C&EN @ COP21 – Paris Climate Change Conference – 2015, November 30 to December 11

Quotes of the day, Dec. 3, 2015

Tom Vilsack Credit: USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

Tom Vilsack
Credit: USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

“Never before has agriculture faced challenges of this magnitude. We’ve all seen the statistics: Nine billion people by 2050. Feeding these new citizens will require at least a 60% increase in agricultural productivity. We must do all of this in the face of climate change that is threatening the productivity and profitability of our farms, ranches and forests.” — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack


John Knox Credit: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

John Knox
Credit: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

“Warming of 2° will have a major impact on the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights. Incremental increases in impacts and risks, even those associated with shifting from warming of 1 to 2°, adversely affect the enjoyment of human rights to life, health, and food, among others.” — UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & the Environment John Knox


Emmanuel de Guzman credit: Government of the Phillipines

Emmanuel de Guzman
Credit: Government of the Phillipines

“The dangers we face at less than 1° of warming remind us of the inadequacies of the current 2° target and the need for a long-term mitigation goal to guide strengthened party contributions consistent with the most ambitious, but feasible, target of 1.5° C.” — Emmanuel de Guzman, climate change commissioner of the Philippines


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