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Lawns Get a Coat of Paint Amid Drought

Lawns Get a Coat of Paint Amid Drought

Original Airdate October 1, 2014
With a lingering drought in California and no sign of rain on the horizon, many homeowners are turning to inexpensive alternatives to transform patches of brown into lush green lawns.
Newlight Technologies: Pollution to Plastic

Newlight Technologies: Pollution to Plastic

Original Airdate September 24, 2014
There's a revolution that's happening right behind the doors of Newlight Technologies, a company that is transforming greenhouse gases into the products you buy everyday.
The Bug Bet

The Bug Bet

Original Airdate September 10, 2014
Spurred by a bet, Natural History Museum curator Brian Brown went on a mission to uncover new species of bugs in the comfort of his colleague's own backyard.
Bugs as Food

Bugs as Food

Original Airdate August 13, 2014
Reporter Derrick Shore goes to a Mexican restaurant and tries their cricket tacos and visits the Rainbow Mealworms farm in Compton where billions of worms and other insects are raised and shipped out to feed mainly reptiles, but more recently humans.
Inside the Lives of Hummingbirds

Inside the Lives of Hummingbirds

Tom Tanquary is a professional videographer who has captured the unique movements and behaviors of hummingbirds using slow motion cameras and time-lapse techniques
Blue Whales in Danger

Blue Whales in Danger

Blue whales are the largest and most beautiful creatures to inhabit the ocean. But in recent years, these marine mammals have been spotted closer to shore, putting them at a higher risk for deadly container ship collisions in Southern California.
Baby Elephant Seals Rescued and Released

Baby Elephant Seals Rescued and Released

Original Airdate August 6, 2014
After an arduous three months in rehabilitation, two young elephant seals are finally ready to be released back into the ocean by the Marine Mammal Rescue Team at the California Wildlife Center.
Dumpster Divers: Preventing Food Waste

Dumpster Divers: Preventing Food Waste

A group of environmentalists from Highland Park are on a mission to salvage food that would have otherwise gone to waste.
Touring Santa Clarita's Gibbon Conservation Center

Touring Santa Clarita's Gibbon Conservation Center

Original Airdate June 11, 2014
KCET's Nick Hardcastle tours the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, Calif., for an inside look at Southern California's gibbon family.
Solar and Dependence on the Electric Grid

Solar and Dependence on the Electric Grid

Original Airdate June 25, 2014
Rooftop solar panels are becoming easier to install and more affordable than ever, providing a growing number of homeowners with cost-effective renewable energy. But big utilities are lobbying against rooftop panels.
The Lawn Goodbye and California's Water Woes

The Lawn Goodbye and California's Water Woes

Original Airdate May 28, 2014
With an ongoing drought, SoCal residents have been forced to cut down on water usage and find "lawn alternatives."
Big Changes Coming to the L.A. River

Big Changes Coming to the L.A. River

Original Airdate June 18, 2014
Cara Santa Maria interviews nearby residents, park rangers, and activists to find out how the new $1 billion revitalization project will impact nearby residential and wildlife communities.
Swept Away: Paradise in Peril

Swept Away: Paradise in Peril

In this archived "SoCal Connected piece," correspondent Laurel Erickson examines the impact of climate change and rising sea levels along the California coast.
Residents Chime in on 710 Corridor Project

Residents Chime in on 710 Corridor Project

Original Airdate June 4, 2014
Many residents have expressed concern regarding the long-term health impacts of living along the 18-mile stretch of the 710 Freeway corridor.
CarbonLite: Inside the World's Largest Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant

CarbonLite: Inside the World's Largest Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant

Original Airdate May 21, 2014
CarbonLite is the world's largest "bottle-to-bottle" plastic recycling plant in Riverside, Calif.
Fishing for Truth: Mislabeled Seafood

Fishing for Truth: Mislabeled Seafood

Original Airdate May 21, 2014
California is notorious for having one of the highest mislabeling rates in the nation, according to Oceana, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the ocean.
Cannabis Cowboys: Behind the Scenes at a Marijuana Raid

Cannabis Cowboys: Behind the Scenes at a Marijuana Raid

Our team was embedded with a marijuana eradication team in the San Bernardino Mountains to discuss the problem of illegal grow sites.