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Earth Day and the Paris Accords

On today’s date in 1970, the first Earth Day is celebrated in the United States and elsewhere. Now an annual event observed every April 22…

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Three Mile Island

On this day in 1979, the worst accident in the history of the US nuclear power industry occurs at reactor number 2 of Three Mile…

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Exxon Valdez and the Worst Oil Spill in our History

On this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez went off course in a 10-mile wide channel in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and hit…

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The Grand Canyon and Highest and Best Land Use

On this day in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument. In 1903, Roosevelt had visited the…

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The Day Big Oil Was Born

On this day in 1901, the American oil industry is born as a gusher named Spindle Top blows; the United States would never be the…

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A Lesson to be Learned from the Great Smog

On this day in 1952, The Great Smog, a deadly air-pollution event, descends upon the British capital of London. When it finally lifted, government medical…

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