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Dealing with Drought

Much of the western US is dealing with drought. Learn about drought's impacts on society and the environment, and get practical tips for saving water at home in our new online course.

Weather + Climate

"Everybody talks about the weather," Mark Twain is said to have complained, "but nobody does anything about it." From hurricanes and heat waves to droughts and floods, these days there's a lot to talk about. But now we also know there's actually quite a lot we can do – if we do it together.

Consider: If every American turned off the tap while brushing their teeth, we'd save 900 billion gallons of water and cut water bills by $8 billion annually. And if every household replaced just one regular light bulb with an ENERGY STAR bulb, the carbon pollution that causes climate change would be cut by more than 5 billion pounds (saving $400 million annually). Multiply that by every bulb in our homes, and even something as simple as changing a light bulb can help to change the world.

Be a world changer. Learn more about weather and climate by exploring the topics below.

Turkeys in the snow

Thanksgiving Food and Weather

From wild turkey survival to the life cycle of the apples in your pie, weather conditions have a big impact on the traditional turkey-day fixings.
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Leftover Food on Plate

Emissions Associated With Food Waste

Important steps that individual consumers can take to reduce the amount of food they throw away include serving smaller portions and composting.
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Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of the National Weather Service, Talks About His Lifelong Interest in Weather

Climate Change Impacts U.S. Water Systems

Climate Change Impacts US Water Systems

How does climate change impact the quality and quantity of water in US rivers?
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A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth

Understanding Climate Change

More than 97% of climate scientists have concluded human-caused climate change is happening.
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