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.

Truck removing snow

Winter Weather May Not Be over Yet

While February & March are at the tail end of the winter season for much of the US, they can still pack a punch when it comes to winter storms.
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Family playing hockey

The Future of Winter Sports and Recreation

Did you know snow-based recreation contributes $67 billion annually and supports over 900,000 jobs in the United States?
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Baltimore oriole in a branch

Show Some Love for Birds this Weekend

The 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from Friday, Feb. 16th through Monday, Feb. 19th. Each year, volunteers tally the birds they see.
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Sage grouse in a field

Birds are Late for a Very Important Date

Migratory birds rely on their internal biological clocks to tell them when to arrive to and depart from breeding grounds.
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Couple having a snowball fight

Snow and Winter Recreation

Did you know snowflakes travel one to four miles from their cloud base to the surface of the planet, depending on the position of the clouds?
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Deer among mountain snowpack

The Value of Winter Snowpack

Did you know California’s mountains reached their lowest snowpack level in the past 500 years during 2015?
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Minneapolis skyline

Take a Page out of Minneapolis' Playbook

This Super Bowl Sunday, take a page out of Minneapolis’ sustainability playbook!
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Multipurpose football field

Philadelphia vs New England: Climate Edition

Discover the impacts that Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, the home states of the competing Super Bowl teams, are experiencing from a changing climate.
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Earth's average global temperature

Earth's Warming Trend Continued in 2017

Continuing earth's long-term warming trend, NASA has ranked 2017 as the second warmest year on record.
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Stacks of fire wood

Stay Warm, Burn Wisely

If you turn to a fireplace when the temperatures start to drop, make sure you're taking the necessary steps to protect your health in the process.
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People shoveling snow

Winter Salt Smarts

Winter weather can bring snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice to your doorstep. Are you prepared for the job?
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Ringed seal

US Wildlife on the Move

Changes in fish/wildlife populations and their habitats in response to a changing climate have been observed on multiple levels in the United States.
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