The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. It was also Lenin's hundredth birthday. The coincidence was not intentional.
The barn owl population has declined from use of agricultural poisons and rat and mouse baits so popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
Winters have been warming rapidly in the majority of the continental 48 states since 1970. And, take note Chicago and other Midwest readers: The coldest states are warming the fastest.
Beware uncertainty! It can cut both ways - something the climate change deniers want us to ignore at our peril.
Let's take a look at 10 of the biggest environmental issues of 2013 and see what lessons can be learned from them going forward.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is in the process of finalizing the different sections of its massive every-seven-years report.
Due to a series of mishaps and protests from environmentalists worldwide, oil giant Shell withdrew its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. Now, in spite of this, the corporation is determined to resume operations there in 2014.
We can now predict, with 100 percent certainty that climate change will actually result in much more employment for scientists, not because they made it up but rather because it is already starting to affect humanity all over the world.
People no matter where they are can find ways to link up with one or another of these struggles, movements, and organizations. And that's a good reason for our hope for the future of humanity to grow and flourish.
The movement, called Fossil Free, features the motto, "It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate."