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.

Boston neighborhood spring blooms

Getting a Feel for Phenology

Phenology is the study of the timing of life cycle events in plants and animals, such as flowering, migration, and crop stages.
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Cherry Blossoms at the Washington Monument

The Early Blooms of Spring

Early bloom times affect entire ecosystems through disrupting plant-pollinator relationships, increasing pest outbreaks, & worsening human allergies.
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Infographic of Fix a Leak Week, with text and imagery saying "check" next to a toilet, "fix" next to a wrench and pipes, and "replace" next to a showerhead

Be a Leak Detective

The average American family can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water from easy-to-fix household leaks. That’s about 270 loads of laundry!
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Watering a farm

The Increasing Demand and Decreasing Supply of Water

In many areas of the US, the demand for freshwater is likely to increase while supplies decrease due, in part, to a changing climate.
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Colorado River from Moab Rim

Recharging Groundwater

Groundwater is the world’s largest reservoir of fresh, liquid water, with over 20x as much stored in the ground as in all the lakes and rivers.
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Aerial view of the Florida Everglades

Groundwater and the Rising Seas

Changes in precipitation and rising sea levels may reduce the availability of freshwater for coastal communities by saltwater infiltration.
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Salmon migrating

Marine Species on the Move

Did You Know? More than 80% of earth’s marine life is migrating to different places & changing their breeding/feeding patterns due to warming waters.
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Gray whale breaching

A Whale of a Trip

Gray whales complete one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal.
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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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