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There's still time to mitigate dangers of climate change

By Janet McCabe

We have seen a changing climate here in Indiana that threatens our prosperity, our health, our economy, and our environment. These forecasts can make us feel hopeless or apathetic however there are actions we can take. We can reduce future dangers by being more resilient here in indiana through actionable solutions that federal and state policies can support that will save taxpayers money, create jobs here, and build community resilience. 

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A new narrative for climate action in the Midwest

By Janet McCabe and Jim Shanahan

In a new survey from the Institute, eight out of 10 Indiana residents believe climate change is happening in some form. Seventy-five percent support efforts to address its impact. What’s more, 65 percent said they think that climate change is happening more so than they did five years ago. There is greater support for the action needed to prepare and adapt to the effects of climate change — not just in national polling but also in the Midwest.

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EPA takes a toxic turn by backing away from mercury regulation

By Janet McCabe

Janet McCabe, a key player in Indiana University's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, explains the ramifications of the USEPA's recent proposal to unravel regulations limiting coal plants' release of mercury, one of the most toxic substances on earth for humans and natural ecosystems. Existing regulations have allowed mercury emissions from US coal plants to decrease 85% between 2006 and 2016. Mercury levels in water and fish have also decreased.

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