Arctic Ice PackSept. 16, 1999: Hurricane Floyd makes landfall near Cape Fear, N.C. The storm deluges eastern North Carolina with rain, causing waste from livestock farms to contaminate rivers, wells and water supplies.

Sept. 16, 2007: The Arctic ice pack (at right) reaches its lowest level since records were first kept.

Sept. 16, 2009: Two German freighters, the M/V Beluga Fraternity and M/V Beluga Foresight, complete a passage from South Korea to the Atlantic Ocean via the Northeast Passage, across the top of Russia. The passage, and the Northwest Passage across the top of Canada, are increasingly ice-free in late summer — a boon as a shipping shortcut, but an ominous sign that the Arctic is warming.

Sept. 16, 2012:  Quebec’s newly-elected Liberal government  made two dramatic announcements within hours of each other – banning fracking in the province and announcing the shutdown of the Gentilly nuclear power plant.

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