Every day, people across the world will make decisions or innovations that affect the way Hoosiers live. We’ll track the changes so you’re ready for them.
Over the last 10 years, 35 researchers have compiled 20 million observational records on the Earth’s land plants in order to create the largest-ever botanical biodiversity data set.
The EPA has awarded the Indiana DNR a $100,000 grant to help restore the Pine Station Nature Preserve near the Grand Calumet River.
A natural, biodegradable spray made from cornstarch could help farmers protect their crops from toxic substances from fungi.
Flooding near the Gary Works steel mill in Gary, Indiana, on Nov. 26 has released mercury into the Grand Calumet River.
Researchers have identified a 40% decrease in Indiana Christmas tree farms since 2002.
The materials that make up Christmas sweaters could contribute to plastic pollution in the oceans.
Scientists have created a free software that allows humans to see how the world looks for various animal and insect species.
Recent research has discovered that women who use permanent hair dyes or chemical hair straighteners are at greater risk for breast cancer.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has launched a new website that allows deer hunters to access and report data on white-tailed deer harvesting throughout the state.
Manmade climate change will increase the number of stalled weather patterns and create more deadly extreme weather events.
Big storms like hurricanes are expected produce more record-breaking rainfall in coming years.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input about adding per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory, a list of chemicals that companies are required to report to the EPA.
Researchers found that urbanization delays the time that plants bloom in the spring, which has an effect on the seasonal timing in cities.
At the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis suggested adding “ecological sin against the common home” to the catechism.
Musical group Coldplay has declined to tour for their new album until they can figure out how to reduce their carbon emissions and stage more environmentally friendly concerts.
Heliogen, a secretive energy startup backed by well-known people like Bill Gates, has created a way to use artificial intelligence and hundreds of mirrors to create a solar oven.
Indiana University is developing a lab to help first responders like firefighters and police officers prepare for floods, wildfires and other disasters.
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented an award to the Indianapolis Airport Authority for excellence and innovation in clean water infrastructure.
Children are at greater risk of health effects from climate change than other groups, according to a report from The Lancet.
In December alone, more than 1 million packages will be returned to retailers each day.
A report issued by the Government Accountability Office has found that 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are vulnerable to climate change.
The West Lake Corridor project, which will add to the South Shore Line, has been recognized for Excellence in Environmental Documentation Preparation
Former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis will deliver the keynote speech at the annual “Greening the Statehouse” event in Indianapolis this Saturday.
Boxed water brands such as Just Water, Flow, and Boxed Water Is Best often market themselves as more sustainable options for on-the-go hydration, but the nature of their packaging prevents them from being recyclable.
A Trump administration committee is seeking to “modernize” national park campgrounds by potentially introducing food trucks, WI-FI, and Amazon deliveries.
NASA satellite images from Nov. 3 show that California’s Kincade Fire has damaged 77,768 acres of land and destroyed 374 structures.
Researchers have discovered genes that allow some insects to adjust their biological clocks to survive shorter or longer winters, improving their chances of adapting to climate change.
White River State Park has introduced a recycling initiative that’s expected to keep approximately 30 tons of waste out of Indiana landfills annually.
More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have released a report declaring a climate emergency.
Illinois-based demolition contractor IESCO has been accused of illegally dumping construction debris near Gary, Indiana, according to Inside Indiana Business.
As the planet warms, people living in North America, parts of central and South America and Eurasia may face water shortages as plants adjust to higher levels of carbon dioxide.
By January 2020, Lowe’s will no longer sell carpets or rugs containing PFAS chemicals, the National Resources Defense Council reports.
The Friends of Lake Monroe have been awarded federal funding through the State of Indiana to develop a management plan for the Lake Monroe watershed.
A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has determined that building renewable energy in the upper Midwest helps maximize environmental and health benefits.
A recent study published in Nature Communications has determined that the homes of up to 300 million people will be threatened by rising sea levels – more than three times the previous estimate.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for environmental education programs.
Plastic waste from vaping is now polluting beaches and other natural environments, and may be finding its way into the ocean.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Indianapolis-based RecycleForce $200,000 to train formerly incarcerated citizens in environmental jobs.
Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has announced the upcoming expansion of a wind farm in White County
Texas energy company Exxon Mobil has been sued for deceiving investors about the impact of climate change on the company’s profitability.
As global temperatures warm, Ebola outbreaks could become more common and spread to new parts of the world.
Peatlands absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, but as they dry, they can have the opposite effect.
More than $1.1 million in grant money has been awarded to 23 Indiana counties for the improvement of seven lakes and 15 rivers and streams.
Research conducted at University College London has found that America’s “green economy” generates more than $1.3 trillion annually and employs nearly 9.5 million Americans.
