Climate change is already affecting Evansville.
Average annual precipitation has increased 5.6 inches since 1895. More rain will increase the risk of flooding and pollute our water as combined sewer systems overflow and fertilizers run off from farm fields and backyards.
Check out this fact sheet to see how climate change will impact Evansville and Vanderburgh County.
More days above 90 degrees.
The number of days with extreme heat is increasing. While Southern Indiana used to have about seven of these days per year, by 2050, our region will experience 38 to 51 days a year with extreme heat. Extreme heat increases the likelihood of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. This could lead to higher medical costs and more hospital visits, especially for children and the elderly. Extreme heat also reduces crop yields.
Indiana’s average daily temperature has increased by 1.2°F since 1895, resulting in warmer winters and less snow. Warmer winters mean more pests and rain, increasing the likelihood of insect-borne disease. Moreover, farmers will have to spend more money on pesticides (which end up in our waterways).
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David Letterman talks about climate.
Watch this video to hear why Indiana native David Letterman cares about climate change.