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Hurricane Lane weakens from Category 5 to 2. Why was the storm so unpredictable?

August 24, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Hawaii’s Big Island is experiencing severe flooding as of Friday morning, leaving many surprised or unprepared, as the path of Hurricane Lane was looking unpredictable earlier in the week. Why can these storms be so hard to predict? Models that forecast the path of a storm are fairly accurate, but they’re not […]

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Report: Indiana agriculture will need to adapt as climate changes

August 2, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Over the coming decades, Hoosier farmers will have to adapt to rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns that will have some positive but overall more negative effects on row crops, livestock, poultry, specialty crops and soil health, according to the latest report by the Purdue University-based Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. […]

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Reconstruction of past climate provides clues about future climate change

July 2, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Greenhouse gases were the main driver of climate throughout the warmest period of the past 66 million years, providing insight into the drivers behind long-term climate change. Antarctica and Australia separated around the end of the Eocene (56 to 22.9 million years ago), creating a deep water passage between them and […]


Largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout last warm period

June 13, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout the last warm period in geologic time, indicating it should hold up as temperatures continue to rise. The East Antarctic Ice Sheet is the world’s largest potential contributor to sea level rise (175 feet, if the whole thing melted). Unlike the Greenland […]


Climate change impacts reports: Warmer, wetter weather will alter Indiana’s forests, urban green spaces

May 17, 2018

Indiana’s forests and urban green infrastructure could look dramatically different over the next century due to warmer temperatures and changed precipitation patterns brought on by climate change, according to the latest two reports by the Purdue University-based Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. The reports – Indiana’s Future Forests and Maintaining Indiana’s Green Spaces – were released during a community briefing […]

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Purdue researchers host climate change negotiation simulation at U.N. convention

May 10, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Climate change is no joke, but an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Purdue University is using a serious game to help United Nations delegates understand how their decisions will impact the world in the future. A team consisting of faculty and graduate students with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and […]

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Report: Climate change poses health risks for all Hoosiers

April 5, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Over the coming decades, higher temperatures, more extreme weather events and reduced air quality due to climate change in Indiana will likely pose significant health risks for all Hoosiers – and especially children, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions and low-income families – according to the latest report from the […]

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Climate change impacts report: Indiana will continue to get warmer, wetter

March 1, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana’s climate has grown wetter and warmer in recent decades and these trends will dramatically accelerate, with dozens of days each year exceeding 95 degrees F by mid-century, according to the initial report of the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. The report, called “Indiana’s Past and Future Climate,” addresses historical patterns […]

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