MARCH 2018 
IN CCIA Climate Report Now Available
We are excited to announce that earlier this month, on March 1, we released our first report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) titled Indiana's Past & Future Climate.

This report is available on our newly updated website:
Indiana's Past & Future Climate is the culmination of more than two years of effort from the IN CCIA Climate Working Group, which includes 14 contributors from 5 institutions with coordination from the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. Report findings were presented to a standing-room-only crowd during a community briefing at The Nature Conservancy in Indianapolis.
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Did you know the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) team consults information dating back to 1895? Their data shows: Indiana’s annual average temperature has risen 1.2° Fahrenheit in the last century. Annual precipitation in Indiana has gone up 5.6 inches in that same time. The final frosts of spring are occurring earlier. By looking to Indiana’s past, the IN CCIA uses evidence-based research to help us all prepare for the future. Learn more about their work – and how climate change affects Indiana – at
Health Report Scheduled for Release Next Week (April 5)
On April 5, 2018, in conjunction with National Public Health Week, we will release the second in a series of reports associated with the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (  Hoosiers' Health in a Changing Climate describes how changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme events directly and indirectly affect our health and well-being right here in Indiana.
This report will be released during a community briefing at 10:30 AM on April 5 at Eskenazi Hospital in the Faegre Baker Daniels Conference Room (720 Eskenazi Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202). This briefing is open to the media and the public. View event details.

"Indiana has already experienced the health impacts of climate change, ranging from warmer winters allowing ticks to increase in numbers and spread Lyme disease to more extreme rainfall events causing flooding and an increase in disease-bearing mosquitoes" according to the report's lead author, Dr. Gabriel Filippelli, professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. This report, available at on April 5, will discuss these health impacts and more.
#INCCIA report "Hoosiers' Health in a Changing Climate" will be released April 5 at a community briefing in #Indianapolis. Event open to media & public. @PurdueCCRC #climatechangeshealth #NPHW #IndianaHealth
Purdue Events You Won't Want To Miss
The Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) is co-hosting several upcoming events in West Lafayette featuring nationally-renowned experts and thought leaders on climate change solutions. These events are free and open to the public, so mark your calendars!
April 2 (7 PM) - Realistic Climate Solutions: Addressing Climate Change From the Local to the Global Scale
Join us for an interactive panel discussion on the most cost-effective, realistic, and equitable options for addressing climate change featuring:
  • Former Congressman Robert Inglis (SC) and Executive Director of RepublicEN;
  • California Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, co-sponsor of the bill to renew California’s groundbreaking cap and trade program through 2030;
  • Former Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard; and
  • Professor of Practice at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and Assistant Director for Policy and Implementation at IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute, Janet McCabe.
April 11 (3:30 PM) - Guest speaker David Roberts
Author and journalist, David Roberts, will be giving a talk titled "The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything!" Mr. Roberts has been a journalist covering clean energy politics for more than 12 years, and he currently writes for
April 12 (7:30 PM) - Guest speaker Bill McKibben
Mr. Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, Author, and Founder and Senior Advisor of will present a talk titled, “Hot Times: Reports from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight.”  Mr. McKibben’s talk will be followed by a facilitated discussion led by Mr. Justin Dearborn, CEO of TRONC Inc.
Upcoming Events
April 13-14, 2018 | West Lafayette, IN
Jeff Dukes will be a featured speaker at the thirteenth annual Purdue Student Pugwash Midwest Regional Conference. This year's conference will be focused on climate change and sustainable development. Registration is required.
April 25, 2018 | Terre Haute, IN
Melissa Widhalm will be sharing results from the recently released IN CCIA climate report at an Earth Charter Indiana-sponsored seminar in Terre Haute. This event is free and open to the public. Event details.

April 25, 2018 | Columbus, IN
Jeff Dukes will be speaking at an event hosted by Energy Matters Community Coalition in Columbus, IN. This event is free and open to the public. Event details.

May 10, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
Jeff Dukes will share findings from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment with members of the Robin Run Village Kiwanis Club. Event details.

May 16, 2018 | Carmel, IN
Songlin Fei will share results from the upcoming IN CCIA Forest Report during the Carmel Green Initiative's Sustainable Living Seminar. Event details are forthcoming.

Interested in hosting an event?
Contact us.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
From 1960 to 2016, winter temperatures across Indiana have been warming at a rate of 0.6°F to 0.7°F per decade and Hoosiers are seeing fewer days with extremely cold temperatures. These trends are projected to continue and intensify, which will in turn affect the types of plants that can thrive here.

One measure of plant suitability that many gardeners are familiar with is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone, which is derived from average winter extreme temperatures. Climate projections from Indiana scientists show a northward migration of hardiness zones in the coming decades. Under a high emissions scenario, by century's end the Plant Hardiness Zone in the southern tip of Indiana would mimic that of today's northern Alabama plant hardiness (zone 7b).
Above: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones for three Indiana counties. “Historical” is an average for the period 1915 to 2013. For the future projections, “2020s” represents the average of the 30-year period from 2011 to 2040, “2050s” represents the average from 2041 to 2070, and “2080s” represents the average from 2070 to 2100. Figure appears in the IN CCIA report Indiana's Past & Future Climate.
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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