"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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard bears traces of a toxic — and historic– military legacy. It could also be the site of the new 49ers stadium. But cleaning up this 500 acre Superfund site is costly and time consuming. QUEST looks at how the site got that way, and how the Navy is cleaning it […]