The Science of Sustainability

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

Should Fracking Be Banned?

From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water–and added chemicals–are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?

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California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure

California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure

Learn about Proposition One, which would issue billions in bonds for water projects.

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On GMO Labeling, Oregon and Colorado Learn from California Ballot Defeat

On GMO Labeling, Oregon and Colorado Learn from California Ballot Defeat

As Oregon and Colorado vote on GMO labeling, advocates say they learned from the defeat of a similar measure in California in 2012. Watch the video to learn more.

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Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans this November

Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans this November

Santa Barbara, Mendocino and San Benito counties will vote on hydraulic fracturing this November. San Benito activists were the first to qualify a ballot initiative to ban the controversial oil- and gas-extraction technique.

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In Rare Sea Snail, Scientists Find Compound That Could Help Cancer Patients

In Rare Sea Snail, Scientists Find Compound That Could Help Cancer Patients

A marine mollusk with a coveted blood protein is shaping the way researchers treat cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

From KQED Education Do Now: More than 5,000 schools nationwide have transitioned from traditional learning methods to project-based learning (PBL). Should all schools move in this direction and implement PBL in their science classes?

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Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

A new Wisconsin facility aims to clean up algae-plagued lakes by stripping phosphorus out of wastewater.

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Glowing Plants? City Streets Lit by Trees

Glowing Plants? City Streets Lit by Trees

A start-up in San Francisco has engineered plants to mimic fireflies and glow at night, but some environmental groups are voicing concerns.

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How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

From KQED Education Do Now: The Earth is warming. Since the early 20th Century, the global average temperature has increased approximately 1.4°F. How do we balance protecting species with human interests in dealing with and adapting to climate change? What do we prioritize?

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Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

From KQED Education Do Now: Climate change has been on the minds of a lot of people with the release of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and the third National Climate Assessment. Who is responsible for curtailing carbon emissions?

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Farmers' Markets Are Good for Communities…Right?

Farmers' Markets Are Good for Communities…Right?

A new project at the University of Wisconsin will help farmers' markets figure out how to meet the needs of their communities.

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Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots

Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots

The Great Plains didn't evolve in a vacuum. Ancient rodents helped shape the ecosystem we know today. Fossil burrows are helping scientists figure out how.

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Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen.  So What?

Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen. So What?

Q&A With Biologist, Explorer, and Deep-Sea Advocate Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover.

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Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Cattle are leaving drought-parched pastures to go where the grass is greener and it could lead to long-term changes in the industry.

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Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Could the Nebraska Sandhills resemble the Sahara? They have before. Join QUEST as we explore dating and recreating drought in dunes.

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A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

San Francisco-based artist Phil Ross creates sustainable materials from mushrooms. What started as an art project has now turned into a budding startup.

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Guns and Roses

Guns and Roses

A tree, a bird, a military base and one of largest ecological restoration efforts in the United States.

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Local Farmer Sets His Sights on a New Crop: Crickets

Local Farmer Sets His Sights on a New Crop: Crickets

Insect protein is all the buzz lately, and for good reason — it doesn’t require many resources to produce. Now one urban farmer in Ohio wants to cash in on that trend.

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5 Things Everyone Should Know About Washing Food

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Washing Food

Why washing your food is not always the best approach.

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From Squalor to Shiitakes: the World's First Biocellar

From Squalor to Shiitakes: the World's First Biocellar

Lots of people are experimenting with ways to deal with urban blight. In this new video from QUEST Ohio, watch how one man is turning an abandoned house into what could be the world’s first “biocellar.”

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