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A student at Clemson experiments with turtles crossing the road. If you’re American, the experiment went just as expected…

College student’s turtle project takes dark twist

Clemson University student Nathan Weaver set out to determine how to help turtles cross the road. He ended up getting a glimpse into the dark souls of some humans.

Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched over the next hour as seven drivers swerved and deliberately ran over the animal. Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed.

“I’ve heard of people and from friends who knew people that ran over turtles. But to see it out here like this was a bit shocking,” said Weaver, a 22-year-old senior in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences.

To seasoned researchers, the practice wasn’t surprising.

The number of box turtles is in slow decline, and one big reason is that many wind up as roadkill while crossing the asphalt, a slow-and-steady trip that can take several minutes.

Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet by taking a two-ton metal vehicle and squishing a defenseless creature under the tires, said Hal Herzog, a Western Carolina University psychology professor.

“They aren’t thinking, really. It is not something people think about. It just seems fun at the time,” Herzog said. “It is the dark side of human nature.”

Via AP

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My alma mater

“U.S.News & World Report has ranked Vermont Law School’s environmental law program as the best in the nation for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. The 2013 Best Grad Schools rankings were released today. VLS also placed among the nation’s top programs for dispute resolution (rank 16th), clinical training (rank 23rd) and law schools where law firms tend to recruit (rank 96th) among America’s 200 law schools.”

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Great for college students on a budget!

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Going green doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of green! Reducing and reusing in our homes is just as important as recycling and can help save you some cash. Here are five tips we’ve incorporated for saving green while going green.

• Pick Cloth Over Paper
Hand towels and cloth…

TREE PLANTING TOMORROW AT THE UCF ARBORETUM!!

Join us TOMORROW, March 14th, 2012 at 1pm for a tree planting. Interested volunteers will meet at our Nature Pavilion, across Gemini Blvd. from the Arboretum, and walk with staff through the trails to the edge of campus to assist in the planting of 100 pine trees. Volunteer hours can be signed off and you will get to enjoy the spring by helping to restore this piece of campus. No RSVP necessary, just come out at 1pm.

Our environment shapes our behaviors and, perhaps more so, our behaviors shape our environment. The human race has had an incredible impact on the global environment. This detrimental impact gave rise to an emergent ideal, sustainability. Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In order to endure we must find equilibrium between a progressive, technological world and a world dictated by ancient, natural laws. Essentially, we must provide food and energy for a massive population without depleting the earth’s finite resources. The task is a daunting one, and you may find yourself asking, how can I make a difference? That is why we decided to put onthis free workshop series to help you understand where you, as an individual, can promote food, energy and waste sustainability. It doesn’t have to be a long uphill battle; we’re convinced you can make a substantial difference at your convenience. So come join us for the first series of our workshop on March 21st at 1 pm for the freeEnvironment and Behavior Workshop: Food Sustainability and learn how you can be a part of this vital movement!

Other Details:

Activities will include a brief introductory clip, break out discussions, a walk-through of the community garden and a cooking demo.

All attendees must RSVP to alex.stringfellow@ucf.edu no later than March 19th

Tea, water and a small snack will be provided

We do politely request no children under the age of 12

For the earth,

UCF Arboretum

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Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinley Hahn, the owners of the organic fashion brand Loomstate, decided to take the gamble, challenging a class at Parsons the New School for Design to create garments with zero waste.
The students’ work was whittled down to five finalists, with the  winner—a loose-fitting anorak with dolman sleeves by Andria  Crescioni—chosen at a Parsons exhibition on zero waste. Along the way,  Gregory and Hahn coached the class, led by Timo Rissanen, on methods of  construction and Loomstate’s style. The key was to maximize a single  piece of cloth, using the scraps for pockets and cuffs and external  details
The anorak is available in limited quantities for $345.

Not crazy about that price point. And not sure I get why it’s a “limited quantities” situation, which implies that this was a bit of a publicity stunt. But still: Two cheers, right? And nice job by the students…
(via Loomstate To Parsons Students: Design A Zero-Waste Garment, And We’ll Make It | Co.Design: business   innovation   design)

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Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinley Hahn, the owners of the organic fashion brand Loomstate, decided to take the gamble, challenging a class at Parsons the New School for Design to create garments with zero waste.

The students’ work was whittled down to five finalists, with the winner—a loose-fitting anorak with dolman sleeves by Andria Crescioni—chosen at a Parsons exhibition on zero waste. Along the way, Gregory and Hahn coached the class, led by Timo Rissanen, on methods of construction and Loomstate’s style. The key was to maximize a single piece of cloth, using the scraps for pockets and cuffs and external details

The anorak is available in limited quantities for $345.

Not crazy about that price point. And not sure I get why it’s a “limited quantities” situation, which implies that this was a bit of a publicity stunt. But still: Two cheers, right? And nice job by the students…

(via Loomstate To Parsons Students: Design A Zero-Waste Garment, And We’ll Make It | Co.Design: business innovation design)