Climate Change

2020 Marked Another Year Indiana Was Hotter Than Normal

Jan 20, 2021
Courtesy of Climate Central

According to NASA, 2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record globally. Though it was only the 14th the hottest year for Indiana, it marked the sixth year in a row that temperatures were above normal.

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The Indiana Department of Education released an online resource in partnership with Purdue University to help teachers teach climate change in schools. Several teachers we interviewed last year said they struggle to find credible materials on climate change for their lesson plans.

Earth Day Climate Protest Goes Digital

Apr 21, 2020
Rebecca Thiele / IPB News

A statewide climate strike is going digital this Earth Day. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in the U.S. Organizers of the event want Hoosiers to remember the global climate crisis isn’t stopping for the pandemic. 

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Today:  We talk with Jana Szostek, the director of the Indiana University Northwest Center for Professional Development, a component of the School of Business and Economics.  The center provides assistance to northwest Indiana businesses of all sizes, including helping employees with professional certifications or aiming them toward college degrees, if they choose.    Kevin Comerford hosts another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," from the Construction Advancement Foundation, and we have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. Isaiah Mears with the Indiana Federation of College Republicsns is back with an update about a letter that he and other young GOP officials just sent out to Indiana's Republican congressional delegation about the need for a climate change plank in the party's platform this election year.  They say it's an important issue to be taken rom an economic view.

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Today:  We bring back our conversation with Wabash College student and Indiana College Republicans leader Isaiah Mears, on the state Young GOP organization's partnering with a national team to come up with a conversation on climate change.  We also have another "Building Northwest Indiana" conversation from the Construction Advancement Foundation.   And Hanover Community School Corporation Superintendent Mary MacAuley is with us to talk about the south Lake County school district's $79 million capital improvement project and their request for patron support, when it comes up as a question on the May 5th primary election ballot. More information can be found here.   We also have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  Today, a Gary senior remembers the neighborhood of her childhood.

Climate change in Indiana will mean more rain in the winter and spring. Because there are fewer plants at that time of year to soak up all of that water, that will mean more flooding. As we reported back in May, many Hoosiers don’t have flood insurance.

Other than buying flood insurance, we wanted to look into how cities in Indiana and their residents can prepare for more flooding in the state. 

Climate change is expected to mean more flooding in Indiana and that could put the state’s hazardous waste sites — and the people who live near them — at risk. That’s according to a new report on Superfunds from the Government Accountability Office. 

Every city in Indiana can now see how climate change will affect them in the future — and what they can do to prepare. Indiana University researchers unveiled a tool Tuesday called the Hoosier Resilience Index

This spring's wet weather and flooding challenged Indiana farmers trying to plant their crops with enough time for them to fully grow. Many delayed planting, some grew no crops at all. 

It’s hot right now in Indiana and it’s only going to get hotter. The Union of Concerned Scientists released a new report on Tuesday that projects how much extreme heat we can expect as the Earth warms. 

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HONOLULU - Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was among many mayors from across the country who gathered at the 87th annual United States Conference of Mayors in Honolulu to discuss how their cities can become better citizens of the world.  

Freeman-Wilson says public safety, economic development, climate change and environmental stewardship were all addressed.  

The mayors also discussed how they could get their residents involved in the effort to fight climate change and protect the environment.

Indiana ranks 14th for asthma-related deaths in the U.S. In 2016, there were about six times as many tick-borne illnesses in the state than there were a decade before. Health experts say rising temperatures are making these issues and others worse — and it’s time the U.S. addressed them. 

city of Gary, Indiana

Today:   Janet McCabe, the assistant director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, tells us about the work that I.U. students are doing this summer in Gary and Michigan City to collect information about greenhouse gas emissions.  The cities are among 13 across the state involved in I.U.'s first Resilience Cohort.  The data will help residents and public officials create action plans to reduce emissions and to improve air quality.  The cities will get the data collected later this year.

