Crop dustingJuly 30, 1995: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Russell Train announces a ban on two common pesticides, Heptachlor and Chlordane. Both are regularly used on corn crops nationwide.

July 30, 2001: A Time Magazine cover story declares "The Summer of the Shark" after a series of shark attacks. The University of Florida's International Shark Attack File, which keeps score on shark-caused fatalities, says the worldwide average is about 3.9 human deaths per year. An estimated 73 million sharks are killed each year for shark fin soup.

July 30, 2004: An explosion at a natural gas pipeline in Ghisleingien, Belgium kills at least 15 people. Construction equipment pierced the line, outside of Brussels, injuring over 100, destroying buildings and scorching nearby fields.

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