5 Milestones of the Environmental Movement
Key moments and achievements from the modern environmental movement.
1. The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970. It was celebrated by over 20 million people. Here is Walter Cronkite reporting on the first Earth Day. Shortly afterward, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was born.
2. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT in 1972. The chemical had been deemed "so safe you can eat it" in this 1947 video that reported on an epidemic of malaria in north-west Kenya. Watch here:
3. Congress creates the Superfund program in 1980, designed to clean up toxic waste sites.
5. The bald eagle is finally removed from the endangered species list in 2007. Read more here.
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The surprising results come from a new GLAAD survey.
- The survey found that 18- to 34-year-old non-LGBTQ Americans reported feeling less comfortable around LGBTQ people in a variety of hypothetical situations.
- The attitudes of older non-LGBTQ Americans have remained basically constant over the past few years.
- Overall, about 80 percent of Americans support equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
The more we learn about the microbiome, the more the pieces are fitting together.
- A new study from the University of Central Florida makes the case for the emerging connection of autism and the human microbiome.
- High levels of Propionic Acid (PPA), used in processed foods to extend shelf life, reduces neuronal development in fetal brains.
- While more research is needed, this is another step in fully understanding the consequences of poor nutrition.
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