Community and Society

Water Markets: The Complexity of Trading Private Rights to a Public Good

WSU researchers are examining water markets and barriers to their adoption as a potential strategy to adapt to climate changes. Those implementing water markets must navigate legal and administrative complexities, a big one being the need to treat water resources as both a public resource and a private property.

Page of text from the water code

The Climate Commitment Act is coming. How will it impact Washington agriculture?

On January 1st, 2023, major portions of the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) will launch in Washington State. This ambitious law is part of Washington’s plan to eliminate or offset all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The Washington State Department of Ecology estimates that agriculture accounts for 6.7% of the total emissions in Washington.

Soil furrows in a field with a tractor in the background.

The Basics of Carbon Markets and Trends: Something to Keep an Eye On

The ability to store carbon in soils—to sequester carbon—has been receiving increased attention lately, including on Recent posts included articles about potential for croplands in the inland Pacific Northwest to sequester carbon and an article on the emerging carbon markets and their relevance for fruit and vegetable producers.

We wish you lower carbon emissions sign

The ‘Carbon Market Bazaar’: Future Windfall for Producers or Just Hot Air?

I’m a fan of action movies, where a Middle Eastern bazaar is a popular place for high-speed chases. Even without the careening bullets and motorcycles, there are hints of danger and mystery amidst the clamor and unknown languages filling the air. You barter over the selling price of exotic objects that cannot be found anywhere else.

A long corridor with cathedral ceiling, vendors selling carpets and other merchandise.

How Do Grocery and Meal Kit Deliveries Impact the Carbon Footprint of Our Food?

I explored opportunities to reduce environmental impact related to food preparation and food waste in previous Perspectives on Sustainability articles. However, transportation in the food supply chain is a significant contributor to carbon emissions: all the transportation and miles in between the farm and your plate are part of …

A cardboard box containing a meal kit.

What Does Climate Change Mean for Flooding in the Columbia River Basin?

Previous posts by CSANR researchers on our sister blog,, have focused on research related to anticipated climate change impacts on water availability and timing of available irrigation water in the Columbia River Basin, given the concern with having sufficient water to support the range of uses in the region. But is too little water the only concern?

Aerial shot of riber channel and flooded farmland.