Climate Action Plan

National Climate Assessment Report

In May 2014, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released a Climate Assessment Report, Climate Change Impacts in the United States. This report details the climate change impacts that are already being observed, and updated estimates of future damages that can be expected under different scenarios.
CLICK HERE to access the full report.
Review the National Climate Assessment – Midwest Report.

Review media coverage of the 2014 Climate Assessment Report:
“Obama Administration releases Third National Climate Assessment for the United States” – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
“2014 National Climate Assessment key findings” – Climate Science Watch
“The White House’s Climate Assessment Heats Up The Discussion About Nuclear Power” – Forbes
“Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers” – New York Times

Carbon Emission Standards

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. EPA is in the process of implementing several regulatory initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The capstone of this set of safeguards is the Carbon Pollution Standards for Stationary Sources, which will reduce greenhouse gas pollution from power plants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the Clean Power Plan, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. This plan will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power.

For more information, CLICK HERE or watch the videos posted below.
CLICK HERE to read a statement from HEC’s executive director, Jesse Kharbanda.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announces Clean Power Plan Proposal

Clean Power Plan Explained

Policy Analysis of the Clean Power Plan

The Natural Resources Defense Council has released an analysis, which suggests that in 2020 the U.S. could cut 470-700 million tons of carbon pollution – a reduction that would yield as much as $60 billion in environmental and public health benefits.

CLICK HERE to access the NRDC report.
Review media coverage on the Natural Resources Defense Council report.

Climate Change in Indiana

According to the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Environmental Research, the increased levels of uncertainty and risk brought about by climate change impose new costs on the insurance, banking, and investment industries, as well as complicate the planning processes for the agricultural and manufacturing sectors and public works projects. Some of Indiana’s most valuable economic assets and industries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of global warming. Rising temperatures and volatile weather patterns will create additional and burdensome costs for these industries.

Learn More:
Review Purdue University’s report, “Impacts of Climate Change for the State of Indiana

Click here for the National Wildlife Foundation’s fact sheet “Charting a New Path for Indiana’s Electricity Generation and Use”

Read the White House’s fact sheet “The Threat of Carbon Pollution: Indiana

CLICK HERE for more Indiana-specific information.

The Morgan Monroe State Forest is part of an ongoing Integrating Worldwide CO2, Water, and Energy Flux Measurements. FLUXNET, a “network of regional networks,” coordinates regional and global analysis of observations from micrometeorological tower sites using eddy covariance methods to measure the exchanges of carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, and energy between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere.
At present over 500 tower sites are operated on a long-term and continuous basis. Learn more about this project HERE.