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

 

Microsoft Drops ALEC membership, moves forward with renewable energy

Blog by David Pomerantz | August 19, 2014

Microsoft has made great progress in its commitment to clean energy and climate leadership in recent years, introducing an internal carbon fee and purchasing large amounts of wind energy to power two of its data centers. But like other leading...

Victory! Oregon Denies Key Coal Export Permit

Blog by Brian Manning | August 19, 2014

Today, folks in Oregon and beyond are smiling ear-to-ear, hugging a little longer, breathing a little deeper and laughing alongside their brothers and sisters. After all, a major victory to keep coal exports out of the Pacific Northwest deserves...

Duke Energy Spills Oil into Ohio River

Blog by Kate Melges | August 19, 2014

Last night, Duke Energy was responsible for yet another spill into a river. During a fuel transfer at the Beckjord Power Plant, about 5,000 gallon of oil spewed into the Ohio River. The most alarming part about this spill is that it occurred...

VIDEOS: Comedian Reggie Watts raps, yodels for a green Internet

Blog by David Pomerantz | August 19, 2014

Of the many things we love about the Internet here at Greenpeace, the fact that it makes us laugh every day might top the list. With the constant news about downers like climate change, ocean destruction and deforestation, a funny youtube video...

Marmot licks GoPro: Best Greenpeace photobomb. Ever.

Blog by Dawn Bickett | August 15, 2014

Last week, Greenpeace headed to Glacier National Park. Our mission? To expose how the Department of the Interior is causing climate change by auctioning public lands for coal mines. And how national parks are suffering as a result. We planned to...

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