Postcards from Climate Change

Stop Global Warming | Energy [R]evolution

Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change requires a fundamental shift in the way we consume and generate energy. This shift should begin immediately and be well underway within the next ten years. The scale of the challenge requires a complete transformation of the way we produce, consume and distribute energy. Fortunately, we can meet this challenge while giving a boost to the economy, energy sector employment and energy security. 

 

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The Science

Climate change is a reality. Today, our world is hotter than it has been in two thousand years, and we are experiencing faster sea level rise and more extreme weather than scientists had previously predicted. By the end of the century, if current trends continue, the global temperature will likely climb higher than at any time in the past two million years. Read more.

The Problem: Fossil Fuels

It's not hard to see the result of our reliance on fossil fuels. The full impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster may take a generation to reveal itself, but already hundreds of species of marine life have been affected, as have the communities that rely on the Gulf. Around the country, communities face devastating levels of water and air pollution as a result of coal burning power plants, which produce millions of tons of toxic sludge and smoke each year.

Fossil fuels also account for more than 80 percent of US global warming pollution. Global warming, if unchecked, threatens to fundamentally change the planet that has sustained our civilization. In the US, we’re already seeing some of the effects—wildfires tearing through western states, devastating floods in the southeast, and historic droughts in the midwest. Read more.

The Solutions: An Energy [R]evolution

With current technology, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal can provide 96% of our electricity and 98% of our total heating demand — accounting for almost all of our primary energy demand.

Investing in renewables could jumpstart our flagging economy, creating millions of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas. It could put the US back at the forefront of the 21st century economy, in front of China, which in 2009 became the largest global investor in renewables. Read more.

The Roadblocks

In addition to advocating for solutions to global warming and climate change, we are doing our part to call out the work being done — often secretively — to block climate regulations and policies that would kickstart the clean energy revolution.

Below are a few of the projects and resources we've created to try and remove roadblocks to progress on stopping global warming. Read more.

Working globally

Climate change and global warming are a priority issue for us here at Greenpeace. We realized years ago that it has the potential to wipe out most of the gains the environmental movement has made in other areas. Disruptions to ecosystems will likely harm everything from minke whales to coral reefs to polar bears. Whole forests will be lost, and hundreds of thousands of species will become extinct. Read more.

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Human Stories from the Life Cycle of Coal

Video | December 20, 2010 at 13:47

From the mountains of Kentucky, to the inner city neighborhoods of Chicago, hear firsthand stories from local activists Nina and Mickey McCoy (Inez, KY), and Leila Mendez (Chicago) about the true cost of coal on the lives of ordinary Americans.

Oil Spill Truth: The Water Column and the Sea Floor

Video | December 19, 2010 at 8:51

A research team from Texas A&M boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise in October of 2010 to conduct studies in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Rainer Amon, Cliff Nunnally, Sally Walker and Charles Folden sampled the water column and the sea floor of...

Oil Spill Truth: Tracking Whales Using Underwater Recordings

Video | October 30, 2010 at 23:32

In early September, two scientists and an engineer came aboard the Arctic Sunrise to find out if the population of sperm and beaked whales had been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Six arrays of underwater recording devices called...

Oil Spill Truth Snapshot: Deep Sea Coral, Video from the Sub

Video | October 21, 2010 at 19:28

A rare deep sea glimpse of the corals and other organisms living at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, close to the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Steve Ross, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Sandra Brooke, Oregon Institute...

Oil Spill Truth: Sub Study of Deep Sea Coral

Video | October 19, 2010 at 19:26

On the eve of the six-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, a submarine piloted by Greenpeace Oceans director John Hocevar is taking marine scientist Steve Ross of University of North Carolina Wilmington on a journey to the...

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