Environment: Top of the Decade: Environment

> California enacts the nation's first law to reduce auto fumes, the chief source of air pollution, 1960.

> Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, the prophetic book that warns the world against pesticides, 1962.

> The Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, the superpowers' agreement that radioactive fallout must stop, 1962.

> The Water Quality Act commits the Federal Government to clean up U.S. rivers, lakes and streams, 1965.

> The Northeast power failure, symbol of fragile technology, 1965.

> The Santa Barbara oil spill, 1969.

> Insecticide kills some 40 million fish in the Rhine River, 1969.

> The problem of overpopulation is recognized for the first time in...

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