The Science of Sustainability

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

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Meet biologists in Washington state exploring the surprising connection between sea otters and climate change; take a test drive in California with some new hydrogen-powered cars that only emit water vapor; and find out how scientists in Wisconsin are working to build a more resilient forest. Also, discover how some Galapagos penguins are surviving warmer temperatures.

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Category: Biodiversity, Biology, Climate, Energy, Environment, Television, Video, Water

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QUEST, an Emmy Award-winning multimedia science series, has a new focus on the science of sustainability.The half-hour magazine style episodes are produced by a collaboration of six public broadcasters around the country and explore a wide variety of sustainability issues related to food, energy, water, climate and biodiversity. The story segments featured in each show are introduced by on-camera host, environmental journalist Simran Sethi. The series also includes half-hour specials that focus on a single topic. All 2013-2014 television programs can be viewed online in their entirety or as individual segments by clicking on the titles and images listed below. The programs are also broadcast in each of our six PBS partner regions including North Carolina, Ohio, Nebraska, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times.
  • sflaniken

    Since water vapor is also a Greenhouse Gas, what do climate scientists have to say about hydrogen as a fuel? It's water…and it's lifetime in the atmosphere is short, but in this case, isn't it also a pollutant? What's the math about hydrogen car numbers and reduction of CO2? Maybe increased water vapor leading to increased heat and rain will erode enough rock that CO2 sequestration might be a bit faster? I'd be interested to know –