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Responding to climate change

Recognizing Washington’s vulnerability to climate impacts, we developed our state's response strategy to help state, tribal and local governments, organizations, and businesses prepare for climate change impacts. We developed the climate change response strategy in partnership with other state agencies.
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Washington's response report

Washington's climate is already a warming. Without additional actions to reduce carbon emissions, scientists project that these trends will continue and in some cases accelerate. The response strategy lays out a framework that decision makers can use to help protect Washington’s communities, natural resources, and economy.

The seven overarching climate change response strategies identified for Washington are intended to:

  • Protect people and communities.
  • Reduce risk of damage to buildings, transportation systems, and other infrastructure.
  • Reduce forest and agriculture vulnerability.
  • Improve water management.
  • Safeguard fish, wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems.
  • Reduce risks to ocean and coastlines.
  • Support the efforts of local communities and strengthen capacity to respond and engage the public.

Response strategies

You can review a summary of the strategies developed for Washington or read the full report.
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