Effects of Climate Change in Massachusetts

NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer projections for Boston © NOAA
© NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

The Climate is Changing

The climate is changing and greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere from human activity are the primary cause. Warming temperatures are driving other changes in our environment—impacting our health, the nature we love, and the natural resources on which we depend.

Statewide Impacts of Climate Change

Lightning storm © Pete Sutton
© Pete Sutton

Temperatures are rising. Precipitation is changing. Our strongest storms have become more intense and more frequent. And with rising sea levels, we’ll see more flooding. Learn More >

View into the bay from Long Pasture © Mark Sullivan
© Mark Sullivan

Sea levels are rising as the oceans warm, ice melts and water expands. Sea levels have already risen about a foot and could rise several more feet by the end of the century. Learn More >

Family on trail watching for ticks

From insect-borne disease to floods to poison ivy, climate change is affecting public health risks in Massachusetts in a number of ways. Learn More >

High Ledges vista © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

Effects on one part on an ecosystem affect other parts over time, and climate change is already altering many wildlife habitats vital to New England. Learn More >

Piping plover with chicks © John Van de Graaff
© John Van de Graaff

Warming temperatures, shifting seasons, changing precipitation, and rising sea levels are disrupting the behavior of our feathered friends and the ecosystems that support them. Learn More >

Fox © Stephen Birtz
Fox © Stephen Birtz

The health of wildlife, people, and the habitats they rely on are all interconnected, and climate change is already impacting many species of native wildlife in New England. Learn More >