The Science of Sustainability

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Darfur Stoves Project

Darfur Stoves Project

Since the Darfur crisis began in 2003, women living in the refugee camps walked for up to seven hours outside the safety of the camps to collect firewood for cooking, putting them at risk for violent attacks. Now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove, which is greatly reducing both the women's need for firewood and the threats against them.

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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.

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How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How does electricity move from a power plant to your home, school or nearby shopping center? Find out in this interactive graphic.

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What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

Although we often use the words “energy” and “power” synonymously, they are not the same. View this interactive to discover what sets energy and power apart.

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How Nuclear Reactors Work

How Nuclear Reactors Work

Do you know how nuclear energy is created? Learn about the steps involved in generating electricity from uranium atoms in this interactive graphic.

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Energy and Electricity: From Source to Use

Energy and Electricity: From Source to Use

Energy can’t be transferred with 100 percent efficiency. This infographic explains how we “lose” energy as it moves from the source—coal—to becoming electricity in our homes.

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How Solar Power Works

How Solar Power Works

How is energy from the sun collected and used to generate electricity? Find out in this infographic.

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How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

Electricity can even be generated from our garbage. See how a waste-to-energy facility works with this interactive graphic.

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How Is Energy Measured?

How Is Energy Measured?

Explore units of energy–from the calorie to the joule—with this infographic.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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