Many communities are ill-prepared for the impacts of climate change on their water, air, and health.

NRDC helps cities defend themselves against this global problem. We advise officials on plans to protect residents against extreme heat, floods, and other climate-related hazards. Our experts track predicted changes in allergens, disease transmission, and other health impacts of climate change and alert residents and local governments to potential risks.

What We're Doing

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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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More frequent droughts means our water supplies are at risk. We push for rapid, cost-effective actions that can save water on a large scale.

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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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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.

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Families can save about 11,000 gallons of water a year by making a few simple changes. We tell them how.

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As deadly heat waves spread across the planet, we're helping the hard-hit nation of India set up early-warning systems and preparedness plans.

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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.

Follow these tips to save hundreds of gallons of water a day

Help reduce stormwater runoff to keep our water supply cleaner

5 ways city dwellers can spur climate action

Protect your community from big polluters using our step-by-step guide

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