Mount Rainier National Park

March 2, 1899:  The land around a massive, snow-covered volcano visible from downtown Seattle is declared Mount Rainier National Park (at right).

March 2, 1971: The last commercial whaling station in the U.S. closes in Richmond, Calif.

March 2, 1972:  The state of Indiana issues the first wastewater discharge permits allowing industrial facilities to dump treated water under the new federal Clean Water Act.

March 2, 2008: The Chicago-based Heartland Institute hosts its first annual Global Warming Conference, which involves scientists and conservative political activists who gather in New York City to dismiss concerns about a warming climate.

Photo: Tim Norvell/Flickr

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