A Letter From the Publisher: Oct. 19, 1987

Russ Hoyle likes a good detective story. Not the kind that features hard- boiled private eyes and murderous miscreants, but the sort that unlocks the secrets of the natural world. As senior editor of a group of TIME sections that include Space, Medicine and Environment, Hoyle has lately been indulging his taste for the mysteries of the sky above and the earth below. This week's report on the possible damage that civilization is inflicting on the global weather system is the third cover story he has edited in three weeks. The others were on the Soviet space effort and the hotly...

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