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Dispatches from the global solar revolution
Source: NASA ESA. 2006.

Happy Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day. But what is the significance of April 22, anyway?

There’s an odd rumor that the date was selected to coincide with Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. But according to Kathleen Rogers, President of the Earth Day Network, the date was chosen for more practical reasons. April 22, 1970, happened to fall on a Wednesday, helping to ensure superior turnout rates for Earth Day rallies across the United States. It worked. The first Earth Day event “brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor…