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

 

Gregory Boyce retiring as Peabody CEO – how’d he do?

Blog by Joe Smyth | January 27, 2015

Last week Peabody Energy, the largest private coal mining company in the world, announced that its CEO Gregory Boyce would be stepping down in May, replaced by Glenn Kellow. Boyce leaves behind a record of environmental destruction, injustice to...

Oil-Loving Senate Contributes ‘Significantly’ to Climate Change

Blog by Kyle Ash | January 22, 2015

The US Senate has been debating a bill to bypass the State Department and approve the Keystone tar sands pipeline. The bill, S.1, was the first in the hopper of this new Senate. Knowing S.1 is doomed by a veto from President Obama, yes votes...

Amazon’s New Wind Farm Marks First Step to 100% Renewable Energy

Blog by David Pomerantz | January 20, 2015

Amazon is starting to show that it’s serious about its commitment to power its corner of the internet with 100% renewable energy. The company announced today that it will purchase 115 MW of wind energy from a new wind farm in Indiana, a great...

Cleaning Up an Arctic Oil Spill Would Be Impossible

Blog by Tim Donaghy | January 15, 2015

Oil spills are a terrible, horrible, no good, very big mess, even in in the best of times. But as a new report shows, cleaning up an oil spill in the pristine Arctic Ocean would be next to impossible. Even as Gulf Coast residents and ecosystems...

3 Reasons Obama’s New Methane Regulations Won’t Save Us

Blog by Jesse Coleman | January 14, 2015

The Obama Administration’s new plan to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, announced today, will at best only slow down the country’s fastest-growing source of heat-trapping gases. The rules recognize the serious methane...

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