The Toxic Donut Historical Context

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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, environmentalism was on the rise. Although the Environmental Protection Agency and the first Earth Day were both in 1970 and there were miscellaneous environmental disasters and planning initiatives in the 1970s and early 1980s, it was not until the mid-1980s that things really started to heat up—both literally and figuratively. In 1985, the Rainbow Warrior, the flagship of the nonviolent, environmental pressure group Greenpeace, was bombed and sunk by French government agents in Auckland Harbor, New Zealand. Greenpeace had been trying to protest French nuclear testing in the South Pacific. Fernando Pereira, a Dutch photographer, was killed in the aftermath of the explosion. The same year, British meteorologists confirmed their earlier suspicion that there was a hole in earth's ozone layer over Antarctica. The hole was created from chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons, which at the time were being widely...

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