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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.

The latest updates

 

Amazon Web Services commits to 100% renewable energy in potential breakthrough

Blog by David Pomerantz | November 19, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have asked Amazon.com to join Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies to lead the way to building us a green Internet, powered 100% by renewable energy. We’re excited to say that Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos,...

Federal agency says Arctic drilling would likely cause disaster. Here’s what you can do

Blog by John Deans | November 18, 2014

Polar bear cubs’ warm coats ruined by crude oil. Seal dens crushed by icebreakers. Whales inhaling toxic fumes. These aren’t just scary scenarios from environmental groups. They’re analysis from our own federal government. A recent report from...

We must keep the Arctic clean, wild and free!

Blog by Guest Post | November 17, 2014

By Professor Robert Spicer. Originally posted in the Ecologist. The Arctic is a special place, teeming with life, but it is under threat like never before, writes Robert Spicer – not just from climate change, but from oil drilling, industrial...

US and China’s historic new climate deal: 5 things you need to know

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | November 12, 2014

Today, in a joint announcement with President Xi Jinping of China, President Obama announced the US would cut climate pollution 26-28% under 2005 levels by 2025, while President Xi announced China would peak emissions around 2030. Here’s a quick...

7 breakthrough solar energy technologies — will they work?

Blog by Greenpeace Staff | November 5, 2014

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally written by Zachary Davies Boren for Greenpeace UK. Solar has always been the renewable energy sector’s prodigal son, with the potential to become the world’s largest resource. In the last few years it has...

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