Environment: Earth Day Planet-Saving Report Card

When TIME named endangered earth Planet of the Year in January 1989, the magazine suggested steps that could help preserve the environment. Most of the ideas carried no timetable, but now is a good ti

Impose special taxes on carbon-dioxide emissions

This proposal, designed to head off global warming, has gone nowhere, despite the efforts of the United Nations Environment Program to forge a worldwide treaty limiting the release of carbon dioxide. In the U.S., a primary producer of CO2, new taxes are anathema to the current Administration in any case. The President has declared that global warming is a problem that needs study, not immediate action.

Toughen auto fuel-efficiency standards

In the absence of higher gasoline taxes, setting strict fuel-efficiency requirements for new cars is an alternative route to conservation. The technology exists to boost...

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