Washington: Task force releases climate change report

The Seattle Times

A task force created by Gov. Chris Gregoire has released final recommendations on how to curb climate change in Washington state.

The final report of the Climate Action Team calls for more energy-efficient buildings, compact urban development, better collection of recycled materials, using tolls or parking charges to reduce driving and revising development rules to account for greenhouse gas emissions.

The team has been working since last year to find ways to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and even further by 2050.

The report outlines two dozen recommendations, but doesn’t say how state agencies plan to carry them out. That plan dealing with specifics is expected in two weeks.

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