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1922 — League of Nations bans white-lead interior paint but the US declines to adopt the ban.
The Radium Girls — 1922 — Amelia Maggia, first of the “radium girls,” dies of radiation poisoning
1930, Feb. 3 — Washington Post reports that industries want to start logging Yellowstone Park
1933 — Tests by USDA and Annapolis researchers find Ethyl leaded gasoline and 20 percent ethanol blend almost exactly equal in performance
1941, Oct. 10 — Nigerian Environmental leader Ken Sara-Wiwa born.
1944 — Cleveland, Ohio natural gas explosion
1950 — Dr. Arie Haagen-Smit identifies causes of smog in LA as interaction of hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen from auto exhaust.
1950, Nov. 24 — Poza Rica killer smog incident leaves 22 dead, hundreds hospitalized in Mexico.
1963 — France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands agree to protect Rhine River from pollution in Berne Accord.
Jan. 23 — Two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on 23 January 1961.
1973 — Dec. 28 — Endangered Species Act passed by US Congress.
1976 — Urquiola oil spill Spain, La Coruna
March 9 — Anne Gorsuch Burford resigns as head of the US EPA after trying to excuse oil refiners from the phase-down of lead in gasoline
Anne Gorsuch Burford resigns as head of the US EPA
Methyl ico-cyanate, the same chemical involved in the Bhopal disaster of 1984,
1990 — April 20 — Twentieth Anniversary of Earth Day — 140 nations celebrate
September — US Bureau of Mines is closed by Republican Congress, ending $100 million worth of mine
— Jan 1 — European Union bans leaded gasoline as a public health hazard
invasion leads to fight over oil
rules of automobile fuels
heavy flooding kills
violent crime is down world wide
50 dead in an oil train wreck
— Criminal charges announced for officials in Flint Mich. water contamination scandal.
The year 2015 was the warmest on record, according to scientists with NASA and NOAA.
December,1811: the luddite movement brought steam powered machines replacing the workers
residual coal tar would remain an environmental problem well into the 21st century
1851- Henry Salt is believed to be the first person to advocate an animal rights movement
- 1866 a cholera epidemic that swept from Europe to North America killed only 500 in New York but 1200 in Cincinatti and 3,500 in St. Louis
1895 — Sewage cleanup in London means the return of some fish species (grilse, whitebait, flounder, eel, smelt) to the Thames River. (Fitter).
1892 — 1,000 Londoners die in smog incident.
1903 President Theodore Roosevelt creates first National Bird Preserve,
100,000 acres of Alaskan coal land withdrawn from public use; sold by USGS to private interests, creating a scandal in 1910
1912 — Bureau of Mines begins first smoke control study
1914 — Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Mines, Public Health Service begin pollution surveys of streams and harbors
6,000 BCE — Deforestation leads to collapse of communities in southern Israel / Jordan. (Grove , 1995).
Some of the first laws protecting the remaining forests are decreed in Ur, Messopotamia. (Grove, 1995).
Greek coastal cities become landlocked after deforestation, which causes soil erosion. The siltation fills in the bays and mouths of rivers.
The Roman Senate passes a law to protect water stored during dry periods so it can be released for street and sewer cleaning.
Parliament passes an act forbidding the throwing of filth and garbage into ditches, rivers and waters. City of Cambridge also passes the first urban sanitary laws in England.
Madeira islands : destruction of the laurisilva forest, or the woods which once clothed the whole island when the Portuguese settlers decided to clear the land for farming by setting most of the island on fire.  It is said that the fire burned for seven years.
Rapid industrialization in England leads to heavy deforestation and increasing substitution of coal for wood.
Japan’s shogun warns against dangers of erosion, stream siltation and flooding caused by deforestation. A proclamation urges people to plant tree seedlings. Additional measures lead to an elaborate system of woodland management by 1700. (Collapse by Diamond, p. 301, citing Conrad Totman).
Some 600 ships are engaged in hauling “sea coal” from Newcastle to London, an enormous increase compared to 1650, when only two ships regularly carried sea coal. The reason? Rapid industrialization and the demand for iron and naval supplies has stripped England’s forests.
Philadelphia committee led by Benjamin Franklin attempts to regulate waste disposal and water pollution.
Beginnings of first modern municipal sewers in London, but water supply is still frequently contaminated.
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