Jan. 22, 1970: "Restoring Nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions. It has become a common cause of all of the people of this country,"  says U.S. President Richard M. Nixon in his State of the Union address.

Bottle-nosed whale trapped in the Thames RiverJan. 22, 1996: Two University of Denver professors, George Pring and Penelope Canan, publish the definitive work on "SLAPPs." Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation are rapidly increasing as a tool deployed against community groups and nonprofits by better-funded opponents. Their book is titled "Getting Sued for Speaking Out."

Jan. 22, 2006: A northern bottlenose whale strays 40 miles up the Thames Estuary and visits London (at right). The whale, later determined to be an 11-year-old, 19-foot female, dies and is found to have suffered from dehydration and kidney failure.

Jan. 22, 2008: Just two days after Barack Obama’s inauguration as U.S. president, the nonpartisan research group factcheck.org examines campaign claims around the burning of so-called "clean coal." The group concludes that "clean coal," which would burn with minimal impact on greenhouse gas emissions, is possible, but only with huge costs.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.