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
Climate Policy Recommendations
Learn more about the actions—primarily at the federal level—that we must take in order to confront the growing threat of climate change.
To ensure that wildlife can continue to thrive in a warmer world, we need to make conservation "climate-smart."
Advocating for Renewable Energy
To reduce climate change pollution produced by our current dependence on fossil fuels, renewable energy is our only economic long-term option.
Decreasing Fossil Fuel Reliance
Not only does our dependence on fossil fuels contribute to climate change—it also causes health problems, destroys our wild places, and releases toxins into our communities.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Pollution
We focus on three key areas to reduce U.S. carbon pollution and ensure a stable climate for wildlife and future generations.
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