Climate Change Library Links
Climate change is the overarching issue of our time. Finds out what the issues are and who is working on them at the local level.
Climate Change Indicators Infographic with Interactive Graphs: Climate indicators show trends over time in key aspects of our environment. Indicators based on long-term, consistently collected data can be used to understand how our climate and environmental conditions are changing, consider and assess risks and vulnerabilities, and help us prepare, take action, and improve resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Fourth National Climate Assessment 2018: The Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that a report be delivered to Congress and the President every four years. This report needs to analyze the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity. It also needs to project major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years. Be sure to check out the download feature if you want a clean pdf of any one section, slides or images.
Frequently Asked Questions section of the 2018 Assessment is really useful. A question is asked, gets answered in a couple paragraphs, and usually includes a helpful graph, diagram or image.
2018 Northwest Regional Report: This is a chapter within the National Climate Assessment which includes key messages for how climate change will impact different sectors and aspects of life in the Northwest.
Third National Climate Assessment 2014: The 2018 Assessment builds on and complements the 2014 Assessment and includes a range of different focus areas, so it is useful to study both. Explore the Frequently Asked Questions in the Appendix and download any individual reports that interest you.
Climate Impacts Group: This UW group of researchers and communicators develops scientific information that is used by the decision making community. Their approach includes (1) identifying climate-related information needs and areas of concern in partnership with resource managers, planners and policy makers; (2) advancing scientific understanding of regional climate impacts through interdisciplinary research; and (3) enhancing community understanding and capacity to address climate impacts, risks, and responses through outreach and engagement with natural resource managers, planners, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, the media, and others. Click on the RESOURCES page and you will find hydro-climatic data sets, tools to visualize and interpret climate data, and special reports such as the “State of Knowledge.”
UW Program on Climate Change: Provides a framework of intense cross-disciplinary collaboration that furthers research and education in climate science. Through courses, events, and planning for future initiatives, the program unites faculty, graduate students, and more recently undergraduates and off-campus partners, in efforts to understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
State of Knowledge Report - Climate Change in Puget Sound: A comprehensive synthesis report summarizing relevant research on the likely effects of climate change on the lands, water, and people of the Puget Sound region. This report details observed and projected changes for Puget Sound’s climate, water resources, forests, species and ecosystems, coasts and ocean, infrastructure, agriculture, and human health in an easy-to-read summary format designed to complement the foundational literature (peer-reviewed science, community and agency reports, and publicly available datasets) from which it draws. The report also describes local climate change risk reduction activities and highlights data resources available to support local climate adaptation efforts.
Northwest Climate Impacts in Brief: The Pacific Northwest climate is influenced by a complex set of interactions among oceanic and atmospheric circulations and regional topography. These factors result in natural climate variability that create dominant climate trends persisting on different, but shorter time scales, than climate change. The primary sources of variability in this region are the El Niño Southern Oscillation, operating on an annual timescale, and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation affecting climate on a decadal time frame. Learn more about how these natural systems will tangle with local climate change impacts.
Climate Impacts on Salmon: This is full analysis for salmon in one of our local watersheds, the Green-Duwamish. Check out the excellent chart on page four tracking specific impacts at different life stages of each of our five major salmon species. The table that follows on pages five and six breaks down each impact by type and geography.
US Climate Resilience ToolKit: Looking for climate data? This well designed site has a catalog of more than 200 digital tools to help planners, policymakers, business leaders, and journalists learn about the issues by looking squarely at what the data is telling us and to work together to build local resilience step by step. Filled with maps, systems analysis, and interactive data sets.
Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL) Data: Looking for data on snowpack and snow water equivalent in the Pacific Northwest? This is the data that local water supply managers use month by month each year to plan for water storage and delivery to ensure that a growing population has reliable water. Change the variables and produce your own reports and graphs.
