean energy dividend’ … almost anything other than ‘cap and trade,’ you’ll get people responding a lot more favorably.”

___ 5. “The geology is complex, but it boils down to this: Relieved of billions of tons of glacial weight, the land has risen much as a cushion regains its shape after someone gets up from a couch. The land is ascending so fast that the rising seas – a ubiquitous byproduct of global warming – cannot keep pace.”

___ 6. “The real debate among journalists about possible forms of payment (subscriptions, NPR-style donations, iTunes-style micropayments, foundation grants) is inside baseball. So is the acrimonious sniping between old media and new. The real question is for the public, not journalists: Does it want to pony up for news, whatever the media that prevail?”


The Quoted


A. Anthony Costello et al, authors of “Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change,” released in the Lancet, May 16, 2009, issue.

B. Cornelia Dean, The New York Times, May 18, 2009, in “As Alaska Glaciers Melt, It’s Land That’s Rising.”

C. Robert Perkowitz, president of ecoAmerica, a nonprofit poll organization.

D. Frank Rich, The New York Times, in “The American Press on Suicide Watch,” May 10, 2009.

E. Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives’ president, in New York Times magazine, May 10, 2009.

F. Editors of Lancet, in the editorial, “A Commission on Climate Change,” May 16, 2009.

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