Environment: Toward a Troubled 21st Century

A presidential panel finds the global outlook extremely bleak

If present trends continue, the world in 2000 will be more crowded, more polluted, less stable ecologically, and more vulnerable to disruption than the world we live in now... Despite greater material output, the world's people will be poorer in many ways than they are today.

By now such grim warnings have become all too familiar. But this particular forecast is different. For the first time, the U.S. Government has added its full voice to the chorus of environmental Cassandras deeply distressed about the future. In an...

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