News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Interactive map shows local impacts of weather-related disasters

100% of Washingtonians lives in counties affected recently by weather-related disasters, including the droughts and wildfires that ravaged Washington this summer, according to new interactive map using data from the federal government. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts.

News Release | Environment Washington

New Report: Solar Energy Per Person Grew 56% Percent in Washington State Last Year

Per capita solar power capacity grew 56% percent in Washington last year, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. The growth rate put the state 15th in the country for solar power capacity per person added in 2014, but Washington remains stuck in the middle of the pack at 25th for total solar capacity and total solar capacity installed in 2014.  Despite its great potential in Washington state, solar power faces obstacles without continued and greater leadership from our elected officials.

News Release | Environment Washington

New carbon pollution limits huge step on climate, and great news for Washington

Coal and gas power plants will pollute 32 percent less nationwide and clean energy sources such as solar will meet more of the state’s electricity needs, according to limits on carbon pollution finalized on August 3 that are central to President Obama’s plan to address climate change.

News Release | Environment Washington

Washington Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power

As the Obama administration readies its final Clean Power Plan to limit carbon from power plants, Washington solar businesses joined hundreds of other solar businesses nationwide in issuing a letter to the White House, pledging their support to help meet reduced carbon pollution and speed the transition to clean energy in Washington.

News Release | Environment Washington

States, executive branch cutting pollution even while Congress resists climate action

Even in the face of congressional obstruction, state governments and federal rules are playing a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, existing state policies and federal measures such as the Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution by 1.1 billion metric tons, or 27 percent from 2005 levels.

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