The fact is, that climate change in Puget Sound is a reality.
The overwhelming majority of the global scientific community agree that greenhouse gases are heating up our planet. And temperatures in the Pacific Northwest are rising faster than the global average. Glaciers in the Cascades and the Olympic have retreated markedly since 1950. Puget Sound’s waters are warming and river and stream flows are changing.
No one can precisely predict the future of the Sound’s resources under changing climate conditions. But they can make some solid assumptions about what is likely to happen, and plan a course of action that takes climate change in to consideration when adopting policies that affect Puget Sound.
What’s being done about climate change in the Pacific Northwest?
Governer’s executive order The state of Washington is taking climate change very seriously. An executive order was signed establishing goals for reductions in climate population, increases in jobs, and reductions in expenditures on important fuel.
Pacific Northwest climate change report. This report focuses on the consequences of a warmer climate on the larger Puget Sound ecosystem, including what the future might hold for snow pack, stream flow, water quality, precipitation patterns, air, water temperatures, and the plants and animals that call Puget Sound home.
Climate change and the 2020 Action Agenda. The partnership will consider climate change and it’s effects to the Puget Sound ecosystem as it puts together it’s long-term plan for Puget Sound recovery.
Washington Department of Ecology. This department is taking a leading role in the state’s efforts to combat climate change.