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ZOOM | Making Recycled Paper

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Recent Environmental Protection Agency studies have shown that 0.9 metric tons of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 26,500 liters of water, 27 kilograms of pollution, 2.5 cubic meters of landfill space, and enough energy to power the average American home for six months. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members demonstrate how something that might otherwise be discarded, such as newspaper, can be recycled to create a functional or even beneficial new product.

Water: The Lifeblood | Water Lubricates our Economy

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Just as oil, coal, and electricity propel our economy, so does water. As consumers increase their demand for power, companies and power plants will need to re-think how they use water and where it comes from.

Water: The Lifeblood | Sharing and Conserving Water

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The desert city of Las Vegas, Nevada is an oasis based on water availability and usage. The resort industry uses much less water than the residents of the city. Water must be shared between existing residents and those who move there. 

Manufacturing and Industry in Utah: Oil Refineries in North Salt Lake

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View oil refineries in North Salt Lake, Utah. This video is extracted from the 22-part video series The Geography of Utah, conceived and written by Albert L. Fisher, PhD (University of Utah). The series encompasses the political, cultural, historical and sociological geography of the state of Utah. It describes the activities, the land and the people. Much of the video material was videotaped on location throughout the state of Utah, giving the student and interested viewer valuable field trip experiences.

Turning Waste Into Energy

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In this lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will learn how methane digesters turn waste into usable gases and other fuels. Methane is a greenhouse gas known to trap heat more effectively than carbon dioxide. Find out how methane digesters, however, can be used to turn pollution into an energy solution.

Building Wonders | Hydraulic Engineering in Ancient Petra

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Learn how Nabataean engineers supplied the desert city of Petra with water more than 2,000 years ago, in this video from NOVA: Building Wonders: Petra. Archaeologists have discovered that underlying the city’s Great Temple is evidence of a citywide water system. However, the nearest spring that could have supplied the city with water is 5 miles away. After conducting a series of tests in the U.S. and taking measurements from Petra, a hydroengineer reveals the Nabataeans’ design solution that enabled them to transport water fast and without leaking from the spring to Petra: a ceramic pipeline with a precise slope of 4 degrees.

SciGirls | Blowin' in the Wind 06: Problem Solve

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Problem solving and critical thinking are essential STEM skills that are exemplified as the girls complete the building of their mini wind farm. After hooking all their wind turbines together and connecting them to the water pumps, they don't work. Time for some problem solving!

X-ray Microscope: Seeing Cells in 3D

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Meet scientists in Berkeley who have developed a powerful new microscope which uses x-rays to scan a whole cell and in a manner of minutes, generate a 3D view of the cell and its genetic material. This groundbreaking tool is helping to advance research into the development of biofuels, the treatment of malaria and it may even help to more rapidly diagnose cancer. A video from QUEST produced by KQED.

Professor of Fuel Science | STEM Careers

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Andre Boehman, a professor of fuel science, cares deeply about decreasing pollution and improving the efficiency of renewable energy systems. He has a personal interest in engines, and has always loved math and physics. His research on the combustion of diesel fuels in engines takes place in a noisy and fascinating laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. Learn more about his research, in this excerpt from STEM Careers.

Wind: Investing in Carbon-Free Power

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FRONTLINE Heat is a global report on what is being done by the world’s largest corporations and governments to respond to the challenges posed by climate change and to the call for reductions in carbon emissions.

In this video case study from Heat, correspondent Martin Smith examines the role of entrepreneurship in climate change mitigation and how to provide incentives that will spark business innovation.

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