Bird Life International's Position on Climate Change

The scientific evidence is overwhelming and unequivocal, climate change is a stark reality. It is largely caused by human activities and it presents very serious global risks for people and biodiversity around the world and it demands an urgent global response. Human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels, are releasing rapidly increasing levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. This is causing the atmosphere to heat up. We do not have the luxury of standing by for years before the world gets round to making a serious attempt to cut its emissions. The next few years will be critical....

The full statement, via a PDF download, is available here.

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I don't know anything about this organization, so I may be missing something, but is there anything especially noteworthy about Bird Life in particular posting an official position on climate change? Is this a reversal of a previous position? Is Bird Life especially influential? I mean, I'm all for organizations officially acknowledging that anthropogenic climate change is a problem, but I feel like I'm missing some context here.

By Treppenwitz (not verified) on 29 Sep 2009 #permalink