IN CCIA May 2020 Newsletter
Multi-Session Training Now Available
The Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue Extension, and the Indiana State Climate Office are offering a new training series that will familiarize educators and professionals with foundational knowledge about climate change so they can be more confident answering questions and engaging in climate change discussions.

Throughout this 6-part series attendees will learn why our climate is changing, how it affects Indiana (and the Midwest), strategies for navigating tough conversations, and local solutions to this global challenge. 

Participants are welcome to join as many or as few sessions as their schedule allows. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour (except session 6, which is interactive and lasts 90 minutes). This series begin June 9, 2020. 

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

Download our printable poster for a summarized list of practical tips for how YOU can address climate change.


Ready to get started? Calculate your impact using the U.S. EPA Household Carbon Footprint Calculator.

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Dig Deeper: Aquatic Species Are Responding To Change
Indiana’s 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 wash more nutrients from farm fields into those water bodies, leading to algal blooms and low oxygen levels, which in turn threaten drinking water and fish habitats. These stressors add significant challenges to already fragile ecosystems.

Aquatic Ecosystems in a Shifting Indiana Climate, a report from the IN CCIA, describes how climate change will affect the timing of water flows, the quality of water, and the animals, plants, and people who rely on aquatic habitats throughout the state. 
Among the report's key findings:

* Habitat for Indiana’s coolwater and coldwater fishes will be significantly reduce as water temperatures warm.

*Altered streamflow patterns threaten habitat, breeding, and survival of sensitive species such as Indiana’s endangered freshwater mussels.

* Warming waters, combined with elevated nutrient levels, will lead to more algal blooms, reduced water clarity, and depleted oxygen levels.

*As air and water temperatures warm, invasive animals and plants, along with new parasites, may expand their ranges into Indiana. 

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

Höök, T., Collingsworth, P., Dorworth, L., Fisher, B., Foley, C., Hoverman, J., LaRue, E., and M. Pyron. (2019). An assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on the freshwater habitats of Indiana, U.S.A. Climatic Change 
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.

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?

Plants love carbon dioxide (CO2) and many thrive with higher concentrations of this heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. Unfortunately, this fact is true for both desirable plants, like food crops, and undesirable ones, like ragweed and poison ivy.

Researchers have found that poison ivy plants, for example, grow faster and produce more toxic oil per plant in high-CO2 environments. Poison ivy toxicity could double later this century if COemissions continue unabated. Ragweed has also been shown to grow faster, with increased pollen production and more allergenic pollen, when grown in warmer conditions with higher levels of CO2. Tree and grass pollen, both common allergens, have similar responses. 

With more than 50 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies, at a cost of $18 billion annually, a more severe and intense allergy season will reduce the health and well-being of many Hoosiers.


Additional information, including research references to the above statements, are available in the IN CCIA Report Hoosiers' Health in a Changing Climate

Above: This figure shows how the length of ragweed pollen season changed at 11 locations in the central United States and Canada between 1995 and 2015. Red circles represent a longer pollen season; the blue circle represents a shorter season. Larger circles indicate larger changes. Source: Ziska et al., 2016
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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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Melissa Widhalm, IN CCIA Coordinator

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