THOMAS MALTHUS (1798)Predicted that exponential population growth would outpace linear food production, which leads to starvation
HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1845)Believed in being simple and self sufﬁcient. Author of Walden or, Life in the Woods
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (1872) First National Park, created by Ulysses S. Grant
LONDON FOG (1880)Coal Burning brought a toxic fog that came over London with high levels of sulfur dioxide, killing thousands of people
SIERRA CLUB (1892) John Muir founded the Sierra Club. He founded the club in orderfor us to explore and enjoy nature, but at the same time, protect it
LACEY ACT (1900)The Lacy Act simply stated that you can’t kill birds without paying the state
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1901-1909)A conservationist who was the 1st Environmental President. He started the Golden Age of Conservation.
PELICAN ISLAND (1903) The ﬁrst national wildlife refugee
FOREST SERVICE (1905)Pinchot believed in using the forests, but also protecting them for futuregenerations, utilizing the resources wisely. The Forest Service is used to administer the national forests.
DUST BOWL (1934-1940) A drought occurred, and the citizens used bad farmingtechniques which led to the soil depleting and starvation.
DONORA, PENNSYLVANIA (1948)The ﬁrst major air quality disaster. The weather trapped toxic fumes and it moved into the city to kill 20 people and made 7,000 ill
SAND COUNTY ALMANAC (1949)The author, Leopold wrote about living on the land, he told us that we should treat the land ethically.
LONDON SMOG (1952)The Coal Burning was producing smoke, and because of this unusual weatherpatterns trapped the toxic smoke and brought it into the city killing thousands
MINAMATA, JAPAN (1953) A company was dumping Mercury into a nearby bay, which led into the seaand contaminated the ﬁsh with Mercury, people died because of the poisoning
SILENT SPRING (1962)Rachel Carson cautioned about pesticides, and DDT. She is the mother of the Environmental Science movement.
POLLUTION OF LAKE EERIE (1965-1969) The lake was polluted badly
POPULATION BOMB (1968) A book that explained the phenomenon about too many people withnot enough resources to provide for them, can eventually lead to famine
TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS (1968)Shared resources that’s common, but some people get greedy and act selﬁshly and unfairly
CUYAHOGA RIVER FIRE (1969) The river was so badly polluted it caught on ﬁre
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (1969) 1st comprehensive Environmental Law. No construction if it negatively affects the environment.
CLEAN AIR ACT (1970)Sets limits for air pollutants to keep our air healthy
EPA ESTABLISHED (1970) Nixon established the EPA
FIRST EARTH DAY (1970)April 22nd. The First Earth Day was arranged by students universities and such.
CLEAN WATER ACT (1972)Regulated pollution in water, it sets maximum limits in drinkable water.
OPEC OIL EMBARGO (1973)They stopped shipping the US oil, diminishes the US oil
LOVE CANAL (1978)Landﬁll for the Hooker Chemical Company and made people die
THREE MILE ISLAND (1979)Located in Pennsylvania, it was the worst nuclear disaster of all time
BHOPAL, INDIA (1984)World’s worst industrial disaster, the gases dropped down bywheather and killed thousands of people. The Union Carbide.
CHERNOBYL (1986)At Chernobyl, reactor 4 exploded, and a plume of toxic gases spurred and became the World’s worst nuclear explosion.
MONTREAL PROTOCOL (1987)Treaty designed to protect the ozone layer. Single most successfulinternational agreement. Banned the use of CFCs among others.
EXXON VALDEZ (1989)One of the worst disasters that occurred at sea. An oil tanker struck a reef spilling millions of gallons into the ocean.
KYOTO PROTOCOL (1997)Treaty to stabilize the Green House gases, contributing an effort to stop global warming.
DEEP WATER HORIZON (2010) The BP oil spill, the biggest accidental spill in history
FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN (2011)Huge radiation triggered after a nuclear reactor exploded due to an earthquake that triggered a tsunami.