Extreme weather caused by climate change is already harming people around the world.

NRDC tackles this challenge at its root cause: pollution from burning fossil fuels. But even as we push for pollution limits and a conversion to clean energy, we help global communities prepare for an already changing climate. We advocate for water-saving strategies, flood controls, and other solutions that prepare cities for extreme weather. We urge government agencies to consider climate change in long-term planning, and we design programs that help communities respond to climate-related health risks.

What We're Doing

Policy Solution

California is facing its worst drought in 1,200 years—and this might be the new normal. We're helping it and other states prepare for a dry future.

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As long droughts become more and more common, we're pushing farmers to embrace sustainable practices that increase soil health and use water more efficiently.

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We help cities jump the financial hurdles of green infrastructure projects.

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Our experts draw attention to the climate-change reality of storms, floods, heat waves, and drought—and push state and local officials to prepare for potential impacts.

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Climate change is bringing on more floods across the country. We're making sure people are prepared and pushing for infrastructure changes to protect drinking-water facilities, wastewater-treatment plants, and stormwater systems.

Related Priorities

What You Can Do

7 ways to flood-proof your house

As floods become more frequent and severe with climate change, protecting your home becomes even more crucial. Here’s how to assess your risk—and make sure you’re prepared for the worst.

5 ways city dwellers can spur climate action

Call your congressman and fight for climate action

Create a more sustainable (and beautiful) alternative to a grass lawn

6 ways you can help keep our water clean

9 tricks that save tons of water

Experts & Resources