On this week’s episode:

What if the carbon dioxide and methane that landfill emits could power an airplane, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time?

Researchers in Australia say they’ve come up with a way to do just that and it could help the aviation industry meet its net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. Irish man PJ Cullen, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Sydney, is leading the research. He says he’s developed a method that takes greenhouse gases – like CO2 and methane – and converts them into fuel through a chemical process using plasma.

More than 40 million students have been shut out of classrooms in recent weeks as heatwaves have forced school closures in parts of Asia and North Africa. As the climate warms due to the burning of fossil fuels, heatwaves are lasting longer and reaching greater peaks.

Two students from Navan have taken home the prestigious EirGrid Cleaner Climate Award at the SciFest@College 2024 regional competition. Representing Loreto Secondary School, fourth year students, Niamh Kearns and Isobel Grimes-Merrigan impressed judges with their scientific research centred on investigating crystals effects for energy production. Their winning submission was selected from over 65 projects on show.