The Science of Sustainability

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Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Could the Nebraska Sandhills resemble the Sahara? They have before. Join QUEST as we explore dating and recreating drought in dunes.

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Fire Returns to The Great Plains

Fire Returns to The Great Plains

Fire can be dangerous, but it's not always a bad thing. On the Great Plains, firefighters, ecologists, and ranchers are slowly trying to make fire a part of the region's ecosystem again.

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Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

A new tool promises to help decision makers and the public better understand and prepare for future drought.

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Beyond Plain Sight

Beyond Plain Sight

Explore unexpected imagery of the Great Plains and see how photographer Michael Forsberg is using timelapse cameras to reveal unprecedented views of how watersheds work.

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Getting Up Close with Cranes

Getting Up Close with Cranes

For decades, scientists have studied the annual migration of sandhill cranes through central Nebraska. A new project is using time-lapse cameras to capture and study crane behavior.

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The Science of Measuring Snow

The Science of Measuring Snow

Much of the water flowing through the West starts as snowpack high up in the mountains. A complex system of remote and manual data collection helps water managers calculate how much water they'll have for the season ahead.

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Bison and Cranes Reunited to Support Habitat Restoration

Bison and Cranes Reunited to Support Habitat Restoration

Find out how the reintroduction of bison to a central Nebraska island can help restore habitat for flocks of sandhill cranes during their annual visit on the Platte River.

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Searching for Memories on an Altered Landscape

Searching for Memories on an Altered Landscape

While prairie is converted to cropland at a breakneck pace, one conservation biologist in Nebraska is finding an alternative way to jog the collective memory of the Great Plains landscape.

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Denimite: Discovering New Frontiers for Old Jeans

Denimite: Discovering New Frontiers for Old Jeans

A husband and wife team explore the potential for using recycled denim to create solid composite countertops, dashboards and other unexpected items.

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Reconstructing a River for Wildlife

Reconstructing a River for Wildlife

Pulling up vegetation, starting fires, and letting animals graze on riverbanks are just some of the steps being taken to improve habitat for migrating birds, including endangered species.

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Saving the Swift Fox with Snapshots, Students and Science

Saving the Swift Fox with Snapshots, Students and Science

An endangered fox species is fighting for its existence in western Nebraska, but it’s not alone. Students from across the state are helping conduct a new study to aid in the animal's recovery.

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Fending off Invasive Species with Science, Education, and a Beer Can

Fending off Invasive Species with Science, Education, and a Beer Can

How an alert Boy Scout, hard working biologists, and continued vigilance have helped one Great Plains state remain free of invasive zebra mussels — for now.

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Wind Energy and Wildlife: Nebraska Strives for Coexistence

Wind Energy and Wildlife: Nebraska Strives for Coexistence

The unique dynamics of developing wind energy in Nebraska may benefit wildlife, habitats, and developers throughout the country.

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Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Find out why some residents of a drought-plagued state are welcoming a weed to their gardens—and their dinner plates.

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Songbirds as a Measure of Farm Sustainability

Songbirds as a Measure of Farm Sustainability

John Quinn, a researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explains how he collects and uses bird calls to establish an indicator for farm healthiness known as the Healthy Farm Index.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Mike Forsberg

Your Photos on QUEST: Mike Forsberg

Mike Forsberg, a nationally renowned photographer, conservationist, and author from Nebraska, spent four years traveling 100,000 miles across the Great Plains—from North Dakota to Texas—to create a portrait of under-appreciated species and habitats of what many consider “flyover country.”

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Mercury Rises on Coal Costs

Mercury Rises on Coal Costs

Half of the airborne mercury pollution in the US comes from coal-fired power plants. After years of study and debate, the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to announce new limits on mercury from coal plants in November. Meanwhile, utilities are scrambling to meet other new federal regulations and industry groups are asking the government to slow down.

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Bioplastic Boom

Bioplastic Boom

Companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Heinz ketchup have determined that plastic made from plants — not oil — makes sense both for the environment and for business. The growing demand has meant a boom in the bioplastic industry. Could this mean the end of the plastic bottle as we know it?

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