environment

Fashion Forward Science

Fast fashion is all the rage but there are environmental consequences to making clothes quickly and inexpensively. In this next segment a team of scientists looked to plants and solar energy for a new way to create nylon.

Germ Zapping Robots

Hospitals across the nation are challenged with maintaining a bacteria free environment for patients. Now at one hospital in New Jersey, a robot named Jimmy is making sanitization easier.

More efficient models for environmental sustainability

According to the World Health Organization, the percentage of the world’s population living in urban areas will continue to grow in the upcoming decades. Kartik Chandran from Columbia University in New York City joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss ways to help us leave a friendlier chemical footprint on this earth by changing the way we […]

Meet the one and only Bill Nye the Science Guy

Television host Bill Nye the Science Guy was known in the 90s for his quirky humor, fun science experiments, and his ability to make STEM learning fun and engaging. Nye is the subject of the new documentary titled “Bill Nye: Science Guy” in which he opens up about who he is and what drives him […]

Are tech companies designing for sustainability?

In many ways technological innovation has improved the way we communicate work eat and live but many products may hold even consequences when it comes to waste management,  overconsumption, and the environment. Sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu joins reporter Andrea Vasquez to discuss designing for the environment in many ways.

What happens to America’s electronic waste?

The United States is the largest producer of electronic waste, generating nearly 8 billion tons a year. In this story from our environmental public media partner, EarthFix, we follow a team of investigators using GPS technology to track America’s waste trail.

The complicated physics of removing dams

Dams can fundamentally change large swaths of river ecosystems. But age, disuse and advances in technology have made many dams obsolete. Our environmental news partner, Earthfix, takes a look at the complicated physics behind removing these iconic structures.

The best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

Waste management scientists perform life cycle analyses in order to understand the complex process behind manufacturing a product – from design to disposal. Reporter Andrea Vasquez learns more from environmental consultant Jeffrey Morris via Google Hangout.

Leyla Acaroglu busts common environmental myths

How do we know we’re making the right ecological choices? Sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu has been working to answer this question. She joins reporter Andrea Vasquez to bust a few common eco-myths.

Can ants and mold slime explain collective human behavior?

For Simon Garnier of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike has become an opportunity to ponder human inefficiency. Garnier is studying ants and slime mold in order to better understand collective human behavior.