Indiana Univ. launches $55M effort studying climate change

Indiana University
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University is launching a new $55 million effort to study the impact of climate change that could have a profound impact on agriculture, industry and quality of life in the state.

University President Michael McRobbie announced the plans Wednesday. School officials say the effort could help mitigate the impact of climate change, which can alter weather patterns, the migration of invasive species and lead to extreme weather.

The effort will lead to the hiring of new instructors and is supported by some major businesses, including diesel engine maker Cummins Inc.

Biology Professor Ellen Ketterson will oversee the research. She hopes it will lead to solutions for flooding caused by increasingly severe weather, allow farmers to better cope with changes in pollination and help stop the spread of avian disease.

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