11-year-old discovers rare 475-million-year-old fossil in Tennessee

May 8, 2018 by  
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While enjoying an evening walk at Douglas Lake in East Tennessee , 11-year-old Ryleigh Taylor stumbled upon a magnificent discovery: the 475-million-year-old fossilized remains of an ancient sea creature called a trilobite. Taylor brought her find to the University of Tennessee , where it was examined by paleobiology professor Colin Sumrall. “Typically when we look at fossils of trilobites, they molt when they grow,” Sumrall told WATE.com . “So what happens is, when the trilobite skeleton just crumbles into hundreds of little pieces. To find one where all the pieces are intact, it’s actually a pretty lucky find.” Related to modern crustaceans, spiders and insects , most closely to horseshoe crabs, trilobites were a widespread arthropod group during the Cambrian period, reaching 60 different species at its peak. The group began to shrink during the Devonian period, then eventually went extinct in the wake of the Permian extinction. Named trilobite for its “three-lobes” body structure, the group is thought to be one of the first organisms to experience vision. While some trilobites could not have been seen without a microscope, others, such as isotelus rex , could grow to be several feet in length. Related: Treasure trove of Triassic fossils found at Bears Ears Taylor was thrilled with her discovery. “To find something like that, it’s really really cool,” Taylor told WATE . “I looked down while I was walking and I found it, I just saw it.” Taylor hopes that her unexpected fossil find will inspire other young people to get outside and explore. “I can show kids that are my age that they don’t have to sit inside and play games . They can actually go outside and find different things,” said Taylor. “To find something like that, it could spark this youngster into a whole career,” explained Sumrall. “Maybe she’ll become a great paleontologist one day.” For now, Ryleigh Taylor is simply content to continue exploring. Via The TeCake Images via  Depositphotos (2)

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A sportswear company stays true to its sustainable slam dunk

August 25, 2017 by  
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How Ruth True founded Nube9, dominated the youth sportswear market and diverted 795,000 plastic bottles from the landfill.

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Sign this petition to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 27, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL0aq05t7ds The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is approximately 80 percent built—but it’s not too late to stop it from completion. Standing Rock Youth and their Rezpect our Water campaign have launched a petition to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction of the pipeline and they need your help! The pipeline, which would run from North Dakota to Illinois, poses huge threats to historic Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sites, their cultural heritage, and the environment. Help Standing Rock Youth by signing their Change.org petition .

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SpoonLed teaches millennials how to turn food waste into gorgeous meals

March 11, 2016 by  
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In most countries, 18 to 24-year-olds are some of the biggest food wasters, but Youth Food Movement Australia is setting out to change that. The Australian non-profit has developed a new video and event series called SpoonLed that teaches millennials creative cooking hacks for preventing food waste . Participants will learn everything from mastering how to cook produce past its peak, to rescuing the parts of vegetables we normally chuck. Creative Director, Helena Rosebery, says, “It’s not about guilt, it’s about creative solutions – and empowering people to lead and eat by example in social ways that gives food the respect it deserves.” Check out the video below for some cooking tricks you can use right now. + SpoonLed The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

July 24, 2014 by  
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India’s government is killing two birds with one stone by hiring youth to plant two billion trees along highways throughout the country. The plan to put as many as 300,000 youth to work planting trees will help quell the country’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate amongst youth aged 15-24, while helping to combat climate change and beautify the country’s roadways at the same time. Read the rest of India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: change , climate , CO2 emissions , government , highways , India , India to plant 2 billion trees , India’s carbon sink , Pollution , Trees , unemployment , youth , youth unemployment

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Tshanfeto Farm Teaches Sustainable Farming Techniques to Ivory Coast Youth

September 25, 2013 by  
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Tshanfeto is a teaching farm in the Ivory Coast that trains around 40 young people each year in sustainable agriculture techniques. Enterprises like this are vital for local communities in the country, which is recovering from a devastating political crisis and experiencing an average youth unemployment of 60 percent . The project started 10 years ago as a venture in the region of Yopougon , but due to its success it now advises other farms on how to increases productivity and profit. Read the rest of Tshanfeto Farm Teaches Sustainable Farming Techniques to Ivory Coast Youth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: community farms , farm projects , farm schools , green projects , ivory coast , social enterprizes , sustainable projects , tshanfento        

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GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population

March 15, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Just about anyone in the eastern United States will recall from their youth the beautiful black and brown Monarch butterflies that migrate en masse from Mexico to breed and feed here and in Canada, before returning to slumber in a central Mexican forest. But this year their numbers have dropped by 59 percent, according to the latest WWF-led annual census of the insects . In part this has to do with the loss of milkweed that butterflies require for food and to breed, which has declined in parts of the United States where genetically modified soybean and corn crops are grown . But that’s not the only reason, according to the experts. Read the rest of GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canada , Central Mexican forest , environmental destruction , GMOs , illegal logging , Mexican Monarch Butterflies , mexico , Monarch Butterflies , News , transboundary conservation , US , winged migration , wwf

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City Playgrounds Deemed Too Safe Because of Dumbed Down Designs

July 31, 2011 by  
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Here’s something we thought we’d never hear: Playgrounds are being deemed  too safe. In a recent article posted by Shine , experts are contending that the designs of  modern playgrounds are being homogenized and dumbed down in the name of safety. “We’re now at a point where every playground is pretty much the same. And they’re boring. They’re not challenging,” says playground expert Alex Gilliam. So do today’s playgrounds pale in comparison to those of your youth? Share your thoughts with us after the jump. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best playgrounds , boring playgrounds , Design for Kids , green design for kids , green kids , kids safety , playground architecture , playground design , safe playground design

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Pharrell Williams Resource Center: A tree house for youth empowerment

June 16, 2011 by  
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DATTATREYA MANDAL: Eco Treehouse Proposal by Rapper Pharrell Williams & Oppenheim Architecture A whole new and advanced tree-house as ‘Pharrell Williams Resource Center’ is all set to be unveiled at Virginia Beach, which is the hometown of the famous Rapper. The whole design will be the result of the collaboration of Pharrell Williams and Oppenheim Architecture

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James Cameron Sends a Message to America’s Youth, "Glee" Hits the Road, and More

April 8, 2011 by  
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Photo: jurvetson / Creative Commons “Avatar” director and passionate environmentalist James Cameron talked to MSNBC this week and, according to Ecorazzi , he had some advice for the country’s young, aspiring eco-warriors. …

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