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Friday, February 8, 2008 - Page updated at 02:37 p.m.

Take the challenge to fight global warming

Scientists say the Earth is getting warmer and that humans are at least partly to blame. But each of us can be part of the solution. That's why we asked readers to join a monthlong challenge in May, 2007 to reduce their individual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15 percent.

Here's how to get started

Calculate your household carbon emissions.

Seattle Times Special
Reports and Investigations

Miracle Machines: The 21st-Century Snake Oil
The Times has found that thousands of these devices, many of them illegal or dangerous, are used in venues nationwide.

The Favor Factory
The Times examined relationships between those who benefit from earmarks and those who make campaign donations to lawmakers.

Confronting Malaria
A look at the Gates Foundation's billion-dollar initiative to eradicate malaria.

Pike Place Market
Seattle's Pike Place Market turns 100 this year.

Your Courts, Their Secrets
Sealed records hold secrets of potential dangers in our medicine cabinets; of molesters; of missteps by local agencies.

License to Harm
The state allows hundreds of doctors, counselors, and others to keep practicing despite their sexual misconduct.

The Bering Sea
The Bering Sea is seeing dramatic changes due to global warming.

Olympic Sculpture Park
An interactive guide to Seattle's new park.

Recent stories


Climate Challenge: Can we change our lives to save the planet?

Individual households are contributing to global warming — and they can help alleviate it, too. The Fraley family is searching for ways to do its part. They hope to drive less, pull some plugs, recycle better — and maybe shiver a bit.

Listen to Seattle Times reporter Alex Fryer talk about this project and answer questions during Weekday on 94.9 KUOW.

Sign up for the Climate Challenge newsletter and we'll keep you posted about expert Q&As, tips and quizzes throughout the month of May.

Take the climate quiz!

Each week of the challenge in May, we'll have a new quiz to test your climate knowledge.

Climate challenge

Now for some good news

U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions dropped slightly last year, even though the economy grew, the Energy Information Administration said this month.

The 1.3 percent estimated drop in carbon-dioxide emissions marks the first time the greenhouse gas in the U.S. has declined since 2001 and the first time since 1990 that it has gone down while the economy was thriving, The Washington Post reported.

Carbon-dioxide emissions declined in both 2001 and 1991, in large part because of economic slowdowns during those years.

The government said several factors helped reduce emissions last year, including weather conditions that reduced heating and air-conditioning use, higher gas prices that cut consumer demand at the pump, and a greater reliance on natural gas. Read the report:

Want to learn more? Check out our tip page.

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What you can do

Household tips

There are lots of things we can do — from baby steps to giant leaps — to shrink our carbon footprints. Click here for a printable format.

What others are doing


Sins of Emissions

Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur chronicles her attempt to shrink her carbon footprint.

Weathering Change

A family from Bothell, a TV host and a high-school sophomore take a shot at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. See how they're doing.

Readers respond

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A world of evidence

A graphic view of how greenhouse gases are changing the world around us and what is to come.

Pollution's causes and effects

The evidence: melting glaciers and disappearing islands.

Bering sea

The Bering Sea