The Science of Sustainability

Environment

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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Beyond Plain Sight

Beyond Plain Sight

Explore unexpected imagery of the Great Plains and see how photographer Michael Forsberg is using timelapse cameras to reveal unprecedented views of how watersheds work.

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Secrets of the Global Seed Vault: A Conversation with Scientist Luigi Guarino

Secrets of the Global Seed Vault: A Conversation with Scientist Luigi Guarino

Explore the inner workings of a mysterious seed vault on a remote island near the North Pole. Scientist Luigi Guarino talks to QUEST about this initiative to safeguard the future of the world’s food diversity.

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Ho-Chunk Nation Promotes Native Edible Plants

Ho-Chunk Nation Promotes Native Edible Plants

Bill Greendeer has been letting indigenous plants return to his farm in southwest Wisconsin. The native plants are abundant and edible.

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Repairing the Land After Frac Sand is Removed

Repairing the Land After Frac Sand is Removed

In Wisconsin, sand that’s perfect for hydraulic fracturing is being mined faster than ever before. But what will the land look like after the rush ends?

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Reawakening Extinct Species

Reawakening Extinct Species

Explore efforts to bring back extinct species in this QUEST documentary. Should we turn back the clock?

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Do Water Pollution Tests Lead to "Dead Zones"?

Do Water Pollution Tests Lead to "Dead Zones"?

The problem with pee: a scientist blows the whistle on sewage-treatment plants, claiming they harm water quality even when meeting official pollution-control limits.

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Picturing the Invisible: A Conversation with Artist Chris Jordan

Picturing the Invisible: A Conversation with Artist Chris Jordan

In this video, photographic artist Chris Jordan talks with QUEST television host Simran Sethi about the passion, purpose, and creative process behind his eye-opening works of art that depict the collective impacts of human activities on our society and environment.

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QUEST TV – Back to the Wild: Wolves, Seeds and Snapshots

QUEST TV – Back to the Wild: Wolves, Seeds and Snapshots

Track wolves from their prey’s POV, explore seed diversity, and see the Great Plains from a new angle. Also, tag along with a scientist encouraging native bees to pollinate crops.

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Getting Up Close with Cranes

Getting Up Close with Cranes

For decades, scientists have studied the annual migration of sandhill cranes through central Nebraska. A new project is using time-lapse cameras to capture and study crane behavior.

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The System of Surface Water

The System of Surface Water

Explore the ribbons of rivers that crisscross the U.S. and deliver drinking water to more than 117 million people every day.

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Navigate a Watershed

Navigate a Watershed

Learn how the physical, chemical, and biological systems within watersheds work together to create a continuum of resilient interconnected ecosystems.

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Follow That Nutrient

Follow That Nutrient

Find out how watersheds spiral nutrients in and out of the river basin, feeding a vast food web in the process.

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A Watershed Moment

A Watershed Moment

Watch as a university rises to the challenge of caring for the water that cycles through campus.

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QUEST TV – Keeping it Cool: Sea Otters, New Cars and Old Forests

QUEST TV – Keeping it Cool: Sea Otters, New Cars and Old Forests

Discover how sea otters, hydrogen-powered cars and old-growth forests are helping to battle climate change. Also, learn how some Galapagos penguins are surviving warmer temperatures.

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Bike To The Future

Bike To The Future

Meet the ELF — a solar and pedal powered vehicle bridging the gap between bicycles and cars. See the ELF in action in this new QUEST video.

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A Hidden World Thrives Below the Snow

A Hidden World Thrives Below the Snow

Although the layer of snow that blankets much of the Northern Hemisphere every winter looks inhospitable, it’s actually a cozy refuge for many plants and animals. But as the world warms up, this safe haven is disappearing.

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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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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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