The Science of Sustainability

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Could Ants Teach the Biofuel Industry a Thing or Two?

Could Ants Teach the Biofuel Industry a Thing or Two?

How leaf-cutter ants and fungus gardens could provide the model for sustainably producing biofuels.

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QUEST Launches New Science Series with Award-Winning Host Simran Sethi

QUEST Launches New Science Series with Award-Winning Host Simran Sethi

QUEST Launches New Science Series with Award-Winning Host Simran Sethi Expands to Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southeast Regions Television Season Premieres October 16 Contact: Sevda Eris, Publicist, seris@kqed.org, 415.553.2835 San Francisco, CA, September 24, 2013 – QUEST, an award-winning multimedia science series, has a new focus on the science of sustainability; a new host, Simran […]

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The World with Us: Can the Earth Support Eleven Billion?

The World with Us: Can the Earth Support Eleven Billion?

Journalist Alan Weisman's latest book, Countdown, explores how we can sustainably manage a population of seven billion people.

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The Seattle Seawall Project: Transforming Salmon Habitat

The Seattle Seawall Project: Transforming Salmon Habitat

Seattle’s urban waterfront — a noisy highway viaduct and failing seawall — is being transformed to create a welcoming environment for salmon and people.

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Fending off Invasive Species with Science, Education, and a Beer Can

Fending off Invasive Species with Science, Education, and a Beer Can

How an alert Boy Scout, hard working biologists, and continued vigilance have helped one Great Plains state remain free of invasive zebra mussels — for now.

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Citizen Scientists Gather Data on Urban Bees

Citizen Scientists Gather Data on Urban Bees

Seattle gardeners are assisting University of Washington researchers by gathering data on pollination activity in community gardens.

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The Great Escape: How Soil Protects Us from Carbon Emissions

The Great Escape: How Soil Protects Us from Carbon Emissions

Recent measurements show that the billions of tons of old carbon hidden deep in the earth may release into the atmosphere, greatly accelerating climate change.

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Groundwater Wars: Potatoes versus Trout

Groundwater Wars: Potatoes versus Trout

In a state with more than a quadrillion gallons of groundwater, central Wisconsin residents have watched water levels in streams and lakes drop for years– where did the water go?

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Revitalizing Grasslands, One Steak at a Time

Revitalizing Grasslands, One Steak at a Time

A prehistoric approach to livestock management could help revive dying grasslands and combat climate change.

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From High-Rise to Low Impact: A Building That Mimics a Forest

From High-Rise to Low Impact: A Building That Mimics a Forest

In the search for greater efficiency, green builders are looking to nature for answers.

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Harnessing The Hidden Power of Cow Manure

Harnessing The Hidden Power of Cow Manure

A dairy farm in British Colombia uses new technologies to convert manure into electricity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and remove the stink.

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Meet the Natives: Wild Bees

Meet the Natives: Wild Bees

The United States is home to some 4,000 native bee species. In this video, entomologist Claudio Gratton explores whether these wild pollinators can keep agriculture buzzing as honeybee populations struggle to survive.

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Captive Breeding Program May Ensure Survival for African Frogs

Captive Breeding Program May Ensure Survival for African Frogs

As “canaries in the coal mine” for a changing environment, a select group of African frogs may help scientists protect endangered frog species far and wide.

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Urban Farms in San Francisco Struggle to Put Down Roots

Urban Farms in San Francisco Struggle to Put Down Roots

Although urban agriculture is on the rise nationwide, in locavore-loving San Francisco, some difficult challenges are emerging

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Wind Energy and Wildlife: Nebraska Strives for Coexistence

Wind Energy and Wildlife: Nebraska Strives for Coexistence

The unique dynamics of developing wind energy in Nebraska may benefit wildlife, habitats, and developers throughout the country.

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City Chickens: Pets with Perks

City Chickens: Pets with Perks

Take an inside look at the new trend of raising chickens within city limits, and see why the flocks inspire pride for eco-minded owners.

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Triple Threat: Trees At Risk From Drought, Heat, And Fire

Triple Threat: Trees At Risk From Drought, Heat, And Fire

In the western U.S., trees are facing a triple threat of heat, drought and wildfire. Despite efforts to find more resilient tree species, some forests may not survive past mid-century.

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Ohio’s Bald Eagle Comeback

Ohio’s Bald Eagle Comeback

Our national symbol spreads its wings — and its reach – as it builds new nests in the heartland.

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Farmers Fight Back Against Toxic Algal Blooms

Farmers Fight Back Against Toxic Algal Blooms

Agricultural runoff is the leading cause of recurring algal blooms in Lake Erie. Now farmers are inviting researchers onto their fields to figure out why — and what they can do about it.

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To Drink, or Not To Drink

To Drink, or Not To Drink

A new bacteria testing kit has the potential to save millions of lives, one glass of water at a time.

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