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In between sips from his recycled peanut butter jar-turned-water bottle, Colin Beavan described his No Impact Man experiment and passion for the environment. On Wednesday, March 17th, a student-filled lecture hall at Boston College listened intently to his simple mission: to experiment with ways to live a happier, healthier life by doing less harm and contributing more good to the planet. His method was a little bit more difficult: to live for a year with as little environmental impact as possible.

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Imagine a force so powerful that it actually alters time. Sadly, the citizens of Chile do not have to imagine, they lived it. On February 27, 2010, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country of Chile—the seventh strongest earthquake ever recorded in history. The strength of the quake was so intense that seismologists from NASA say it shifted the Earth’s axis eight centimeters and shortened the day by 1.26 microseconds.

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Anguish and worry flooded the minds of the citizens of Japan as a tsunami warning for waves up to ten feet high surfaced on their television screens. This tsunami warning came as a result of the earthquake in Chile on February 27th, which caused powerful waves to travel across the ocean towards Japan. In addition to this warning, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake erupted in Okinawa, Japan, on the very same day.

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