The Science of Sustainability




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Groundwater Wars: Potatoes versus Trout

Groundwater Wars: Potatoes versus Trout

In a state with more than a quadrillion gallons of groundwater, central Wisconsin residents have watched water levels in streams and lakes drop for years– where did the water go?

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Meet the Natives: Wild Bees

Meet the Natives: Wild Bees

The United States is home to some 4,000 native bee species. In this video, entomologist Claudio Gratton explores whether these wild pollinators can keep agriculture buzzing as honeybee populations struggle to survive.

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Students Take Action to Restore Biodiversity and Revitalize a Community

Students Take Action to Restore Biodiversity and Revitalize a Community

Sixth graders at a charter school in Madison, Wisconsin, lead the charge to restore a local park and play a key role in efforts to revitalize a struggling community.

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Sustainable Spirits: Liquor for the Locavore

Sustainable Spirits: Liquor for the Locavore

Find out how an artisanal distillery is using locally-sourced ingredients to craft liquors that support a legacy of small agricultural producers on a storied Wisconsin Island.

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Gamers Going Green: New Video Game Turns Players Into Biofuel Farmers

Gamers Going Green: New Video Game Turns Players Into Biofuel Farmers

A new video game designed by computer scientists and ecologists is poised to shed light on the best way to manage biofuel farms.

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The Future of Water

The Future of Water

Freshwater expert Sandra Postel reveals how water is destined to become our most precious resource— and the impact of your personal water footprint.

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Iron Mining Controversy in Northern Wisconsin

Iron Mining Controversy in Northern Wisconsin

A pristine area in Northern Wisconsin next to Lake Superior, much prized for its clean water and wilderness, is also home to 25 percent of the country’s iron ore reserves, a commercial value of $200 billion.

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USGS at the Forefront of Saving Bats From White-Nose Syndrome (WNS)

USGS at the Forefront of Saving Bats From White-Nose Syndrome (WNS)

In the winter of 2007, residents of New York State began finding dead bats in their yards. Since then it’s estimated that more than a million bats have died from white-nose syndrome, a fuzzy white fungus that grows on their noses and wings.

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Science on the SPOT: National Wildlife Health Center Investigates

Science on the SPOT: National Wildlife Health Center Investigates

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center investigates animal die-offs and threats to endangered species through on-site investigation and necropsies–animal autopsy–at its headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Why I Do Science: Kandis Elliot

Kandis Elliot is on the Botany Department staff at the University of Wisconsin, but she's not a scientist or professor. Elliot is an artist and transforms mere photographs of plants into lush, painterly artworks that educate as well as captivate.

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Invasive Species on the Move: the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins

Invasive Species on the Move: the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins

Rivers and streams have created pathways along the dividing line between the Great Lakes basin and the Mississippi River basin. These portals could allow water and aquatic nuisance species to move from one basin into the other, endangering the health of both water systems.

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Collecting "Environmental DNA" (eDNA) in the Fight Against Invasive Species

Collecting "Environmental DNA" (eDNA) in the Fight Against Invasive Species

Scientists from federal and state agencies are regularly collecting samples of the water in the Chicago Area Waterway System looking for DNA cells that have been shed by Asian carp. Finding this environmental DNA (eDNA) would indicate the invasive species is present in the area.

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Asian Carp: Threat to Great Lakes

Asian Carp: Threat to Great Lakes

The invasive Asian carp has wreaked havoc in the Mississippi River system. The voracious plankton eaters have out-competed native fish and have become the dominant species in many locations. If the carp reach the Great Lakes, they pose a threat to its $7 billion fishery, so a battle against them is taking place on many fronts.

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E-Waste Programs Reach Milestone

E-Waste Programs Reach Milestone

Every year, only 18-percent of all American electronic waste is recycled, according to the EPA. Hoping to cut down on the growing mountain of high-tech trash, two dozen states have passed laws that require the electronics industry to pay to set up recycling programs. But navigating this patchwork of legislation has been a challenge.

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