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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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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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Your City, Your Food

Your City, Your Food

If you needed to grow food in your city, where would you do it? How do you find space with healthy soil, safe water, and adequate sunlight? How do you know the space is safe, affordable, and accessible to the community? This QUEST classroom activity shows you how.

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Cats, Chemicals, and Consumer Power

Cats, Chemicals, and Consumer Power

How daily exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals affects people and pets.

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Getting the Munchies for Hemp

Getting the Munchies for Hemp

More people are turning to hemp seeds as a source of healthy fats and protein, and as a sustainable crop.

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Could your driveway be poisoning your kids?

Could your driveway be poisoning your kids?

Parking lots coated with coal tar, a gooey black waste product of steel manufacturing, shed the coatings at a high rate. This toxic residue is showing up in dust on nearby apartment surfaces.

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Canola, Flax, and Sunflower: The Hidden Power of Oilseeds

Canola, Flax, and Sunflower: The Hidden Power of Oilseeds

Much more than just an alternative to cooking with butter and animal fats, oilseeds hold the promise of additional benefits to our health, economy, and environment.

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Symphony of Science: Q&A with John Boswell, A.K.A. melodysheep

Symphony of Science: Q&A with John Boswell, A.K.A. melodysheep

John Boswell of Bellingham, WA — also known as “melodysheep”– speaks with QUEST Northwest producer Katie Jennings about his musical remixes of science lectures and documentaries known as the "Symphony of Science."

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Human Health in a Changing Climate

Human Health in a Changing Climate

Public heath expert Jonathan Patz reveals some of the less obvious effects of a changing climate on our health, and offers up some ideas about how to combat climate change and improve human health at the same time.

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What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey or Cormorant?

What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey or Cormorant?

A project that revives traditional food knowledge for Pacific Northwest tribes could leave you thinking about your food choices this Thanksgiving.

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Scientists Want to Know How Much Fish You Ate Last Night

Scientists Want to Know How Much Fish You Ate Last Night

The amount of fish that Americans eat is a crucial variable in determining water-pollution limits, limits that may be based on outdated data in some states.

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Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Scientists and researchers are turning to new and innovative online funding methods to pay for their projects. And the public is buying in.

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City Chickens: Pets with Perks

City Chickens: Pets with Perks

Take an inside look at the new trend of raising chickens within city limits, and see why the flocks inspire pride for eco-minded owners.

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To Drink, or Not To Drink

To Drink, or Not To Drink

A new bacteria testing kit has the potential to save millions of lives, one glass of water at a time.

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Troubled Waters: Lake Erie's Plastic Problem

Troubled Waters: Lake Erie's Plastic Problem

How the buildup of small plastic particles could add up to big problems for Lake Erie, and the human and aquatic communities that depend on it.

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Air Pollution Lurks Inside Your Home

Air Pollution Lurks Inside Your Home

Californians spend over 45 billion dollars each year on health impacts due to indoor air pollution. Scientists at Berkeley Lab have identified the indoor air pollutants with the greatest health consequences, and they are now looking for ways to improve indoor air quality.

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Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley: Documenting the Poisoning of America’s Wetland

Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley: Documenting the Poisoning of America’s Wetland

In the new exhibition on display at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, "Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach's Cancer Alley," the Berkeley photographer takes a hard look at the environmental consequences of our dependence on petroleum.

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Arsenic and Old Wells

Arsenic and Old Wells

Six years after the EPA's new arsenic rule for drinking water went into effect, poor communities in the San Joaquin Valley—who can’t afford the costs of complying with the stricter standard—face the highest risk of exposure to unsafe arsenic levels.

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With Large Oil Reserve, California Faces Fracking Debate

With Large Oil Reserve, California Faces Fracking Debate

The new oil-and-gas boom that’s sweeping the country may be coming to California. With it comes the controversy over the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing – or fracking.

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Nothing "Fishy" About Sustainable Seafood

Nothing "Fishy" About Sustainable Seafood

Learn about what we can do to take care of our oceans, both for the fish and ourselves.

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