The Science of Sustainability

Tag: Environment

Bay-Friendly Gardening: Welcoming Wildlife and Nature Into Human Habitats

Bay-Friendly Gardening: Welcoming Wildlife and Nature Into Human Habitats

A "Bay-Friendly" gardens initiative is underway around the Bay Area under the sponsorship of Stopwaste.org. Last weekend some generous, certified “Bay-Friendly” garden owners opened their yards for tours.

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Salmon Runs, Grizzly Bear Dreams

Salmon Runs, Grizzly Bear Dreams

Using grizzly bears in the Pacific Northwest as a proxy for the benefits salmon deliver to ecological communities, a new study argues that letting more salmon migrate into coastal streams will lead to downstream improvements for the ecosystem and eventually the offshore salmon catch.

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A Birder’s-Eye View of Conservation

A Birder’s-Eye View of Conservation

The Great Backyard Bird Count gives novice Bay Area wildlife watchers the chance to play field biologist in their own backyards and help scientists gather data on the incidence, abundance, and distribution of birds. Researchers will use sightings to identify trends that will help conserve these valuable indicators of biodiversity.

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Got Science on the Brain? Come Blog with QUEST

Got Science on the Brain? Come Blog with QUEST

Got science on the brain? Come blog with us. KQED’s QUEST is looking to add new voices to our blog, which already offers commentary from our producers, reporters, and several writers from science organizations in our region. pply by February 1st.

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Autism More than Genes

Autism More than Genes

A new twin study suggests that the environment may play a bigger role in autism than scientists previously thought.

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Five Environmental Resolutions for the New Year

Five Environmental Resolutions for the New Year

I’m kind of a sucker for New Year’s resolutions. Here are my environmental resolutions for 2011.

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Ski Green

Ski Green

Planning a ski trip this winter? Environmentally minded skiers might want to take a look at the Ski Area Report Card before making travel plans.

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State Parks: Back to the Drawing Board

State Parks: Back to the Drawing Board

California State Parks supporters face tough decisions after defeat of Proposition 21

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Polishing Oakland's Crown Jewel: Lake Merritt Reborn

Polishing Oakland's Crown Jewel: Lake Merritt Reborn

Oakland's Historic Lake Merritt is in the midst of a multimillion dollar face lift.

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Home Sweet Serpentine

Home Sweet Serpentine

Serpentine soil is a tough environment, but some unique plants and animals call it home.

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Oil Spills and the Environment

Oil Spills and the Environment

The volume of oil recently spilled in the Gulf of Mexico is several thousand times what was spilled in San Francisco Bay in 2007, but the ecological studies conducted in the wake of the SF spill give us an idea of what we can expect in the Gulf.

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QUEST Seeking Additional Science Bloggers

QUEST Seeking Additional Science Bloggers

Got science on the brain? Come blog with us. Apply by June 23rd. KQED’s QUEST is looking to add new voices to this here blog, which already offers commentary from our producers, reporters, and several writers from science organizations in our region.

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Reporter's Notes: Environmentalism Today

Reporter's Notes: Environmentalism Today

40 years after the modern environmental movement began, it's a mixed report card with what seems like the toughest test still ahead.

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When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don't Mix

When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don't Mix

The International Bird Rescue and Research Center has been working non-stop to save wildlife that suffers from oil spills and other disasters. Their work includes training volunteers, consulting with the petrol industry, and managing a professional emergency response team.

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Reporter's Notes: Building an Artificial Leaf

Reporter's Notes: Building an Artificial Leaf

When I began this story, it seemed pretty simple. I'd heard that scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab were working to mimic photosynthesis and create a man-made version of the process that could supply us with renewable energy.

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Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST—Doug Nomura

Producer's Notes: Your Photos on QUEST—Doug Nomura

San José photographer Doug Nomura has learned just how to track his subjects to create arresting photos of birds in flight. He focuses his work on the Bay Trail, a 300-mile trail around the Bay. QUEST joins Nomura on the bayfront in Sunnyvale as he works to photograph the many bird species that call the South Bay’s mudflats home, or stop here as part of their migration.

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Film Premiere: Saving the Bay

Film Premiere: Saving the Bay

The first two episodes of "Saving the Bay" premiere on KQED Channel 9 on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8pm. Click here to find additional air times/dates and to find out what else "Saving the Bay" has to offer.

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Reporter's Notes: The Politics of Green Wine

Reporter's Notes: The Politics of Green Wine

I often look at the chemical ingredients in what I buy. I shop at farmers markets for organic produce and use green cleaning supplies. So, it caught me off guard when a friend remarked, "you are so aware of what you eat, why aren't you just as curious about what you drink?"

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Producer's Notes – Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

Producer's Notes – Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

Last summer I visited the Netherlands, the original home of the windmill. Surprisingly, I saw hardly any of the quaint structures we associate with Dutch wind power. One hundred years ago Holland had about 10,000 wooden windmills dotting its landscape. Today, barely 10% remain.

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Reporter's Notes: Where's my Hydrogen Highway

Reporter's Notes: Where's my Hydrogen Highway

Hydrogen is not exactly a fuel. That is, we don't burn it to make energy. It's used more as a medium for storing and transporting energy.

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