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Climate Change

Mount Rainier, photo by Weldon Wilson

The potential impacts of climate change dwarf those of other environmental threats

Washington State is particularly vulnerable to a warming climate — especially our snow-fed water supplies that provide our drinking water, irrigation for agriculture — and nearly three-fourths of the electrical power we produce. Close to 40 communities — including some of the state’s largest population centers along our 2,300 miles of shoreline are threatened by rising sea levels. Ocean acidification, which is created when carbon dioxide reacts with seawater and reduces the water’s pH, threatens our abundant shellfish.

Our state and societies around the globe need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid worsening climate impacts and reduce the risk of creating changes beyond our ability to respond and adapt. Washington State is addressing this challenge and has adopted policies to reduce energy use, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and build a clean energy economy.

Washington is also taking steps to reduce the risks to our communities, economy, and environment from changes in climate - and impacts to our state - that are unavoidable, even if we reduce greenhouse gas emission today.

For more information, see the Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce.


POLICY FRAMEWORK - Washington State Climate Policy Laws and Executive Orders

UNDERSTANDING GHG EMISSIONS

Washington State Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory | Ecology’s Mandatory Reporting | EPA Mandatory Reporting |

REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

2010 Comprehensive Plan | SEPA and Climate Change | State Agency Climate Leadership |

PREPARING FOR IMPACTS

Climate Change Response Strategy | Clearinghouse: Impacts Preparation and Adaptation Resources |

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

WASHINGTON'S CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY AND JOBS

Green Jobs and Training |

CLIMATE EDUCATION

What is Climate Change | Climate Education Resources | Resources at Work | Network for Climate Educators | Carbon Footprint Pledge | King Tides Photo Initiative | What You Can Do

CLIMATE CHANGE ARCHIVE

Executive Order 09-05 | GHG Benchmarking | Low Carbon Fuel Standard | Forest Carbon | 2008 Climate Action Team | 2007 Climate Advisory Team |

STATE AGENCY
GHG EMISSION
CALCULATORS

2013 inventory is due September 1, 2014

EXECUTIVE ORDER
14-04

Gov. Inslee announces executive action to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy. See the Executive Order.

IPCC FIFTH ASSESSMENT REPORTS (AR5)

2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability(WGII)

2013: The Physical Science Basis (WGI)

CLIMATE ACTION

Climate Legislative & Executive Workgroup - recommend a state program of actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

RESOURCES FOR REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS

CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE STRATEGY

COASTAL HAZARDS PRESENTATIONS

From workshops held in November 2012