The Best Environment of 1994

1. Winged Victory

Being the national emblem didn't keep the bald eagle from facing extinction. Devastated by hunters and pollution, the birds were down to a few hundred breeding pairs in the lower 48 states when they became an endangered species in 1978. Now they are back (4,000-plus pairs) and only "threatened" -- out of grave danger but still off-limits to hunters.

2. Progress on Population

The U.N. population summit in Cairo was predictably fractious and confrontational -- but it ended in surprising harmony. The 180 participating countries approved a plan calling for governments to earmark $17 billion annually by the...

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