The Science of Sustainability

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Coal Ash Conundrum

Coal Ash Conundrum

What happens when 39,000 tons of coal ash spill into a river?

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Antarctic Glacier's Retreat "Unstoppable"

Antarctic Glacier's Retreat "Unstoppable"

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting, and new research points to its collapse in as little as two hundred years. The likely result: global sea level rise of 10-13 feet.

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As Tropics Expand, Tropical Storms Follow

As Tropics Expand, Tropical Storms Follow

Tropical storms like hurricanes and typhoons are reaching their peak intensity further and further from the equator.

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Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound

Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound

Scientists may have identified the source of the Pacific Northwest’s legendary rich waters, in a submarine canyon in the deep ocean.

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How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden

How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden

This growing season, consider planting a different kind of garden, one that will sop up stormwater and take pressure off the sewage system.

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Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

A new tool promises to help decision makers and the public better understand and prepare for future drought.

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From Coal to Canvas:  An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

From Coal to Canvas: An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

In this video from QUEST Ohio, discover how an artist is repurposing runoff from coalmines to create a variety of rich paint pigments—and draw attention to the state’s polluted waterways.

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Underwater Observatory Unlocks Ocean Secrets

Underwater Observatory Unlocks Ocean Secrets

Watch this two-minute video for a sneak peek at an underwater observatory that could revolutionize oceanography.

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Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

Urban Neighborhood is Perfect Place to Grow Lettuce

A $17 million greenhouse pioneers large-scale hydroponic technology and replaces vacant land in a troubled Cleveland neighborhood.

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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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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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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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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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The Groundwater Term Game

The Groundwater Term Game

Play the fun interactive game to check your groundwater knowledge!

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