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Hansen’s warning in his own 129-word statement.

James Hansen’s warning in his own words from his recent book.

The opening paragraph of the Preface to James Hansen’s book

‘Storm of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity’

Bloomsbury 2009 ISBN 978 1 4088 0744 6

“Planet Earth, creation, the world in which civilization developed,

the world with climate patterns that we know and stable shorelines,

is in imminent peril. The urgency of the situation crystallized

only in the past few years. We now have clear evidence of the crisis,

provided by increasingly detailed information about how Earth

responded to perturbing forces during its history (very sensitively,

with some lag caused by the inertia of massive oceans) and by

observations of changes that are beginning to occur around the globe

in response to ongoing climate change. The startling conclusion is

that continued exploitation of all fossil fuels on Earth threatens not

only the other millions of species on the planet but also the survival

of humanity itself—and the timetable is shorter than we thought.”