The Science of Sustainability

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Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Stanford University have developed a cheap way to clean contaminated drinking water in the slums of Bangladesh.

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Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

From KQED Education Do Now: For the past four years, California has been experiencing an historic drought. Governor Jerry Brown recently mandated a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. While this legislation seems to some to be a long overdue move in addressing the growing water crisis, others criticize it for a lack of attention towards California’s large agricultural industry. What do you think?

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To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

From KQED Education Do Now: For centuries, museums and scientists have been collecting animals, plants and other organisms from the wild for research purposes. To what extent do you think collecting living and nonliving specimens should be allowed?

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How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

From KQED Education Do Now: Indoor air pollution from from burning solid fuels for heating and cooking is a huge health concern in many parts of the world. How can we best address this problem?

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Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

California’s Napa Valley has a microclimate that produces world-famous wines, but what happens as the climate warms up? Vintners are using advanced technology to conserve water, while scientists are testing varieties that could replace the cool-climate Pinot Noirs of today.

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SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Watch how geologists are using SkyTEM, a flying high-tech rig, to detect and map underground fresh water reserves.

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Scary Tsunamis

Scary Tsunamis

In this video story, learn how coastal communities in California are vulnerable to massive, potentially deadly tsunamis.

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What Is Climate Change?

What Is Climate Change?

Explore this QUEST interactive graphic to see major climate zones in the United States and how climate differs from weather.

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Evidence of Global Warming

Evidence of Global Warming

Explore how rising sea levels, increases in ocean heat and melting glaciers indicate a warming planet in this interactive.

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What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

Explore different types of greenhouse gas, from carbon dioxide to fluorinated gas, in this interactive graphic.

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The Keeling Curve Explained

The Keeling Curve Explained

Explore the Keeling Curve, which has measured CO2 levels in the atmosphere since 1958, in this interactive graphic.

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Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist

Jennifer Holm is an Earth systems scientist and terrestrial ecologist who uses models to study how forests respond to climate change.

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Career Spotlight: Research Technician

Career Spotlight: Research Technician

Chris Wong is a research technician at University of California Berkeley where he investigates how trees like redwoods and sequoias function.

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Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist

Melanie Harrison is a water quality specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She helps protect and restore threatened and endangered fish species.

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Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

In this interactive graphic, discover how carbon dioxide from the atmosphere mixes with the ocean making it difficult for shellfish to thrive.

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Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

Explore California’s drought, sea level rise, renewable energy and more at the touch of your finger tip! Clue into Climate is a new e-book series about the science behind climate change with interactive animations, infographics, videos and audio reports from KQED and its partners.

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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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Secrets of the Spider Web

Secrets of the Spider Web

Watch a biologist extract silk from a live spider, as he works to uncover the secrets of this surprisingly versatile material.

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Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Diving Into the Twilight Zone

Join aquarium director Bart Shepherd on an expedition to explore one of the most mysterious ocean realms: the twilight zone.

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Condors vs. Lead Bullets

Condors vs. Lead Bullets

Once nearly extinct, California condors are making a steady recovery. But a new threat– lead poisoning from old bullets– is slowing progress, leaving scientists between wildlife preservation and the politics of hunting.

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