Sources & Links for More Information on Synthetic Turf

Following are the principal sources we used to prepare these pages. Reports, Fact Sheets, & Scientific Studies David R. Brown. Artificial Turf. Environment & Human Health (2007). Phyllis Swebilius. More studies needed on artificial turf fields, EPA says. New Haven … more

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Let’s Shoot for the Moon! Again!

by Sheila Gallagher It’s 2015. Have we reached the point of “Now or Nothing”? Climate chaos is reigning. We know we cannot survive on a dead planet, yet we forge forward, fracking for that ever elusive, pre-historic fossil fuel locked … more

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It’s capitalism, stupid!

by Faramarz Farbod Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla. The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations. We need a transformative politics … more

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Environmental Pros & Cons

In addition to the health & safety concerns for athletes, synthetic turf raises environmental concerns in two ways: Both the grass and the infill are made from toxic products and are not biodegradable; and The infill material releases harmful gases and … more

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Antibiotic-Resistant Infections & Turf Burns

Synthetic turf does not cause infections, but turf burns and other minor abrasions open the door for infectious bacteria. At the same time, Sports Turf NorthWest advises that synthetic turf can become contaminated with bacteria and may need to be … more

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What do athletes think?

Another surprise for us was that we learned that most professional athletes prefer to play on natural grass rather than artificial turf. A survey of NFL professional football players found that: 84% of players believe that injuries are less likely … more

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What Is Synthetic Turf?

The “grass” is made from plastic, usually high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. They are attached to a blanket or membrane, and supported by the infill material (usually coarser at the bottom with finer particles in the top layer) that holds … more

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Maintenance of Synthetic Turf Fields

Proper maintenance is essential for playability and also prolongs the usable life of the field. Regular brushing is essential for a good playing surface. Without proper maintenance, the ball can roll unevenly, gain or lose speed, or bounce unpredictably. Infill … more

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Photos of recent crude oil derailments

Most trains reach their destinations safely, of course. Derailments are not common, but— but when a train carrying explosive crude or natural gas does derail and catch fire, the results can be disastrous, as the photos below show. December 2013 … more

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School District Climate & Sustainability Commitment

Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more

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