JULY 2017
Raising Awareness About Climate Change
A new exhibit at the Indiana State Fair will help Hoosiers better understand how changing temperature and precipitation patterns will affect their health and communities, and most importantly, what we can do about it. The exhibit, titled Indiana's Climate Crossroads, was developed by Purdue Extension in partnership with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) to build awareness about the threats of climate change and how our choices today will shape the future.

The exhibit will feature an interactive display showing fair-goers how university scientists expect extreme heat events to worsen across Indiana. Data featured in this display are from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. Other displays will allow visitors to explore the effects of climate change around the world and provide people an opportunity to share their support for a better future using social media.

The Indiana State Fair runs Aug. 4-20, 2017 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds located at 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. The Indiana's Climate Crossroads exhibit will be located in the Agriculture/Horticulture building on the west side of the fairgrounds. 
A traveling version of this exhibit will also be available. For hosting opportunities, please contact Melissa Widhalm.
#IndyStateFair exhibit informs about #climatechange impacts & solutions for #Indiana @PurdueCCRC #ActOnClimate
Indiana Dunes Climate Adaptation Planning
Partners with the Indiana Dunes Ecosystem Alliance, led by Save the Dunes and The Field Museum, are working together to understand and plan for the impacts of climate change on the Indiana Dunes. IN CCIA Climate Working Group members Alan Hamlet and Melissa Widhalm participated in the project's first workshop that focused on identifying current and future climate stressors in the region. The final project workshop is slated for Sept 2017. You can find past workshop reports and other project materials online at
Stories of Change
Documenting personal stories about climate impacts across Indiana
The Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) invites people who live and/or work in Indiana to share their personal connections to our climate. How does our climate affect your lifestyle and livelihood?  What changes have you observed? What impacts have you faced? What does climate change mean to you, now and in the future?
Do you have a story to share or would you like more information? Please contact Melissa Widhalm (IN CCIA coordinator) or see our May 2017 newsletter.
Upcoming Events
July 27, 2017 | Battleground, IN
This month's Tipping Point event at Wolf Park will feature PCCRC affiliate Dr. Paul Shepson talking about climate change misinformation. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Gates open at 5:30 PM.
August 4-20, 2017 | Indianapolis, IN
Mark your calendar for the 2017 Indiana State Fair. Be sure to visit the Purdue Extension & Purdue Climate Change Research Center exhibit on climate change.

Sept 13, 2017 | Indianapolis, IN
IN CCIA affiliates will be participating in the 2nd Annual Climate Leadership Summit, a daylong event that brings together community leaders across Indiana to discuss climate change concerns and solutions. Additional details will be forthcoming.
Sept 27, 2017 | Carmel, IN
The Carmel Green Initiative's Sustainable Living Seminar on Sept 27, 6:30-8:30 PM, will focus on climate change in Indiana and feature results from the IN CCIA. This event is free and open to all. Additional information is available online.

Climate Facts

Did you know?
As temperatures warm across Indiana there will be a shift in the frequency and severity of extreme heat. Scientists with the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) report Hoosiers statewide will see significantly more days with high temperatures reaching 90 °F or more, and the hottest day of the year will consistently reach triple digits.

Extreme heat is the top weather-related killer in the US. In addition to causing heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, high temperatures increase the number of asthma cases and heart attacks. Heat doesn’t just affect humans. High temperatures can reduce crop yields, kill pets and livestock, damage roadways, and increase energy demand beyond system capacity.
Above: Data show average annual highest temperature of the year for Marion county from 1915-2013 (Current) and 2041-207 (Future). Future data are based on model simulations for RCP 8.5 (highest emissions scenario) from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.
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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