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Biggest Green News Stories Of 2010 (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/29/10 01:16 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

From the Gulf Oil Spill to the West Virginia Mining Disaster, 2010 saw its fair share of newsworthy events putting environmental issues in the spotlight. Although we witnessed many tragedies, there were also many signs of hope, from historic steps taken by the EPA to tackle big polluters to landmark initiatives by states doing their part to combat climate change.

We've listed some of the green news stories etched in our memories, but what about you? What events will you remember most from 2010?

Gulf Oil Spill
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BP's horrendously huge oil spill in the Gulf Coast was the most searched topic on Yahoo's list this year. Whoever thought that Michael Jackson (most-searched in 2009) and the oil spill would have something in common?

News broke on April 20, when in the Gulf of Mexico, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. 11 workers were killed, and oil began gushing into the ocean, creating a devastating leak that lasted for months. BP finally capped the well in July, but this was no success story.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was not just breaking news, but long-lasting news as well. The Justice Department has now sued BP and other companies for the oil spill, in an attempt to get billions of dollars for the damage caused. The lawsuit claims that the defendants failed to keep the well under control and did not use the best drilling technology to monitor the well.

We now find ourselves lugging in tar-covered shrimp, assessing dying coral, and deep-cleaning our poisoned beaches. The effects of our oil-dependence will haunt us for years to come, as we slowly uncover just how much damage this spill has caused.
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