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

 

Celebrities Tweet Support for Emma Thompson and the Arctic

Blog by Nicole Sands | August 6, 2014

If anyone can help save the Arctic in less than 140 characters, it’s Emma Thompson (seriously, she’s hilarious). She’s travelling to the Arctic along with her daughter, Gaia, actor Michelle Thrush and her daughter Imajyn. Together, they are...

Will Secretary Jewell protect national parks or the coal industry?

Blog by Joe Smyth | August 4, 2014

This time of year, millions of Americans and visitors from around the world are touring national parks, experiencing some of our most incredible natural wonders. But our national parks are increasingly threatened by the impacts of global warming...

Tesoro’s Cleanup of Massive North Dakota Oil Pipeline Spill (PHOTOS)

Blog by Jesse Coleman | August 1, 2014

Though the Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed due to popular backlash, oil and related hazardous materials continue to flow through the United States on trains and through pipelines. Increasingly these pipelines leak, contaminating the...

Coal and Oil Polluters Dominate ALEC Conference

Blog by Connor Gibson | July 31, 2014

Written with Nick Surgey of The Center for Media and Democracy. Image courtesy of CMD’s PR Watch. Who’s pulling the strings at the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council‘s (ALEC) conference in Dallas, Texas, this week? According to...

Greenpeace airship flies Montana’s skies: “Coal exports fuel climate change, Keep our...

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | July 25, 2014

Today, Greenpeace took to the skies in Billings, Montana, as part of the Magic City Balloon Festival, to highlight the risks of coal exports and mining in the Western United States. Montana is at the center of a make or break fight for the...

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