The U.S. government predicts melting ice caps, and the Healthy Forest Initiative is launched.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Aug. 22, 1981:
A U.S. government report
predicts that steadily rising global temperatures will melt land-based ice caps and glaciers, raising sea levels.
Aug. 22, 2002:
In a move that is roundly criticized by environmental groups, U.S. President George W. Bush unveils the Healthy Forests Initiative
. The proposal calls for increased thinning of forests to reduce wildfire risks. Critics say it’s a thinly veiled gift to the timber industry that will do more harm than good to forests.
Aug. 22, 2012:
In one of the worst wildfire seasons in history
, blazes darken skies and threaten communities in California, Washington State, Idaho, Utah, Montana and elsewhere. Warm weather, drought, and an infestation of tree-killing beetles are blamed.
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