Climate Change

Learn more about the factors that can cause the planet to warm or cool and how they affect our health and the environment

Weather and Climate

The weather makes a big difference in our daily lives and it often factors into many decisions we make. Weather reflects the day-to-day state of the atmosphere while climate is the average daily weather for an extended period of time at a certain location, usually a minimum of 30 years according to NASA. Changes in both weather and climate can affect our health, environment, and livelihoods.

Understanding Climate Change

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

Understanding the New Normal: Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Learn more about the new normal and how can we prepare for the future impacts of climate change from, Kenneth...

El Niño and La Niña: What’s the Difference?

You have probably heard the terms El Niño and La Niña before but it can be difficult to know the difference...

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For Educators
Become a Climate Superstar

Climate Superstars is an online environmental challenge that gets middle school students excited about the environment and how they can take an active role in caring for its future.


Climate change can affect animal habitat, migration patterns, food availability, disease risk, and behavior.

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Spotlight Story

Climate Change, Migratory Birds, and the Future of America’s Flyways

Learn bird conservation success stories from the past that can be applied today to help protect migratory birds facing new challenges navigating North America’s flyways.

Marine Species on the Move

Did You Know? More than 80% of earth's marine life is migrating to different places and changing their...

Birds on the Move

Did you know? Over 50% of North American bird species are considered to be ‘seriously threatened' by a...

US Wildlife on the Move

Changes in fish and wildlife populations and their habitats in response to a changing climate have been...

The California Condor: A Lesson in Wildfire Resilience

The California Condor has an inspiring conservation story but now the species in facing a new and growing...

Sensitive Cephalopods

Squids, cuttlefish, octopi—these sea creatures, known as cephalopods, are famous for their association with...

Climate Change and Infrastructure

Climate change can have significant impacts on infrastructure, which includes buildings, transportation systems, energy grids, and water supply systems. Increased heat, sea level rise, extreme weather events, increased demand for energy, and water supply issues will require that communities prepare for and invest in resilient infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate change.

How Cities Are Adapting to the Challenges of Climate Change

Florida's Miami-Dade County is a stark example of how climate change is currently impacting communities and...

Transportation Disruptions

Did you know? The US transportation sector accounts for approximately 28% of total US greenhouse gas emissions...

The Future of US Agriculture

Did you know? The US agriculture sector produces over $300 billion per year in commodities. Weeds cause the...

Stronger Storms
Hurricane Preparedness: Before, During, and After

Understand the important steps that people in affected areas need to take to help protect themselves and their families—that includes before, during, and after the storm.

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Sign: Hurricane Evacuation Route

Climate Change and Your Health

Climate change can directly affect our health and wellbeing, resulting in heat-related illnesses, air quality degradation, vector and water-borne diseases, and mental health challenges. These impacts are far-reaching and can have significant consequences for individuals and communities alike.

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Climate Change and Your Health

Children's Health in a Changing Climate

Children are more vulnerable to risks associated with weather and a changing climate due to several factors. You can help protect your family by understanding and preparing for weather and climate-related risks.

Warmer Winters and Your Health: Five Ways That Climate Change Impacts You

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted warm, wetter-than-average weather across...

Extreme Weather and Mental Health

Extreme weather events such as hurricanes , floods , drought , extreme heat , and wildfires are occurring at...

Addressing the Public Health Impacts of Climate Change

People are impacted by climate change in different ways. While some may not notice a difference in their...

Human Health in a Changing Climate

Global climate change is projected to have profound effects on human health, especially for vulnerable groups...

Climate Change and Water

Rising temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and increased frequency of extreme weather events are causing changes in the quantity, quality, and distribution of water in rivers, lakes, and other water bodies.

A River Ran Through It: How a Changing Climate is Impacting US River Systems

A changing climate impacts the quality and quantity of water in US rivers. Observed and projected changes in...

Sea Level Rise

Did you know? Since 1880, global sea level has risen about eight inches. Scientists expect global sea level to...

Groundwater and the Rising Seas

Did you know? More than 50% of the US population lives near coasts. Since 1880, global sea level has risen...

Amplify your Impact with NEEF

Meaningful, lasting change is possible when we work together. NEEF leverages its National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) appropriation to raise public and private matching funds at a ratio of 3:1, creating value and amplifying the impact of our partners

Plants, protista, and Produce

Changes in temperature, rainfall patterns, and extreme weather events like droughts, floods, and heat waves can all impact plant growth and crop yields.

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In Bloom

The Early Blooms of Spring: How Climate Change Impacts Growing Seasons and You

Today, many plants and trees are blooming earlier than they did over the past century due to milder winters and earlier spring thaws.

Weather and Summer Produce

Before you head to the market this week, check the weather! Weather and climate conditions play a big role in...

Give Thanks to the Weather This Holiday Season

Does weather affect your Thanksgiving meal? You bet! From wild turkey survival to the life cycle of the apples...

The Leaves They Are a Changing

Fall foliage tourism across the country is a highly profitable industry and is affected by extreme weather...

Five Things You Can Do to Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms

In 2019, Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), including blue-green algae closed all of Mississippi's beaches . Much of...

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