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Air and Water Timeline

  • May 11, 1150


    Sri Lankan King Nissanka Malla orders that no animal be killed within his capitol. Being in consideration of animal welfare about public health and sanitation and emotional effect of children.
  • May 8, 1300

    Navy Code

    Forest code passed about regulating wood production for the Navy.
  • May 8, 1366

    Clean Butchers

    City of Paris forces butchers to dispose animal wastes outside city.
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    The Enlightment Era

  • Benjamin Commitee

    Philadelphia committee led by Benjamin Franklin tries to regulate waste disposal and water pollution.
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    Industrial Revolution

  • Sewers

    First modern municipal sewers in London, but water supply still frequently contaminated.
  • House of Commons Factory Commission

    A system was established to make sure regualtions were followed in factories. Changed child labor hours and allowed appointment of inspectors and a permanent Factory Inspectorate.
  • Mechanical Windmill

    Daniel Halladay introduces mechanical windmill, which for the next cuntury, pumps water for farm homes and livestock, and large windmills used to pump water for steam railroad trains.
  • Appleton

    World's first hydroelectric pwoer plant starts operation in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Women's Club

    General Federation of Women's Clubs founded in US. Focused on conservation and ecology efforts, such as reforms. The federation developed national committes on forestry, waterways, rivers, and harbors.
  • Supreme Victory

    Supreme Victory
    Water pollution lawsuit begins in Supreme Court, where the state of Missouri sues the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago's sewer system for polluting the Mississippi. Supreme court eventually allows Chicago to maintain a canal draining city seqage into the Des plaines River, and eventually the Mississippi River.
  • Mine disaster

    Mine disaster kills 362 coal miners. Subsequent publiec concern leads to creation of the US Bureau of Mines in 1910.
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    The Roaring Twenties and Great Depression

  • Alkali Acts of 1863 and 1906

    Public Health Act (UK) expands Alkali Acts to control any chemical process considered to cause serious pollution.
  • Corps of Engineers

    River and Harbor Act gives Corps of Engineers task of surveying and planning navigation system for inland waters.
  • US Congress passes Public Contracts Act

    Mandating safety and health standards for any business with a federal contract.
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    WWII and The Fifties

  • Los Angeles

    First air pollution control bureau in nation, called Los angeles Air Pollution Control District, is formed.
  • Dingell-Johnson Act

    USs passes Air Pollution Control Act, Congress passes Dingell-Johnson Act, an excise tax on fishing tackle used to fund conservation projects.
  • World's first commercial nuclear electric power plant

    Opened at Sellafield in the United Kingdom. The 180 megawatt Calder Hall plant opening was seen as start of the new atomic age.
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    The Sixites

  • Environmental Quality (CEQ)

    Environmental Quality (CEQ)
    National Environmental Policy Act signed to create the council on Environmental Quality, to give the President advice on environmental issues and review environmental impact statements.
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    The Seventies

  • Earth Day

    First nationwide Earth Day organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson and Dennis Hayes. It creates a national political presence for environmetal concerns.
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    The Eighties

  • United Nations

    Un World charter for Nature passes by a vote of 111 in favor to 1 against (United States). Nature shall be respected, shall not be compromised, and all population levels of all life forms will be sufficient for their survival and habitats shall be safeguarded.
  • Treaty

    International treaty bans all ocean dumping of wastes.
  • Ocean Sanitation

    International treaty bans all ocean dumping of wastes.
  • United Nations on Wildlife

    UN Antarctic treaty prohibits mining, limits pollution and protects animal species.
  • Earth Summit

    Earth Summit
    Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference focuses on five issues: Assistence to developing nations, Rio Declaration, Statement of Principles on Forests ( forest preservation), Kyoto Protocols, and Aims to conserve biological share of benefits of biodiversity.
  • Logging

    President Clinton signs order restricting logging in old growth forests.
  • Union

    European Union bans leaded gasoline as a public health hazard.
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    Ancient Civilization

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    The Twenties

  • Rain forest logging

    Rain forest logging banned in New Zealand following a 30 year campaign by environmental groups.
  • Energy Bill

    Energy bill introduced in Congress would include ethanol madates, nuclear power plant constution, and liability exemptions for MTBE users, electrical reliability measures and other items.
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    The Future

  • OTAC

    Construction of Otacs, which use the cold water off of seas to convert into electrical energy without oil, coal, natural gas, or other fossil fuels.
  • Roman Senate

    Law to protect water stored during dry periods is passed so it can be used for street and sewer cleaning.
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    The Middle Ages

  • Bladder

    Workers used bladders as respirators in zinc smelters.
  • Mycelium

    United Nation passes an act to preserve mycelium.