The Science of Sustainability

A collaboration of 6 public broadcasters around the country, QUEST is a multimedia series that strives to deepen our understanding of some of today’s most pressing sustainability topics through articles, videos, radio reports, television broadcasts, and educational materials.

How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?

Find out how greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere with this interactive graphic.

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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.

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How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How Does Electricity Get to Your Home?

How does electricity move from a power plant to your home, school or nearby shopping center? Find out in this interactive graphic.

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What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

What Is the Difference Between Power and Energy?

Although we often use the words “energy” and “power” synonymously, they are not the same. View this interactive to discover what sets energy and power apart.

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How Nuclear Reactors Work

How Nuclear Reactors Work

Do you know how nuclear energy is created? Learn about the steps involved in generating electricity from uranium atoms in this interactive graphic.

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How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

How Is Waste Converted into Energy?

Electricity can even be generated from our garbage. See how a waste-to-energy facility works with this interactive graphic.

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

Should Fracking Be Banned?

From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water–and added chemicals–are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?

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Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

From KQED Education Do Now: More than 5,000 schools nationwide have transitioned from traditional learning methods to project-based learning (PBL). Should all schools move in this direction and implement PBL in their science classes?

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How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

From KQED Education Do Now: The Earth is warming. Since the early 20th Century, the global average temperature has increased approximately 1.4°F. How do we balance protecting species with human interests in dealing with and adapting to climate change? What do we prioritize?

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Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

From KQED Education Do Now: Climate change has been on the minds of a lot of people with the release of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and the third National Climate Assessment. Who is responsible for curtailing carbon emissions?

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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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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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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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QUEST TV – Inventing the Future: Bikes, Bugs and Fashionistas

QUEST TV – Inventing the Future: Bikes, Bugs and Fashionistas

Meet innovators building sun-powered velomobiles, transforming flies into fishmeal, and converting husks into fashion. Also, discover a vast network of ocean observatories.

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Dog Detectives: A Nose for Conservation

Dog Detectives: A Nose for Conservation

Not just sniffing around, wonder dogs guide scientists to treasure troves of information and play leading roles in efforts to protect wildlife and wilderness.

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The Ski-cast: Is There Hope for the Slopes?

The Ski-cast: Is There Hope for the Slopes?

Despite predictions that many ski resorts in New England and around the nation may no longer be economically viable in just 15 years, researchers point to adaptation as the key to staying the course.

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QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

QUEST TV: America’s Energy Future

Tour a solar energy farm, investigate fracking, and explore new energy-efficient home designs in this television episode.

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Conversations with Simran Sethi: Lakes

Conversations with Simran Sethi: Lakes

Engage with Simran Sethi and QUEST on social media in this conversation about lakes. #QUESTlakes

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Conversations with Simran Sethi: Water

Conversations with Simran Sethi: Water

Engage with Simran Sethi and QUEST on social media in this conversation about water. #QUESTwater

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