Weather + 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.

Education
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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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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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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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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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Earth

Understanding Climate Change

More than 97% of climate scientists have concluded human-caused climate change is happening.
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Transportation Disruptions

Besides contributing to a changing climate, the transportation system in the United States will also be negatively affected by climate disruptions.
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Conservation
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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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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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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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Reduce and Reuse Through Recycling

The extraction, manufacturing, transportation, & final disposal of all consumer products & packaging accounts for 29% of US greenhouse gas emissions.
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Biodiversity
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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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Weather and Fall Migration

Hoping to spot migrating birds? Watch the weather! Find out how weather can affect bird migration patterns.
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Food Waste for Thought

Did you know? Between 30 to 40% of food goes uneaten in the United States. Food waste is the largest component of US landfills at 21%!
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