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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

 

Talk Business to Me - Microsoft's Dirty Cloud

Video | April 19, 2012 at 12:48

Powering your Powerpoint is a dirty business. See what Microsoft's cloud team has to do to keep your clip art smokin' hot.

Stick to that story: Amazon's Dirty Cloud

Video | April 19, 2012 at 12:45

Hey diddle diddle, from the cloud to your kindle. Is Amazon telling the real story about how they power the cloud, or just another fairytale?

Mustache Surprise? There's an app for that - Apple's Dirty Cloud

Video | April 19, 2012 at 12:41

Make sure your best artwork is captured and sent to your iPad. Just try not to picture what powers Apple's cloud.

Leila Mendez-Our Voice Was Heard

Video | March 1, 2012 at 16:46

Leila Mendez of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization reacts to the news of the closure of the Fisk coal plant.

How Will You Take a Stand Against Coal?

Video | February 13, 2012 at 12:08

Tell Duke Energy to stop destroying our mountains, polluting our air, and poisoning our water. #occupyduke.

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