Dr. Jeffrey S. Dukes, Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, will present findings from the recently published Indiana Climate Change Impact Assessment at a free public event on Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM, at the Columbus Learning Center Auditorium.
Jeff Dukes leads the interdisciplinary center at Purdue which is assessing the changes to Indiana’s climate—past, present, and future. Scientists and decision makers from across the state are working together to develop a series of easily understandable reports that shows how a changing climate will affect state and local interests. The Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) provides the latest scientific research to help Hoosiers understand and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.
“Our climate shapes our lives. The ways we build our roads, manage our farms, move our water, and use energy are all influenced by our unique Indiana climate. But our climate has been changing, and it will continue changing in ways that affect our productivity, our safety, and our livelihoods.”
Learn about what climate change means for Indiana.
This event is sponsored by:
- Energy Matters Community Coalition
- Winding Waters Group of the Sierra Club
- Bartholomew County Indivisible
- Columbus North High School Environmental Club
- Bartholomew School Climate Restoration Team
For more information, contact Barry Kastner at 812-344-8825.
Please plan to join this important presentation and the community dialogue to follow.
Example from IN CCIA Research:
The number of extremely hot days will rise significantly in all areas of the state. In the past, southern Indiana averaged about seven of these days per year, but by mid-century this region is projected to experience 38 to 51 extremely hot days per year.
Why It Matters:
Extreme heat raises the likelihood of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can lead to increased hospitalizations and medical costs. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable. Extreme heat also reduces crop yields, counteracting the benefits of a longer growing season.