This map may make you feel better about the state of the planet

Read the full story at Vox.

Last summer, Thomas Crowther, an ecologist at ETH Zurich, launched Restor, a mapping tool that shows where in the world people are doing this sort of restoring or conserving of ecosystems. Think of it as the “nature is healing” meme from the early pandemic, but serious.

Climate change is coming for Indonesia’s cocoa farms; candy companies aren’t helping

Read the full story in Popular Science.

As the third biggest cocoa powerhouse in the world, Indonesia’s farmers have a lot to lose as climate change threatens the $80-million export industry. As rainfall patterns shift and temperatures climb, land ripe for cocoa cultivation will fall by 9 percent by 2050. Deforestation across the country is also making the fruit trees more susceptible to pest infestation. But while climate adaptation measures are being put in place to protect smallholder farmers (those who harvest on under five acres of land), not everyone is convinced that these measures are working. 

In a recently published article in Annals of American Association of GeographersSean Kennedy, a professor of regional and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looked at how climate adaptation is both helping and hindering the lives of cocoa farmers. He specifically focused on the measures implemented by corporations like Mars. 

Mastercard, IKEA and consumer carbon ‘budgets’

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What distinguishes Doconomy within the broader carbon accounting software and calculators category is that it’s focused squarely on helping consumers understand the environmental footprint of the products and services that they are buying.

Super Bowl stadiums are usually surrounded by a sea of asphalt. Not this year

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Most stadiums are ringed by a vast sea of parking. The L.A. Rams’ SoFi Stadium has a vast public space instead.

Future-proofing food crops in a warming climate

Read the full story at AZoCleantech.

AZoCleantech speaks to Amanda Cavanagh from the University of Essex about the future of agriculture in a changing climate and how bypassing a photosynthetic glitch could help us to future-proof our food crops.

Opinion: Why we need to remove ‘waste’ from the dictionary

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Steve Haskew, Head of Sustainability at Circular Computing, says the definition suggests there is nothing of value left in waste when it is discarded

Technology Development Institute assists in development of new litter control product for recreational market

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The Nauti Trash floating trash can is the first of its kind to help keep waterways clean during recreational activities and was developed with the help of the Technology Development Institute at Kansas State

Kansas Geological Survey to study social, environmental factors of successful groundwater conservation programs

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Researchers at the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) at the University of Kansas have teamed with colleagues at three other institutions to investigate what makes some groundwater conservation programs more effective than others.

The project, funded by $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation, focuses on two regions where irrigators have come together to design their own groundwater conservation programs, one in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado and the other in Sheridan County in northwest Kansas.

These batteries ditch the lithium for something much cheaper: iron

Read the full story at Fast Company.

When the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, the grid still needs a source of power. Lithium-ion batteries—like the giant batteries that Tesla has installed in Australia—can store the energy generated by renewables, but are too expensive for long-term storage.

To move completely away from fossil fuels, the grid needs a different solution. Form Energy, one startup working in that space, thinks that iron—which is cheap and abundant—is the key to building better batteries. The company’s “iron-air” batteries, which cost less than a tenth of lithium-ion batteries, can affordably store energy for days.

Dare to repair: A hands-on exploration of sustainability & community

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You can’t break something that is already broken. Understanding this piece of wisdom is the first step in the process of repair and part of the foundation for a new freshman seminar in the College of Design, DES 1408: Dare to Repair.