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Environmental Timeline

  • The Panama Canal

    The Panama Canal
    *The Panama Canal is a 77.1 kilometre ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
    *The canalis a key routet for international trade
  • The Great Smog of 52

    The Great Smog of 52
    *A severe air pollution event that affected London
    *This was a long period of cold weather, combined with very windless conditions, collected airborne pollution mostly from the use of coal
  • Castle Bravo

    Castle Bravo
    *This was the first U.S. test of a dry fuel thermonucler hydrogen bomb
    *The bomb was tested at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • Minamata Disease

    Minamata Disease
    *The diesease is a syndrom caused by mercury poisioning
    *Symptoms of this disease are numbness in the hands and feet, general muscle weakness, narrowing of the field of vision, and damage to hearing and speech
  • The Shrinking of the Aral Sea

    The Shrinking of the Aral Sea
    *Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world and the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s \
    *By 2007 it declined 10% in size
  • Silent Spring

    Silent Spring
    *Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson
    *Helped with launching the contemporary American Environmental Movement
  • The Palomares Incident

    The Palomares Incident
    *A B-52G bomber aircraft of the USAF Strategic Air Command collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refuelling
    *When this happened the B-52G broke apart, killing three of the seven crew members that were on the aircraft
  • Fukushima Daiichi

    Fukushima Daiichi
    *The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is also known as Fukushima Daiiichi and is disabled
    *The Nulear Power Plant is located on a 3.5-square-kilometre site in Japan
  • Tragedy of the Commons

    Tragedy of the Commons
    *An economic problem when every individual tries to get the best benefit from a given resource
    *The Commons can include the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, fish stocks, national parks, advertising, and even parking meters
  • Ecocide in Vietnam

    Ecocide in Vietnam
    *The ecocide was used to refer to a destruction of the natural environment and disruption or loss of ecosystems
    *This Eccocide destroyed the people pf Vietnam's natural environment
  • The Love Canal

    *The Love Canal became the subject of national and eve ninternational attention after it was told the canal has been used to bury 21,000 tons of toxic waste
    *Heavy rainstorms would release chemical waste which resulted in a public helth emergency to the people living by Niarga Falls
  • Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

    Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
    *A dead zones are low-oxygen areas in the world's oceans and large lakes
    *The dead zone area is very large spanning roughly about the size of Connecticut
  • 1st Earth Day

    1st Earth Day
    *The first Earth Day was the day the modern environmental movement was born
    *Senator Gaylord Nelson was disturbed about our earth and the problems were not brought to anyones attention in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day
  • Environmental Protection Agency

    Environmental Protection Agency
    *A federal agency established to coordinate programs and the program is aimed at reduce pollution and it is also used to help protect the environment
  • Door to Hell

    Door to Hell
    *The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Turkmenistan
    *The Door to Hell is a natural gas fire which has been burning non stop since it was lit by a Soviet scienist
  • Amoco Cadiz

    Amoco Cadiz
    *Amoco Cadiz was a very large crude carrier that split in three and sank
    *The carrier was 334.02 m (1,095.9 ft) in length
  • The Sevesto Disaster

    The Sevesto Disaster
  • The Three Mile Island Nuclear Explosion

    The Three Mile Island Nuclear Explosion
    *The explosion released a small amount of radioactive gases and radioactive iodine
    *From the accident in Pennsylvania not a single person was found to have cancer
  • The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

    The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
    *It spilled about 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of oil
    *It is considered to be one of the most devastating environmental disasters caused by humans
  • The Bhopal Disaster

    The Bhopal Disaster
    *The Bhopal gas tragedy was a gas leak in India
    *Over 500,000 people of the town were exposed to methyl gas and other chemical
  • The Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion

    The Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion
    *The Chernobyl was a catastrophic nuclear accident

    *An explosion and fire released a lot of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the USSR and Europe
  • Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch

    Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch
    *The Great Pacific garbage patch formed over time by marine pollution mixing with oceanic currents
    *The size of the patch is determined by sampling and it is estimated to be about 700,000 square kilometres
  • The Kuwait Oil fires

    The Kuwait Oil fires
  • Libby, Montana Asbestos Contamination

    Libby, Montana Asbestos Contamination
    *The town discoverd a toxic asbestos dust that was coming from there mines, the mine supplied jobs for over 200 people
    *People who lived in Libby have suffered with asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma
  • Baia Mare Cyanide Spill

    Baia Mare Cyanide Spill
    *The Baia Mare spill was a leak of cyanide near Baia Mare, Romania, into the Somes River
    *This spill hurt a large number of fish and the spill has been called the worst environmental disaster in Europe
  • Deep Water Horizon BP Oil Spill

    Deep Water Horizon BP Oil Spill
    *The spill was considered to be the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of petroleum industry
    *There was an estimated amount of about 4.9 million barrels that were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico
  • The Three Gorges Dam

    The Three Gorges Dam
    *The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River
    *The Dam is the world's largest power station of installed capacity
  • The Al-mishraq Fire

    The Al-mishraq Fire
    *The Al-mishraq is a state run sulfur plant near Mosul, Iraq
    *It was the site of the largest human made release of sulfur dioxide ever recorded, when the fire started and burned for almost a month
  • E-waste in Guiya, China

    E-waste in Guiya, China
    *Many of the recycling operations in Guiyu are toxic and dangerous to the workers health
    *About 88% of children suffer from lead poisoning and there is a very high rate of miscarriages
  • Jilin Chemical Plant Explosions

    Jilin Chemical Plant Explosions
    *The Jilin Chemical Plant Explosion was a series of explosions which occurred in Jilin Province of China
    *The explosions killed six people, injured many more people, and caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.
  • An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth
    *An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim
    *The film is about the former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming
  • TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Coal Fly Ash Spill

    TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Coal Fly Ash Spill
    *1.3 million US gallons of coal fly ash was spilled
    *The spill caused a lot of damage to many homes and near by facitilies
  • Sidoarjo Mud Flow

    Sidoarjo Mud Flow
    *An ongoing eruption of gas and mud in East Java, Indonesia
    *This is the biggest mud volcano in the world