Climate Communication: This non-profit specializes in publicizing and illuminating the latest climate research in plain language, making the science more accessible to the public and policy makers. Three tabs at the top of the website – Our Climate is Changing, How it Will Affect Us, and What We Can Do – lay out the science and impacts of climate change, as well as options for solutions. Within these tabs you will find ten climate change animations, which walk you through key graphics with narration from Director Susan Hassol and Science Director Richard Somerville. The Resources tab includes other websites where you can find the best information related to climate change, sorted by Videos, Articles, Reports, Websites, and Education.
King County Strategic Climate Action Plan: Established in 2015 this plan guides King County’s work to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, and ensure that the county continues to lead on climate action. The plan consists of an easy to read, detailed report with great graphs and infographics.
2017 Strategic Climate Action Plan Biennial Report - Published June 2018: King County provides a comprehensive report on implementation of its Strategic Climate Action Plan each two years. The most recent report was published in June 2018 for progress through the end of 2017. The next report will be published by June 2020 as part of a comprehensive update to the 2015 SCAP. The first section features a set of beautiful infographics clearly showing performance data for each of the five goals in the plan.
King County Climate Change Infographics: King County does a great job using infographics to convey the problem, actions being taken and performance data.
K4C | King County Cities Climate Collaboration: King County and many city partners are collaborating through K4C to coordinate and enhance the effectiveness of local government climate policies and recommended actions. It’s easier to solve big challenges as a coalition then as a an individual city because good ideas can be shared rapidly.
King County Blueprint for Addressing Climate Change and Health: A comprehensive report with great images and infographics on what King County is doing to address "the top public health challenge of our time". The Blueprint offers a unique and necessary approach to incorporating health and equity into climate change planning across King County.
City of Seattle Climate Strategy: In April 2018, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released an updated Seattle climate strategy to reduce carbon pollution from our transportation and building sectors and make Seattle a national leader in fighting climate change. The strategy is a set of short- and long-term actions that provide a roadmap for our City to act in the absence of federal leadership, particularly on leading contributors of greenhouse gases: transportation and buildings. For the most update to actions check out Seattle's Environmental Progress for 2019.
Explore “Your City” Climate Action Plan
City of Seattle Equity & Environment Agenda: A blueprint to advance racial equity in Seattle's environmental work. The Agenda lays out four key goal areas and recommended strategies in each area: (1) Healthy environments for all; (2) Jobs, local economies & youth pathways; (3) Equity in city environmental programs; (4) Environmental narrative & community leadership.
City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative: RSJI is the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle. When RSJI began ten years ago, no U.S. city had ever undertaken an effort that focused explicitly on institutional racism. Since that time, Minneapolis, Madison WI, Portland OR and King County, among others, have all established their own equity initiatives. Across the United States, local governments are acknowledging that race matters.
King County Equity and Social Justice Initiative: Inequities hurt everyone—not just people on the lower rungs of the social and economic ladder. For our region to continue to prosper, we need everyone to have a fair shot at success, regardless of where they started out in life. Our region has many strengths, but many of our communities are being left behind. In King County, where you live, how much you make, and the color of your skin are major predictors of your life experience and chances of living well.
The Portland Plan-Equity at the Core: Developed in response to some of Portland’s most pressing challenges, including income disparities, high unemployment, a low high school graduation rate and environmental concerns, the Portland Plan presents a strategic path forward. Advancing equity is the foundation of the plan. The plan includes both 25-year goals and 5-year action plans. Goals are set for the entire city, as well as geographically specific recommendations.
Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy: A coalition of Washington organizations and individuals committed to building our state’s economy, improving the health of our residents, and leading on the fight against climate change.
With more than 250 coalition members including health professionals, businesses, labor unions, faith communities, environmental advocates, and communities of color—plus thousands of volunteers from all over the state—the Alliance is dedicated to building a prosperous future with a clean energy economy.
Architecture 2030: Architecture 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the global built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate crisis. Architecture 2030 pursues two primary objectives: (1) to achieve a dramatic reduction in the energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the built environment; and, (2) to advance the development of sustainable, resilient, equitable, and carbon-neutral buildings and communities.
