The Science of Sustainability

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SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Watch how geologists are using SkyTEM, a flying high-tech rig, to detect and map underground fresh water reserves.

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What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?

What is an Heirloom Tomato, Anyway?

In this short animation we tackle the confusing terms “heirloom,” “hybrid,” and “genetically modified,” and explain one reason the difference matters.

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Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

Think you know all there is to know about energy? Buff up your energy awareness and knowledge with KQED's new e-book and iTunes U course.

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Microgrids: Electricity Goes Local

Microgrids: Electricity Goes Local

Microgrids, which can connect to the main grid but also have their own, independent energy supply, increase energy efficiency and keep expensive power outages from spreading.

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Coal Ash Conundrum

Coal Ash Conundrum

What happens when 39,000 tons of coal ash spill into a river?

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Antarctic Glacier's Retreat "Unstoppable"

Antarctic Glacier's Retreat "Unstoppable"

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting, and new research points to its collapse in as little as two hundred years. The likely result: global sea level rise of 10-13 feet.

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Fire Returns to The Great Plains

Fire Returns to The Great Plains

Fire can be dangerous, but it's not always a bad thing. On the Great Plains, firefighters, ecologists, and ranchers are slowly trying to make fire a part of the region's ecosystem again.

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Using Science to Grow Better Strawberries

Using Science to Grow Better Strawberries

Watch how scientists and farmers work together to grow strawberries in hostile climates.

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My Wild Tech-Free American Summer

My Wild Tech-Free American Summer

At Camp Grounded, urbanites shed devices to reconnect with nature.

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Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries

Fish to Fork: The Rise of Community-Supported Fisheries

Community-supported fisheries seek to reverse the trend of diminishing local seafood supplies.

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As Tropics Expand, Tropical Storms Follow

As Tropics Expand, Tropical Storms Follow

Tropical storms like hurricanes and typhoons are reaching their peak intensity further and further from the equator.

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Picturing a Future Wrought by Climate Change

Picturing a Future Wrought by Climate Change

In this video, follow a University of Wisconsin research team creating scenarios visualizing what the climate in Madison, Wisconsin could look like in the year 2070.

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Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound

Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound

Scientists may have identified the source of the Pacific Northwest’s legendary rich waters, in a submarine canyon in the deep ocean.

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Omaha’s Farm on Wheels

Omaha’s Farm on Wheels

In this video, QUEST takes a ride with Truck Farm Omaha, an organization with an innovative method for teaching urban kids about growing food.

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The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

The Skin of a Building and Why it Matters

Retrofitting the “skin” of an older building can save energy and money. Climb inside one company’s test chamber with QUEST Ohio to find out more.

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Biodegradable Plastics: Too Good to Be True?

Biodegradable Plastics: Too Good to Be True?

Products advertised as “green” aren't always what they appear to be. New research from Ohio State University adds supposedly biodegradable plastics to that list.

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Foraging for a Better Beer

Foraging for a Better Beer

Watch as a Durham, NC brewery makes persimmon beer from foraging to fermentation.

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How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden

How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden

This growing season, consider planting a different kind of garden, one that will sop up stormwater and take pressure off the sewage system.

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Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel

Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel

Is a new biofuel a win for renewable energy or the far-reaching arms of the tobacco industry?

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In Wood We Trust

In Wood We Trust

Does milling wood pellets in North Carolina and shipping them to Europe make sense?

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