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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.

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Bjorn Lomborg Think Tank Funder Revealed As Billionaire Republican ‘Vulture...

Blog by Connor Gibson | February 9, 2015

By Graham Readfern, crossposted from DeSmogBlog. A billionaire “vulture capitalist” and major backer of the US Republican Party is a major funder of the think tank of Danish climate science contrarian and fossil fuels advocate Bjørn Lomborg,...

Chains for change

Blog by Karen Topakian | February 6, 2015

“I wear the chain I forged in life” My literary friends might recognize this phrase from the great Charles Dickens. Jacob Marley says it when Ebenezer Scrooge sees him in a vision and asks why he’s laden down with miles of heavy chain, causing...

We’re In A Hole. Let’s Stop Digging: Prevent fracked gas exports in Oregon

Blog by Guest Post | February 4, 2015

This guest blog was written by Lesley Adams of Waterkeeper Alliance in Talent, Oregon The world’s preeminent scientific body on climate change has stated that we have already taken up a huge amount of our global budget for greenhouse gas...

Repower Our Schools: 100% Renewable Energy Offers Schools Savings, Health and...

Blog by Monica Embrey | February 3, 2015

Imagine if every school in our country was powered by clean, affordable, renewable energy. Schools everywhere could have solar arrays on their roofs to power the classrooms, provide important learning opportunities for their students, and save...

One year since the Dan River coal ash spill, why Citizens United and solar policy are key

Blog by Monica Embrey | February 2, 2015

It’s been one year since Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant caused one of the worst coal ash disasters in U.S. history, spewing up to 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash across North Carolina and into Virginia. So where do things stand now? More than...

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