Climate Hawk

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A Climate Hawk (or Climate Defender?[1], [2]) is someone who judges that the risks of climate change are sufficient to warrant a robust response.[3].

As Joe Romm has noted,

The overwhelming majority of people who have seriously read the recent literature and who have talked to a large number of top climate scientists are climate hawks, whereas the vast majority of the climate doves, deniers, delayers or lukewarmers you read online or might in person have not done those two things.[4]

The term Climate Hawk was introduced by David Roberts[3].

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  1. Dennis Shibut (2010-10-23). Comment recommending 'Climate defender'. Retrieved on 2010-11-01.
  2. Lionel A. Smith (2010-10-25). Comment recommending 'Climate defender'. Retrieved on 2010-11-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dave Roberts (2010-10-20). Introducing ‘climate hawks’. Grist. Retrieved on 2010-10-29.
  4. Joe Romm (2010-10-22). I’m not an environmentalist, but I am a climate hawk. Climate Progress. Retrieved on 2010-11-01.

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