Montana Tech students focus on solutions to environmental problems

BUTTE — Many of the senior projects at Montana Tech’s Techspo event in Butte address issues brought on by climate change and how to improve the environment.

“The world is definitely changing, and climate change is a big deal, so we should definitely be doing everything we can to find ways to mitigate those changes and the issues that are going to come,” said Montana senior Katherine Larson. Tech.

This group of environmental engineering students presented a project that could be used to trap harmful CO2 emissions from industry and converted into biofuel.

“We can’t continue to emit CO2 into the atmosphere and cross our fingers and hope for the best. We need to create solutions so that we can continue to run these facilities and run things like mining, oil, power plants,” said Emily McGinnis, Senior Tech.

No, it’s not Mountain Dew, it’s seaweed, and this green concoction can be used to absorb harmful CO2 emissions and also be converted into biofuel.

“So nowadays anything that helps protect the environment and keep it clean, I’m going to try to do,” senior Jaden Comings said.

Montana Tech senior Paul Helfrich and his team have discovered a myxozoan parasite that is harmful to trout as the water in the river warms. His findings indicate an increase in water temperature in the Madison and Big Hole rivers.

“It is very concerning, it is very hot for these regions and I think it is a reflection of climate change and its effects in these regions,” Helfrich said.

Looking for solutions.

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