King County is already experiencing the impacts of climate change
Our climate is changing. Since 1900, average annual air temperature in the Puget Sound region has increased by 1.3 degrees F. Heavy rain events are getting heavier, we are experiencing a long-term decline in snow and ice in the Cascades and Olympic mountains, sea level is rising, summers are warmer, and ocean chemistry is changing in ways that are harmful to marine species. Additionally, climate change will harm people and communities differently across King County based on age, gender, health, where they live, and what they do for work. And rising greenhouse gas emissions will only accelerate these impacts and other changes in the coming decades, affecting the environment, communities and public health, and the economy and infrastructure.
Explore the infographic to learn more about how climate change is affecting our region.