Washington’s climate change resilience strategy
Washington’s climate change resilience strategy is an important tool that brings together all of the necessary requirements to prepare for the impacts of climate change in Washington — particularly on the most vulnerable and those facing systemic inequities.
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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is pivotal to our work. Our global reliance on fossil fuels adds greater amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to our atmosphere, which results in higher global temperatures and causes most climate change impacts.
We work to implement the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), which targets the state's largest sources of GHGs, adopt clean fuel and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards, and reduce excess emissions caused by food waste.
Reducing flood risks
We support communities through flood planning and risk assessment — grants and technical assistance, including adapting toxic cleanup processes, and providing data to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to run the Risk MAP to help communities plan for potential floods.
Reducing wildfire, drought, and water supply impacts
Monitoring wildfires and smoke is a collaborative process between state and federal agencies. Increased temperatures leads to a cycle of less snowpack and water supply, which leads to more droughts, drier environments, extreme heat events, and a higher risk of wildfire and unhealthy air quality levels.
Reducing the impacts of ocean acidification (OA)
Ocean acidification has devastating impacts on wildlife and the environment. It's the result of our oceans absorbing excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, resulting in changes to seawater chemistry.