A quote from notes from a joint statement from the Government of Japan and the World Bank, released during the Sendai Dialogue, part of the 2012 World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings from Oct. 9 and 10 states the following:
There is an urgent need to communicate the dangers of climate change in light of the rapidly changing environment and some “frightening” data, Kim said at a press conference in Tokyo on Oct 11.
Responding to a question, he noted that since becoming head of the World Bank he has looked into the data on climate change and has been surprised to find that, even in the last six months to a year, “the data on climate change has become ever more frightening. Things that we thought would happen only with higher degree change in the average temperature are happening now. And as a scientist, I feel that it is my moral responsibility to be very clear in communicating the dangers of climate change.”