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The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington. She and her cousin Brittany are fifth-generation oyster farmers, and are grappling with ocean waters that are more acidic and corrosive than their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers knew

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Washington governor wants state off coal-based electricity

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is ordering his administration to work with utilities that provide electricity to state residents to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the amount of power generated from burning coal. That’s one of a handful of moves Inslee made Tuesday in an executive order aimed at drastically reducing Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions. He cast the fight against climate change as a moral issue.

Washington governor wants state off coal-based electricity

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The annual reservoir drawdown has been underway since mid-March. Recently the lake level has been dropping a foot a day. With a heap of snow and runoff lingering in the Columbia River headwaters, the low point isn’t in sight, according to a Bureau of Reclamation forecast posted April 2014.

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Bright blooms are a specialty of Seattle's farmers markets, but the Hmong farmers cultivating that niche market are losing their livelihood to an increasingly erratic Snoqualmie River

Flooding Undermines Seattle's Flower Farmers

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Ocean Acidification and the People of Washington State

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"Everything is Connected" - The People vs. Coal Exports in the Northwest

In recent days, there were new developments in the fight against Northwest coal exports that stopped me in my tracks. Last week,

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Washington: Warming and Wildfires by Climate Central. In recent years, the state of Washington, like other Western states, has seen a significant increase in wildfires. So far, almost twice as much land has burned this decade than during the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s combined. Almost all of this activity has been on the drier east side of the Cascade Mountains.

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Changes in ocean chemistry threaten Washington state’s Makah tribe as well as the region’s shellfish industry

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The Swinomish tribe could lose up to 15 percent of their land on low-lying Fidalgo Island to climate-change related sea level rise. They’re working with planners to make sure they can survive—and thrive—in the region’s changing climate.

Facing Climate Change: Coastal Tribes

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Seattle Public Utilities maps the local effects of global climate change and projects that by 2050, higher shorelines will inundate parts of Interbay, Georgetown, South Park, West Seattle, Golden Gardens and Harbor Island.

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Following Monday's highest tides ever recorded in Seattle, which sent waves spilling onto 100 properties in West Seattle, city climate-change watchers say the area could be in for more of the same — or worse — in years to come.

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Washington state confronts ocean acidification

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) ordered state agencies on Tuesday to take steps to address the ocean’s increasing acidity, making it the first state to adopt a policy to take on what scientists describe as a growing environmental concern.

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Hundreds of tribal members gathered to announce their opposition to development of a coal-shipping facility on their sacred land in Washington state. They ceremonially burned a check on the beach to make a statement that no amount of money could buy their support for a project that would destroy their village and burial sites on the property.

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Ocean Acidification — Science & Actions in Washington State

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Avalanche Lilies on Mount Rainier - Elinore Theobald is a researcher at the University of Washington and, as the Seattle Times reported, is studying Avalanche lilies on Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain in Washington. These lilies and how biological interactions between them and other species respond to a changing climate.

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Taylor Bridge fire in WA is out of control. 8/15/12 #poisonedweather #climate

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