Is nuclear fusion the solution to the energy crisis?

Ari - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Passionate Year 12 student Ari is aspiring to become a chemical engineer. She recently made the most of the opportunity to attend a free Friends of Imperial webinar, entitled "Fusion Future: The Sun's Power on Earth". Ari writes here about the event and shares her thoughts on the … Continue reading Is nuclear fusion the solution to the energy crisis?

Gel developed to help prevent wildfires

Riya - Year 10 Student Editor’s Note: Year 10 student Riya writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine, looking at a remarkable breakthrough in wildfire fighting technology. As global warming increases the number, scale and intensity of wildfires, researchers at Stanford University have developed a gel which could be used to help prevent wildfires in the future. CPD … Continue reading Gel developed to help prevent wildfires

The pharmaceutical industry’s contamination of water: the aftermath of antidepressants

Ari - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Ari writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine, looking at the serious long-term impact of antidepressant medication on the natural environment. More effective water treatment technologies are certainly in the pipeline: is this soon to be an environmental success story? CPD [Featured image: Antidepressants. (Wallpaper … Continue reading The pharmaceutical industry’s contamination of water: the aftermath of antidepressants

Natural Resource Extraction: Cobalt Mining

Elazia - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: This thought-provoking essay on the topic of natural resources, specifically cobalt, the need to conserve them and the deplorable conditions in which young cobalt miners work is a pertinent matter in modern society. Elazia Y11 writes with detail and care, imploring the reader in her conclusion to think … Continue reading Natural Resource Extraction: Cobalt Mining

When is the deadline for us to act on climate change?

Adella - Year 11 Student Editor’s Note: This insightful essay from Year 11 student Adella deals with pertinent questions surrounding climate change, using geographical and photographic evidence to lay out the changes that the planet has faced, and the need for our modern society to act now in order to prevent a worsening of the … Continue reading When is the deadline for us to act on climate change?

Carbon stocks: a carbon neutral future for the UK?

Ayushman - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Ayushman has submitted this insightful essay to the Peterhouse College, Cambridge, annual Kelvin Science Prize essay competition. Ayushman uses numerical evidence to support his argument that increasing carbon stocks will still leave the UK facing an uphill battle to achieve carbon neutrality. CPD Using numerical evidence, what carbon … Continue reading Carbon stocks: a carbon neutral future for the UK?

Is it enough to plant a tree – could this strategy help spread plant pathogens?

Tanveer - Year 12 Student Editor’s Note: Year 12 student Tanveer writes insightfully here in response to a question set as part of the Newnham College Biological Sciences Essay Prize. All female students currently in Year 12 at a UK school may enter the annual essay competitions run by Newnham College, Cambridge. CPD Many view the act … Continue reading Is it enough to plant a tree – could this strategy help spread plant pathogens?

Climate crisis: what is the role of the arts and humanities in defining the relationship between people and nature?

Kate - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Kate writes expertly here in response to the Newnham College (Cambridge) Modern & Medieval Languages Essay Prize. All female students currently in Year 12 at a UK school may enter the annual essay prizes. The level of academic research and skill in written communication on display here is … Continue reading Climate crisis: what is the role of the arts and humanities in defining the relationship between people and nature?