A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 1, 1969

WITH this issue, TIME introduces a new section: Environment.

Even as the world celebrates the astronauts' triumphant return from the moon, more and more people are increasingly alarmed by man's abuse of his own earth. The concern is perhaps strongest in the U.S., where America the Beautiful can all too often be described as America the Polluted, and anxiety about the quality of life has become a rising political issue. Yet the worries extend to every society around the globe where ever-growing industrialization has created a crisis of excessive waste that is poisoning—and not...

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