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Climate change

King County is responding

For more information about climate change in King County, please send us an e-mail.

What can you do?


Climate change is a challenge, but it is also an opportunity for each of us to show that we can work together and make a collective difference in reducing climate pollution.


Key steps for business to respond to climate change include reducing your climate pollution and planning for climate change impacts.

What government can do

Other governments

Local, regional and state governments are also developing comprehensive responses to climate change.

King County

To protect and enhance our environment, public health and economy, King County is committed to its ongoing leadership role of responding to human caused climate change.

Featured resources

2015 King County Strategic Climate Action Plan

The Executive Proposed 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan, a five-year blueprint for County action to confront climate change, will guide County work in all areas of County operations and its work in the community to achieve ambitious climate change goals, prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, and ensure that King County continues to lead on climate action. Read the plan.

Forestry Climate Preparedness and Response Website

Forestry CPR King County unveils a new online resource for King County landowners and others interested in the relationship between climate change and forests. Learn how climate change could impact your forest and discover solutions for your property.

Impacts of Climate Change

King County faces its own set of challenges related to climate change. This updated section presents known impacts to the environment, human health and the economy resulting from climate change in King County. Learn more specifics of how climate change has an impact on the people and the environment around you.

Localize Sustainability

Localize Sustainability provides King County residents with unique, local insights on their most beneficial sustainability actions — in terms of saving money, living healthier, and shrinking environmental footprint.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in King County (published February 2012)

King County Green Report This report quantifies emissions from the entire King County community including governments, residents and business, presenting results from two different, but complementary, inventories of GHG emissions.
Read the report

Learn more about What King County is doing

Multimedia and Videos

Food Too Good to Waste – King County Video Series

Eastside Rail Corridor – King County Overview

Archive of King County climate change related videos — More than 20 topics!

Quick links

2015 King County Strategic Climate Action Plan

Executive Constantine’s Priority on Confronting Climate Change

King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

Executive Constantine’s Comments as part of the Governor’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force (CERT) – November 2014 – 219KB pdf

King County DNRP’s 'Beyond Carbon Neutral' commitment

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in King County Report

Archive of King County climate change related videos — More than 20 topics!

Coal and Oil

May 13, 2015
Executive Constantine statement on Seattle Port Commission's motion 

May 4, 2015
Executive's statement regarding Shell Oil's proposal to base Arctic drilling fleet at Port of Seattle

March 25, 2015
Executive Constantine applauds introduction of federal Crude-by-Rail Safety Act

March, 13, 2015
Leaders join broad coalition on oil trains - The Columbian

Safe Energy Leadership Alliance

March 3, 2015
Elected leaders gather in Portland as surge in oil-train traffic increases risk to public safety

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Climate science news

Jul. 9, 2015
Why the Earth’s past has scientists so worried about sea level rise - Washington Post

Jun. 22, 2015
Inaction on climate change would cost billions, major EPA study finds - Washington Post

Jun. 4, 2015
Climate forecast for Seattle: warmer and wetter, with a chance of deluge

November 2, 2014
5 Key Takeaways From the Latest (IPCC) Climate Change Report - National Geographic

September 10, 2014
5th Annual PNW Climate Science Conference – Online Archive of Presentations

May 8, 2014
Report: Climate-change effects are already apparent in NW - Seattle Times

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Climate action news

August 24, 2015
Phillips to join world leaders in discussing climate challenges
U.N. conference to focus on actions needed to combat climate change

August 24, 2015
FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Bring Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to Households across the Country - White House

June 30, 2015
Executive delivers bold new plan to confront climate change after hottest June on record

June 24, 2015
Judge rules for teens in climate change case - KING5

April 6, 2015
Climate Group Launches Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington audio - KUOW 

March 31, 2015
U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - The White House

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