Extreme weather events are unusual or damaging weather events, including storms, fires, rainfall, and drought. Although extreme weather has been part of the meteorological system for millions of years, climate change is making our weather more extreme, more frequently, in ways never before seen in human history.
How does extreme weather affect our health?
Extreme storms, fires, rainfall, and drought can profoundly damage the communities in their path. Not only do they cost billions to society, but they can cause loss of life, serious injuries, and major destruction to vital infrastructure. They can spread disease, displace families, and trigger mental health problems. They are a major strain on health care systems.
What you can do.
Extreme weather caused by climate change is here. We are all experiencing it and cannot avoid it. But we can and must demand our agencies and elected officials continue to invest in clean energy, clean cars, and clean air. Take action.