The Science of Sustainability

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The Science of Bridge Safety

The Science of Bridge Safety

After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost all of the Bay Area's toll bridges underwent major upgrades – the Bay Bridge is the last of those projects. Yet even with the focus on retrofitting, there are still 40 Bay Area bridges that rate lower than the one that collapsed in Minneapolis last week. How […]

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Science of Bridge Safety

Science of Bridge Safety

After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost all of the Bay Area's toll bridges underwent major upgrades. Yet even with the focus on retrofitting, there are still 40 Bay Area bridges that rate lower than the one that collapsed in Minneapolis. How do we know which bridges are safe?

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What Does It Mean Being Green?

What Does It Mean Being Green?

"Ginormous" House First of all, I must de-confess. After making a rather dramatic confession of gross over-use of water in my last blog, it turns out the problem was not a moral failure after all, but rather a leak in the pipe carrying water from the street to our house. The leak has been fixed. […]

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The Great Switch-Out

The Great Switch-Out

Compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs, new compact fluorescent bulbs use at least two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer. Many say that widespread use would produce major energy savings and reduce global warming emissions. But some people say their lighting is too harsh. QUEST sheds some light on the bulb debate. […]

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The Great Switch-Out

The Great Switch-Out

Compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs, new compact fluorescent bulbs use at least two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer. But some people say their lighting is too harsh. QUEST sheds some light on the bulb debate.

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True Confessions

True Confessions

Forgive me reader for I have sinned. It's been two weeks since my last blog. Since then I have received a bill from the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). We have used an excessive amount of water in the first two weeks living in our new home. By excessive, I mean about 1,600 gallons […]

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Graywater Guerrillas

Graywater Guerrillas

Over the last few years we've all been asked to tread more lightly on the planet – use less energy, less gasoline and less water. Now a growing movement of do-it-yourself-eco plumbers are testing the limits of just how green you can get before running into trouble with the law.

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Wi-Fi Revolution

Wi-Fi Revolution

Silicon Valley is planning one of the world's largest wireless networks, providing outdoors Web access to all and services to police and first responders. But how exactly does the technology known as Wi-Fi work? You may view the "Wi-Fi Revolution" TV Story online, as well as find additional links and resources from the story. Also […]

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Wetlands Time Machine

Wetlands Time Machine

Over 100,000 acres of wetlands are being restored in the Bay Area, but how do we know what to restore them to? QUEST discovers how historical ecologists are recreating San Francisco Bay wetlands that existed decades ago. You may view the "Wetlands Time Machine" TV Story online, as well as find additional links and resources […]

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Wetlands Time Machine

Wetlands Time Machine

More than 100,000 acres of wetlands are being restored in the Bay Area, but how exactly do we know what to restore them to? QUEST discovers how historical ecologists are recreating San Francisco Bay wetlands that existed decades ago.

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Wi-Fi Revolution (TV)

Wi-Fi Revolution (TV)

Silicon Valley is planning one of the world's largest wireless networks, providing outdoors Web access to all and services to police and first responders. But how exactly does the technology known as Wi-Fi work?

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Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar

Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar

Hoping to leave today's silicon solar cells behind, the Palo Alto company Nanosolar is creating paper-thin solar panels harnessing nanotechnology, a product that could revolutionize solar power.

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Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar

Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar

Hoping to leave today's silicon solar cells behind, the Palo Alto company NanoSolar is creating paper-thin solar panels harnessing nanotechnology, a product that could revolutionize solar power. You may view the "Solar City: The Future of Nanosolar" TV Story online, as well as find additional links and resources. Josh Rosen is Series Producer for QUEST […]

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Harnessing Power from the Sea

Harnessing Power from the Sea

California is looking at harnessing power from the sea to help meet the state's energy demand. Although not yet widely used, many believe tidal power has more potential than wind or solar power for meeting alternative energy needs. Quest radio looks at plans for tidal and wave power off San Francisco and along the northern […]

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Harnessing Power from the Sea

Harnessing Power from the Sea

Although not yet widely used, many believe tidal power has more potential than wind or solar power for meeting alternative energy needs. Quest radio looks at plans for harnessing power from the sea by San Francisco and along the northern California coast.

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Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

California's largest wind farm cluster at Altamont Pass unintentionally kills golden eagles, burrowing owls and other threatened birds. Now, wind companies, scientists and environmentalists are working to bird-proof these massive wind farms.

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Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines

With California's ambitious renewable energy goal, the state needs wind power. But California's largest wind farm cluster at Altamont Pass unintentionally kills golden eagles, burrowing owls and other threatened birds. Now, wind companies, scientists and environmentalists are working to bird-proof these massive wind farms. You may view the "Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines" TV […]

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Does This House Come With a Prius?

Does This House Come With a Prius?

One of the benefits of being on the staff of a nonprofit that is a guest at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is rubbing elbows with great scientists and researchers like Tom Wenzel in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. I first met Tom after a talk he gave years ago about improving auto fuel economy without […]

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Wifi Revolution

Wifi Revolution

Silicon Valley is planning what will be the country's biggest wireless network, serving 40 cities and 2.4 million people. It's just one of dozens of municipal wireless projects being launched across the country, many of which will be run by for-profit companies. Is wireless the next public utility? If so, who should control it, and […]

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Wi-Fi Revolution (radio)

Wi-Fi Revolution (radio)

Silicon Valley is planning what will be the country's biggest wireless network, serving 40 cities and 2.4 million people. How will it work, and what are the real costs?

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