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.

Policy Solution

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.

Policy Solution

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

Policy Solution

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.

Policy Solution

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

What Is Climate Gentrification?

NRDC senior program advocate Sasha Forbes explains what it means to be displaced by climate change and why cities must invest in long-term housing affordability—and a self-sustaining future—for their low-income communities and communities of color.

The Secret Weapon to Healthier Soil

7 Ways to Flood-Proof Your House

How to Protect Your Property—and Our Planet—from Harmful Wildfire

How to Find Relief During Summer Heat Waves in the City

Green Infrastructure: How to Manage Water in a Sustainable Way

How to Keep Warm and Save on Your Energy Bills This Winter

5 Ways City Dwellers Can Spur Climate Action

How to Call Congress

The Climate Crisis: Extreme Heat and Health

How to Unite the Fight for Racial Equity and Environmental Action

Taxonomy term More Sustainable (and Beautiful) Alternatives to a Grass Lawn

6 Ways You Can Help Keep Our Water Clean

9 Tricks That Save Tons of Water

How Long Does It Take to Get a FEMA Buyout for a Flooded Home?

How to Turn Your Patch of Earth From Barren to Bountiful

Flooding and Climate Change: Everything You Need to Know

Hurricanes and Climate Change: Everything You Need to Know

Drought: Everything You Need to Know

Experts & Resources