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What Climate Change Means For Seattle And The Northwest

New report suggest flooding by 2050
Port of Seattle

City officials predict that by 2050 parts of Seattle will be under water at high tide as global sea levels rise. At a press conference held Monday on the edge of Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle, the City Council announced a new plan to take action on climate change.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien stood before the wintery gray waters of Puget Sound and pointed to a large map of the Seattle shoreline.

O’Brien said the effects of climate change will hit Seattle right where it hurts: the industrial shipping zone at Harbor Island, a hotspot of West Coast maritime trade. The report projects that over half of Harbor Island would be under water in a regular high tide event by the year 2050.

Read the whole story on KUOW’s Earthfix