Science: Humanizing the Earth

In recent years, the annual Christmas-week meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has been as much an occasion for acrimony and gloom as for surveys of scientific progress. The proceedings have been repeatedly—and often mindlessly—disrupted by young radicals. They have also been marked by one pessimistic report after another on man's despoliation of his home planet. Last week in Washington, D.C., at the A.A.A.S.'S 139th meeting, scientists were again subjected to dissent and despair, but this time there was also welcome relief in the form of an eloquent...

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