Cod in NewfoundlandJuly 2, 1987: The first incident in a two-year pollution mystery strikes the Jersey Shore, as bags of medical waste wash up along popular ocean beaches. The state cites a 22 percent drop in tourist-related revenue along the Shore, and the origin of some of the waste is eventually traced to New York City's Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.

July 2, 1992: The long-predicted collapse of Canada’s east coast cod fishery hits home, as the Canadian government puts its cod fleet into cold shutdown. Tens of thousands of fishermen in Newfoundland and the Maritimes Provinces are idled, and centuries-old fishing communities are devastated. The shutdown, originally announced as a two-year measure, is still largely in effect.

July 2, 2001: U.S. President George W. Bush proposes the first-ever oil drilling off the Florida coast. The proposal is opposed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the President’s brother.

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