Both sides of the political spectrum recognize a need to reduce American dependence on carbon-based energy sources, but how the nation does so remains a divisive issue, a new study from Indiana University researchers has found.
Following a record-long 35-day government shutdown early last year, President Donald Trump's administration was already running short on time to finish high-priority environmental rollbacks before the November 2020 elections. Now the coronavirus outbreak that is sweeping across the nation is also threatening to derail some of the most important pieces of Trump's deregulatory environmental agenda by causing workforce disruptions and court delays.
The proposed rules would be harmful to any person who has benefitted from the cleaner air and water and the government accountability that NEPA has so powerfully advanced. Which is to say, everyone.
A new study co-authored by Environmental Resilience Institute Fellows Tara Smiley and Pascal Title highlights some of the regional climactic and land use challenges facing animals and ecosystems in North America.
The Trump administration is using the threat of withholding federal money to force communities threatened by climate change-induced flooding to evict homeowners living in flood zones.
In an effort to educate the public about the growing effects of climate change on the local population ahead of the city’s creating a climate plan, Goshen’s Department of Environmental Resilience asked an expert from Purdue University to present findings during the agency’s most recent program.
Indiana environmental regulators have approved a toxic polluting facility in southern Indiana that at least a dozen other states would have either denied or required additional controls.
A new online tool is helping towns in Indiana see how climate change will affect them.
Eleven Indiana cities will develop plans in 2020 to address greenhouse gas emissions as part of the next phase of Indiana University's Resilience Cohort program.
The Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit was featured in the February Global Environmental Health newsletter from the National Institute of Environmental Health about web-based systems that can help local governments prepare for climate change.
ERI director Janet McCabe and ERI environmental historian fellow Elizabeth Grennan Browning testified to the Indiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the state’s plans to respond to lead poisoning problems and how barriers like environmental racism have slowed that response.
In a new study, a team led by Irene Newton showed that a bacterium< can inhibit the growth of two common fungal pathogens that infect 70 percent of all known insect species.
Indiana University's Janet McCabe, a professor of practice at the McKinney School of Law, and Elizabeth Grennan Browning, an IU environmental historian fellow, will testify at a Feb. 27 public briefing on lead exposure in Indiana.
Jet fuel from a fiery tanker explosion in Indianapolis has trickled into Pleasant Run Creek, sparking concerns from nearby residents about the effects on wildlife and water quality.
Since 2017, science teachers from across Indiana have been traveling to the Indiana University Bloomington campus to attend workshops on environmental change and its impact on communities.
Increasing temperatures due to climate change are likely to reduce the amount of water in Indiana’s soil and streams over time, despite modest projected increases in average annual rainfall, according to a study by Indiana University researchers.
To promote collaborative research and inform water stakeholders throughout the state, an Indiana University research team has created the Future Water science gateway, a public interactive data portal that shows users a highly detailed model of the Wabash River Basin under a number of different climate scenarios.
The Clean Water Act (CWA), which became law in 1972, is the primary federal mechanism by which streams, lakes, and wetlands are protected from degradation in the United States. On 23 January, the agencies released the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which details how the CWA will be enforced, including which waters receive federal protections under the act. ERI Affiliate Adam Ward and Riley Walsh argue that this rule blatantly ignores established science—including the agencies’ own studies and syntheses—and risks degrading U.S. waters to the point that ecosystems may be permanently harmed.
Shahzeen Attari studies how people respond to information about climate change. As a scientist at Indiana University Bloomington, she also explores other aspects of how people choose to use energy, water, and other resources. Her work is interdisciplinary research. In her case, it involves multiple fields of psychology, engineering, and environmental science.
The rate at which snow has fallen in the United States has changed significantly over the last 50 years, according to a new report. Those changes have forced Hoosiers to adapt to a changing climate over decades.
Global warming and its consequences can provoke anxiety in young people. Educators need to be trained on how best to teach about climate change.
Elected officials and community leaders from across Indiana will visit Evansville this year for an annual leadership summit on climate change. Earth Charter Indiana said the date for the Climate Leadership Summit is yet to be determined but that it will take place at the end of summer.
Bloomington residents are invited to share their experiences, concerns, and ideas related to climate change in an online community survey.
Three individuals will receive the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies including ERI Affiliate Gabriel Filippelli.
How well prepared for flooding are Indiana’s communities? And how does climate change affect flood risk?
“When we talk about climate change, biodiversity loss and desertification, we are talking about the symptoms of the insatiable quest for economic growth and inequities that keep people who contribute the least to these problems suffer the most,” said Susan Chomba during her keynote address to the International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference. “We must recognize that human beings are living in an interconnected world.”
On Jan. 20, IU President Michael McRobbie unveiled the Big Red 200 supercomputer, a long-awaited project poised to change the face of research at IU and across the state. The Big Red 200 operates at 5.9 petaFLOPS a measure of computational speed making it the 32nd most powerful supercomputer in operation.
If you want to clean up the largest pollution spill in the country, one unaltered by decades of work and billions of dollars, you need to spend a lot of time making tiny measurements. Most of them will only confirm the depressing trend: More and more contaminants are winding their way from farms into rivers and streams.
The climate is changing. Some still argue over the cause and who or what to blame but as they experience more rain and more flooding there’s more agreement that action is needed.
After six months of celebrations, Indiana University (IU) officially marked its bicentennial on Monday – and it saved the best for last, inaugurating Big Red 200, a new AI-focused supercomputer that joins the ranks of the fastest academic supercomputers in the world.
Janet McCabe is a former assistant administrator of the air and radiation office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She once oversaw the nation’s ethanol program. She believes the country will never reach its sustainable-energy goals without major policy changes. But McCabe also has “some sympathy for the agricultural community,” which got drawn into ethanol at the government’s behest.
EPA aims to breathe new life into a climate software program designed to help small and midsize communities prepare for severe weather events associated with climate change.
The Jan. 10 IndyStar article about how the massive DigIndy tunnel project will be undersized for the rain events we can increasingly expect to see as Indiana's changing climate brings more frequent and more severe storms is just one example — a pretty dramatic one for sure — of how much Hoosiers need accurate information about our future and governmental processes that allow that information to be considered when making decisions about infrastructure and other community investments.
A new paper co-authored by IU Assistant Professor Ben Kravitz assesses the body of knowledge related to solar engineering, a form of climate engineering that aims to cool the surface of the earth by reflecting more sunlight back into space, and recommends a systematic effort to support decision-makers who may one day consider techniques to artificially cool the planet.
Climate change in Indiana will mean more rain in the winter and spring. Because there are fewer plants at that time of year to soak up all of that water, that will mean more flooding. As we reported back in May, many Hoosiers don’t have flood insurance. Other than buying flood insurance, how can cities in Indiana and their residents prepare for more flooding in the state?
The Evangelical Community Church and Bloomington synagogue Beth Shalom have paired up to work together on environmental issues. ECC Pastor Bob Whitaker knows the partnership might be considered unusual, because Evangelicals don’t often get involved in interfaith groups.
The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial proposals is known as the secret science rule because it would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, in order for their findings to be considered in shaping regulations.