Yosemite FallsOct. 1, 1890: Inspired by conservationist John Muir and others, the U.S. Congress enacts legislation to create Yosemite National Park (at right). The same day, General Grant National Park is also born. It is later named Kings Canyon National Park.

Oct. 1, 1980: U.S. President Jimmy Carter visits the polluted, partially evacuated Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to sign a bill that would pay for the relocation of the 900 households closest to the abandoned toxic waste dump.


Oct. 1, 1982: The first commercial nuclear power reactor in the U.S., in Shippingport, Pa., ceases operations after 24 years.

Oct. 1, 2007: The book "A Contract With the Earth" is released. Co-authored by former Zoo Atlanta Director Terry Maple and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, the book decries the partisan tone of U.S. environmental politics. Four years later, as a presidential candidate, Gingrich says he favors abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency.

Oct. 1, 2010: Advocates of action on climate change get a high-profile, but less-than-welcome, endorsement. In his latest audiotaped speech, Osama bin Laden says "the huge climate change is affecting our (Islamic) nation and is causing great catastrophes throughout the Islamic world."

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