The recent discovery of a banded bald eagle near Vincennes has given the Indiana Department of Natural Resources insight into the success of bald eagle reintroduction efforts.
Two-thirds of America’s bird population is at risk of extinction from climate change, according to a new report from the Audubon Society.
A New York man filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that God commanded him to do so.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it is investing $201 million in rural water infrastructure projects, including four in Indiana.
As early as 2022, NASCAR could introduce hybrid race cars powered by both gas and electricity.
IER will host a high school journalism contest, inviting students from around the state to submit news features about environmental issues impacting their communities.
Indiana hunters need to beware of possible deer diseases during this fall’s hunting season, according to a statement by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Indianapolis-based Delta Faucet Co. as a 2019 Sustainable Excellence Award Winner for water conservation.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced two open house discussion sessions about the work completed in 2019 on the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago, Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced upcoming changes to fish stocking in Lake Michigan.
A recent report of EPA data has confirmed the suspicion that water contamination disproportionately affects majority-black communities.
Indiana researchers have discovered a link between herbicide ingredient glyphosate and breast cancer.
A chemical sprayed last week in three Indiana counties to stop the spread of a virus deadly to humans may have killed a number of bee hives in the process.
A new study has shown that air pollution particles can penetrate the placenta and expose unborn babies to toxic chemicals.
Community Recycling Grants will be awarded to projects that promote sustainability, education and waste reduction.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced approximately $10 million in grant money to help public schools replace older school buses, which can emit more air pollution.
Data analyzed by travel site fromAtoB found that President Donald Trump created the second-largest carbon travel footprint of G20 leaders in 2018.
A new study published in Environmental Science & Technology has found that plastic teabags contaminate tea with microplastic particles.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $6 million to Indiana University to continue research on toxic air pollutants in the Great Lakes region.
At the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, 21 gaming companies pledged to do their part in ending climate change through the Playing for the Planet industry-wide initiative.
On Sept. 28, Indiana will participate in the largest nation-wide single-day volunteer effort for public lands, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management took to its Twitter page to encourage Hoosiers to recycle their old smartphones through the Indiana E-Cycle program.
The Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence were given to honor Indiana initiatives that went above and beyond to protect the environment in 2018.
An 84-acre tract in northeastern Indiana known for its biodiversity has been approved by the state of Indiana as a state nature preserve.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and 15 other teenagers have filed a lawsuit against five major carbon polluting countries.
The invasive spotted lanternfly, thought to have come to the U.S. in a shipment of stones from Asia around 2014, has descended upon Pennsylvania in the hundreds of thousands.
Purdue University will receive just under $1 million in grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency for research on reducing a group of synthetic chemicals in drinking water.
Indiana is home to some of the tallest wind turbines in the country, according to a database of the country’s turbines.
Governor Eric Holcomb has declared this week ‘Pollution Prevention Week’ in Indiana.
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in three horses and one group of mosquitos in Elkhart County, state health officials report.
The University of Cambridge has removed beef and lamb from its menus and replaced them with plant-based products.
Toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl, or PFAS, chemicals have been found in the drinking water of several schools in Stow, Massachusetts, about 21 miles west of Boston.
Three individuals have been arrested on charges of disaster fraud, accused of stealing more than $1.8 billion in disaster relief funds that were intended to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid.
A survey from WFYI, published August 31, found that Indiana approaches forestry in a similar manner to other industry professionals in North America.
The Equinor South Riding Point oil facility on Grand Bahama admitted to releasing an unknown amount of oil into the surrounding area during Hurricane Dorian.
A team of scientists from the National Institute of Technology at Mexico’s University of Veracruz have discovered 310 miles of coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.
As plastic use has increased, more plastic microfibers have made their way into ocean sediment.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has offered to pay individuals for seed collection if the seeds meet the DNR’s standards.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is accepting applications for Pollution Prevention Program grant funds
By delving into this history, modern-day Hoosiers can also explore important environmental questions regarding these sites.
As Hurricane Dorian hits the eastern coast of Florida this week, toxic coal ash may be spread to local water systems.
A study has found that bee larvae don't consume a strictly vegan diet.
Scientists have discovered that Rapture Reef, a renowned coral reef northwest of the Hawaiian Islands, is gone.
Researchers have discovered that air pollution can accelerate emphysema of the lung as rapidly as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
A new U.N. study has found that, in order to curb the damage done by climate change, humans must change the way they grow food and raise livestock.
On Aug. 18, a collapse in wastewater infrastructure spilled an estimated 2 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Flint River.
Conservation experts voted the shark onto the endangered species list last week.
