Nov. 18, 1971:
The U.S. Congress passes the Airborne Hunting Act
, banning the shooting of wildlife from aircraft. Considered inhumane by animal activists and un-sporting by many hunters, the practice continues in some places due to legal loopholes. Aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska becomes a Presidential election issue in 2008 when Vice Presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin defends the practice.
Nov. 18, 1988:
U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Ocean Dumping Act,
outlawing virtually any direct dumping of pollutants into U.S. ocean waters.
Nov. 18, 2008:
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger convenes the Governors’ Climate Summit
, in which U.S. governors meet with their counterparts from developing nations. The U.S. contingent meets with governors from Indonesia and Brazil to forge a pact on reducing deforestation.
Nov. 18, 2012:
The online publication Greenwire reports that the CIA has disbanded
its Center on Climate Change and National Security. The three year-old Center had studied possible security risks from climate change. Its creation sparked an outcry from Congressional climate skeptics.