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.

The latest updates

 

Charles Koch Learns Climate Science?

Blog by Connor Gibson | April 27, 2015

As the nation warily watches every Republican presidential candidate kiss the ring of billionaire donor Charles Koch for a shot at his network’s $300,000,000 pool of presidential cash, Charles Koch did something unusual. Last week’s USA Today...

Shell Has NOT Learned From Its Mistakes

Blog by Haley Rabic | April 24, 2015

Shell claims to have learned from its mistakes. Not quite. Have you heard about when Shell tried to drill in the Arctic three years ago? Shell’s fleet entered the Arctic for exploratory drilling in the summer of 2012 with two rigs, the Kulluk...

Looking Ahead: Recommendations for the US Arctic Council Chairmanship

Blog by Mary Sweeters | April 23, 2015

The is the second in a three part series on the Arctic Council Chairmanship transition. As the US assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada at this week’s Ministerial Meeting in Iqaluit, this new role has great significance for...

On climate emissions from Arctic oil, the government has its head in the snow

Blog by Tim Donaghy | April 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) recently cleared away one major hurdle in the path of Shell Oil’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer. At the same time they also swept aside objections raised by Greenpeace and many others...

PHOTOS: Repower Our Schools teaches Durham students about solar

Blog by Carolyn Auwaerter | April 22, 2015

Last week, the Repower Our Schools coalition took the Rolling Sunlight, a solar power demonstration truck, to Durham Public Schools in celebration of Earth month.  We talked with over 1200 students across the district about solar energy and the...

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