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

 

A Good Week for Solar

Blog by Kassie Rohrbach | March 2, 2015

We started last week with a huge win for people power when millions across the country successfully called for President’s Obama’s veto on Congress’s circus-style attempt to push forward the Keystone XL pipeline. But this wasn’t the only climate...

A chance for greater protection of the Arctic

Blog by Dr. David Santillo | March 2, 2015

Government members from all over Europe are meeting this week for the OSPAR (named after the Oslo and Paris Conventions) Convention’s Biodiversity Committee (BDC) in Cork, Ireland. They have an opportunity to move towards providing urgent...

Knocking down barriers to vote in Oregon

Blog by Rachel Rye Butler | February 26, 2015

Unlike many states which are facing ALEC and Koch-tied attacks on voting rights– voter ID bills being a prime example of how special interests are working to disenfranchise Americans and make it harder for our voices to be heard– in the next...

Climate Scientists: Coal-funded #Fakexpert Willie Soon was Never Credible

Blog by Connor Gibson | February 25, 2015

“The science that Willie Soon does is almost pointless.” - NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, to the New York Times   Recent revelations regarding Smithsonian scientist Willie Soon’s financing and coordination with fossil fuel companies for...

BREAKING: Obama Vetoes KXL

Blog by Annie Leonard | February 24, 2015

Wow — I have some big news. Moments ago, President Obama issued a presidential veto against Congress’ bill to force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In vetoing KXL, President Obama is showing that he’s listened to the people, not the...

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