Gulf Restoration Network

United for a Healthy Gulf

 
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Overview

The Gulf of Mexico is ground zero for the impacts of climate change. Rising sea-levels, more powerful hurricanes, and invasive species are all serious threats to the natural resources of the Gulf, our homes, and our communities. Coastal erosion and the myriad of problems the Gulf of Mexico is faced with are inextricably connected to climate change. The GRN has taken a stand against inaction on this issue, perhaps the most important environmental issue of our time.

 

What We Are Doing

Congressional Office Visit In 2008, the GRN worked with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to establish a regional plan for adaptation to climate change, a success in getting federal and state agencies to confront this issue. Through our efforts, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance joined the Storm Smart Coasts Network, a place for coastal decision makers to find and share the latest information on protecting communities from storms, floods, sea level rise, and climate change.

Continuing our work in 2008, the GRN partnered with the 1Sky (1Sky.org) campaign to advocate for bold federal climate policy. The GRN advocated for reducing global warming pollution to levels that science says is necessary by investing in clean, renewable energy; the creation of millions of new green jobs;  and a national moratorium on new coal-fired power plants. The GRN organized a broad base of grassroots support around this policy platform and, demonstrated this support to our elected officials and candidates. The GRN employed a variety of tactics in getting this message across including organizing and hosting a congressional candidates’ forum as part of a National Day of Action. The GRN will continue to educate the public about the threats that climate change poses to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The Issues We Face

Sea Level Rise

Global warming is causing ocean water to expand and glaciers and ice caps to melt, resulting in sea level rise.  Scientists predict that global warming will result in increasing sea-level rise in the Gulf of Mexico.  In fact, a rise in sea level ranging from over 8 to 20 inches is projected by 2100. Read More...

 

Hurricane Intensity

Although global warming does not cause hurricanes, the increase in sea surface temperatures enables tropical cyclones to become more powerful.  Scientists have discovered that as ocean temperatures have risen in response to global warming there has been a rise in the intensity and duration of hurricanes around the world. Read More...

 

Ocean Acidification

About half of the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the oceans.  However, increases in the amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed is changing the basic chemistry of the oceans.  Once in seawater carbon dioxide undergoes a chemical transformation to carbonic acid. Read More...

 

Off-shore Wind Power

Given the Gulf's leadership in energy development off all types, and the amount of energy infrastructure in the area already, many expected the Gulf to begin to lead the nation in wind development. Read More...

 

Oil and Gas Accountability

Some call the Gulf our nation’s energy coast, while others call it the nation’s energy sacrifice zone.  It is undeniable that the Eastern Gulf has shouldered damaging and environmentally careless energy development in the past, and is the primary domestic target area for new development. Read More...

 

Liquified Natural Gas

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals pose a developing threat to marine life in the Gulf.  Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and Alabama Governor Bob Riley have opposed the potentially dangerous open-loop process.  Their opposition set the stage for Shell Gas and Power to abandon its plans for Gulf Landing, a terminal off Cameron, Louisiana, opposed by fishing and conservation interests. Read More...

 

Webinars

Check out our webinars. Done in partnership with the Southern Alliance or Clean Energy. Read More...