Unnatural Disasters

Sweltering heatwaves, torrential downpours, smoky skies, and toxic water.

Many natural disasters are becoming more dangerous, and their far-reaching impacts have negatively affected both people and wildlife across the United States. The story map below illustrates examples of natural disasters that have been worsened by climate change—including hurricanes, harmful algal outbreaks, wildfires, floods, and droughts—and highlights the ecological and financial damages that recent events have left in their wake.

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Download the fact sheet: Climate Change, Natural Disasters, and Wildlife

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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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