Endangered Earth Update the Fight to Save the Planet

As concern for the environment grows, and some promising international initiatives take shape, the U.S. must do its share

As a follow-up to our Jan. 2, 1989, Planet of the Year issue, TIME invited 14 environment experts and policymakers to Alexandria, Va., for a one-day conference. Its aim was twofold: to take stock of the environmental progress that had been made around the world during the year, and to develop an agenda for the future. This special report sums up our conclusions -- and some proposals for action.

"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight," Samuel Johnson once wrote, "it concentrates his mind wonderfully." The threat of impending ecological doom seems to be having the...

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