New Climate Science Report Shows that Reducing Global Warming Pollution Is Urgent

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Madeline Page

Environment New Hampshire

Today, further solidifying the need to cut carbon and tackle global warming to protect future generations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially released their latest report on global warming, which provides powerful evidence that reducing emissions of climate-changing pollution is critically important and urgent. Madeline Page, Field Associate, with Environment New Hampshire, issued the following statement in response:

“In today’s report, the world’s leading climate scientists have delivered us a warning, loud and clear. Global warming is happening now. Human activity — in particular, burning fossil fuels — is the chief cause. And the impacts are accelerating — including more fuel for extreme weather, such as Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo.

“If we do not rapidly and substantially reduce global warming pollution, we can expect dangerous and potentially irreversible consequences, including more extreme weather, disrupted agriculture, rising seas, and ocean acidification.“We have an obligation to listen to this warning, and act to protect our children and grandchildren from the worst impacts of global warming.

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent announcement of first-ever standards to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, and upcoming federal standards for existing plants, are huge steps in the right direction.

“Power plants are the nation’s single largest source of the carbon pollution fueling global warming. ‘America’s Dirtiest Power Plants,’ a report from Environment New Hampshire Research & Policy Center, shows that even as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) works to cut carbon pollution and transition New Hampshire to clean energy, power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution in America.

“Granite Staters have already submitted nearly 15,000 of 3.2 million total comments to the EPA in support of limiting carbon pollution from power plants. With the finalization of the EPA’s proposed rule, we can finally say: no new dirty power plants.

“Our commitment to RGGI obligates us to lead when it comes to addressing global warming–we can’t afford to wait for other states to act on climate. That’s why New Hampshire’s decision-makers should support President Obama’s federal plan in the fight to protect our communities from global warming. Today’s report from the IPCC makes it crystal clear that action to reduce emissions of climate-changing pollution is urgent.”