A new survey from the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute reveals that Hoosiers are more concerned about a future disease outbreak than they were before 2020. According to the Hoosier Life Survey 2.0 results, nearly 1 in 2 Indiana residents anticipate that their family is likely to be affected by a new disease outbreak in the next decade -- compared to the 1 out of 5 who felt the same way when they were surveyed in 2019.
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From the Midwest to the East Coast, cicadas from Brood X have emerged in full force, making a lot of racket while trying to find a mate and then actually doing the deed. Although their days are numbered, they’ll leave behind billions of eggs and millions of holes in the ground. These pits, created when the cicadas emerge from the soil, will stick around for the duration of the growing season, venting greenhouse gases.
Since 2017, science teachers from Indiana and beyond have been attending Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC) to get ideas on how to effectively teach environmental science and climate change in the classroom. With this year’s program being held online for the second year in a row, teachers from across the county virtually flocked to Indiana University’s Bloomington campus to deepen their understanding of key concepts related to environmental change.
As of Wednesday, the National Weather Service is predicting 4 to 6 inches more rain for Bloomington, from Friday afternoon through Tuesday evening. That follows 5 to 7 inches of rain that fell over a shorter period last weekend, which flooded a downtown Bloomington street. Does last weekend’s single event prove the case for climate change?
After seeing an increase in flooding events, Huntington County, Indiana, developed a flood response and evacuation plan with its cities and towns to reduce injury, loss of life, and property damage during floods.