The Science of Sustainability

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Why Soil Matters

Why Soil Matters

Milwaukee urban farmer Will Allen explains the role of soil in creating a food system that can sustain our growing global population.

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Your City, Your Food

Your City, Your Food

If you needed to grow food in your city, where would you do it? How do you find space with healthy soil, safe water, and adequate sunlight? How do you know the space is safe, affordable, and accessible to the community? This QUEST classroom activity shows you how.

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Let Them Eat Flies

Let Them Eat Flies

QUEST goes behind the scenes at an innovative “bug farm” in Ohio, where engineer and entrepreneur Glen Courtright harnesses the power of flies to turn food waste into sustainable fish feed.

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Cats, Chemicals, and Consumer Power

Cats, Chemicals, and Consumer Power

How daily exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals affects people and pets.

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What Is An Aquifer?

What Is An Aquifer?

This Infographic dissects an aquifer to help demonstrate the role of an aquifer in our everyday lives and why we rely on this body of water.

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Groundwater, Beneath the Surface

Groundwater, Beneath the Surface

View this animation that dives inside an aquifer and beneath the surface to see groundwater in action.

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The Groundwater Term Game

The Groundwater Term Game

Play the fun interactive game to check your groundwater knowledge!

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Vacant Lots Get a Green Makeover

Vacant Lots Get a Green Makeover

Vacant lots are a big problem for cities with population loss, like Cleveland, where researchers are testing a cost-efficient way to transform abandoned land into spaces that revitalize neighborhoods and improve the environment.

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The Cost of Water

The Cost of Water

Bottled water costs more than you think! Click through the slideshow to see a comparison of costs.

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Farm Waste Fashionistas

Farm Waste Fashionistas

In this video, discover how a biochemical engineer in Nebraska is transforming corn husks into fibers for clothing. Could husk fibers rival cotton as a mainstay for textiles in the future?

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Dredging Up a Problem

Dredging Up a Problem

The Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio — known for catching fire in the 1960s — relies on frequent dredging to keep the shipping channels open. Now a controversial new proposal to dump the dredged material into Lake Erie has residents worried about contamination of the public water supply.

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Dog Detectives: A Nose for Conservation

Dog Detectives: A Nose for Conservation

Not just sniffing around, wonder dogs guide scientists to treasure troves of information and play leading roles in efforts to protect wildlife and wilderness.

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Building Better Forests

Building Better Forests

Scientists in Wisconsin are drawing on both new research and traditional Native American knowledge to create forests that will be more resilient in the face of climate change.

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The Science of Measuring Snow

The Science of Measuring Snow

Much of the water flowing through the West starts as snowpack high up in the mountains. A complex system of remote and manual data collection helps water managers calculate how much water they'll have for the season ahead.

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QUEST TV: Highway to Hydrogen

QUEST TV: Highway to Hydrogen

Although auto makers have spent decades and billions of dollars to develop hydrogen fuel cell cars, only a few hundred of them are on the nation's roads. With new refueling stations in development and new models recently unveiled, are these zero-emission vehicles finally ready to roll?

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QUEST TV: Wolves and the Ecology of Fear

QUEST TV: Wolves and the Ecology of Fear

In Washington state, wolves and deer are playing out a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that could have profound impacts on the ecosystem. Watch the video and find out what conservationist, Fred Koontz has to say about the need to protect "the big bad wolf."

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Out of Sight, Out of Mine

Out of Sight, Out of Mine

Many Midwestern mines ceased operation long ago, but surrounding land and streams still feel their toxic effects.

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The Ski-cast: Is There Hope for the Slopes?

The Ski-cast: Is There Hope for the Slopes?

Despite predictions that many ski resorts in New England and around the nation may no longer be economically viable in just 15 years, researchers point to adaptation as the key to staying the course.

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Getting the Munchies for Hemp

Getting the Munchies for Hemp

More people are turning to hemp seeds as a source of healthy fats and protein, and as a sustainable crop.

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Ocean Acidification: The Basics

Ocean Acidification: The Basics

More than half of the CO2 emitted by humans has been absorbed by the ocean. Scientists say this means less CO2 in the air, but it also means a change in ocean chemistry — ocean acidification. Now what?

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