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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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Cleaning up Hunters Point

Cleaning up Hunters Point

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 […]

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Cleaning Up Hunters Point

Cleaning Up Hunters Point

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.

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Abandoned Boats

Abandoned Boats

Abandoned boats in the San Francisco Bay do more than take up space in marinas and harbors – they're a potential threat to public health. The boats, left to deteriorate, can become a wellspring of pollutants, including leaking battery acid, oil, fuel, and lead from paint. But what do you do with these rusting relics? […]

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Abandoned Boats

Abandoned Boats

Abandoned boats in the San Francisco Bay and Delta do more than take up space in marinas and harbors. They can become a wellspring of pollutants, including leaking battery acid, oil, fuel, and lead from paint. But what do you do with these rusting relics?

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Reconsidering Nuclear Power

Reconsidering Nuclear Power

Not long ago, nuclear power was unthinkable among environmentalists, particularly in California, where a moratorium on new power plants has put a lid on the industry for thirty years. But that sentiment may be changing. You may listen to the "Reconsidering Nuclear Power" Radio report online. Amy Standen is a Reporter for QUEST and Radio […]

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Reconsidering Nuclear Power

Reconsidering Nuclear Power

Not long ago, nuclear power was unthinkable among environmentalists, particularly in California, where a moratorium on new power plants has put a lid on the industry for thirty years. But that sentiment may be changing.

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Legacy of Salt

Legacy of Salt

QUEST radio takes a look at the largest wetlands restoration in the West– the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project. It will take decades and cost up to $1 billion to roll back the clock to the Bay's pre-industrial conditions.

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Legacy of Salt

Legacy of Salt

About four years ago California paid 100 million dollars to Cargill for 16,500 acres of land it owned fringing the SF Bay. For nearly a century, much of the Bay’s southern shoreline had been diked off from the tides and fenced off from the public. Where fertile wetlands once supported diverse wildlife, private companies created […]

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Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution

Most people think of their house as a sanctuary from toxic air. And yet, according to a 2005 State study, Californians spend $45 billion a year on the health effects of indoor air pollution. California lawmakers have failed to pass legislation that would tighten controls on residential air quality, though laws targeting specific pollutants — […]

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Sniffing Out Indoor Air Pollution

Sniffing Out Indoor Air Pollution

Most people think of their house as a sanctuary from toxic air, but indoor air pollution can be at least as potent — and often much more so — as what you breathe outdoors.

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Falcon Fascination (radio)

Falcon Fascination (radio)

Two pairs of Peregrine falcons are carrying out their mating season under the gaze of thousands of observers, online and in two Bay Area cities. QUEST Radio reports.

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Falcon Fascination

Falcon Fascination

Photo Credit: Glenn Nevill PhotographyOne of the season's most suspenseful wildlife dramas is now taking place via web cam. Peregrine falcons were almost extinct two generations ago. Now much more prolific, two pairs of Peregrine falcons are carrying out their mating season under the gaze of thousands of observers, both online, thanks to cameras placed […]

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Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

For 20 years, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting E.P.A rules. QUEST radio reports.

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Relaxing the rules on toxic reporting

Relaxing the rules on toxic reporting

For the past two decades, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them, in detail, to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting Environmental Protection Agency rules. That means, in California alone, as much as 6-hundred thousand pounds of toxic […]

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Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

QUEST radio takes a look at the history of the environmental justice movement, and where it's going.

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Discuss the "Earth Day Special: The History of Environmental Justice" radio report

Discuss the "Earth Day Special: The History of Environmental Justice" radio report

Thirty-seven years after the first Earth Day, studies are still finding that people of color and low-income families have higher rates of exposure to hazardous waste sites and industrial polluters than the general population. A debate continues over why that is and just what to do about it. QUEST radio takes a look at the […]

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Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés (radio)

Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés (radio)

It's a typical evening at a popular SF cafe – cappuccinos, beer, conversation… and a lecture on mathematical theorems? Bay Area "science cafés" have exploded in popularity, putting scientists and everyday folks face-to-face for casual science lectures and Q&A.

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Discuss the "Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés" radio report

Discuss the "Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés" radio report

The Bay Area has long been known for its intellectual and cultural scene. Beat poets, musicians and visual artists have all visited the city's bars and coffee houses. Now, Scientists are stepping out of the lab and into cafes where enthusiastic crowds sip on a beer or cappuccino and listen to lectures on black holes, […]

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