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What is Kawasaki Disease?

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Kawasaki disease, although common among children of Japanese and Korean descent, can strike children of any ethnic group. This illness if left untreated can cause significant damage to the heart which is why it is so important to be able to identify warning signs before coronary damage becomes too severe. In this article we will discuss how you can spot Kawasaki disease in time for treatment to be most effective; covering signs, symptoms, complications, statistics and treatment…

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Kleenex Hand Towels – an Enviornmental Waste!

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For years now, we have been trying to make a move away from disposables. While some things, like diapers, are more difficult to make the transition to than say, using a cloth napkin instead of a paper towel, this move to use disposable towels in place of our usual cotton hand towels is definitely a backwards move.

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Happy Planet Index List

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The happy planet index, or HPI, is an index that determines a measure of happiness, per nation, based on environmental impact and well-being. What does it mean to be in the happy planet index? It doesn’t necessarily mean that the highest scoring country has the happiest people, or that by moving to that country you’ll …

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Why is Eco-Friendly Living Important?

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Eco-friendly living isn’t a new trend, in fact over the years it is the concept of what comprises eco-friendly living that has changed. As time marches onward and researchers are able to identify items within our everyday lives that are actually contributing to the degradation of our planet it is our responsibility as the “top …

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Planet in Peril: Endangered Species

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The world around us is not just going to change because of global warming, it is changing right now before our very eyes – all you need to do is open them and look. According to the United Nations, we are currently losing species at one thousand times the natural rate of extinction. That’s up to fifty thousand species of plants and animals each year…

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Best Low Flush Toilet

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Think about how many times during a day you go to pee. The average person pees about 9 times each day. That’s 9 toilet flushes, not counting the occasional #2 😉 What does that mean in terms of water used per person per day just for going to the bathroom? If you take a look at your toilet, you may see behind the lid an indication of how many gallons per flush it uses. Toilets from the 1950s and earlier averaged 7 plus gallons per flush. Those from the 1960s were built to use 5.5 gallons, and the new 1980s toilets brought the water used in a single flush down to 3.5 gallons. Today, a new toilet is designed to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Therefore, if you’re using an old toilet you may be flushing as much as 63 (7 gallons per flush times 9 flushes per day) gallons of water per day!

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Is it Possible to Be a Carbon-Neutral Town?

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Ashton Hayes, in the United Kingdom, is trying to become the first town to be a carbon-neutral town. Ashton Hayes began just like any other small, affluent town (it has only 1000 residents), but last year turned into a grassroots effort to fight climate change. What do residents do to maintain the town’s carbon-neutral status?

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How to Save Sea Turtles

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Have you ever asked your seafood waiter for turtle-safe shrimp? If not, now may be a good time to start. Why? Fishing nets used all around the world ensnare and kill sea turtles. Many U.S.-based ships use turtle escape hatches, a type of Turtle Excluder Device, which give the turtles an escape path. However, most foreign-based ships don’t. The result? 150,000 endangered sea turtles are at risk of being killed each year. How to save sea turtles?

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