Bjorn LomborgSept. 10, 1875: American Forests, the oldest continuously active U.S. conservation group, is founded.

Sept. 10, 2001: Danish economist Bjorn Lomborg (at right) publishes his book, "The Skeptical Environmentalist." The book challenges theories that environmental conditions are worsening.   Lomborg instantly creates a wildfire of ideological support and opposition. Scientists and environmentalists roundly criticize the book, and a Danish science panel delivers a mixed verdict on the book’s accuracy. Lomborg publishes the sequel, a book on climate change, in 2007.

Sept. 10, 2008: The U.S. Interior Department’s inspector general releases three reports to Congress revealing “a culture of ethical failure” in the Minerals Management Service (MMS). The reports allege improper contact with the firms MMS is supposed to regulate. The specifics include payoffs, drug abuse and sexual misconduct.

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