Scientists unveil environmentally friendly ‘jelly ice cube’ set to transform food storage and shipping

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new type of cooling cube that they claim could revolutionize how food is kept cold and shipped fresh without relying on ice or traditional cooling packs.

Build solar-energy systems to last — save billions

Read the full commentary in Nature.

To withstand extreme weather, rapid innovation and rock-bottom prices, solar installations need tighter quality control, standards and testing.

Hydrogen helps power Carmel’s street department fleet

Read the full story at Current.

AlGalCo is technically based in Indianapolis, but for the last eight years, founder and President Kurt Koehler has primarily officed in the City of Carmel’s Street Dept. building on W. 131st Street.

That’s where Koehler has been working to fine tune his patented technology that uses hydrogen to supplement gasoline, increasing mileage 10 to 12 percent per tank and lowering carbon emissions by 20 percent.

A willfully misunderstood earmark can help reduce climate-change heat deaths

Read the full story in the New Yorker.

Critics of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act have singled out for mockery two words in the two-thousand-plus-page, roughly two-trillion-dollar legislation. Seizing on the words “tree equity,” FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group, told its more than four million Facebook followers, “The Democrats want YOU American Taxpayers to shell out $3 BILLION for ‘non-racist’ trees.” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted, “Dems’ far-left spending bill exposed: $2.5 BILLION of American taxpayer money for ‘tree equity.’ RT so everyone sees! Don’t let them get away with sneaking this through.” Even the Times, ignoring its earlier reporting, didn’t seem to take the issue seriously, running the headline, complete with scare quotes, “From Electric Bikes to ‘Tree Equity,’ Biden’s Social Policy Bill Funds Niche Items.” The story characterized funding for the initiative as one among dozens of “obscure measures and special interest breaks.”

Although the term “tree equity” is far from “yes, we can” in terms of effective political rhetoric, it is a reference to research showing that more tree canopy can save lives. This summer, when a once-in-a-millennium heat wave enveloped the Pacific Northwest, shattering high-temperature records and ending hundreds of lives, people in neighborhoods with scant tree cover suffered the most. Five of the at least sixty-two people who died of hyperthermia in the Portland metro area, for instance, lived in the lower-income Lents neighborhood, where in some areas trees shade just ten per cent of the surface—compared with Marquam Hill, where trees shade more than sixty per cent of the surface and no one died.

Billions in tree funds could help cities prep for climate change

Read the full story at Stateline.

Cleveland is among a growing number of cities and states that have come to regard trees as essential infrastructure. At the same time, research is showing that communities of color and low-income neighborhoods have significantly less tree canopy than wealthier, White neighborhoods. Unshaded areas often suffer from an urban heat island effect, in which heat-absorbing asphalt can send temperatures soaring up to 10 degrees hotter than in surrounding neighborhoods.

Sorry, carbon offsets still aren’t settled

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

For ESG investors, there is some good news to take away from the Article 6 deal, but much remains unresolved.

Eco-Products expands green takeaway container line

Read the full story at Catering Insights.

Eco-Products has added seven new items to its Vanguard line-up of compostable takeaway containers.

Vinyl Sustainability Council recognizes Lakeland Polymers

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

The Washington-based Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry, has presented its 2021 Recycling Award to Lakeland Polymers, a plastics recycler in Boonton, New Jersey. The company was recognized for its Flex-Tech Gas Hose Recycling Program.

Demystifying sustainability-linked loans

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

For many organizations, a key strategic goal/objective, from the perspective of its business and lending practices, is to demonstrate sustainability leadership. Demonstrating this leadership can have various tangible benefits and impacts for an organization — strengthening employee morale, addressing shareholder questions and concerns, fostering strong government relations, and enhancing/protecting a company’s reputation.

So, the questions for an organization are these: How do sustainability-linked loans thread the needle of all these prospective tangible impacts? And how are they generally structured? 

PCX plastic recycling credits coming to the US

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

PepsiCo, Unilever and other multinationals have been participants in the Plastic Credit Exchange plastic credits system.