Tongass National ForestJan. 25, 1984: Proposing increases in toxic waste cleanup budgets and acid rain research, U.S. President Ronald Reagan says in his State of the Union address, "Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it's common sense."

Jan. 25, 2008: Despite protests, and against its own biologists' recommendations, the U.S. Forest Service opens up 3.4 million acres of roadless areas in Alaska's Tongass National Forest (at right) for logging.

Jan. 25, 2009: A study published in the journal Science says that droughts and warming temperatures have doubled the rate of tree death in forests in the western U.S.

Jan. 25, 2012:  The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists releases a report on the “Free-for-all” decimating fisheries in the South Pacific, one of the last remaining ocean areas not plagued by overfishing.

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