Recent Study Shows Green Mango Peels Could Be A Key To Solving Oil Pollution
The Earth’s ecosystems are very delicate, and it takes everyone’s participation to preserve them.
The demand for oil has led to the unintentional pollution of bodies of water and massive expanses of land. With the population of the planet increasing, it is more important than ever to develop a method for cleaning contaminated soil.
Oil pollution has become a great environmental hazard in recent years, and it is important we find ways to deal with the fallout of spills. A research team at the University of South Australia may have developed the first step in dealing with the scourge of oil sludge in soil.
Using green mango peel, Dr. Biruck Desalegn, have developed nanoparticles that can break down and clear toxic sludge with amazing efficiency. The team recorded the nanoparticles removing an astounding 90% of toxins from soil, outperforming a chemically based method of removing toxins.
The nanoparticles are synthesized using green mango peel and iron oxide. Using chemical oxidation, the toxins in the soil are broken down leaving behind just two things: dissolved iron and decontaminated material.
It is a fortunately renewable green solution to the sludge problem we are presented with. With the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill still fresh in everyone’s mind, proper clean-up of petroleum production’s waste has been heavily regulated.
This new method will allow companies to adhere to the environmental standards and keep their profits while doing so.
The project leader says that while economy and politics are driven by oil, he and his team will continue to work on righting the wrongs caused by the improper care taken with petroleum production.
Desalegn and company have developed something of great importance. People who never thought they’d see crops grow might soon to be able to harvest their own food from a once toxic backyard.
The University of South Australia continues to amaze the world with the projects that are being done there.