Environment

The global environment is at a crossroads. The rapid pace of technology and population growth is placing unrelenting pressure on the world’s natural resources. Many of our natural systems have been pushed to the breaking point.
 
The build-up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuel is changing the planet’s natural systems, upon which all life depends. Overfishing and pollution have ravaged the oceans, leaving commercial fisheries at the point of collapse. On land, areas that have not been inalterably changed by human civilization are under increasing stress from activities ranging from logging and mining to agriculture and development.
 
Pew is a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental problems. We actively promote strong conservation policies in the United States and internationally. Pew applies a range of tools in pursuit of practical, meaningful solutions—including applied science, public education, sophisticated media and communications, and policy advocacy.
 
Pew’s environmental activities have grown steadily over the past two decades, as has our staff of attorneys, scientists, economists, media professionals and campaign advocates. The Pew Environment Group has a global staff based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

For more information, visit the Pew Environment Group's site.

  • Campaign to End Overfishing in the Mid-Atlantic

    After sustaining decades of overfishing, depleted Mid-Atlantic fish populations may now have begun to recover.  But managers must continue rebuilding efforts to ensure the future sustainability of fishing in this region.  The Pew Environment Group is leading a campaign to ensure that federal fishery managers in the Mid-Atlantic end overfishing and rebuild depleted fish populations to provide truly healthy fisheries for the future.
  • The Global Conservation Initiative

    The Pew Environment Group is leading a coalition of major international conservation organizations in advocating for a comprehensive global conservation strategy that could protect of much of the world’s remaining wilderness.
  • Marine Aquaculture Task Force

    The Marine Aquaculture Task Force has developed protective, science-based standards to assure that aquaculture poses minimal threats to the ocean environment.
  • Offshore Energy Reform

    The late April explosion and sinking of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana once more brought into sharp focus the risks, both human and environmental, of offshore oil drilling.  In the aftermath of this disaster, it has become clear that the federal system for deciding where, when and how to drill offshore needs substantial review and reform.
  • Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency

    The Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency mobilized support from policy makers and the public for standards that will improve the fuel efficiency of American vehicles.
  • Pew Campaign on Global Warming

    Global warming is the most pressing environmental challenge of the 21st century.  Because of our reliance on fossil fuels for energy, greenhouse gas levels are increasing in the atmosphere and warming the Earth.  Without corrective action, a dramatic temperature rise could harm both the environment and humans. The Pew Campaign on Global Warming worked to address these issues.
  • Pew Center on Global Climate Change

    The independent Pew Center on Global Climate Change, a nonpartisan policy and research effort, provided critical information on global warming and brought together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts to find solutions to global warming.
  • Salmon Aquaculture Reform

    Industrial-scale carnivorous fish farming has led to serious environmental problems, including the depletion of wild fish populations for fish feed, high levels of pollution and escapes of farmed fish into the wild. The Salmon Aquaculture Reform Campaign worked to shift the aquaculture industry away from current practices toward more environmentally sound alternatives.
  • Whale Conservation

    The Pew Whale Conservation Project is a leader in the effort to conserve whales globally.

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