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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 disaster was an industrial accident that occurred in a small chemical manufacturing plant *The community of about 17,000 people were all affected
  • 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
    • The fires were set just south of the Iraq border *Iraqi troops left Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War, and they set fire to over 650 oil wells and damaged many more, just south of the Iraq border
  • 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