The Science of Sustainability

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The Science of Snow

The Science of Snow

Lots of snow means good skiing, but it also means an increased danger of avalanches.

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The Rhythms of the El Niño-La Niña Climate Pattern

The Rhythms of the El Niño-La Niña Climate Pattern

El Niño is the nickname of the climate pattern called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO.

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Producer's Notes: DIY Fog at The Exploratorium

Producer's Notes: DIY Fog at The Exploratorium

Ever wonder how advection fog is produced? Learn how from The Exploratorium.

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Producer's Notes: Science of Fog

Producer's Notes: Science of Fog

While foggy days aren't ideal for a summertime picnics, coastal fog does benefit the ecology of the Bay Area.

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Reporter's Notes: California at the Tipping Point

Reporter's Notes: California at the Tipping Point

The conventional wisdom is that a warming planet means more wildfires–and in many cases the conventional wisdom is right. But globally it's a more complex question.

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Reporter's Notes: Air Conditioning Reinvented

Reporter's Notes: Air Conditioning Reinvented

A confession: When I first got the assignment to do a story about air conditioner efficiency, I didn't exactly leap from my seat in excitement. (Which is why extra kudos go to those who've made it as far as this web page!) But, really, I should have known better.

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Producer's Notes: Tracking Raindrops

Producer's Notes: Tracking Raindrops

So, I was curious how scientists like Fung and Dawson, whose research leads to predictions of widespread climatic chaos and environmental meltdown, are able to cope with their frequently depressing findings. And what do they hope to do with their results?

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Weather Mystery: Warm Rain and Icy Hail?

Weather Mystery: Warm Rain and Icy Hail?

For this past patriotic weekend, I was on the other side of the coast. Namely, driving from Washington DC into the rural wilderness of Virginia for a get away. It was not the man-made fireworks that grabbed my attention but the activity of thunderclouds. I was reading out loud as we drove down I-64 towards […]

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Discuss the "California's Fire Future" Radio Report

Discuss the "California's Fire Future" Radio Report

Scientists predict we’ll be seeing hotter conditions and drier forests in the near future. The Summit Fire that's been burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains is likely a part of that trend. QUEST talks to Malcolm North with the U.S. Forest Service. He says any area that's burned before is vulnerable to burning again, including […]

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