Using satellite imagery, NASA has created a time-lapse video depicting the clouds of carbon monoxide produced by the Amazon rainforest fires this month.
Using satellite imagery, NASA helps firefighters tackle wildfires by directing them to the most critical sites first.
For the first time in 60 million years, an exotic plant called the cycad is able to reproduce outdoors in Britain.
Age-related macular degeneration, which results in a gradual and permanent loss of vision, may be influenced by air pollution, a new study finds.
Wisconsin has become the first midwestern state to release a carbon-free plan.
The Icelandic glacier known as Okjökull has been lost to climate change.
The disposable plant-based bowls used by many fast-casual restaurants have been found to contain toxic PFAS chemicals.
Indiana’s beaches along Lake Michigan have faced dramatic erosion in the last decade thanks to rising water levels.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has released a recreational advisory after high levels of toxic blue-green algae were discovered in Indiana lakes.
A virus known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, may result in significant local losses to deer populations.
The Pacific Islands have joined Canada, the United Kingdom and United States cities such as New York City in declaring a climate crisis.
A European movement known as “flight shaming” is encouraging travelers to take the train rather than to travel by air, citing concerns about the emissions put off by aviation.
On July 31, California became the first state to require that water suppliers notify consumers of the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals in the local water supply.
On July 29, Ethiopia broke a world record for the most saplings planted in a single day.
More than 200 reindeer starved to death on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, where climate change has disrupted the animals’ access to edible plants.
Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will sail across the Atlantic on a zero-emissions yacht to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit.
Recent extreme weather and fires are dislodging chemicals and toxins from soil, homes, industrial waste sites and other sources, putting people at a greater health risk.
Inditex, the parent company of fashion brand Zara, announced plans to transition to a more sustainable model after making its name as a frontrunner in the fast fashion industry.
Researchers warn that the fungus Candida auris may begin to pose a serious global public health threat as climate change makes it adjust to warmer temperatures.
The scaly-foot snail has been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of endangered species because of threats from deep-sea mining.
Evidence collected by researchers at the University of Cape Town over a 23-year period show that animals’ body sizes are shrinking in response to climate change.
Amid an unusually warm and dry stretch in the Arctic this summer, wildfires have raged across Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, posing a threat to sea ice.
New research from the University of California Riverside shows that Joshua trees are threatened with extinction without dramatic action to reduce climate change.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that climate change, conflict and economic instability are increasing food insecurity around the world.
Researchers from the Earth Institute at Columbia University have concluded that many California wildfires are a result of a warming climate.
New Orleans is exceptionally prone to flooding, partly as a result of climate change.
As climate change causes rising sea levels, preservation experts are faced with new challenges for saving historic buildings and other sites.
Clemson University scientists have found a way to keep corn producing food for longer, which could dramatically improve crop yields worldwide.
Scientists say the growth of online streaming will ultimately be unsustainable.
Elephant extinction could allow 7% more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
China’s environment ministry said its emissions reached 12.3 billion tons in 2014, up 53.5% since 2005.
Carbon escaping from deforested sites is about 1,500 years old.
New York City became the most recent, and largest, city to declare a climate emergency in late June.
This 4th of July, Alaskans experienced record high temperatures, with Anchorage reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in the city’s history.
A belt of seaweed originating along the west coast of Africa that has been recurring for the past several summers recently extended 5,500 miles into the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last month that it’s offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine.
Americans contribute a disproportionately high amount of the world’s waste and recycle far less than the rest of the world.
Guadalajara residents woke up at the end of June to more than 3 feet of ice after a hailstorm broke the stretch of hot summer days.
Glastonbury festival in England banned single-use plastic bottles in an effort to decrease the event’s impact on the planet.
Researchers have known for some time the cloud trails left by aircrafts have an atmospheric greenhouse effect, but the impact of these trails is expected to triple by 2050.
Pollution from traffic poses health risks.
Researchers have determined that thinning forests is an effective technique for recovery and maintenance of forests dealing with climate change.
Preserving the butterfly's natural environments is the best way to help.
More than 30 microbiologists signed a statement last week warning about risks to microbes.
Amanda Little, an environmental journalist and professor at Vanderbilt University, warns that food diversity could be limited due to environmental issues.
It's been a particularly rainy June for the Eastern U.S.
Spending time in nature can reap both physical and psychological health benefits.
Despite regulations put into place to improve air quality, millions of Americans still breathe unhealthy air.
A recent report claims that the U.S. military emitted 59 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017.
As solar energy becomes more popular, utility companies are seeking reductions to net metering, meaning it will take far longer for rooftop solar to pay for itself.
Experts say companies should recycle electric vehicle batteries to avoid massive increases in harmful mining.
