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Bright and undaunted teenagers may just save us yet! Fionn Ferriera had the ingenious idea to use magnets to filter microplastics from water and he found that when he did, they removed at least 85%. Using a magnetic liquid called ferrofluid, which adheres to plastic and then is attracted to the magnets and removed from the water. He conducted thousands of tests and found that his method proved highly reliable. The idea came to him when he was walking along the shore near his home and he saw plastic pieces stuck to oil and he realized that he needed to find something that the tiny bits of plastic (too small to be screened out of water) would adhere to before they flow from streams into the ocean.
Fionn is 18 years old and grew up in Ballydehob in West Cork, Ireland and as the overall winner this year of the annual science competition open to students all around the world between the ages of 13 and 18 he took home a $50,000 prize to pay for further education. “I look forward to applying my findings and contributing towards a solution in tackling microplastics in our oceans worldwide,” he told Irish Times.
This week, just in time for Thanksgiving, we talk with Adam Kolton, the Executive Director of the Alaska Wilderness League about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic Indigenous Communities, and conserving Alaskan wilderness. Watch the entire interview. Here are a few highlights: On the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: “This is the area where hundreds of […]
This week we had the pleasure of sitting with Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, a title he’s held since October 2019. We asked the minister about how Indonesia is balancing the precarious equation of conserving its rich biodiversity while addressing the duel climate and COVID crises. Now that […]
Sure he may perennially be one of People Magazine’s sexiest men alive (well Michael B. Jordon won this year), but now HGTV’s Jonathan Scott is on a real “Power Trip.” On Monday he premiered on PBS a new documentary he wrote and directed about how solar energy development is being stifled by what he calls […]
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