The Science of Sustainability

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Producer's Notes: DIY Fog at The Exploratorium

Producer's Notes: DIY Fog at The Exploratorium

Ever wonder how advection fog is produced? Learn how from The Exploratorium.

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Producer's Notes: Science of Fog

Producer's Notes: Science of Fog

While foggy days aren't ideal for a summertime picnics, coastal fog does benefit the ecology of the Bay Area.

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Producer's Notes, National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

Producer's Notes, National Parks Special: Bringing the Parks to the People

Living here in the San Francisco Bay Area I marvel at the diverse culture that sprouts from our surrounding parks and open spaces.

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Reporter's Notes: Is This Recyclable?

Reporter's Notes: Is This Recyclable?

After twenty years of curbside recycling and, more recently, composting programs, Californians produce more waste than ever. Amy Standen reports, recycling can only take us so far.

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Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

On January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time one of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the Pacific Northwest rumbled across the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This massive earthquake sent a giant 33 foot high tsunami crashing onto shore, inundating the quiet coastline.

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Producer's Notes: Hog Wild

Producer's Notes: Hog Wild

I knew going into this story that we might ruffle some feathers. But one of the things that made this story so intriguing to me is that it would bring up some questions about where people stand on what can be a pretty touchy subject.

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Bay Bridge Rising

Bay Bridge Rising

Bay Bridge construction and engineering brought to life by the award winning website baybridge360.

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Calling all Psocoptera! Science Book Clubs in the Bay Area

Calling all Psocoptera! Science Book Clubs in the Bay Area

Lively discussion and science books, it's a good combination.

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Reporter's Notes: California at the Tipping Point

Reporter's Notes: California at the Tipping Point

The conventional wisdom is that a warming planet means more wildfires–and in many cases the conventional wisdom is right. But globally it's a more complex question.

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Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Opossums

Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Opossums

Did you know that opossums are good to have in your backyard? Learn why and a bunch of other cool critter facts when we visit the wildlife ambassadors that live at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA.

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Producer's Notes: Animal Chefs

Producer's Notes: Animal Chefs

Few images will stay as indelibly with me as the sight of a 500 pound grizzly bear devouring a horse bone while standing waist high in water.

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Producer's Notes: Ice Age Bay Area

Producer's Notes: Ice Age Bay Area

The rocks, long known as the "Sunset Boulders", have attracted rock climbers for years. I've climbed these rocks before. But like so many other people, I had no idea I was touching history. During the Pleistocene, 10 to 20,000 years ago, this place was very different than it is today, inhabited by massive mega-fauna; bigger elephants, lions, bears and wolves, than we see today.

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Reporter's Notes: The Hayward Fault

Reporter's Notes: The Hayward Fault

A lesser known cousin of the San Andreas, the Hayward fault is a creeper. Basically, it moves, slowly, along the surface but deep inside… it's locked until tension builds up and and it slips.

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Producer's Notes: California's Water Future

Producer's Notes: California's Water Future

Could the future of potable water in California be in recycling wastewater? The Orange County Water District thinks so. In February of this year it opened its advanced water treatment plant, which produces 50 million gallons of potable water per day. It took them 13 years to finish the project. They spent a lot of […]

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Wire Snares in Africa

Wire Snares in Africa

Photo by: Melissa Batson And how they put a snare in the plan for chimps and humans to live together. In the Budongo Forests of Uganda, a large group of Chimpanzees, named by researchers The Sonso Group, attempt to thrive in their natural habitat, eating plants and small prey. At the same time, humans who […]

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Your Photos on QUEST: and the winner is…

Your Photos on QUEST: and the winner is…

Congratulations to Flickr community member Erin Malone (erin_designr) of San Francisco, CA! Windy Grass – by Erin MaloneErin will be collaborating with KQED staff on our 2 minute Your Photos on QUEST segment for broadcast and web distribution. Her stunning set of Alviso Slough pinhole images wowed our KQED QUEST editorial staff. Her winning submission […]

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Save the rabbit (eared antennas)

Save the rabbit (eared antennas)

Don't Sweat the Switch from Analog to Digital TV Broadcasting. The Government Will Rescue Your Old TV. Mostly. What does this have to do with energy conservation? Read on. Every old TV will be new again–for about $10. Photo credit: Human Productivity Lab, licensed through Creative Commons.When I was still new to the Bay Area, […]

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