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Purdue will be new home for Midwestern Regional Climate Center

April 14, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has named Purdue University as the new host of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC). Beth Hall, Indiana state climatologist, will direct the center for five years with $3.1 million in federal…

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Experts help analyze what the election means for agriculture, the economy and the environment

November 5, 2020

Halfway through his presidency, Donald Trump increased import tariffs on certain Chinese goods, resulting in changes within United States agriculture. His decisions involving climate change included withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and rolling back…

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Indiana State Climate Office provides winter outlook

October 27, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service Central Region have released their winter outlooks, with La Niña factoring heavily into their predictions. For Indiana, a La Niña winter has historically been associated w…

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

September 9, 2020

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 prese…

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Providing a local perspective on global climate change

June 30, 2020

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.

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Director appointed to lead Indiana State Climate Office

March 19, 2019

Beth Hall, who most recently served as the Midwestern Regional Climate Center’s director, has been named director of the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue University.

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Energy demand, sources will change with Indiana’s climate

February 19, 2019

Hoosiers will heat homes and businesses less but rely more on air conditioning as Indiana’s climate warms. They’ll also get more of their energy from natural gas and renewable sources as those become more cost-effective throughout the rest of the century.

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Climate report to show shifts in Indiana energy demand, sources

February 12, 2019

Indiana’s warming climate will change Hoosier demands for heating and cooling energy, and energy sources will shift further away from coal, according to the next report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team.

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Purdue-led group prepares state for life with changing climate

January 10, 2019

Purdue-led group prepares state for life with changing climate By Brian Wallheimer This past November, Jeff Dukes and Jonathon Day took turns returning phone calls. Reporters…

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10 Most Read Stories of 2018

December 19, 2018

Purdue celebrates dedication of new animal sciences complex In March, Purdue formally dedicated its new 123,000 square-foot animal sciences complex, boosting the university’s commitment to…

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Why it’s so hard to forecast a white Christmas

December 14, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  No matter how you might feel about cold weather, who doesn’t dream of a white Christmas? Every December, forecasts abound on…

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Longer, hotter summers to challenge Indiana tourism business

November 12, 2018

By 2050, a month of the best weather for attracting summer tourists to Indiana will be replaced by hotter days that will be too uncomfortable for outdoor activity. Warmer temperatures will also limit many popular winter activities.

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Climate change report projects significant changes for Indiana tourism

November 6, 2018

Indiana’s thriving tourism and recreation industries rely on the state’s climate. Businesses will have to plan ahead for a warming climate that will change the types of activities Indiana can offer, as well as when visitors might be able to enjoy them.

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Incentivizing increased no-till adoption may be more costly than expected

November 5, 2018

By Brian Wallheimer Farmers who have switched to no-till management practices are sequestering significant amounts of carbon in the soil. Those who haven’t already made…

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Purdue and Midwest Regional Climate Center forecast unpredictable winter

October 23, 2018

Indiana’s winter will be just as unpredictable as every other season this year.

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Climate change poses uncertain future for Indiana’s aquatic habitats

September 12, 2018

Indiana’s average air temperatures are expected to rise by as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century, warming and reducing wintertime ice cover on the state’s lakes, streams, and rivers. At the same time, increases in winter and spring rainfall will likely wash more nutrients from farm fields into those water bodies, adding significant challenges to already fragile ecosystems.

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Climate change creates uncertainty for Indiana’s aquatic animals, plants

September 5, 2018

Warming temperatures and changes to Indiana’s precipitation patterns will challenge some of the plants and animals that depend on the state’s water for their survival, according to a new report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team assembled and managed by Purdue University.

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Future of agriculture: Report to address climate change impacts on Hoosier farms

July 23, 2018

Hoosier farmers will have to adapt management practices and the types of crops they plant over the next several decades as they deal with the repercussions of climate change. That’s according to a new report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team based at Purdue University.

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

May 17, 2018



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Plaut chosen to lead College of Agriculture

May 17, 2018

Karen Plaut is the new Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

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