Oil Spill Settlement Pays for Climate Curriculum in Gulf States

Grants will focus on education around sea level rise, water quality, and air pollution

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The nation's top science academy is spending part of a $500 million oil spill settlement to provide climate change education in Gulf Coast communities that are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise and other climate threats.

The grants, ranging from $98,000 to $764,000, will be distributed to organizations serving middle and high school students mostly in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, according to a list of awards released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

One grant will be used by educators in Georgia to explore water quality and hydrologic connections between the Okefenokee Swamp and the Gulf of Mexico. Another will aim to increase environmental literacy among fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine. Read full article.