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Earth Day 2009

Earth day on the calendar

Support Our Planet Earth in 2009 and Beyond. Earth Day is a time for each and every one of us to stop and reflect on our planet, and feel thankful for everything that we’ve been given. After all, without Earth, there wouldn’t be much of us…

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What Makes a Car Hybrid?

Car driving on highway

All hybrid cars share at least three common factors. In fact, all three capabilities must be present in order for the vehicle to be classified as hybrid. These three steps include: Regenerative braking, idle-off capability and power assist. These steps are explained below in more detail. Read on to learn more about what makes a car a hybrid

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Swine Flu: 1976 vs. Today

Flu needle

The swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus (and recently referred to exclusively as this by Obama during his press conference), is likely to become a full fledged pandemic. What does that mean to the public? At this point, it is hard to tell. To the health care worker, it will be very busy. If the swine flu becomes a pandemic then it is estimated that 25-30% of the U.S. will become infected by the virus, the severity of which should not be much worse than what we see with the typical flu. There is a chance that the virus could mutate again and become more severe but thus far the U.S. cases are much less severe than the ones in Mexico. There will be casualties however.

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Carlo Petrini and the Slow Food Movement

Mother and kid at farmer's market

In a nut shell, the slow food movement is the opposite of fast food. In fact, it was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy as an initiative to preserve local, cultural cuisine, and thereby combat the unchecked growth of unhealthy fast food. The slow food movement encourages us to return to our roots…

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Most Environmental Gas Station?

Green gas station

Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Usually when the words environmental and gas station or used in the same sentence, they negate each other. In this case, however, we are looking to find a gas station that currently does the least environmental harm. In other words, a lesser of evils…

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The Local Food Movement

Food outside at farmer's market

The word local is one of America’s hot new buzz words. Although the idea of buying locally grown food is not at all new, the local food movement has certainly picked up momentum in recent years and has therefore thrust the word “local” into all kinds of headlines. Forty years ago it was mostly grown hippies and environmentalists who promoted local food. College towns had food co-ops and bigger cities hosted weekend farmer’s markets. Today, politicians, white collar workers, blue collar workers, housewives, retirees, college students and people from all parts of society are getting on the local food movement bandwagon.

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Threatened and Endangered Animals

Bald eagle

Animals are beautiful and fascinating. They are living, breathing creatures with significant meaning to their lives. A world without animals is no world at all. Humans and animals must co-exist in order to maintain balance and continuing survival on this planet. Yet with the rapid change in human societies in the last two centuries, many animals have not been able to adapt quickly enough to keep up, and as a result, they are in serious danger. This is why taking action for continuing survival of endangered animals is critical to life on earth…

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