Environmental Protection in America

1963-environmental-protection-in-america.jpgThe Clean Air Act passes in the United States, giving the federal government the ability to regulate pollution. Over the next ten years, more laws will be passed in the U.S. to curb pollution and promote conservation including:

1964: Wilderness Act, setting aside nearly 9 million acres for protection. To date, Congress has designated more than 106 million acres of public lands as wilderness.

1970: National Environmental Policy Act, requiring the government to assess the environmental impact of federal projects.

1972: Clean Water Act, a means of reducing the discharge of pollutants into waterways.

1973: Endangered Species Act, to recover imperiled species and protect their habitats.

World Population : 170,060,000

Key:   1,000,000 People    1,000,000 People (Annotated)    Milestone

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