Carbon Washington: Consists of students, businesspeople, scientists, retirees, activists and concerned citizens across the state with a mission to increase demand for climate action and fight for smart carbon policies. They set goals and take actions to create the political will to pass smart statewide climate policy and to propose and advocate for effective carbon-reducing measures.
Climate Solutions: Climate Solutions works to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by driving leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. Through our Business Leaders, New Energy Cities, and Harvesting Clean Energy programs, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional and national action on climate and clean energy.
Front and Centered: Front and Centered is a statewide coalition of organizations and groups rooted in communities of color and people with lower incomes; they are on the frontlines of economic and environmental change. Front and Centered builds and amplifies a more powerful movement by engaging and bringing leaders together, building capacity, and providing coordination and technical support.
Got Green: Climate change is causing more floods, heat waves, mold and high utilities bills. The homes being hit hardest are working-class families and families of color in South Seattle. Only with strong and powerful communities rooted in place will we be able to weather the storm of climate change. Being rooted means having fair housing, dignified work, public transit, and healthy food. With a rapidly changing city, Got Green is drawing the links between gentrification, displacement, climate change and community power.
People for Climate Action (PCA): A coalition of passionate citizense whose mission is to help local governments achieve their greenhouse gas reduction targets as described under the 2014 King County-Cities Climate Collaboration agreement. PCA organizes citizens to share their voice with policy makers, come up with local solutions for cliamte action and to hold their governments accountable to their climate commitments.
Project Drawdown: A nonprofit organization and coalition of scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates from across the globe that is mapping, measuring, modeling, and communicating the financial and climate impacts of existing solutions deployed at scale over the next thirty years. They have created a pwerful list of 100 solutions to reverse global warming.
Puget Sound Sage - Climate Justice Work: Combines research, innovative public policy and organizing to ensure all people have an affordable place to live, a good job, a clean environment, and access to public transportation. Puget Sound Sage works to place communities disproportionately impacted by climate change at the center of climate resiliency strategies.
Ready for 100% Clean Energy – Sierra Club: Cities and communities across the country that have already committed to a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.
Shift Zero: Started in 2017 as a zero net carbon buildings alliance of twenty green building organizations, Shift Zero's mission is to fight climate change by rapidly increasing the adoption of zero net carbon (ZNC) buildings.A diverse membership of local, regional and statewide organizations unites a powerful array of green building platforms, educational resources, and incentives that can be used to improve the sustainability of the built environment.
Tribal Climate Change Project: A collaborative project focused on understanding needs and opportunities for tribes in addressing climate change, examining the government-to-government relationship in a climate context and exploring the role of traditional knowledge in climate change studies, assessments and plans. Projects include exciting initiatives such as the PNW Tribal Climate Change Network and Tribal Climate Change Policies.
Tribes Use Western and Indigenous Science to Prepare for Climate Change: Northwestern tribes and the University of Washington climate group have joined forces to help protect salmon, roots, trees, and other important resources. A riviting article on how solutions are found where indigenous knolwedge and climate science meet.
Green House Gas Emissions
King County Consumption Based GHG Inventory Report: Check out GHG emissions from across the county, explore where they come from and how we can collectively reduce them.
EPA on US Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Environmental Protection Agency conducts an annual inventory of emissions in the US. Check out cool graphs overviewing emissions by type and sector, see the annual update, or explore the full report of emission from 1990-2015.
Global Emissions Simulation Game - ClimateInteractive: An interactive simulations tools for projecting world greenhouse gas emissions. Insert various emissions reductions projections to see how they will impact the worlds emissions. Designed to be used with the World Climate Simulation, a role playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups.
Water Supply Forum - Resiliency Planning: Learn how your water supply could be impacted by cliamte change and what local utilities are doing about it. The Water Supply Forum has embarked on a project to help water utilities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties proactively evaluate the region's existing water supply systems resiliency and plan for potential water supply disruptions.