The potential impacts of global warming 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 Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup.
POLICY FRAMEWORK - Washington State Climate Policy Laws and Executive Orders
Climate Legislative & Executive Workgroup - recommend a state program of actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
From workshops held in November 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Sept 27, 2013: Humans almost certainly cause global warming, scientific panel says (Washington Post)
Sept 27, 2013: U.N. panel says it's "extremely likely" climate change is predominantly man-made (CBS news)
March 6, 2013: Inslee: 'We need to move' on climate (The Olympian)
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