Scientists, students and imaginative amateurs have suggested ways to stop or clean up the Gulf oil disaster in the days and weeks after the oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and started the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
As BP tried various methods to stop the spill, ideas and possible solutions started to appear on CNN iReport and are now being featured on TV. They include using different kind of tubes to plug the gushing oil to sprinkling sand or dishwashing detergent on the oil.
Here at CNN, a virtual science fair appeared on the site. So we asked Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to evaluate some of the best solutions, which ranged from blocking the pipe with a metal tube to using hay to soak up the oil.
But as the oil continued to pour into the Gulf, iReporters submitted even more oil disaster solutions. The ideas are clever, creative and wide-ranging.
This week, CNN is featuring ideas from iReporters and experts alike and taking a closer look at which ones might actually work. You can check them all out here on the blog and if you’ve got a solution to share, you can upload your video to CNN iReport.