The Science of Sustainability

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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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California's Lost Salmon

California's Lost Salmon

Because of a sharp decline in their numbers, the entire salmon fishing season in the ocean off California and Oregon was canceled in both 2008 and 2009. Quest looks at efforts to protect the coho in Northern California and explores the important role salmon play in the native ecosystem.

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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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An Optimistic Look Forward at Energy Policy

An Optimistic Look Forward at Energy Policy

Home Energy Magazine looks back at the past several decades of energy policy in America, and looks ahead to what may come. Here's a sneak preview of some of what we're thinking.

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What Makes Us Care About Nature?

What Makes Us Care About Nature?

This question comes up endlessly in the world of environmental education. How do you inspire a person to learn, care and then take action for the environment? As someone whose professional goal is to inspire earth stewardship, I often ask anyone who will answer this big question.

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Zoos as Centers for Conservation

Zoos as Centers for Conservation

When you think of a zoo, what comes to mind? Animals in habitats? Children? Goat petting? Have you ever thought of zoos as supporters of wildlife conservation in the field?

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Reporter's Notes: Last Minute Rules

Reporter's Notes: Last Minute Rules

The Bush Administration has recently passed dozens of so-called "midnight regulations" – last-minute rules and amendments. Many of those new laws affect the environment, including a change to the Endangered Species Act that has California environmentalists deeply worried.

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A Wonderful Find in the Pelt Room

A Wonderful Find in the Pelt Room

It was studying the Snow Leopard that made me fall in love with the big cat family and set me on a course to learn about conservation.

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Green Sushi

Green Sushi

Modeled after the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s popular Seafood Watch Pocket Guide, the new sustainable sushi guide helps consumers make informed choices by categorizing seafood into three areas: Green (or best choice), Yellow (or good alternative) and Red (what to avoid). Just what kind of sushi you should avoid may surprise you.

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