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PCC > Priorities > Climate Action
 


 

Rising levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases have warmed the earth and are already causing wide-ranging impacts, from rising sea levels to melting snow and ice to more drought and floods. These changes are expected to increase in frequency and intensity, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Extreme events, disasters and long-term climatic changes will likely significantly impact human health, our forests, agriculture, freshwater supplies, coastlines and other natural resources that are vital to the economy and the environment along the Pacific Coast. How the Pacific Coastal region responds to the issue of global warming will shape the future of not just the region's environment, but also its economy, its communities, and its way of life. 

By working collaboratively to shape policy and facilitate aggressive action on climate change, the Pacific coastal region will lead the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing risks of creating impacts beyond our ability to respond and adapt.  While no individual action is too small to matter, it will take the full engagement of government, individuals, business, First Nations and Tribes, environmental advocates, and the academic and scientific communities to turn down the heat.

Regional Best Practices:

  • The Climate Action Plan is British Columbia’s roadmap to a new, prosperous, green economy for the province. It outlines strategies and initiatives to take B.C. approximately 73% towards meeting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020, including North America's first revenue-neutral carbon tax.
  •  AB 32, the landmark California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, established a comprehensive program of regulatory and market mechanisms to achieve  quantifiable, cost-effective reductions of GHG. Visit California’s Climate Change Portal for more information.
  • In 2007, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed House Bill 3543, setting forth agressive greenhouse gas reduction targets of 75% below 1990 levels by 2020. The bill also established a Global Warming Commission and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute in the Oregon University System. 
  • Since 2007, Washington Governor Gregoire signed into law several climate change bills and issued several executive orders establishing a policy framework to: achieve statewide greenhouse gas limits; reduce emissions from transportation, electricity, building, and state government operation; create green economy jobs; and prepare the state in addressing and adapting to the impacts of climate change. See Washington's Climate Change Policy Framework for more information.
  • The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health  and federal partners commissioned the National Research Council to provide regional projections and uncertainties of sea level rise along the West Coast in the years 2030, 2050, and 2100.  The study is expected to be released in the spring of 2012 and will provide important assistance to state and local governments in making decisions on policy, management, infrastructure investments and adaptation strategies.

 

The effects of climate change can already be seen and felt throughout the region. 

 

 News From the Region


June 30, 2014: British Columbia achieves greenhouse gas reduction goal
VICTORIA – British Columbia has reached its first greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 6% below 2007 levels by 2012 as set out in the Province’s Climate Action Plan.

June 2, 2014: WEST COAST LEADERS APPLAUD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL TO CUT CARBON POLLUTION
The leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia today applauded the Obama Administration’s newly released proposal for reducing carbon pollution as a welcome sign that the federal government is stepping up as a partner in the fight against climate change. The three West Coast governors and the Premier of British Columbia, representing the Pacific Coast Collaborative, said the proposal would achieve meaningful greenhouse gas reductions from existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of heat-trapping emissions.

April 30, 2014 - B.C. congratulates Washington State for climate action
VICTORIA – “British Columbia congratulates Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for his April 29, 2014, executive order

April 29, 2014 - Gov. Inslee announces executive action to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy
SHORELINE, WA - Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington and advance development and use of clean energy technologies.

March 26, 2014 - B.C. Congratulates Mexico, France for Putting Price on Carbon
VANCOUVER – Environment Minister Mary Polak today congratulated Mexico and France at GLOBE 2014 for putting a price on carbon

December 18, 2013: Action on Ocean Acidification
Further to the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy they signed on October 28, 2013, the leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington have sent the following joint letter to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper seeking enhanced federal coordination, monitoring, and research support to address ocean acidification on the Pacific Coast of North America.

October 28, 2013: British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington join forces to combat climate change
SAN FRANCISCO - The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy today committing their governments, and a region that represents the world’s fifth largest economy, to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy.

August 27, 2013: California Ocean Protection Council Announces West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel
SACRAMENTO -- The California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of Oregon to jointly sponsor a high-level science panel to help address the issue of ocean acidification and hypoxia.... The science panel consists of a team of 20 experts from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia...