Turner told reporters on a teleconference today, “They pointed out to us while looking at the glacier that it is receding every year due to global climate change. The temperature here at the high latitudes changes more rapidly than it does in the temperate zones.”
Based on observations to date, the scientists projected that this year the extent of Arctic sea ice will be smaller than it has ever been, even smaller than in the previous record low year of 2007.
Asked what can be done to convince and persuade climate skeptics and deniers to recognize what so many scientists know and are trying to communicate so urgently, Turner said, “That’s a very good question. If we knew the answer to it, we’d already have an energy policy in this country,” he said, referring to his home country of the United States.
“We just have to keep working as we’re doing now to get as much publicity as we can for the facts,” said Turner. “The evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing climate change.”
“This is the most serious and complex problem humanity has ever faced, so it’s easy to see how some people don’t get it,” said Turner. “We have to do all we can to convince and persuade the public of what the scientists tell us.”
h/t to Marc Morano