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What really happened at Chernobyl and Bhopol? How do different countries celebrate Earth Day? To understand environmentsl issues, it's important to understand what happened at major environmental events that have helped to shape the current state of environmental policy, laws, and activim.
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How Are Tsunamis Detected?
How scientists identify tsunamis; scientific methods for detecting a tsunami.

What is Earth Hour?
Ever since Sydney, Australia held the first Earth Hour in 2007, Earth Hour has become a global event that grows larger each year, inspiring millions of people worldwide to take action against climate change.

What is a Tsunami?
What tsunamis are and how a tsunami is detected and tracked.

Top Environmental Issues - What Are Your Top Environmental Issues in …
Here are some of the top environmental issues of the past decade, from 2000 to 2009. What do you think will be the top environmental issues in the next 10, 20 or 50 years? Tell us what you think the top environmental issues will be in the coming years, and why.

What was the worst environmental disaster in the United States?
What was the worst environmental disaster ever to occur in the United States? The Dust Bowl of the 1930s, created by a combination of drought and erosion caused by poor farming practices, is considered by most experts to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Top Environmental Issues of the Decade, 2000-2009
The first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) was 10 years of change for the environment, as new environmental issues emerged and existing issues evolved. Here's my take on the top environmental issues of the past decade.

What is World Environment Day?
Learn about World Environment Day: how it started, what World Environment Day means, and when World Environment Day is celebrated.

Profile: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill fouled the waters of Prince William Sound in Alaska. The Exxon Valdez oil spill coated more than a thousand miles of pristine coastline and killed hundreds of thousands of birds, fish and animals. The Exxon Valdez oil spill has become a symbol of human-caused environmental disasters.

The First Day of Spring: Fun Facts About the Vernal Equinox
Every year we long for the first day of spring, or vernal equinox, when the days start to get longer and the weather starts getting warmer. But there is much more to know about the first day of spring.

Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15
America Recycles Day takes place every year on November 15, proclaimed by the president and celebrated in communities nationwide with events that educate people about the benefits of recycling and of purchasing products made from recycled materials.

Oscar Goes Green
At the 79th Academy Awards, Oscar turned green for the first time--and not with envy. Producers of the annual telecast worked with scientists and environmental groups to neutralize the show's environmental impact and to send a message about environmental stewardship to millions of viewers worldwide.

Top Environmental Stories of 2006
What were the top environmental stories of 2006? What made them important or significant? Check this list of the dozen top environmental stories, chosen by Larry West, About Environmental Issues, to see whether you agree or disagree.

What are the Effects of Drought?
Drought can have serious health, social, economic and political impacts with far-reaching consequences. Learn more about the possible effects of drought and how they are interrelated.

What is Drought?
What is the true definition of "drought," how many different types of droughts are there, and what causes droughts to occur?

What are the Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina puts public health at risk. Learn about the environmental impacts of Hurricane Katrine, including industrial waste, raw sewage and oil spills.

World Water Day - A Billion People Worldwide Lack of Safe Drinking Water
World Water Day -- More than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Every day, 14,000 people die from diseases caused by this global water crisis, the majority of them children under 5 years old. World Water Day is an annual observance to raise public awareness about this critical global health issue and to inspire personal action. Read the interview with Gary White, executive director and co-founder of WaterPartners International, to learn how you can help.

Toxic Cloud Rises Over London as Fuel Fire Rages
Details about a fire at a fuel depot in Hertfordshire, which caused a series of explosions that sent a cloud of toxic smoke into the air over London, raising concerns about public health. Officials said the fire at the Buncefield fuel depot, a 100-acre facility and the fifth largest storage facility in the U.K., is the worst industrial fire in Europe since 1945.

China Toxic Chemical Spill Flowing Toward Russia
Nearly a month after an explosion at a chemical plant in northeastern China killed five people and spilled 100 tons of cancer-causing benzene into the Songhua River, the damaging effects of the accident continue to spread.

2005 Weather - 2005 - A Year of Extremes
Weather went wild in 2005—in the United States and around the world—with a record downpour in the Nevada desert, glaciers melting in Greenland, an unprecedented series of major hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic, and the worst drought in a century in the Amazon rainforest. The cost in property losses, environmental damage and human lives is still being calculated and may never be fully understood.

Mistletoe - Fun Facts About Mistletoe
Everyone knows about the power of mistletoe at Christmas, right? It makes holiday romance democratic by making everyone equally kissable. But there is more to mistletoe than kissing and holiday merriment.

Toxic Spills Due to Hurricanes May Cause Lasting Damage
Among the damage caused by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina are oil and chemical spills from refineries and other factories along the southern coast of the United States. A Houston Chronicle review of data from the National Response Center shows that the two hurricanes caused at least 595 spills, releasing enormous amounts of oil, natural gas and other chemicals into the air, soil and water.

Hurricane Wilma - News Coverage on Hurricane Wilma
Updated news coverage about Hurricane Wilma, plus resources and information to help people prepare for the hurricane and cope with the damage.

EPA Offers Information on Potential Health Hazards for Hurricane Survivors
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused widespread damage to life and property throughout the Gulf Coast region, but for those people returning to rebuild affected communities the dangers continue. The EPA is providing informational flyers to help returning residents cope with a variety of potentially life-threatening environmental and health hazards created by the storm damage.

The Legacy of the Bhopal Disaster
More than 20 years after an explosion at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India sent deadly gas wafting across the city's poorest sections, survivors are still struggling to cope with the health issues left behind by the worst industrial accident in history.

Three Mile Island: Feds Back Nuclear Energy for the Environment
In this article for Grist magazine, columnist Amanda Griscom writes about the U.S. govnerment's continuing support of nuclear energy, despite the lessons of Three Mile Island, the nation's worst nuclear accident.

Meltdown at Three Mile Island
A film, timeline and other special features about the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, from The American Experience on PBS.

The 10 Worst Oil Spills in History
There are many ways to measure the severity of oil spills—from the volume spilled to the extent of environmental damage to the cost of clean-up and recovery. The following list describes the worst oil spills in history, judged by the amount of oil released into the environment. By volume, the Exxon Valdez oil spill ranks around 35th, but it is considered an environmental disaster because the o…

Why is Lightning Dangerous?
Worldwide, approximately 10,000 people are killed by lightning every year and 100,000 are injured. What makes lightning so dangerous and how does it compare to other weather hazards?

10 Things You Need to Know About the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became front-page news as soon as the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded and caught fire on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and starting the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. Yet, there are a number of things about the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that have been overlooked or underreported by the med…

NOAA Predicts a Busy Hurricane Season for 2011
NOAA and the National Hurricane Center published an August update that predicts more tropical storms and hurricanes than the annual May forecast indicated. Predictions for both the number of tropical storms and the number of hurricanes edged up slightly, while the number of major hurricanes remained roughly the same.

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