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Shark Teeth Provide Clues About Ancient Global Change

January 25, 2021

Written by Lorena Anderson, UC Merced A character in a very famous movie about a great white shark once said all sharks do is “swim and eat and make little sharks.” It turns out they do much more than that. Sharks have roamed Earth’s oceans for more than 400 million years, quietly recording the planet’s…

Indiana climate assessment research featured in Climatic Change special issue

January 8, 2021

In December 2020, a special issue featuring the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) was published in the journal Climatic Change. This special issue, which builds on more than a decade of state climate assessment research, includes 9 publications (free access links below) that provide an in-depth look at Indiana’s future climate and consequences…

Indiana Department of Education Announces New Climate Change Education Framework in Partnership with Purdue

January 7, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – In partnership with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) and Purdue University College of Science, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) today announced the state’s new Climate Change Education Framework. The Indiana Climate Change Education Framework offers easily accessible and scientifically curated instructional resources to educators interested in infusing their curriculum with…

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From climate researcher to senior policy advisor

December 1, 2020

By: Rose Filley On Capitol Hill, the day-to-day business of government works because of smart, hardworking people with a passion for public service—people like Purdue alumnus, Dr. Aaron Goldner. Back in 2013 you could find Goldner at one of West Lafayette’s coffee houses, chugging through lines of code. His graduate research focused on understanding what…

SNOOPIng on our water from space

November 12, 2020

Sometimes you need to get far away from something to see it clearly. Take subsurface soil moisture, the water available to plants for absorption at the root level. This needs to be measured accurately for food production vital to a growing global population. The data, along with snowpack measurements, also could help predict floods and…

Irrigation increases dangerous humid heat extremes

October 26, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Agricultural irrigation is an important practice for sustaining food production in many regions of the world. Besides improving agricultural yields, irrigation also affects climate conditions, typically lowering land surface temperatures in a field and the surrounding areas. But a new study shows that in some parts of the world, irrigation increases…

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Purdue team receives $2 million NSF grant to create global network

September 15, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) describe a global resolve to transform the world across 17 related economic, social, and environment thematic areas. However, the challenge is the inevitable set of conflicts and tradeoffs among the competing land- and water-related SDG demands, the impact of these demands at both the…

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Commentary: How climate change threatens the U.S. financial system

September 11, 2020

By Jeff Dukes This commentary originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune on September 11, 2020. It’s hard to fight something you can’t see. But that’s the unfortunate position that our financial system is in as it faces increasing challenges from climate change. It’s time for the financial system to wake up to the threat. As…

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Government subcommittee report examines climate change impact on U.S. financial system

September 10, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System, unanimously approved by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee, is the first-of-its-kind effort from a U.S. government entity. The report, which presents 53 recommendations, concludes that climate change poses a major risk to the stability of the U.S. financial…

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How will climate change affect energy use in cities?

July 15, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In 2014, residents of Phoenix were asked to plant drought-tolerant plants to conserve water. But the change in vegetation actually made the air feel hotter, leading to residents using more air conditioning powered by water-generated electricity. The point: Without a better understanding of how climate change affects the connection between energy…