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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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

climate change impacts energy and water demand in the midwest US

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 […]

Bubbling methane emissions caused by ice-free days in Arctic lakes

Bubbling methane emissions caused by ice-free days in Arctic lakes

July 6, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Although the Arctic is best known for frozen tundra, it also has a number of freshwater lakes that are covered in ice most of the year. But the length of time they are ice-covered is decreasing, and this is allowing methane to bubble into the atmosphere. Globally, lakes are responsible for […]

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Providing a local perspective on global climate change

June 30, 2020

By Abby Leeds  How important is climate change to you personally? This question is guaranteed to produce a wide range of opinions across America. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication groups the American public into six audiences – alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful and dismissive. Considering the range of opinions and sometimes misguided information, […]

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