IN CCIA April 2020 Newsletter
What Can I Do About Climate Change?
Lasting climate solutions will require action on a global scale, but there are many ways that individuals can help pave the way for bigger change.

We’ve summarized four practical tips for how YOU can address climate change into a printable poster, and each month we'll feature a tip in this newsletter.


Looking for a little more information? Check out the Challenges page on the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's website.

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Dig Deeper: Our Health Is Linked To Our Climate
Over the coming decades, higher temperatures, more extreme weather events and reduced air quality due to climate change in Indiana will pose significant health risks for all Hoosiers – and especially children, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions and low-income families.

Hoosiers' Health in a Changing Climate, a report from the IN CCIA, discusses the risks and impacts facing families and communities today, and in the coming decades.
Among the report's key findings:

* The number of temperature-related deaths in Indiana is expected to increase, and potentially even double by mid-century.

* Indiana’s allergy season is projected to lengthen by a month by mid-century.

* Greater rainfall and warmer temperatures will provide living conditions for more “tropical” mosquitoes that carry diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and Zika.

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The IN CCIA Health Working Group has published the technical details behind these key findings in the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change.

Filippelli, G., Freeman, J., Gibson, J., Jay, S., Moreno-Madriñán, et al. (2020). Climate change impacts on human health at an actionable scale: A state-level assessment of Indiana, USA. Climatic Change.
4-Part Climate and Water Podcast
This year, Purdue University celebrated World Water Day with a limited-series podcast—the Purdue Water and Climate Expert Series—designed and produced by undergraduate students Ally Jacoby and Grace Filley. Each recording features a 20-minute discussion with a Purdue faculty member on their research and why it is important in the context of World Water Day.

Episode 1: Agricultural Water Management
Episode 2: Aquifers and Groundwater
Episode 3: Sustainable Fisheries
Episode 4: Water Treatment Technology

New Data on Hoosiers' Climate Change Beliefs
A new survey from researchers at Indiana University highlights how much Indiana residents are already doing—or are prepared to do—to build resilience against environmental change. It also reveals the role of political and personal values—along with social, demographic, and economic differences—in shaping Hoosiers' approach to climate change.

Hoosier Life Survey Results
Stories of Change: Climate + Faith
For Carla Kilgore, simple living and caring for your neighbors are tenets of her faith that translate directly into caring for the environment. In our latest installment of Stories of Change, Carla shares how faith inspires her household to do what they can to reduce their own contributions to climate change. From buying a modest home, to food and energy choices, Carla is trying to live out the best values of her faith so she can have a positive impact on her community, and the world.

See Carla's story
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Upcoming Events
This is usually our busy time of year for hosting and participating in community events, but obviously this not a typical year. As we pause travel to help stop the spread of COVID-19, events are being rescheduled, postponed, canceled, or moved online. We're updating our Events page regularly to keep you informed of the latest changes.

If you're interested in hosting a virtual climate change meeting in your community, please be in touch by email.

Climate Facts

Did you know?

Spring is a very popular time of year for planting new trees. If you're in the market, you should consider how rising temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns may affect habitat suitability of your urban trees throughout this century.

Maple trees, which are commonly planted in urban areas, are projected to see changes in future habitat suitability depending on the species and location. For instance, silver maple and red maple trees are well suited for Indiana’s projected climate by century’s end. However, black maple and sugar maple are expected to decline.

Read more about the impact of climate change on urban trees in Maintaining Indiana’s Urban Green Spaces, a report from the IN CCIA.

Above: Projected changes in tree habitat suitability in Indiana by 2100 based on a high-emissions scenario (view medium-emissions results here). Species listed above are those commonly found in urban areas based on a selection of more than 70 tree species found in Indiana. Sources: Prasad et al. (2014) and Phillips et al. (2019). This table appears in Maintaining Indiana’s Urban Green Spaces, a report from the IN CCIA.
About Us:
Led by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) is a statewide effort that brings the best available climate change research together into a series of reports designed to help Hoosiers better understand climate change-related risks so they can prepare for challenges and capitalize on opportunities.
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