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QUEST TV – Keeping it Cool: Sea Otters, New Cars and Old Forests

QUEST TV – Keeping it Cool: Sea Otters, New Cars and Old Forests

Discover how sea otters, hydrogen-powered cars and old-growth forests are helping to battle climate change. Also, learn how some Galapagos penguins are surviving warmer temperatures.

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Bike To The Future

Bike To The Future

Meet the ELF — a solar and pedal powered vehicle bridging the gap between bicycles and cars. See the ELF in action in this new QUEST video.

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QUEST TV – Inventing the Future: Bikes, Bugs and Fashionistas

QUEST TV – Inventing the Future: Bikes, Bugs and Fashionistas

Meet innovators building sun-powered velomobiles, transforming flies into fishmeal, and converting husks into fashion. Also, discover a vast network of ocean observatories.

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Road Kill or Road Crossing: California Slow to Protect Wildlife

Road Kill or Road Crossing: California Slow to Protect Wildlife

Drivers hit thousands of animals every year on California freeways, often killing the wildlife, and sometimes killing or injuring the human, too. Several western states have built fencing and other infrastructure to help wildlife cross freeways safely, and critics say California could be doing a lot more of the same.

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Biodiesel Power

Biodiesel Power

From the deep fryer to the fuel tank, how one North Carolina company is using cooking grease to power a community.

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Biofuels Face a Reality Check

Biofuels Face a Reality Check

Despite the buzz around biofuels, the industry been slow to scale up. But Bay Area researchers are making breakthroughs that could move us one step closer to having our cars run on fuels from plants.

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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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Reporter's Notes: Cash for Clunkers

Reporter's Notes: Cash for Clunkers

As this radio story airs, Congress is debating two Cash for Clunkers proposals, one from the Senate and one from the House of Representatives. (A third proposal, also from the Senate, is almost identical to the House version.) Both would pay consumers to scrap their "clunkers" in exchange for brand-new, more fuel-efficient models.

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Reporter's Notes: Tracking Carbon through Your Cell Phone

Reporter's Notes: Tracking Carbon through Your Cell Phone

"Do I get to keep the phone?"

Not exactly the environmentally-conscious line of thinking that organizers were hoping for, but understandable for those high-schoolers holding a brand new, latest version of the Nokia in their hands.

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Eyes on the Street

Eyes on the Street

I haven't talked about the elderly in my blog entries so far, but they make up a growing segment of the U.S. population. Those my age– 50-ish– who don't like to think of themselves as baby boomers, will be in that demographic in no time. And many of us worry, sometimes a lot, about finding the best place for our elderly parents to spend their last years.

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Reporter's Notes: Mass Transit Housing Plan

Reporter's Notes: Mass Transit Housing Plan

Even in these difficult economic times, California's population continues to grow, and those additional people are going to need a place to live. Recent legislation in California directs city planners to make environmentally responsible choices for new housing. One way to do that is to create transit villages.

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Reporter's Notes: Dialing in on Traffic

Reporter's Notes: Dialing in on Traffic

The pilot project at UC Berkeley called Mobile Millennium uses cell phones as data points to show traffic patterns in real time. To become an early adopter of the technology, you must have an unlimited data plan on a mobile phone with a GPS system.

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Reporter's Notes: Get the Soot Out

Reporter's Notes: Get the Soot Out

It's not just truckers that will have to spend a lot of money to retrofit their diesel engines. And quite a few trucks on California roads will actually be unaffected by a new California diesel regulation. The California Air Resources Board is expected to vote on a new diesel-emissions regulation when the board meets on December 11 and 12 in Sacramento.

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Reporter's Notes: Fast Trains

Reporter's Notes: Fast Trains

The devil's in the details, so the details aren't entirely in the proposition. There are still many open questions about Prop. 1A on the November ballot, the proposal to bring high speed rail to California – and that makes sense, since there are a billion details, many of them contentious, in any $9.95 billion initiative and $45 billion project.

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Mapping Our Carbon Footprints

Mapping Our Carbon Footprints

Your house may not be your biggest contributer to global warming. Credit: Jim Gunshinan. My focus in this blog had been on green homes, but there are other areas of our lives that account for our total carbon footprint–how much carbon we are responsible for adding to the atmosphere–a measure of our contribution to global […]

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$15 per gallon of gas… coming soon?

$15 per gallon of gas… coming soon?

What will life be like when gasoline reaches $15 per gallon? We may have to slow down our too-often fast paced and frenetic lifestyles—a blessing in disguise? That's the question asked of a group of scientists, sociologists, others, and myself who gathered at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study in […]

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