The Global Environment: Are We Overreacting Conference Takes Place

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This conference, hosted by the Smithsonian, gathered at the Commons inthe Smithsonian Institution Building to discuss the state of the global environment. 150 attendees, environmental sciencists as well as print and broadcast media, discussed the current state of the environment and what we can do to address problems. Secretary Adams, the conference chair, set the stage for the conference by posing the question "What is an overreaction in the face of so much uncertainty?". Tom Lovejoy, Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, Sen. Timothy Wirth (D-CO), Sen. John Heinz (R-PA), Leslie Stahl, CBS News correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Correspondent, Susan Solomon of NOAA, Paul Erlich of Stanford University, and E.O. Wilson of Harvard University participated.


  • Wilson, E. O
  • Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018
  • Lovejoy, Thomas E


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The Torch, 11/1989, p. 3

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September 15-16, 1989


  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Environmental sciences
  • Marine resources conservation
  • Ecology
  • Plant conservation
  • Nature conservation
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