The Science of Sustainability

Water

Water Vapor's Role in Climate Change

Water Vapor's Role in Climate Change

Learn how water and the Earth's climate directly affect each other in this interactive graphic.

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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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Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Career Spotlight: Water Program Director

Heather Cooley is a director at the Pacific Institute where she uses data to understand and make recommendations about California’s water supply.

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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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A Sea Without Stars

A Sea Without Stars

As West Coast starfish die by the millions, scientists search for clues about the origin of their mysterious killer.

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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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California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure

California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure

Learn about Proposition One, which would issue billions in bonds for water projects.

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Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans this November

Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans this November

Santa Barbara, Mendocino and San Benito counties will vote on hydraulic fracturing this November. San Benito activists were the first to qualify a ballot initiative to ban the controversial oil- and gas-extraction technique.

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Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

A new Wisconsin facility aims to clean up algae-plagued lakes by stripping phosphorus out of wastewater.

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Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen.  So What?

Deep-Sea Mining Might Happen. So What?

Q&A With Biologist, Explorer, and Deep-Sea Advocate Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover.

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Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Cattle are leaving drought-parched pastures to go where the grass is greener and it could lead to long-term changes in the industry.

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Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Could the Nebraska Sandhills resemble the Sahara? They have before. Join QUEST as we explore dating and recreating drought in dunes.

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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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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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