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2009 in the environment

List of years in the environment (table)

This is a list of notable events relating to the environment in 2009. They relate to environmental law, conservation, environmentalism and environmental issues.


  • The United Nations General Assembly declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres. Promoting sustainability was one of its aims.
  • The town of Picher, Oklahoma in the United States is depopulated due to environment and health problems from mining operations.






  • The International Whaling Commission's meeting was held on the island of Madeira in Portugal.
  • The memorandum on a Common External Power Supply is signed to reduce the environmental impact of mobile phone chargers. It was sponsored by the European Union.
  • In the Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council case it was decided the Coeur Alaska could dump gold mine tailings in a dump.
  • Hawadax Island in Alaska is declared rat free, 229 years after being introduced onto the island by a Japanese shipwreck.





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