Osaka factory smokeAug. 28, 1903: Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted dies. Olmsted revolutionized landscape design with his work on New York’s Central Park, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and parks and neighborhoods in Atlanta, Boston and elsewhere. Olmsted spent his last years confined to MacLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., whose grounds he designed.

Aug. 28, 1981: The journal Science publishes a paper by James Hansen and five other scientists warning that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will trap heat, melt polar ice and glaciers, raise sea levels, and open the ice-bound Northwest Passage.

Aug. 28, 1990: Plainfield, Ill., is partly destroyed by a powerful tornado, with 29 lives lost.

Aug. 28, 2012:  The Obama Administration approved rules calling for a dramatic increase in fuel efficiency for U.S. vehicles, nearly doubling the rate to 54.5 miles per gallon.

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

August 28
Frederick Law Olmsted dies, scientists warn about carbon dioxide, and Plainfield, Ill., is swept up by a tornado.