2010 in the environment

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This is a list of notable events relating to the environment in 2010. They relate to environmental law, conservation, environmentalism and environmental issues.


  • The 2010 Port Arthur oil spill was the result of a collision between two vessels in the Sabine-Neches Waterway at Port Arthur, Texas in the United States.
  • The 2010 Great Barrier Reef oil spill occurred when the Chinese bulk coal carrier, MV Shen Neng 1 ran aground east of Rockhampton in Central Queensland, Australia.
  • The Energy Act 2010 was passed in the United Kingdom pertaining to the regulation of energy usage and markets, with amendments to similar pieces of previous legislation.
  • The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico flowed unabated for three months. It is the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.
  • The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was a global gathering of civil society and governments hosted by the government of Bolivia in Tiquipaya, just outside the city of Cochabamba from April 19–22, 2010.
  • The Jebel al-Zayt oil spill was an oil spill in the Red Sea, considered to be the largest offshore spill in Egyptian history.
  • The Red Butte Creek oil spill occurred and was caused by a rupture in a medium crude oil pipeline that runs to the Chevron Corporation oil refinery in Salt Lake City Utah in the United States.
  • The Kalamazoo River oil spill, caused by a rupture in Enbridge Energy pipeline line 6B in Calhoun County, Michigan in the United States, leaked 877,000 US gallons (3,320 m3) of oil sands crude into Talmadge Creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River.
  • The Xingang Port oil spill occurred and was caused by a rupture and subsequent explosion of two crude oil pipelines that run to an oil storage depot of the China National Petroleum Corporation in Xingang Harbour, Dalian, Liaoning, China.
  • The Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment comes into force. It supplements the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.
  • The 2010 Mumbai oil spill occurred after the Panama-flagged MV MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia 3 collided off the coast of India near Mumbai.
  • The Ajka alumina sludge spill was an industrial accident at a caustic waste reservoir chain of the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina plant in Ajka, Veszprém County, in western Hungary.
  • The Tarawa Climate Change Conference was held in the Republic of Kiribati from 9 to 10 November 2010. The purpose of the conference was to support the initiative of the President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, to hold a consultative forum between vulnerable states and their partners with a view of creating an enabling environment for multi-party negotiations under the auspices of the UNFCCC.
  • The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Cancún, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010.

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