Sea fan with signs of ocean acidificationJune 18, 1996: Ted Kaczynski, the "Unabomber," is indicted in Federal court on ten counts. The Unabomber mailed explosive packages to businessmen whom he felt were destroying the environment. Kaczynski is ultimately found guilty of murdering three people and maiming two others and received four life sentences.

June 18, 2006: Japan nearly engineers a stunning reversal at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission. A majority of IWC member-nations vote with Japan on a measure that could lead to suspending the 1986 commercial whaling ban. But the effort falls just short of the necessary 75 percent vote.

June 18, 2010: A peer-reviewed publication in the journal Science warns that the burning of fossil fuels is changing the chemistry of the oceans, with potentially catastrophic consequences to marine life. Other research has shown that the drop in pH levels in seawater has already had an impact on the calcium-based shells of shellfish. At right, a sea fan shows the effects of ocean acidification.

June 18, 2012:  Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke announces the creation of the world’s largest Marine Reserve in the Coral Sea, just outside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  The decision is vehemently opposed by some fishermen and by the fossil fuel industry.

Photo: NOAA

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