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Worldwide temperatures have increased more than 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) in the past century, and even more in sensitive polar regions. The impacts of rising temperatures won’t be felt in a far-off future: they’re happening right now around the world. Sea levels are rising, weather patterns are changing and diseases are spreading. The cost of rising sea levels, increasing droughts, floods, wildfire and extreme weather can be measure in lost lives, livelihoods, homes and businesses, higher food prices and insurance premiums, poorer health and hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency services and disaster relief.

Carbon pollution is warming our planet and profoundly impacting America and the world and the scientific community is in strong agreement that our climate is changing and that human-produced pollution is a primary cause. The energy we use in our vehicles, homes, offices and factories create billions of tons of pollution each year.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is entirely devoted to solving the climate crisis. Every aspect of our diverse programmatic work is dedicated to promoting responsible energy choices that solve global warming problems and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. We work to increase southern citizens’ understanding that global warming is having direct impacts on our communities and way of life, and that coal, our dominant energy source in the region, is exacerbating the problem.

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Coastal Climate Impacts

The Southeast’s coastline is one of the region’s most impressive and attractive features. Stretching more than 2,000 miles, the Southeast Atlantic shoreline is home to more than 16 million people and hosts more than $2.2 trillion in property. This coastal region contains infrastructure of significant importance to the functionality of our country such as ports and military bases, as well as many of the…

Dirty Energy & Climate’s Disproportionate Impacts

Statistics show that African Americans and other persons of color struggle with an array of disproportionate impacts - from health to economic to climate vulnerability - directly associated with dirty energy sources here in the Southeast. Health Impacts to Low Income Communities and Communities of Color Statistics show that African Americans and other persons of color are plagued with an array of health conditions…

Black Carbon, Diesel and Climate Change

Black carbon as a Climate Changing Agent Black carbon is a major component of fine particulate matter. It results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass. Black carbon absorbs visible light, which disturbs the planet’s radiation balance and leads to increased warming. It is a potent warming agent: one gram of black carbon causes anything from 100 to 2000 times more warming…

Carbon Pollution & the Clean Air Act

Our nation's energy sector generates one third of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, and carbon dioxide accounts for about 84% of U.S. greenhouse gases (GHGs), making it the nation’s largest contributor to climate change. The Southeast disproportionately contributes to national carbon pollution levels due to its abundance of coal-fired power plants. In 2012, over 366 million tons of carbon dioxide were emitted from roughly 270…

Southeast Climate Change Impacts

In today’s world full of challenges, it is hard to know what is important. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy wants to make sure that every Southeast citizen understands that climate change is the most serious issue we face in the 21st century and it must be addressed. It is hard to visualize what a warming world will mean to the average person. Following are…

Hojas Informativas del Calentamiento Global

Con el fin de proveerle a nuestros miembros y a nuestros visitantes de Internet la más reciente y precisa recopilación de nuevos datos climáticos, así como información con respecto a los impactos y oportunidades del calentamiento global, la Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) desarrolló en Noviembre de 2010 nueve nuevas hojas informativas que son especificas a cada estado. Estas hojas informativas, recogen la…

Climate Science

Climate change is an increase in the average temperatures in the atmosphere and oceans over time due primarily to human influences. Although heat-trapping pollution, such as carbon dioxide and methane, (also known as “greenhouse gases” (GHGs) are naturally occurring elements, humans have greatly increased the amount of this pollution in our atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels. Climate pollution acts as a blanket…

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