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Kyoto Protocol

February 16, 2005

Kyoto Protocol comes into effect. Almost all countries in the world are now pledged to reduce the emission of gasses that contribute to global warming.

Luna

December 18, 1999

Julia Butterfly Hill came down from Luna after concluding a deal with Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corporation to save the tree and a three-acre buffer zone.

David Gypsy Chain

September 17, 1998

David “Gypsy” Chain was killed by a tree felled by employees of Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corporation. Chain was in the forest protesting the destruction of some of the last remaining old-growth redwood trees in the world.

Julia Butterfly Hill

December 10, 1997

A 23-year-old woman named Julia Butterfly Hill climbed into a 55-meter (180 foot) tall California Coast Redwood tree. Her aim was to prevent the destruction of the tree and of the forest where it had lived for a millennium.

Unocal diluent spill

1994

Unocal diluent spill discovered. An 8.5 million gallon spill of diluent was discovered at Unocal’s Guadalupe oil field. This is the second largest known spill in California history — so far. (See 1910 for the largest.)