Welcome New (and Returning) Readers
Over the last few months we've had the privilege of traveling around the state to share preliminary findings from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) at numerous community and professional events. Along the way we've added many subscribers to our monthly newsletter. 

Thank you, new and returning readers, for your interest in the IN CCIA. Throughout this process we aim to 1) develop credible and usable climate impact information, 2) build a network of experts & interested citizens, and 3) increase dialogue about Indiana's climate.
     Locations of recent IN CCIA events
Here are some useful resources to help you stay informed and connected:
Climate Change Impacts on Indiana's Energy Consumption
New projections show climate change could induce a 5 percent increase for the average commercial building’s energy consumption in Indiana by the year 2100, while reducing an average residential home’s energy use by 3.5 percent. This is according to research from a Purdue University team led by Roshanak Nateghi that was published in the November 2017 issue of PloS One.

Read the full press release here.
Roshanak Nateghi, assistant professor at Purdue University and co-author on the forthcoming IN CCIA Energy Report.
#Purdue researchers find #climatechange will increase #Indiana's commercial #energy use while reducing residential use @PurdueCCRC @PurdueIndEng @PurdueEEE
Looking Ahead to 2018
The IN CCIA working groups are in the final stages of developing the assessment reports. These reports will be released on a rolling schedule starting in March 2018. With each release we will host a media event and website updates ( The first report will focus on results from the Climate Working Group and our media event will be held in Indianapolis. Additional details are forthcoming.

Purdue Events You Won't Want To Miss
The Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) is co-hosting numerous events this spring in West Lafayette featuring nationally-renowned experts and thought leaders on climate change solutions and policy. Three events are featured below, but you can find the full listing on our website. The events mentioned below are free and open to the public, so mark your calendars!
April 2 - Climate policy panel
Join us for a climate policy panel, “Realistic Climate Solutions: Addressing Climate Change From the Local to the Global Scale,” on April 2 at 7 PM in Krannert Hall (Auditorium, room 140) featuring:
  • Eileen Claussen, climate & energy policy administrator, diplomat, and founder of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • 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; and
  • former Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard

April 3 - Guest speaker Eileen Claussen
Please join us at 1:30 PM in Pfendler Hall (Dean's Auditorium) for a special lecture by Ms. Eileen Claussen titled "Climate Change: 25 years of Policy and Politics." Ms. Claussen is an Executive in Residence at the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University. She is the founder and first President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. 
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 Across Indiana
Feb 8, 2018 | West Lafayette, IN
Melissa Widhalm will be sharing results from the IN CCIA climate and water resources reports at the 2018 LTAP Stormwater Drainage Conference.

Feb 21, 2018 | Bloomington, IN
PCCRC Director Jeffrey Dukes will be discussing results from the IN CCIA at Green Drinks - Bloomington, co-sponsored by Citizen's Climate Lobby and Earth Charter Indiana. View details

Feb 22, 2018 | Bloomington, IN
PCCRC Director Jeffrey Dukes will be discussing results from the IN CCIA on the Indiana University campus as part of the Environmental Science Speaker Series. View details

Feb 26, 2018 | Fort Wayne, IN
The Northeast Indiana Sierra Club will be hosting a presentation and discussion about climate change with the PCCRC at their monthly organizational meeting. View details

Interested in hosting an event?
Contact us.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
Last year was ranked the third warmest on record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with global temperatures reaching 1.51°F above the 20th century average. This also marked the 41 consecutive year of above average warmth.

As the world collectively warms, local climates will shift at a different pace. So where does Indiana fit into the picture? Well, in 2017, Indiana measured the 6th warmest in our 133 years of observations. Over this long period of time, temperatures have been steadily trending warmer at a pace of about 0.1°F per decade (1895 to 2017). However, since 1960, the pace of warming has accelerated to 0.4°F per decade.

When we're talking about our weather--a snapshot of conditions outside here and now--a degree or two of change is expected. However, we are talking about our climate--the long-term average weather over many decades. For the climate, a few degrees of change translates to serious local impacts. Just think, the difference between Indiana's average temperature and Tennessee's average temperature is about 6°F.

Based on the best available computer simulations, university scientists from our home state have concluded that Indiana's average temperature will continue to warm, increasing by 4-5°F in the next 30 years. Impacts associated with this dramatic level of warming will be shared in the forthcoming IN CCIA Climate Report later this spring.
Displayed above are Indiana's top ten warmest  and coldest years on record based on the annual average statewide temperature. Data are from the NOAA Climate At A Glance database, which have records dating back to 1895. Last year, 2017, was ranked the 6th warmest on record.
About Us:
Led by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) is a statewide effort that will bring together the best available climate change research into a series of reports that will help Hoosiers better understand climate change-related risks so they can prepare for challenges and capitalize on opportunities.
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