For many students in Indiana, eighth grade is the first and last time that they’ll focus on climate change in class. It's the only class required for all students that specifically talks about climate change in the Indiana education standards. Many high school students are encouraged to take courses that prepare them for college like chemistry and biology, instead of environmental science. 

One way to meet the goals set out by the Paris Agreement on climate change is carbon sequestration  – capturing and storing carbon in the atmosphere. A recent study including Purdue University researchers finds forests are an efficient way to do that – but with limits.

Survey: Majority Of Hoosiers Believe In Climate Change

Apr 22, 2019

A statewide survey says the majority of Hoosiers believe climate change is happening and most support efforts to lessen its effects on Indiana. More than 1,000 people responded to the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute’s survey earlier this month. 

Students Skip Class To Demand Action On Climate Change

Mar 15, 2019

More than a hundred kids skipped class Friday to stand in the cold and ask lawmakers to do something about global climate change. It’s part of 120 such events planned around the country and several around the world. 

A new report from the Purdue Climate Change Research Center shows that as Indiana warms, the state will demand more cool air and less heat. Leigh Raymond is the lead author of the report on how climate change will affect energy demand in Indiana.

National Weather Service reports indicate about half of Indiana’s counties are expected to get heavy rains through Friday. Some southern counties may get more than three inches. Experts say, as our climate changes, these downpours are getting more common. 

Purdue University researchers have released a report highlighting challenges the state’s tourism industry may face in the upcoming century due to climate change, as well as offering suggestions for how to prepare.

What Can You Do About Climate Change? Experts Weigh In

Oct 15, 2018

A lot of people have been talking about the recent report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — which says in order to avoid some of the worst impacts to human health and the environment, we need to go to zero emissions by 2050. That’s causing many people to ask, “What can I do?” 

The Indiana Debate Commission received more questions about climate change for Monday night's Senate debate than any other topic. 

Purdue hydrology professor Laura Bowling presents the most recent Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment report findings. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Purdue Climate Change Research Center released another one of its Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment reports Tuesday morning. The publication examines climate change’s impact to Indiana and highlights implications for crops due to rising temperatures.

Climate Shifts Could Hurt Indiana Corn

Jun 14, 2018

A new study predicts the U.S. could lose nearly half of its corn by the end of the century due to climate. That could have detrimental effects in Indiana, the country’s fifth largest corn-producing state. 

Sweltering heat and huge amounts of rain can do a number on the roads, bridges, and power lines we all rely on. A new study suggests the state could be doing more to protect its infrastructure from climate impacts. 

New research from Purdue University finds that climate change could have far more adverse impacts on agriculture than originally thought.

The study provides a new “social cost of carbon.” State and federal agencies often use the metric to determine the damage additional carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere will have on society and the economy.

Mayors and public officials from 18 Indiana communities, as well as environmental advocates, business leaders, and young people met in Indianapolis Wednesday to talk about ways Indiana can adapt to impacts from climate change at the second annual Climate Leadership Summit.

Jim Poyser, the executive director of Earth Charter Indiana and the event’s organizer, says he sees bipartisan support on the local level for action on climate change.

People who experience extreme weather events, such as droughts, hurricanes or tornadoes, aren’t highly more likely to support climate change change adaptation policies, according to a new study involving an Indiana University researcher.

While climate change does not cause extreme weather events, it can make them more intense, or happen more frequently.

Indiana University Northwest

Today:   Indiana University Northwest's director of the school of Public and Environmental Affairs, Asst. Dean Karl Basel, will talk about a new accelerated program that will allow students to get a Masters of Public Affairs degree much quicker than the usual time.  This new degree program begins this fall semester.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore listened in on a session at the Gary Symphony Orchestra's annual summer music camp -- an opportunity to help young people who might not be exposed to music in their public school.  He has a report for "Regionally Speaking."

The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday. He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a work on a new deal that would put American workers first.
During his campaign, Trump vowed to "cancel" U.S. participation in the deal. World leaders and business figures had recently urged him to reconsider. Ultimately, the president decided to withdraw, with the stated intention of renegotiating.