In this week's Newsletter: Science teachers and climate change, carbon capture and recycling into methanol, Here Comes Solar on DNAInfo.com and much more!
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Climate Change in the Classroom: Most US Teachers Are Not Getting the Science Right


Climate change- and what we can do to mitigate or control it- is one of the most contentious issues of our time, and one that seems very likely to have profound implications for everyone on Earth. Despite the rather overwhelming consensus of climate scientists that climate change is real and caused by human activity, a new study published in Science shows that US schoolteachers are not at all well-schooled themselves when it comes to climate science.

According to the study, most teachers, whether because of a lack of knowledge or the complex politics around the issue, spend only an hour or two per academic year discussing climate change. And during that brief time, only about half actually taught that the climate is changing as a result of human activity, specifically the large amounts of carbon dioxide that are emitted by burning fossil fuels. About a third of the 1,500 teachers surveyed  taught that some climate effects were anthropogenic while others were naturally occurring, further obscuring the actual consensus. And about 10% didn't mention a reason at all.

To find out the reasons teachers are struggling, please check out this piece from NPR here. You can also read more about the study on the New York Times website here.

Of course, Solar One has the cure for this: professional development training with Solar One's excellent Education staff! To learn more about our education programs and our Sustainable Schools Network, visit the Green Design Lab website here.

Carbon Capture and Recycling? Tell Us More

While we may have a hard time agreeing on why it's happening, one thing we should all be able to agree on is that there's currently too much carbon in the atmosphere (the current figure is 400 ppm, or parts per million, up from 280 ppm before the Industrial Revolution). And now some clever scientists at USC Loker Hydrocarbon Institute may have found a way to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and directly convert it to methanol, an alcohol similar to ethanol but much more efficient as an antifreeze, cell fuel or solvent.

The new process was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society on Dec. 29. The researchers hope to refine the process to the point that it could be scaled up for industrial use, though that may be five to 10 years away.

You can read more at ScienceDaily.com here.

Here Comes Solar Program Gets Some Love from DNAInfo.com

Here Comes Solar, Solar One's community solar initiative, made us proud as punch when the program, and its work in the Brooklyn communities of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, was featured this week on DNAInfo.com.

Here Comes Solar is part of the Central Brooklyn Solar Campaign, which kicked off last week and will bring solar installations to rooftops in these neighborhoods. Their goal is to reach 55 lower income and minority households in an effort to bring some environmental justice to communities that have often borne the brunt of truck routes, food deserts and other kinds of environmental insecurity.

Since its inception, Here Comes Solar has helped 70 Brooklyn homeowners install solar systems on their rooftops. You can read more on DNAInfo.com here.
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2/26
350 NYC Screening and Discussion "Merchants of Doubt"and the Exxon Connection
Brooklyn Location, 68 Jay Street #405 bet Water & Front Sts, Brooklyn, 7-9pm, free

2/27
City Growers Education Conference
PS 20 Clinton Hill, 225 Adelphi Street bet Willoughby & Dekalb Aves, Brooklyn, all day, $5 registration includes breakfast & lunch from Dig Inn

2/29
State Legislative Forum on Divestment Plus Rally and Lobbying (Albany)
Legislative Office Building, Room 944A, bet State St & Washington Ave, Albany, 10:30am-3pm, free

3/1
Clean Energy Connections: The Next Opportunity at the Grid Edge
WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street at the corner of Varick St, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, $25 general admission/$10 students

CNYC 2016 Energy Forum for Multifamily Buildings
Upper West Side, Manhattan, exact location will be sent to registrants, free

3/2
Gallery Talk: Convenience & Flexibility in Lighting Systems
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 12-1pm, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations

Beyond Flint: Intersections of Race & Environment
NYU Kimmel Center, Room 905, 60 Washington Square South bet Thompson St & LaGuardia Pl, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free

 
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