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How Safe is Your Child's Sports Field?

On athletic fields, grass is a thing of the past -- artificial turf has largely taken over. Many of these fields are covered in fake dirt called crumb rubber. The rubber doesn't require as much water or maintenance as grass, a boon in times of drought. But what's crumb rubber made of? Shredded car and truck tires, which are filled with dangerous chemicals.

This fact has some Southern California parents and experts feeling wary. But whether crumb rubber is truly harmful is a question experts are still trying to answer.

Reporter Cara Santa Maria interviews parents, city officials, and experts to find out how schools and cities are dealing with these fields that dot the Southern California landscape.

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Jennie Chamberlain, parent
  • Dr. James Seltzer, visiting professor, UC Irvine
  • Mark Hovatter, chief facility executive for LAUSD
  • Frank Higginbotham, parent

Upcoming Airdates

On The Cutting Edge

A look into cutting-edge environmental practices at a farm where soil is king; a visit to an incubator for green business entrepreneurs; and a hopeful discussion with a climate scientist.

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'Environmental Justice'

Exploring environmental justice with a dive into lead-contaminated communities; the effects of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill; and an interview with an African-American environmental leader.

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Balancing Act

In this episode, "Joshua Tree National Park" -- Are we loving our parks to death? The popularity of Joshua Tree area is bringing stress and damage to this beautiful park. "Frozen Garden" -- Can endangered plants be saved by freezing them? Can they survive super cold temperatures? Scientists at Huntington Gardens are hopeful. "Eco-Village Living" -- Can you live in harmony with nature in the middle of the city? A communal village in the middle of Koreatown has stood the test of time.

Source Image:  Alan Eng, some rights reserved

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