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.

Children running to class

Getting Schooled in Air Quality

If you have a child attending school, study up on the air quality to which your student is exposed while they’re in and on their way to school.
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Boy blowing a dandelion with his mom

The Air We Breathe

The quality of the air we breathe is sensitive to changes in climate and strongly dependent on the weather.
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Boxes of blueberries

Weather and Summer Produce

Your summer favorites from the grocery store are tied to the weather of the past year, which impacts the flavor, size, and quantity of the produce.
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Tractor farming

The Future of US Agriculture

Direct and indirect climate stressors have increased over the past 40 years and are projected to continue increasing by mid-century and beyond.
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Aerial view of rocks and beach

Stirring up the Seven Seas

By riding the global ocean conveyor belt, seawater may have traveled the planet—and the seven seas—supporting the global food chain on its way.
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Boats at Sea

A Warming Ocean

The average global sea surface temperature has increased about 1.5°F since 1901 impacting weather systems, migrations, and ocean circulation patterns.
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Pigeons and ducks at a river bank

Waterfowl and Water Quality

You may have noticed waterfowl (geese, ducks, and swans) taking up residence in local parks, neighborhoods, business areas, and even airports.
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Sea urchin shells

Marine Life and Ocean Acidity

Increasing ocean acidity decreases the ability of shells and other calcium carbonate structures, such as coral skeletons, to form.
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Ginger cat on a windowsill

When Pets and the Environment Don't Mix

Test your knowledge about pet safety and see if you can identify some common dangers that your pet faces in both indoor and outdoor environments.
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Whippets playing with a ball

Household Pets in a Changing Climate

According to the CDC, the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners.
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Bighorn sheep

Coexisting with Wildlife During Drought

Drought conditions send wildlife in search of food, water and cover—which means some animals travel farther than usual and into more developed areas.
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Evaporation in a forest

Droughts, Floods and Water Vapor - Oh My!

Understanding the earth's water cycle can help us understand how a warming climate will intensify droughts and floods.
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