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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

 

Spotlight on Pennsylvania

Publication | January 27, 2011 at 11:30

Did you know that 1,359 people die each year, over three people per day, as a result of coal pollution in Pennsylvania? Coal plants in Pennsylvania emitted 101,690,275 tons of climate change fueling CO2, 600,918 tons of SO2 and 118,103 tons of...

Spotlight on Wilmington, NC

Publication | January 19, 2011 at 19:36

Did you know that in 2009 the Sutton Coal-Fired Power Plant near Wilmington, NC produced 2,493,934 tons of climate-change-fueling CO2. It also produced 17,947 tons of SO2, and 4,272 tons of NOx, major contributors to acid rain and smog pollution.

The Arctic Sunrise is coming to Philadelphia

Publication | January 19, 2011 at 18:16

We are very excited to announce that Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is coasting into Philadelphia from January 28th to February 1st, 2011, as part of our East Coast Coal Free Future Tour!

The Arctic Sunrise is coming to Wilmington, NC

Publication | January 14, 2011 at 13:00

We are very excited to announce that Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is coasting into Wilmington from January 20-23, 2011, in order to kick of our East Coast Coal Free Future Tour!

The True Cost of Coal - Coal Ash in China

Publication | September 15, 2010 at 10:00

The True Cost of Coal – An Investigation into Coal Ash in China, focuses on a long-ignored type of coal pollution. An inevitable byproduct of coal power generation, coal ash is also China’s largest single source of industrial solid waste.

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