Just the Climate Change Facts, Please

The Washington Department of Ecology offers answers to some common questions about climate change through a fact sheet on its Web site, according to an Aug. 12 press release.

The answers rely on data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Goddard Institute for Space Science, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The fact sheet is available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0801024.pdf. Among the questions answered: • What is the difference between "global warming" and "climate change"?

• How does water vapor contribute to global warming?

• Is climate change really happening?

• What are the climate change impacts in Washington state?

• Can Washington state meet its emission reduction goals?

The fact sheet is on the climate change Web site hosted by Ecology and the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. At http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/index.htm you can follow the efforts of the state's Climate Action Team (CAT), the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), and other groups. You also can find out what you can do to help curb climate change and sign up for the climate change listserv to receive updated news and information, including WCI, CAT, The Climate Registry, and implementing climate change legislation.

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