The Science of Sustainability

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Producer's Notes: Bugging Brian Fisher

Producer's Notes: Bugging Brian Fisher

Is there such a thing as "too much" of California Academy of Sciences entomologist Brian Fisher? We here at QUEST don't think so!

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Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT – Falcons Up Close

Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT – Falcons Up Close

QUEST's web-only video series, Science on the SPOT, takes a close-up look at the Peregrine Falcon.

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Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

This time of year, you may see birds of prey, with their wings outstretched, circling overhead – it is nesting season.

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When A Sanctuary Is No Longer A Sanctuary

When A Sanctuary Is No Longer A Sanctuary

All is not well in our national marine sanctuaries. This summer and fall there have been at least six ship strikes on whales in the Gulf of the Farallones, the Monterey Bay and near the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuaries.

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Diving in Cordell Bank

Diving in Cordell Bank

Over the past five days I have had the incredible experience of diving on a location few have ever had the opportunity: the Cordell Bank.

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Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day

Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic knives and forks, tangled fishing line, plastic bags, food wrappers, cigarette butts… all this and more will be collected from California’s beaches this coming Saturday, September 25, on Coastal Cleanup Day.

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Reporter's Notes: Protecting Marine Reserves

Reporter's Notes: Protecting Marine Reserves

Argentine ants have had amazing success as an invasive species in the US. Their West Coast super colony numbers in the billions and spans from Mexico to Oregon. But aside from invading homes, they've had a dramatic effect on native ants and local ecosystems.

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Do We Have Enough Fresh Water?

Do We Have Enough Fresh Water?

Blue Gold is a documentary that focuses on the controversy that has arisen by the marketing and privatization of water.

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Working Dogs for Conservation

Working Dogs for Conservation

With unemployment at an all time low, it seems controversial that some very solid jobs are going to non-humans, but there are just some things that humans will never be qualified to do.

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Fostering Sustainable Behavior – A Powerful, New Perspective

Fostering Sustainable Behavior – A Powerful, New Perspective

What would it take you to change your shower to a low-flow shower head? Be honest.

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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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Science Event Pick: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s 25th Anniversary

Science Event Pick: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s 25th Anniversary

In celebration of the 25th anniversary, there are a veritable flock of interactive events and talks scheduled over the next month.

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Top Ten Energy and Water Efficiency Tax Credits and Rebates

Top Ten Energy and Water Efficiency Tax Credits and Rebates

It's a good time to get energy efficient at home, what with a down economy and efforts by federal, state and local governments, and utilities to decrease our overall energy use and create a new, more secure, green economy.

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Is Your House Haunted by Electronic Vampires?

Is Your House Haunted by Electronic Vampires?

When it comes to climate, the inside and the outside of Bay Area homes are pretty much the same for most of the year. But there are other energy vampires beyond heating and cooling in California homes that threaten to drain your wallet.

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Insulate Your &@!*% Attic Hatch, Now!

Insulate Your &@!*% Attic Hatch, Now!

I didn't intend to write about cursing here, but since I am in this so deep now, then damn it, I may as well connect the topic to some cutting edge scientific research. You got a problem with that?

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Holistic Help for Hornbills

Holistic Help for Hornbills

They're handsome, they're huge, they mate for life and they are endangered.

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2 Top Kitchen Appliance Energy Myths De-bunked

2 Top Kitchen Appliance Energy Myths De-bunked

Should you wave goodbye to your old microwave? Who's more energy efficient with the dishes– you or your dishwasher?

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Producer's Notes: Seahorse Sleuths

Producer's Notes: Seahorse Sleuths

This planet may have seemed endlessly bountiful 2000 years ago, but today we can no longer afford to take the survival of non-human species for granted.

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Have the Energy Munchies? Curb your "Snackwell Effect"

Have the Energy Munchies? Curb your "Snackwell Effect"

Stanley Jevons first described this conundrum in 1865, when he observed that new efficient steam engines decreased coal consumption, which led to a drop in coal prices. But the lower prices meant that more people could afford to use coal, and so coal consumption increased.

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Predators in Peril in Uganda

Predators in Peril in Uganda

Last October, I gazed out at the expanse of Queen Elizabeth Park, in Uganda, close to the comfy Mweya Safari Lodge where we were staying. The landscape was beautiful, peaceful…and kind of empty. Though we had seen a large and lovely herd of elephants the evening before, on this fine, clear morning, the habitat was clearly missing one of the most important parts of the eco-system: predators. All we could find were tracks.

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