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.

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May is National Bike Month and May 14-28 is Bike to Work Week. Between 2000 and 2013, bicycle commuting rates in the United States increased by 62%.
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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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Black Bear Cub

The Bear Necessities of Wetlands

May is American Wetlands Month, a chance to celebrate these important landscapes. Learn more about one special inhabitant of wetlands, the black bear!
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Stressed Wetlands

Wetlands are diverse ecosystems with unique soil types, vegetation, and water qualities that vary by geographic location.
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Asthma Awareness Month: Promoting Asthma-Friendly School Environments

Asthma affects over 24 million people living in the US, where it is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents.
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Asthma Triggers on the Rise

Increased temperatures and greenhouse gases affect asthma through increasing pollen concentrations and reducing air quality.
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Arbor Day

Held annually on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day is a good time to recognize the value that trees provide to both our health and our environment.
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The Many Benefits of Trees

Forests and trees provide many benefits and services to society, including clean water, wildlife habitat, and improved human health.
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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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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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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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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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