Snow on one day followed by summer-type temperatures the next may be seen as typical Indiana weather. But one organization studies how climate and other seasonal changes affect the state.
The Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute says although some doubt exists about the long-range effects of climate change, its impact on Indiana is multi-dimensional. Managing Director Sarah Mincey says the changes are concerning to many Hoosiers.
“Those people who are on the ground who are being impacted by climate change, if we're talking to farmers, or we're talking to business folks or local government decision-makers, what we're hearing is that they are interested in being prepared, they do not want to be caught off guard.”
Mincey says maintaining the environment for Indiana's agriculture, industry, infrastructure, and public health is important.
“Climate change is going to disproportionately impact marginalized communities who have been systematically marginalized. And so we've got to focus on those kinds of communities,” Mincey says.
The IUERI and its research affiliates were part of an Indiana climate change assessment report released in collaboration with Purdue University.
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