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.

Wildfires near a farm

Preparing for a Wildfire

The National Interagency Fire Center has recorded more than 31,000 fires across more than 3.3 million acres of land in the United States.
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Los Angeles wildfires

The Wild(fire) Side of a Changing Climate

The occurrence of large wildfires and the duration of the wildfire season across the United States have increased over the past few decades.
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Woman showing her daughter animals in safari park

Citizen Science Can Be a Walk in the Park

By participating in citizen science at your local and state parks, you’re helping highlight the natural marvels of your community.
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Beautiful Asia Woman Taking Photo For Rose

Citizens Observing a Changing Climate

Researchers can collect large scale information by engaging non-professional volunteers in scientific investigations, also known as citizen science.
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Solano Beach in California

Beach Ready? Tips for Trash-Free Oceans

Beaches are a popular vacation spot for many Americans, but these oases are jeopardized by debris and pollution every year.
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Clearwater Beach in Florida

Where's the Beach?

The more populated areas, along the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and other areas are more susceptible to coastal erosion due to their low-lying elevation.
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Hummingbird hawk-moth

Protecting Pollinators

Have you thanked a pollinator today? Globally, about 1,000 plants we depend on for food and products need to be pollinated by animals.
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Bumblebee on a purple flower

The Buzz on Climate Change

Honey bee populations in the United States add more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year through pollination.
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Algal bloom in Lake Erie

Harmful Algal Blooms: What Are They, and What Can You Do About Them?

Harmful algal blooms can be found across the country. Learn more about how to spot these dangerous phenomena and what to do if you see them.
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Algal bloom

Harmful Algal Blooms Blooming

Algal blooms impact water quality and have the potential to produce toxins that can harm humans, pets, and wildlife.
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Man fly fishing on a river

Celebrate Rivers

June is National Rivers Month! Rivers provide us with drinking water, a boost to the economy, and important ecosystems and food sources.
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Bridge on the Delaware River

A River Ran Through It

Climate change impacts the quality and quantity of water in US rivers. Observed and projected changes variably affect regional water resources.
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