WALL-EJune 27, 1957: Hurricane Audrey makes landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border, bringing a 12-foot storm surge to the coastline and killing 390.

June 27, 2002: The New Orleans Times-Picayune publishes a series called "Washing Away." Reporters Mark Schleifstein and John McQuaid demonstrate how drastic erosion along the Louisiana coast, combined with poor preparation for a direct-hit hurricane, leaves the region vulnerable to catastrophe. Three years later, the reporters' predictions come tragically true when Hurricane Katrina slams into Louisiana and Mississippi.

June 27, 2008: "WALL-E" is released. The animated feature film follows the adventures of two robots that clean up a ravaged planet and then set their sights on saving the universe. The titular character is seen at right.

June 27, 2011:  Jim Inhofe, the U.S. Senate’s most vocal climate-change denier, falls “deathly ill” after swimming at Grand Lake, near his Oklahoma home.  Record heat had spawned unprecedented algae blooms in the lake.  After recovering, Inhofe quips that his illness was “the environment’s revenge” for his career.

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

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