In his speech to open the BT Young Scientist of the Year ceremony, President Michael D Higgins praised the high number of projects on show that dealt with global warming, climate change and pollution.
More than 80 of the 500 looked at this issue, including the Food for Fuels: Air Pollution project by three students from Coláiste Iognáid SJ in Galway City. Such was their appetite to make their work a success, they even went out on Christmas Day to measure the air pollution in the area.
Among their findings by Eoin O’Máille, Maddie Mitchell and Róisín McGrath was that wood added to coal fires significantly increased pollution.
They said such was the pollution coming from open fires on Christmas Day that it gazumped pollution levels in Beijing.
Source – Irish Independent