Many states omit climate education. These teachers are trying to slip it in.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Around the United States, middle school science standards have minimal references to climate change and teachers on average spend just a few hours a year teaching it.

Float your carbon free boat: Solar-powered service aims to revolutionize recreational boating

Read the full story at Centered.

As fall progresses and the cold Midwest winter approaches, boating might not be top-of-mind. But here’s something to look forward to when the weather is favorable: a new “carbon-free shared recreational boating service” in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Last year, the founders launched startup Lilypad after toying around with the concept for years. Users rent six-person, low-speed watercraft that operate on solar power, with lithium-ion phosphate batteries for reserve power. The idea is to give more people easy, affordable access to Michigan’s waterways while reducing traditional watersports’ carbon impact.

Behind Nestle’s approach to sustainable packaging: ‘We want less and better packaging, and better systems’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

By 2025, Nestlé expects to be a few percentage points off its goal of achieving 100% packaging designed for recycling. Jodie Roussell, Public Affairs Lead, Packaging & Sustainability, explains what’s gone right, and where its focus now lies.

Why most plastic isn’t getting recycled

Read the full story at The Hill.

A new Greenpeace report finds just 5 percent of plastics are recycled. A big reason is the lack of capacity for recycling various plastics. Industry argues much more than 5 percent is getting recycled and that there is room for more.

Australian EV conversion startup merges with UK firm to turn classic cars electric

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Merged Australian-UK firm will convert Porsche 911s, Mini Coopers, Land Rovers and Land Rover Defenders into EVs.

Nonprofit buys 31,000 forested acres by Copper Harbor to keep land public

Read the full story at Bridge Michigan.

The Nature Conservancy will buy more than 31,000 acres in the Keweenaw Peninsula, keeping it open to the public. Locals had feared losing access to the forest land after hedge fund owners put the land up for sale. The purchase comes as a flourishing outdoor recreation scene fuels change in the Keweenaw.

ERI part of NSF-funded collaboration exploring extreme heat solutions in Midwest communities

Read the full story from Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute.

Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is a partner on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) grant to explore solutions to mitigate heat island effects in collaboration with Indianapolis and three other Midwestern communities.

The grant, led by the Midwest Climate Collaborative (MCC) of which ERI is a member, aims to design community-based solutions for equitable expansion of tree canopies by working with stakeholders and applying existing research and data.

Robocrops: Data science, technology and A.I. coalesce in the field of plant robotics

Read the full story from the University of Georgia.

A four-wheeled, phenotyping robot that operates autonomously or under human control, Watson is taking shape in Changying “Charlie” Li’s lab at the Phenomics and Plant Robotics Center (PPRC) on the University of Georgia’s Athens campus in collaboration with researchers in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Watson’s progress highlights UGA’s pioneering role in integrative precision agriculture, an approach that applies automation technology to farming. The PPRC advances this role by facilitating interdisciplinary, collaborative research at CAES, the College of Engineering and other UGA units.

National attribution of historical climate damages

Callahan, C.W., Mankin, J.S. (2022). “National attribution of historical climate damages.” Climatic Change 172, 40.

Abstract: Quantifying which nations are culpable for the economic impacts of anthropogenic warming is central to informing climate litigation and restitution claims for climate damages. However, for countries seeking legal redress, the magnitude of economic losses from warming attributable to individual emitters is not known, undermining their standing for climate liability claims. Uncertainties compound at each step from emissions to global greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations, GHG concentrations to global temperature changes, global temperature changes to country-level temperature changes, and country-level temperature changes to economic losses, providing emitters with plausible deniability for damage claims. Here we lift that veil of deniability, combining historical data with climate models of varying complexity in an integrated framework to quantify each nation’s culpability for historical temperature-driven income changes in every other country. We find that the top five emitters (the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, and India) have collectively caused US$6 trillion in income losses from warming since 1990, comparable to 11% of annual global gross domestic product; many other countries are responsible for billions in losses. Yet the distribution of warming impacts from emitters is highly unequal: high-income, high-emitting countries have benefited themselves while harming low-income, low-emitting countries, emphasizing the inequities embedded in the causes and consequences of historical warming. By linking individual emitters to country-level income losses from warming, our results provide critical insight into climate liability and national accountability for climate policy.

Efficient carbon dioxide reduction under visible light with a novel, inexpensive catalyst

Read the full story from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

A novel coordination polymer-based photocatalyst for CO2 reduction exhibits unprecedented performance, giving scientists new hope in the fight against global warming. Made from abundant elements and requiring no complex post-synthesis treatment or modifications, this promising photocatalyst could pave the way for a new class of photocatalysts for efficiently converting CO2 into useful chemicals.