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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 08 at 2:36PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED AN AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY. * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT EAST WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL

Today

Hi45° Sunny

Tonight

Lo31° Patchy Fog

Wednesday

Hi43° Patchy Fog then Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday Night

Lo34° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi42° Slight Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo36° Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo36° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi52° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo34° Mostly Cloudy

The real climate work is coming

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When it comes to reducing carbon emissions in the effort to thwart climate change and global warming, we have always been fond of talk and posturing. We are good at it.

There was more pointing with pride last week as the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environmental minister of British Columbia signed a kind of international agreement, a joint statement of good intentions called the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. It has been widely hailed as a bold and decisive document by people prone to hailing such things. It begins with a series of platitudes about linking policy and science and supporting research and international cooperation. It goes on to commit Washington to some serious policy changes, like adopting California-style low-carbon fuel standards, to “catalyze” electric car sales to make them 10 percent of new vehicle purchases in just three years, expand support for biofuels and natural gas for transportation, “scale up” wind, solar and other renewable power, and more and more. It also says “Washington will set binding limits on carbon emissions and deploy market mechanisms to meet those limits,” presumably like California and British Columbia do. It sounds like a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax, a major step either way.

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