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.

The Principal Greenhouse Gases and Their Sources

Explore greenhouse gases' impact on climate change, from water vapor to CO2, CH4, N2O, and fluorinated gases...

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...

Understanding Climate Change

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

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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

How Climate Change is Changing Animal Habits

The fall migration season illustrates how many North American mammals, birds, amphibians, and marine life are impacted by climate change.

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 on the Move

Over 50% of North American bird species are considered to be seriously threatened by a changing climate.

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

Discover the environmental impact and vulnerability of US transportation to climate change. Learn how reducing...

The Future of US Agriculture

Discover the impact of climate change on US agriculture, from crop yield reductions to increased weed...

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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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

Beyond the Bite: Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Disease

Enjoying the warm weather outdoors? Beware of mosquitoes & ticks carrying diseases like West Nile & Lyme. Learn how to protect you and your family.

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

Discover the effects of climate change and warmer winters on human health.

Extreme Weather and Mental Health

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

Children's Health in a Changing Climate

Children are more vulnerable to risks like asthma associated with climate change due to several factors. Help...

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.

How Climate Change 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

Explore the rapid rise of global sea levels and its impacts on coastal communities. Learn about projections...

Groundwater and the Rising Seas

Over 50% of the US lives near coasts. Groundwater, vital for public water supply, faces risks from climate...

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

Learn how fall foliage tourism across the country is a highly profitable industry and is affected by extreme...

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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