The Science of Sustainability

QUEST Staff

QUEST, an Emmy Award-winning multimedia science series, has a new focus on the science of sustainability.The half-hour magazine style episodes are produced by a collaboration of six public broadcasters around the country and explore a wide variety of sustainability issues related to food, energy, water, climate and biodiversity. The story segments featured in each show are introduced by on-camera host, environmental journalist Simran Sethi. The series also includes half-hour specials that focus on a single topic.

All 2013-2014 television programs can be viewed online in their entirety or as individual segments by clicking on the titles and images listed below. The programs are also broadcast in each of our six PBS partner regions including North Carolina, Ohio, Nebraska, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times.

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How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

From KQED Education Do Now: Artificial intelligence is now more available to us than ever before, and it is getting smarter every year. While some scientists envision artificially intelligent robots as rescuers and caretakers of the future, others are worried that creating technology as intelligent as humans might be rather dangerous. How smart do you think we should we allow artificial intelligent to become?

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What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

From KQED Education Do Now: A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope–called a Foldscope–to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?

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Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research? Students Weigh In

Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research? Students Weigh In

From KQED Education Do Now: Read what students had to say about the ethics of allowing apps to collect personal data for research.

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Would You Eat Insects?

Would You Eat Insects?

From KQED Education Do Now: The California drought is bringing increased attention to resource use in agriculture–not only within the state, but around the world. With a growing global population, use of land and water resources will have to change to meet future demand for animal protein. Would you eat insects as part of a sustainable, earth-friendly diet?

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Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

From KQED Education Do Now: For the past four years, California has been experiencing an historic drought. Governor Jerry Brown recently mandated a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. While this legislation seems to some to be a long overdue move in addressing the growing water crisis, others criticize it for a lack of attention towards California’s large agricultural industry. What do you think?

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Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

From KQED Education Do Now: On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?

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To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

From KQED Education Do Now: For centuries, museums and scientists have been collecting animals, plants and other organisms from the wild for research purposes. To what extent do you think collecting living and nonliving specimens should be allowed?

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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

From KQED Education Do Now: As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?

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Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

From KQED Education Do Now: According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, scientists and the public have differing views on science-related issues. Why do you think scientists and the public disagree?

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How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

From KQED Education Do Now: Indoor air pollution from from burning solid fuels for heating and cooking is a huge health concern in many parts of the world. How can we best address this problem?

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Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

From KQED Education Do Now: The UK recently voted to authorize mitochondrial DNA modification, which has been dubbed the "three-person embryo" law. Should we modify DNA in human eggs or embryos in order to prevent disease?

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When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

From KQED Education Do Now: Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When should animals be used for research or industry testing, if ever?

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Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?

Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?

From KQED Education Do Now: Every year, millions of Americans come down with a case of the common cold, resulting in many missed days of school and work. Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?

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What Is Climate Change?

What Is Climate Change?

Explore this QUEST interactive graphic to see major climate zones in the United States and how climate differs from weather.

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Evidence of Global Warming

Evidence of Global Warming

Explore how rising sea levels, increases in ocean heat and melting glaciers indicate a warming planet in this interactive.

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What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

Explore different types of greenhouse gas, from carbon dioxide to fluorinated gas, in this interactive graphic.

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The Keeling Curve Explained

The Keeling Curve Explained

Explore the Keeling Curve, which has measured CO2 levels in the atmosphere since 1958, in this interactive graphic.

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How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

Find out how greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere with this interactive graphic.

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Water Vapor's Role in Climate Change

Water Vapor's Role in Climate Change

Learn how water and the Earth's climate directly affect each other in this interactive graphic.

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Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

In this interactive graphic, discover how carbon dioxide from the atmosphere mixes with the ocean making it difficult for shellfish to thrive.

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