Stronger storms, rising seas

The consequences of global warming are apparent in New Hampshire and across the nation. Nobody wants our kids to inherit a world where severe storms like Superstorm Sandy — or worse — are the new normal. The National Climate Assessment released in May highlights the immediacy of this issue: “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” That's why it's so important that we reduce the pollution that's fueling global warming. The less we pollute now, the safer the climate will be for our children and future generations.

Our best chance to tackle pollution

Global warming is primarily fueled by carbon pollution, and the largest single source of this global warming pollution is power plants — responsible for 40 percent of carbon emissions nationally. But unbelievably, for years, there have been no limits on the carbon emissions of these major culprits. If we want to tackle global warming, it’s critical to take on this largest source of unbridled pollution. And now may be our best chance.

Biggest step yet

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a Clean Power Plan to finally limit carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets targets for 49 states to reduce carbon from their power plants by investing renewable energy and energy efficiency, cleaning up existing power plants, and switching to cleaner fuels. Vermont has no fossil fuel power plants large enough to be covered. This is the largest action the U.S. has ever taken on climate, and exactly the leadership we need in order to influence other nations to reduce their own carbon emissions.

The fight ahead

Not surprisingly, this proposed plan was no easy win. King Coal, Big Oil, and the rest of the dirty power industry have vehemently opposed these rules for years. But Environment New Hampshire and our allies in the environmental and public health community stood up to this opposition by submitting more than 4 million public comments to the EPA and garnering support from more than 600 local elected officials and hundreds of small business owners.

Not more than a few hours after the long-awaited rule to curb carbon emissions from power plants was released however did a curtain of fire from polluters begin. They vehemently and vocally opposed this critically important step for our climate and future generations, claiming it would destroy the economy. We’ve been hearing these tired arguments from polluters for decades. But they were wrong then, and they're wrong now.

We need your help

The single largest step to curb global warming pollution and give our children a better future has been proposed. It's a big deal. But it's not a done deal. Together with our national federation, we’ve launched a campaign to get information to more than 1 million Americans on the local impacts of global warming and ensure President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan gets over the finish line.

Clean Air Updates

News Release | Environment New Hampshire

Power Plants Responsible for Almost 30 Percent of New Hampshire’s Global Warming Pollution

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows that U.S. power plants produced more carbon pollution in 2012 than the entire economies of Russia, India, Japan or any other nation besides China. Advocates at Environment New Hampshire pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

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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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