WMO flagNov. 3, 1954: The first "Godzilla" movie is released in Japan. The giant, prehistoric reptile is awakened and angered by U.S. nuclear weapons testing, and in a tragic example of misplaced irony, decides to stomp Tokyo. A U.S. version of the film is released two years later, and there are numerous sequels, including 1972’s "Godzilla versus the Smog Monster." In that one, Godzilla saves Tokyo from Hedorah, a flying, smoke-spewing monster.

Nov. 3, 1975: Queen Elizabeth II pushes a button to open the pipeline bringing the first North Sea oil to the United Kingdom.

Nov. 3, 2006: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that atmospheric carbon dioxide has reached 379.1 parts per million, rising at a steady pace of 2 percent per year.

Nov. 3, 2011:  The U.S. Department of Energy reports that despite the global economic slowdown, world output of greenhouse gases continues to rise – exceeding what were thought to be worst-case scenarios only a few years ago.

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