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Big Plans for Big Oil

Big Plans for Big Oil

As Chevron hatches expansion plans for one of California's largest oil refineries, Richmond's Green Party mayor considers the future of her city, and the state.

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Eco Golf Anyone?

Eco Golf Anyone?

Golf courses may look green, but they aren't that kind of "green." For many environmentalists, golf courses take away valuable habitat and use too many resources. But there's a movement afoot to make them more eco-friendly.

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Harnessing Power from the Sea

Harnessing Power from the Sea

Although not yet widely used, many believe tidal power has more potential than wind or solar power for meeting alternative energy needs. Quest radio looks at plans for harnessing power from the sea by San Francisco and along the northern California coast.

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The Science of Making Decisions

The Science of Making Decisions

Have you ever looked at your credit card bill and thought you needed to have your head examined? Stanford University is using complex brain imaging to study how humans make shopping decisions, and are finding that emotions play a large role in everyday purchases.

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Wi-Fi Revolution (radio)

Wi-Fi Revolution (radio)

Silicon Valley is planning what will be the country's biggest wireless network, serving 40 cities and 2.4 million people. How will it work, and what are the real costs?

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Cleaning Up Hunters Point

Cleaning Up Hunters Point

The Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard bears traces of a toxic — and historic– military legacy. It could also be the site of the new 49ers stadium. But cleaning up this 500 acre Superfund site is costly and time consuming.

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Abandoned Boats

Abandoned Boats

Abandoned boats in the San Francisco Bay and Delta do more than take up space in marinas and harbors. They can become a wellspring of pollutants, including leaking battery acid, oil, fuel, and lead from paint. But what do you do with these rusting relics?

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Reconsidering Nuclear Power

Reconsidering Nuclear Power

Not long ago, nuclear power was unthinkable among environmentalists, particularly in California, where a moratorium on new power plants has put a lid on the industry for thirty years. But that sentiment may be changing.

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Legacy of Salt

Legacy of Salt

QUEST radio takes a look at the largest wetlands restoration in the West– the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project. It will take decades and cost up to $1 billion to roll back the clock to the Bay's pre-industrial conditions.

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Sniffing Out Indoor Air Pollution

Sniffing Out Indoor Air Pollution

Most people think of their house as a sanctuary from toxic air, but indoor air pollution can be at least as potent — and often much more so — as what you breathe outdoors.

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Falcon Fascination (radio)

Falcon Fascination (radio)

Two pairs of Peregrine falcons are carrying out their mating season under the gaze of thousands of observers, online and in two Bay Area cities. QUEST Radio reports.

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Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

For 20 years, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting E.P.A rules. QUEST radio reports.

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Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

QUEST radio takes a look at the history of the environmental justice movement, and where it's going.

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Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés (radio)

Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés (radio)

It's a typical evening at a popular SF cafe – cappuccinos, beer, conversation… and a lecture on mathematical theorems? Bay Area "science cafés" have exploded in popularity, putting scientists and everyday folks face-to-face for casual science lectures and Q&A.

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Drive by Extinction

Drive by Extinction

A sure sign of spring in San Mateo County was once the emergence of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly until one Spring it wasn't there. Now after a six-year absence, it has returned– with assistance– to Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve.

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Devil's Slide

Devil's Slide

An infamous stretch of Route 1 is on its way to becoming the site of California's first tunnel in 43 years. For those working on the project, it's an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Stormwatchers Predict Flooding

Stormwatchers Predict Flooding

Global warming and seasonal storms are putting California's low-lying areas at risk. A new network of high-tech weather sensors is making the streams, tributaries and dams of the American River the country's most closely-monitored water system.

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Bringing Back Urban Bees

Bringing Back Urban Bees

Spring may be in the air, but our pollinators may not be. The U.S. bee population has declined, especially in urban areas. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a new buzz to bring wild, native bees to the urban landscape.

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Video Games– Access for All (radio)

Video Games– Access for All (radio)

Video games are becoming so popular that last year's sales in the U.S. surpassed movie ticket revenue. The almost 50 million people that are living with a disability in the U.S. are wanting a voice in how the games are designed.

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America's Last Whaling Station (radio)

America's Last Whaling Station (radio)

The Bay Area was home to the last whale hunting fleet in the United States – only a generation ago. QUEST investigates how Richmond, California was part of a historic moment, and what remains today.

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