The Science of Sustainability

Simran Sethi

Simran Sethi

As the new host of QUEST’s television series, Simran Sethi helps viewers draw connections between science and the sustainability issues that impact our lives, our communities, and the health of our planet. Simran also invites everyone to join her in conversations related to our featured stories via social media and live Google+ Hangouts.

Named “the environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and a “top ten eco-hero of the planet” by the UK’s Guardian, Simran is the former environmental correspondent for NBC News and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The History Channel. As a journalist, strategist and educator, she is committed to reporting on environmental issues that include voices from rural and urban communities. Simran is currently writing a book about the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food. She has been featured on NPR affiliate radio stations and was the host of the Emmy award-winning documentary A School in the Woods. Simran holds an M.B.A. in sustainable business from the Presidio Graduate School and B.A. in sociology from Smith College.

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QUEST TV – Back to the Wild: Wolves, Seeds and Snapshots

QUEST TV – Back to the Wild: Wolves, Seeds and Snapshots

Track wolves from their prey’s POV, explore seed diversity, and see the Great Plains from a new angle. Also, tag along with a scientist encouraging native bees to pollinate crops.

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QUEST TV – Keeping it Cool: Sea Otters, New Cars and Old Forests

QUEST TV – Keeping it Cool: Sea Otters, New Cars and Old Forests

Discover how sea otters, hydrogen-powered cars and old-growth forests are helping to battle climate change. Also, learn how some Galapagos penguins are surviving warmer temperatures.

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QUEST TV – Inventing the Future: Bikes, Bugs and Fashionistas

QUEST TV – Inventing the Future: Bikes, Bugs and Fashionistas

Meet innovators building sun-powered velomobiles, transforming flies into fishmeal, and converting husks into fashion. Also, discover a vast network of ocean observatories.

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QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

Tour a solar energy farm, investigate fracking, and explore new energy-efficient home designs in this television episode.

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Conversations with Simran Sethi: Lakes

Conversations with Simran Sethi: Lakes

Engage with Simran Sethi and QUEST on social media in this conversation about lakes. #QUESTlakes

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Conversations with Simran Sethi: Water

Conversations with Simran Sethi: Water

Engage with Simran Sethi and QUEST on social media in this conversation about water. #QUESTwater

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QUEST TV: Restoring America's Waters

QUEST TV: Restoring America's Waters

Explore efforts to rebuild oyster reefs, battle algae blooms, and restore salmon to a dammed river in this television episode.

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QUEST TV: From Farm to Fork to Fuel

QUEST TV: From Farm to Fork to Fuel

Explore an urban farm, new ways to reduce food waste, and how cooking grease can be turned into biofuel in this television episode.

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Conversations with Simran Sethi: Food Waste

Conversations with Simran Sethi: Food Waste

Engage with Simran Sethi and QUEST on social media in this conversation about food waste. #QUESTfood

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QUEST Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about “From Farm to Fork to Fuel”

QUEST Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about “From Farm to Fork to Fuel”

Mark your calendars for this Google+ Hangout taking place on Monday, Oct. 14, at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET. Submit questions and comments using #QUESTfoodfuel.

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Changes in the Carpool Lane

Changes in the Carpool Lane

At the end of this month, some hybrid drivers will lose their solo carpool privileges. Beginning July 1, only drivers of all-electric and natural gas powered cars will be allowed to drive alone in California's carpool lanes. How effective was the hybrid perk and what will be the new wave of fuel efficient hybrids that gets this special benefit?

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The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

At one hospital in San Francisco, more than half of the patients in an alcohol abuse program refuse medications that could help them stop drinking. So Bay Area scientists find themselves waging two campaigns: to develop drugs that work, and to convince alcoholics to take them.

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Is it Time for SETI to Stop Looking?

Is it Time for SETI to Stop Looking?

Are we alone? For more than 50 years, scientists have listened for a signal from intelligent life on other planets… and come up empty. Now, they're running short of money. Is it time to give up?

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Spotted Owls Face New Threat

Spotted Owls Face New Threat

Spotted owls are one of the most iconic threatened species in the West. But despite two decades of work to bring them back, their numbers are still declining. That may be due in part to a new threat – not from humans, but from other owls. Lauren Sommer has the story.

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Earthquake Warning

Earthquake Warning

When a devastating earthquake shook Japan last month, some residents knew it was coming. A series of warning signals was sent out, including over Japanese television. Scientists say we could be just a few years away from launching a similar system here in California. As Amy Standen reports, the science is here but the funding is not.

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A California Bat Success Story

A California Bat Success Story

White-nose syndrome has devastated bat populations back east, and is steadily making its way west. Researchers are keeping close tabs on the Bay Area's 16 bat species, including one thriving colony south of Sacramento.

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Nuclear's Future in the U.S.

Nuclear's Future in the U.S.

Japan's nuclear power crisis is renewing debate over the topic of safety at nuclear power plants. Andrea Kissack talks with two men with very different opinions on the issue: Bill Magavern, head of the Sierra Club California and Ed Morse, Professor of Nuclear Engineering at University of California, Berkeley.

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Fighting Fire Where Homes and Wilderness Meet

Fighting Fire Where Homes and Wilderness Meet

In California, a state agency called CalFire is charged with fighting fire in rural areas. But over the years, the line between rural and urban has become much less clear. Governor Jerry Brown proposed to scale back CalFire and help trim the state's budget, but that proposal may go down in flames.

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The Heroic Imagination Project

The Heroic Imagination Project

40 years ago, Stanford psychology professor Phillip Zimbardo's notorious Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrated how good people can do evil things. Now, his "Heroic Imagination Project" takes those lessons to an Oakland high school to see if heroes can also be made.

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Land Preservation on the Chopping Block

Land Preservation on the Chopping Block

For more than four decades, much of California's ranchland has been protected by the Williamson Act. But with the state's budget woes, its funding is threatened – and that has both ranchers and environmentalists concerned.

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