In this short video, we travel with conservation biologist Dee Boersma to the Galapagos Islands where she works to support a population of temperate penguins that are being impacted by climate change.
As the country looks for innovative ways to power its planes, trains and automobiles, one option seems to garner more controversy than the rest: biofuels. But as one North Carolina producer shows, not all biodiesel power is created equally. By closing the loop between production and distribution, Piedmont Biofuels shows that small is possible when it comes to powering a community.
In the U.S., more than 30 million tons of food end up in landfills each year. The food waste occurs throughout the food chain, from farm to table. But now social media is being mobilized to rescue surplus food and keep it from going to waste.
The rapid pace of our population growth underlines the need for healthy and productive farmland. Yet as our population increases, the amount of farmable land on the planet is decreasing. How can we feed more and more people on less land? In this QUEST video, Will Allen explains how increasing soil fertility will ensure our future food security.
A recent scientific study shows sea otter activity off the coast of Washington State has removed CO2 from the atmosphere equivalent to taking up to 6 million cars off the road.
Go behind the scenes with a North Carolina inventor bridging the gap between bicycles and cars with his sun-powered velomobile; meet an Ohio engineer transforming flies into fishmeal; and visit a Nebraska textile engineer converting corn husks into fashion. Also, discover a vast network of ocean observatories offering unprecedented views of the Pacific seafloor.
Of the fossil fuels, natural gas is the cleanest to burn, and fracking may provide a bridge to the future until cleaner energies are efficient and affordable. That bridge, however, may be very fragile and risky to travel unless critical decisions are made about our use of energy.
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.
The oceans cover 70 percent of Earth s surface, they drive global climate and are critical to life on the continents. And yet they are some of the most mysterious and little known places on our planet. But one of the most ambitious ocean research projects ever undertaken is meant to change that.
Stanford University students set out to revolutionize home design by entering a solar powered prefab house into the Department of Energy's annual Solar Decathlon competition.
Leila Madrone is a mechatronics engineer at Otherlab, a start-up company in San Francisco. She leads a team that is designing heliostats mechanisms used in concentrating solar power systems.
Pteropods are free-floating marine snails that play a very big part in oceanic ecosystems. Although they are very small, these creatures are extremely important because they make up the base of the oceanic food web. Pteropods are good indicators of the health of an ecosystem. This slideshow is part of our Ocean Acidification Education series.
Wisconsin's Menominee Tribe live in a lush forest that through sustainable practices has provided economic benefit and cultural identity. Their diverse forest may be a model for creating forests that weather the threats brought by climate change.
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