This map shows exactly where the world’s most important carbon is stored

Read the full story at Fast Company.

“Irrevocable carbon” is stored in the ground and can’t be put back before the deadline to hit zero emissions. This map shows the land that needs protecting to keep that carbon secure.

It’s a-maize-ing: Popcorn is a new, sustainable insulation on the market

Read the full story at Zenger.

Conventional insulation, made of mineral fiber or plastics, occupies approximately 90 percent of the market. Plastic, however, is made from petroleum and contributes to pollution. Researchers at the University of Göttingen have developed a new process to skip the pollutants and manufacture insulated boards made up of granulated popcorn.

The new alternative product offers good protection against fire and excellent thermal insulation, the researchers say.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm tours PRI carbon management projects

Pictured during the tour are, left to right, ISWS and ISTC Director Kevin C OBrien, principal investigator for the carbon capture project; Stephanie Brownstein, ISTC Assistant Scientist-Research Engineer; Secretary Granholm; Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation; and Jeff Stein, PRI Interim Executive Director.

by Trish Barker, Prairie Research Institute

On Dec. 9, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm toured several U of I sustainable energy projects, including PRI’s carbon capture efforts at Abbott Power Plant. During the visit she also heard about PRI’s extensive work in carbon sequestration.

Read more about PRI’s carbon management and sustainable energy research.

Read more about Secretary Granholm’s visit to U of I from The News-Gazette and Illinois Newsroom.

This story was republished from the ISTC Blog. Read the original story.

Herbal Essences to use new recycling technology in packaging to decrease use of virgin plastic

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Haircare brand Herbal Essences announced they will be implementing a resin derived from an advanced-recycling technology which turns waste plastic in molecularly virgin plastic.

WatchDog Opinion: Science integrity is about more than getting EPA interviews

Read the full story from the SEJ WatchDog.

SEJ and other groups have been complaining for years that journalists should be allowed to interview government scientists without interference and censorship by agency press offices. It’s an old story, and it has been chronicled in the WatchDog for many years.

The problem today is different: an assault on, corruption of, and betrayal of the science itself. We are seeing more clearly how government science is co-opted by self-interested industry lobbying. How some politicians and agency officials encourage and enable this corruption. And how some news media (and a wider mediasphere) actually play a major role in corrupting and distorting the science. There is today an “anti-science” movement, and it is getting stronger even as media puzzle over it.

Institute for Conservation Leadership Collaboration Resource Hub

The Institute for Conservation Leadership has launched the Collaboration Resource Hub, a one-stop-shop for current and relevant tools, articles, and resources. The goal of the hub is to aid with community engagement, the transition from remote to in-person, network building, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) work.

Plastic pollution: New meat tray ‘could save tonnes of waste’

Read the full story from BBC News.

A new type of recyclable meat packaging tray designed by a Swansea University student could save thousands of tonnes in plastic waste.

Big battery to displace diesel and help Tahiti leap to 75 per cent renewables

Read the full story at Renew Economy.

A 15MW/10.4MWh battery energy storage system is to be built in Tahiti, helping the French territory in the heart of the Pacific save millions from the replacement of diesel generators, and help reach its target of 75 per cent renewables by 2030.

Researchers to develop new models for forecasting water availability and allocation in Kansas

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Climate change, driven by human activity, will alter temperatures and rainfall in Kansas in the coming decades. But predictions about the timing and severity of the shift remain inexact.

Now, researchers at the University of Kansas School of Engineering are teaming up with the Kansas Water Office to create models accounting for uncertainty about the state’s future climate so officials who allocate water can better forecast supply and demand of the vital resource.

Slater’s Gross-Wen receives $6.5 million investment to grow algae-centric tech business

Read the full story from the Ames Tribune.

The water-cleaning technology developed by a Slater-based company has attracted the attention of a group of Iowa investors, who’ve poured $6.5 million into Gross-Wen Technologies.

Gross-Wen’s main draw is a patented process that uses algae to clean wastewater.