The Science of Sustainability

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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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Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots

Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots

Deforestation and increased interactions between humans and wildlife are implicated in the spread of the Nipah virus.

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Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

A new tool promises to help decision makers and the public better understand and prepare for future drought.

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Letting Bears Roam: Q&A with Ecologist Chris Morgan

Letting Bears Roam: Q&A with Ecologist Chris Morgan

According to ecologist Chris Morgan, “What’s good for bears is good for people.” Learn what this fearless expert wants us to know about bears.

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Food Scraps:  An Urbanite’s Dilemma

Food Scraps: An Urbanite’s Dilemma

When it comes to doing what’s best for the environment, compost is king. But sometimes it doesn’t fit into city life. Garbage disposals offer a simpler solution for getting rid of food scraps, but how do they stack up?

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From Coal to Canvas:  An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

From Coal to Canvas: An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

In this video from QUEST Ohio, discover how an artist is repurposing runoff from coalmines to create a variety of rich paint pigments—and draw attention to the state’s polluted waterways.

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Keeping Cows Cool as Temps Heat Up

Keeping Cows Cool as Temps Heat Up

If you’re looking for relief on an unusually hot summer day, so are the cows grazing in the pastures. When temperatures climb, milk production drops.

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Underwater Observatory Unlocks Ocean Secrets

Underwater Observatory Unlocks Ocean Secrets

Watch this two-minute video for a sneak peek at an underwater observatory that could revolutionize oceanography.

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Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

A $17 million greenhouse pioneers large-scale hydroponic technology and replaces vacant land in a troubled Cleveland neighborhood.

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The Roots of the Carbon Cycle

The Roots of the Carbon Cycle

Play this interactive to learn how changing conditions in soil may affect the carbon cycle.

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Beyond Plain Sight

Beyond Plain Sight

Explore unexpected imagery of the Great Plains and see how photographer Michael Forsberg is using timelapse cameras to reveal unprecedented views of how watersheds work.

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Secrets of the Global Seed Vault: A Conversation with Scientist Luigi Guarino

Secrets of the Global Seed Vault: A Conversation with Scientist Luigi Guarino

Explore the inner workings of a mysterious seed vault on a remote island near the North Pole. Scientist Luigi Guarino talks to QUEST about this initiative to safeguard the future of the world’s food diversity.

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Ho-Chunk Nation Promotes Native Edible Plants

Ho-Chunk Nation Promotes Native Edible Plants

Bill Greendeer has been letting indigenous plants return to his farm in southwest Wisconsin. The native plants are abundant and edible.

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Repairing the Land After Frac Sand is Removed

Repairing the Land After Frac Sand is Removed

In Wisconsin, sand that’s perfect for hydraulic fracturing is being mined faster than ever before. But what will the land look like after the rush ends?

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Reawakening Extinct Species

Reawakening Extinct Species

Explore efforts to bring back extinct species in this QUEST documentary. Should we turn back the clock?

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Do Water Pollution Tests Lead to "Dead Zones"?

Do Water Pollution Tests Lead to "Dead Zones"?

The problem with pee: a scientist blows the whistle on sewage-treatment plants, claiming they harm water quality even when meeting official pollution-control limits.

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Picturing the Invisible: A Conversation with Artist Chris Jordan

Picturing the Invisible: A Conversation with Artist Chris Jordan

In this video, photographic artist Chris Jordan talks with QUEST television host Simran Sethi about the passion, purpose, and creative process behind his eye-opening works of art that depict the collective impacts of human activities on our society and environment.

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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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Saving Our Seeds

Saving Our Seeds

In this video, a public library in Wisconsin joins the global movement to help secure the future of our food supply.

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