An alarming study shows that nearly 600 species of seed-bearing plants have gone extinct since 1753.
Scientists may be able to use insect cells to grow muscle and fat in a lab, creating food that tastes and chews like steak, chicken, lobster or shrimp.
The ammonia fertilizer industry produces far worse emissions than previously estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Microplastics have been so far found in rivers, lakes and the air in Indiana.
Researchers at Michigan State University have successfully created the first completely transparent solar panels.
The number of flood insurance policies in the Midwest has dropped by at least one-third since 2011.
The UK turned on the first part of what will be the world’s largest and furthest offshore wind farm this week, forging its way further into the forefront of the offshore wind industry.
Environmentally conscious travelers are at a crossroads, balancing their desire to see wonders like the Great Barrier Reef or Iceland’s glaciers with the environmental impact of traveling to these destinations.
According to a new analysis of corporate disclosures, companies around the world foresee climate change as a negative effect on their bottom lines.
Thanks to climate change, tree diversity may be decreasing.
Solarize Indiana seeks to teach citizens how to accelerate the spread of solar energy projects
Farmers across the U.S. are faced with tough decisions this planting season, as President Donald Trump’s trade war with China continues and heavy rains make it difficult to plant crops.
New research suggests large birds and land mammals will face extinction over the next century due to climate change, deforestation, hunting and increased urbanization.
A new study published in Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change found that, left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions will reduce Colombian land suitable for rice production by 60% by the 2050s.
A record-setting spell of severe storms has rocked the U.S. over the last two weeks.
Heat waves threatened people and crops across the globe throughout the summer of 2018, according to Nexus Media, researchers have concluded that humans are to blame.
A research team is planning to light a fire in a Utah forest at the end of June to clear out dead conifer trees and allow quaking aspen to regain a place in a national forest.
Algae blooms have been known to suffocate marine wildlife and The New York Times reports that 8 million farmed salmon in northern Norway met this fate over the past week.
African elephant poaching hit its peak in 2011 and the mammals faced a high risk of extinction at the hands of poachers.
Due to issues like climate change and the urbanization of their native habitats, some predators may begin to hunt humans for their meals.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that tick-borne diseases are increasing at a record pace.
Researchers have discovered that eastern China is responsible for more than 60% of the recent rise in CFC-11 emissions.
Researchers have found that half the world’s rivers are obstructed in some way, thanks to human infrastructure.
Researchers have found hunting animals has a negative impact on a forest’s carbon storage, a factor that is often overlooked in climate change mitigation efforts.
Educating children about climate change could influence the climate concerns of their parents.
Scientists have found that certain environments may make it easier for animals to infect humans with diseases like bird flu and Ebola.
Ash dieback, an invasive fungal disease, is expected to kill 95% to 99% of the UK’s native ash trees if local governments do not intervene.
U.S. sales of plant-based meat substitutes increased 17% last year thanks in part to the fast food industry.
Clothing that contains synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon contributes to microplastic pollution, which can end up in the ocean and the seafood that humans eat.
For the first time in Indonesian history, the city of Jakarta will no longer be the country’s capital due to environmental and infrastructural challenges.
Greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles produced by humans have influenced global drought since at least the early 20th century, according to a NASA study.
The permafrost layer in the Arctic is thawing and releasing greenhouse gases more quickly than predicted and is accelerating global warming.
A research team that analyzed California tap water during a five-year period concluded contaminants in the water could cause more than 200 cases of cancer each year.
Human-caused climate change could cause iconic clouds in tropical rain forests to disappear with the next 25 years.
Complaints about rats in New York City almost doubled between 2010 and 2017, and one rat expert thinks the population explosion may be linked to climate change.
A study found that biodegradable bags in soil or marine environments were still able to hold a full load of groceries after being exposed to the natural environment for three years.
The United Kingdom is experiencing record-breaking amounts of wildfires in a year just four months into 2019.
After three years of breeding mishaps, Antarctica’s second-largest colony of emperor penguins is not recovering.
Honey bee colonies are important pollinators, and in the U.S., millions of colonies are hauled across the country in semi-trailers to pollinate crops like California almonds. But some of these colonies don’t survive the trek due to cold temperatures.
Just 11 months after the completion of a $14 billion network of levees and flood walls in New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says the system will stop providing adequate protection in as little as four years due to rising sea levels.
Science hasn't yet proven that microplastics are everywhere, but they're sure showing up in some remote places. Scientists have found microplastics far away from urban sources, atop the Pyrenees in France.
According to a new study published in Nature, there is a limit to the amount of damage the reef can withstand, and the coral is not doing well.
According to a new study, corn production in the U.S. could be responsible for thousands of air pollution deaths annually.