The Consequences? Severe storms, drought and more

Global warming is the one of the most profound threats of our time — and we’re starting to feel the effects. In recent years, stronger more frequent extreme weather events, like Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, we've also seen devastative wildfires across the west and severe flooding and droughts in the midwest.

Extreme weather could become “the new normal” as global warming wreaks havoc on our climate. Read our report, "In the Path of the Storm," to learn more. Global warming also threatens to drive many species to extinction, and threatens our health with dirtier air, especially in our cities.

These dangers are cause for immediate action, but too often our elected officials drag their feet and give into the lobbying efforts of Big Oil, utilities and the coal companies.

Still, there are clear opportunities to do what is necessary right now to protect future generations.

Cleaning up the largest polluters and advancing clean energy solutions

Here in New England, we've lead the way by adopting much needed carbon-curbing policies through our landmark Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The program, which took effect in 2009, has succeeded in cutting carbon dioxide emissions and demonstrating the effectiveness of cap-and-trade as a global warming solution while helping to sustain a growing regional economy. Just this May, the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to authorize continued involvement in RGGI, stricter limits will lead to a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions over the next deacade. Clean technologies like wind, solar, and energy efficiency are becoming cheaper and more plentiful each year, providing a clean alternative to coal, oil and gas.

Yet coal-fired power plants are still the largest single source of carbon pollution in our country, making up 40 percent of emission nationwide. Our success with RGGI means we have an obligation to lead on tackling global warming and we can't wait around for other states to act on climate.

A new path forward

On June 25, 2013, President Obama announced a historic climate plan that directs the Environmental Protection Agency to set the first-ever carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants. Since we can’t possibly solve global warming if we fail to clean up the largest source of pollution fueling the problem, this move by President Obama was critical. His plan also called for advancing energy efficiency measures to cut energy waste, increasing support for clean, renewable energy like wind and solar power, and advancing international efforts to tackle global warming.

The president’s speech in June and his sweeping plan came in reaction to millions of Americans raising their voices and asking the president to lead on climate. Now the challenge is to ensure that the strongest pieces of the plan are implemented as quickly as possible.

Clean Air Updates

News Release | Environment New Hampshire

New Climate Science Report Warns of Increased Risk, Need for Action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially released its latest report on global warming yesterday. The report adds to the ever-growing body of evidence that action on to limit carbon pollution is urgently needed – and without it, risk to future generations will only continue to grow. Madeline Page, Federal Field Associate with Environment New Hampshire issued the following statement in response:

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s Clean Energy Programs Avoided 62,000 Cars’ Worth of Pollution in 2012

As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, New Hampshire is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as New Hampshire’s renewable electricity standard and participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment New Hampshire Research & Policy Center. 

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Report | Environment New Hampshire

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable. 

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Report | Environment New Hampshire

Skating on Thin Ice

Every four years, the world’s finest winter athletes gather for the top competition on snow and ice. But even as we celebrate competition and athleticism, global warming is undermining the climate conditions that make the Winter Olympics possible.

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

Global Warming has Winter Games Skating on Thin Ice

As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment New Hampshire revealed a summary of global warming impacts on Winter Olympic sports, highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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