Tom FriedmanSept. 8, 1900: Galveston, Texas, is destroyed by a massive hurricane and storm surge, with at least 7,000 fatalities. The resort and seaport city rebuilds over the wreckage behind a new seawall that is 10 miles long, 17 feet high, and 16 feet thick.

Sept. 8, 1983: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adds the upper Hudson River to its Superfund toxic cleanup list due to PCB pollution from two closed General Electric factories.

Sept. 8, 2008: Tom Friedman (at right), the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, releases his book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded." Friedman assesses the growing environmental threat, and proposes global, green-economy-based solutions. "There is only one thing bigger than Mother Nature and that is Father Profit."

Sept. 8, 2012:  Scientists report that Arctic summer sea ice is melting at “amazing speed.”  Ice cover is estimated to be 18% less than the previous low year in 2007.

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