The LoraxFeb. 14, 1972: CBS Television stages the U.S. premiere of "The Lorax," an animated feature based on a Dr. Seuss book published a year earlier. The Lorax (at right) is the consummate tree-hugger — more specifically, he "speaks for the trees," and gently confronts a creature called the Once-ler, who aspires to clear-cut truffela trees.

Feb. 14, 1989: The Supreme Court of India announces a $470 million settlement with the Union Carbide Corporation. Carbide owned the Bhopal factory that was the site of one of the biggest industrial disasters in history in 1984. An explosion released a massive cloud of methyl isocyanate, which seared the lungs and blinded tens of thousands of citizens. Estimates of the death toll at Bhopal vary widely, from 3,000 to 15,000 people.

Feb. 14, 1990: Inspired by a widely quoted diss of the "ecology beat" by ABC News star Sam Donaldson, several reporters, including Pulitzer Prize winners, establish the Society of Environmental Journalists. Despite the overall decline of news organizations, the trade association of the "ecology beat" has more than 1,500 members into the second decade of the 21st century.

Feb. 14, 2012:  Documents anonymously leaked to reporters and activists from the Heartland Institute reveals the conservative group’s strategy to undermine climate change science and help fund climate deniers.  While the content of most documents is confirmed, Heartland says a key memo is a “fake.” Days later, scientist and climate activist Peter Gleick apologizes for obtaining the documents by fraud.

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