Environmental Systems Timeline

Events

Minamata

1956

A disease caused by mercury poisoning. A local chemical plant was blamed for not filtering the water that had mercury in it.

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

1962

A book explaining the detrimental effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of pesticides.

The Club of Rome

1972

A global organization that deals with the world economic system, climate change, and environmental degradation.

Stockholm Conference

1972

A conference that took place in Stockholm, Sweden, about the human environment.

James Lovelock's Gaia

1974

A book about Lovelock's hypothesis of having a self-regulating system that can sustain life on a planet.

Bhopal

1984

A gas disaster, considered the world's worst industrial disaster. It was caused by a Methyl Isocyanate leak from an Indian Storage. Supposedly 16,000 deaths.

Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985

A failed attempt of a bombing operation caused by retaliation or protests by Greenpeace against nuclear testing.

Chernobyl

1986

A catastrophic nuclear accident that to this day causes birth defects from radiation and nuclear waste.

Our Common Future

1987

A book about multilaterism and the search for a sustainable development path.

UN Earth (Rio) Summit

1992

A conference in Rio de Janiero that discussed topics like alternative energy sources and reliance public transport to lessen vehicle emissions.

Agenda 21

1993

An action plan between all countries in the world to reduce pollution.

Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development

2002

A convention that discussed sustainable development. It took place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kyoto Climate Change Protocol

2005

A treaty that commits state parties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

An inconvenient truth

2006

A movie about the dangers of global warming.

Copenhagen (COP-15)

2009

A conference in Copenhagen, Denmark that discussed climate change.