Climate goals open house is Jan. 17

Jan 13, 2019

A City-sponsored climate goals open house will have displays on greenhouse gases and other information to view. It’s 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Brackett Room of Edmonds City Hall, 121 Fifth Avenue N.

At 7 p.m., City representatives will give a presentation about key climate findings and possible next steps.

The City began its climate goal project last year, based on a resolution adopted by the City Council. The project includes developing a greenhouse gas inventory for Edmonds, identifying targets for reducing greenhouse gases and proposing ways to meet the targets.

The biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, gasoline, and natural gas.

Studies have shown that greenhouse gas emissions are a key factor in climate warming. Even if climate change is held to only a 3.6 F maximum increase by 2100, that still means huge impacts, here and globally.

For example, according to a recent study, ocean acidity would increase by 24 percent.

The project recognizes that Edmonds alone cannot change the trends, but cities together can make a difference.

A consultant team is helping with the project, aided by elected officials, City staff, and the citizen-based Climate Protection Committee.

 

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