AUGUST 2018 
Aquatic Ecosystems report to be released Sept 12
The IN CCIA report Aquatic Ecosystems in a Shifting Indiana Climate will be released during a community briefing in Portage, Indiana on Wednesday, September 12 at 11 AM (central time). This free event will be held at the Bass Pro Shops (6425 Daniel Burnham Dr. Portage, Indiana  46368) in the Conservation Room, and it is open to the public and the media.

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IN CCIA Agriculture Report now available
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 IN CCIA led by a team of experts from Purdue University.

Indiana's Agriculture in a Changing Climate was released during a July 31 community briefing in West Lafayette, Indiana. The event opened with remarks from Jay Akridge, Purdue University Provost, and Karen Plaut, Dean for the Purdue University College of Agriculture. Jeffrey Dukes, PCCRC director, provided an overview of the IN CCIA and previous report findings. This was followed by a summary of key findings from the agriculture report's lead author, Laura Bowling.
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Stories of Change: Climate + Birds
In our first feature within the Stories of Change series, life-long bird-watcher and wildlife ecologist Barny Dunning shares his observations of change over the last 20 years in Indiana. One major thing he can pull from those decades of notes — Indiana’s climate is changing rapidly, and it’s having a real effect on birds.
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Stories of Change: Climate + Birds

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Are you putting IN CCIA information into action?
We thank all of the organizations and individuals across Indiana who have helped us get the IN CCIA reports in the hands of people who can use the information to help build climate resilient communities.

Whether you're helping communities prepare for change or working to reduce human influence on our climate, we want to hear how the IN CCIA has helped you.

You can read or download Indiana's Past & Future Climate at
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Calling all Urban Foresters & Resource Managers
The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering a free 7-week online training course to help urban foresters and natural resource managers improve their climate adaptation planning.

This training has been designed specifically for professionals working in urban areas in the Midwest and Northeast, including county and municipal arborists and park managers, community forestry and urban conservation non-profits, and private consultants working on public, tribal, and private lands.

Register online by: October 9, 2018

And learn more about climate impacts on Indiana's urban green spaces in our recently released IN CCIA report.
Upcoming Events

August 30, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will talk about Indiana's changing climate with the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Event details.
September 12, 2018 | Portage, IN
The IN CCIA report Aquatic Ecosystems in a Shifting Indiana Climate will be released to the public and media at a community briefing in Portage. Event details.
September 13, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
Results from the IN CCIA will be shared at the 3rd annual Indiana Climate Leadership Summit at the Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis.  Event details.
September 19, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
PCCRC director Jeff Dukes will talk about Indiana's changing climate at the ACEC Indiana Environmental Business Conference.  Event details.
September 20, 2018 | Webinar
Melissa Widhalm (IN CCIA coordinator) and Gabe Filippelli (IN CCIA lead author) will discuss Indiana's changing climate and related health impacts during the inaugural webinar for the IU Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series.  Event details.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
Heat stress, which can lead to life-threatening complications, is the deadliest weather-related threat in the United States. When temperatures rise, our ability to work outdoors for long periods rapidly declines. This is a significant concern for Indiana’s fruit and vegetable production as crops such as apples, blueberries and melons require hand-picking. More frequent and intense extreme heat and increasing humidity are expected to have serious impacts on Indiana’s outdoor labor force in the coming decades.

Historically, Indiana’s labor capacity—the percentage of hours available for outdoor work in a 24-hour period—has been about 99 percent on average, meaning extreme heat rarely affects our work force. By mid-century, as global temperatures increase by 3 to 4.5°F, Indiana’s labor capacity is projected to decline to about 95 percent for both the high- and medium-emissions scenarios.

Labor capacity will continue to decline by late century as global temperatures rise, with a projected average labor capacity of 89 to 95 percent based on high- and medium-emissions scenarios, respectively.

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Providing outdoor laborers with cooling stations and enforcing rehydration breaks are ways to cope with extreme heat. Increasing awareness among laborers and supervisors about the warning signs of heat stress (disorientation, heat rashes and profuse sweating), and identifying serious medical emergencies such as heat stroke (erratic heart rate, cessation of sweat, hot skin, unconsciousness), can save lives.

The above text and image originally appeared in the IN CCIA report
Indiana's Agriculture in a Changing Climate

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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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