Global Warming Solutions

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.”

- Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee

The last generation

Years ago, many of us thought of global warming as something that would happen “someday.” As it turns out, “someday” is right now.

We’re fast approaching the point when scientists say climate change could tip toward catastrophe, with sea levels rising faster along our coasts, storms growing more powerful, and droughts and other forms of extreme weather more disruptive.

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Of course, nobody wants to leave the next generation a world where heat waves, floods, droughts and worse are everyday events in an increasingly dangerous world.

If we accept, as we must, the broad scientific consensus that human pollution is accelerating these changes, then this is our challenge: stop putting carbon into the atmosphere, increase our energy efficiency, and repower our society with clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

The good news is that solutions like solar, wind and energy efficiency not only reduce carbon pollution. They also clean up our air, reduce asthma attacks, and promote energy independence.

 

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The actions the United States has taken to date are necessary — but not yet sufficient — to prevent a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. In order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C — the international consensus target for preventing the worst consequences of warming — the U.S. must reach net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

Leaders at all levels of government across the United States must follow through with existing commitments to reduce pollution. Leaders at all levels of government should identify and pursue new policies to cut pollution. And the U.S. must play a leadership role in the global movement to limit global warming.

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Protect our children's future

As Gov. Inslee pointed out, global warming is the challenge of our generation.

Protecting our children’s future requires us to stop dumping carbon into our atmosphere, and there’s no better place to start than with America’s No. 1 global warming polluters. 

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In the Path of the Storm

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In the Path of the Storm

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Every Missouri County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster; New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

This morning, Environment Missouri released a new report, "In the Path of the Storm." After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, the report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, every county in Missouri has been hit by at least one federally declared weather-related disaster since 2006.

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In the Path of the Storm: Missouri Factsheet

This is a helpful factsheet that outlines key points in our recent report, "In the Path of the Storm." It outlines major findings on recent weather-related disasters in Missouri, summerizes how global warming will likely impact extreme weather, and recaps the report's policy recommendations.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Missouri report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report uses FEMA data to detail the number of weather disasters that Missouri counties have experienced in recent years, and also highlights recent extreme weather events that have impacted Missouri and the nation, such as the flooding of southeast Missouri the summer of 2011.

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