Climate change

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About 50 local activists faced the cold Friday morning for a climate strike at Howard Park in South Bend. It was meant to invoke a sense of urgency among city officials about the climate change crisis.

Activists sang songs about climate change and spoke about their own experiences before marching from Howard Park to the County-City Building.

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A Goshen woman spent 15 seasons working in Antarctica.  She’s back and shared her story with a group of environmentalists in Elkhart Wednesday.

Community members concerned about the state of the environment meet up in Elkhart every month for a group discussion called Sound of the Environment.

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Climate change is expected to mean more flooding in Indiana and that could put the state’s hazardous waste sites — and the people who live near them — at risk. That’s according to a new report on Superfunds from the Government Accountability Office. 

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The City of South Bend created a plan to be carbon neutral by 2050. Some local activists say the plan isn’t urgent enough.

The plan will target transportation and energy use, which city officials say are the biggest culprits of greenhouse gasses in South Bend.

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Rising water levels of Lake Michigan and beach erosion could affect the future of the Indiana Dunes National Park. 

Large waves on the lake breached a dune near a pavilion in Portage that most visitors use to access the dunes.

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Every city in Indiana can now see how climate change will affect them in the future — and what they can do to prepare. Indiana University researchers unveiled a tool Tuesday called the Hoosier Resilience Index

The tool allows cities to see things like how many days of extreme heat or heavy rain they can expect by 2050. It also shows what parts of the city are vulnerable to climate change — like areas in the floodplain.

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Early Winter weather conditions like snow and cold temperatures don’t mean the effects of climate change have stopped. 

When most people think of global warming, they think of extremely hot temperatures - but harsh winter weather can also be a sign of climate change.

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The state needs to consider climate change as it creates its energy plan. That was the opinion of Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) on Thursday at the Energy Policy Development Task Force, which won’t meet again until next year. 

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A global group of scientists, researchers, leaders, and activists say they’ve come up with the most viable solutions for combating climate change. An Indiana branch of the group Project Drawdown wants to figure out how the state can help. 

Daniel Poynter who founded Indiana Drawdown says farmers have a role to play in the state. Conservation practices like no-till and growing cover crops help to trap carbon in the soil.

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Young people across the globe are on strike Friday to demand action against climate change. Some students in South Bend left class to participate.

A crowd of about 150 young people and adults gathered in South Bend to show support for the Green New Deal and urge politicians to make policy changes.

Climate Change Forum Loses Sponsor After Dispute Over Story

Jul 13, 2019
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NEW YORK (AP) — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender Pete Buttigieg.

For many students in Indiana, eighth grade is the first and last time that they’ll focus on climate change in class. It's the only class required for all students that specifically talks about climate change in the Indiana education standards. Many high school students are encouraged to take courses that prepare them for college like chemistry and biology, instead of environmental science. 

Early this spring, parts of the Midwest saw record flooding. With climate change, Indiana’s winters and springs are only going to get wetter. 

Survey: Majority Of Hoosiers Believe In Climate Change

Apr 22, 2019

A statewide survey says the majority of Hoosiers believe climate change is happening and most support efforts to lessen its effects on Indiana. More than 1,000 people responded to the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute’s survey earlier this month. 

"Living On Earth" talks with Pete Buttigieg on climate change. Link to listen anytime is below. 

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