The Earth’s environment is the source of economic, social, cultural activities, with nature shaping human life over the centuries. The rapid growth in the world population, from 1 billion in 1830 to 7 billion today, add pressures for air quality, oceans, land use and resources as basic as water. Awareness is building about over-reliance on fossil fuels, how carbon and other emissions contribute to global warming and volatile weather. Every industry requires energy, and cross-border industrialization, transportation and other economic activities contribute to environmental degradation. Yet globalization also spurs awareness and activism over the need for global cooperation and standards to promote sustainability and environmental protection.

Can Paris Reconcile Political and Economic Interests to Combat Climate Change?

Politics, not economics, curtails smart investments to prevent climate change
David Dapice
December 10, 2015

COP21: China Prepares to Act on Climate Change

China, no longer balking on steps to stem climate change, leads emerging economies on reducing emissions
Isabel Hilton
December 1, 2015

However Welcome, Overdue US Climate Plan Falls Short

Centre for Science and Environment in India blasts the US action plan on climate change as business as usual
Sunita Narain and Chandra Bhushan
October 29, 2015

UN Reviews Development Goals, But Again Ignores Population Growth

UN sustainability goals should not overlook population growth centered in the poor, least developed countries
Joseph Chamie
September 22, 2015

Our Common Home: Climate Change Brings Moral Change

Stemming climate change is a moral responsibility, suggests Pope Francis in encyclical on need for sustainability
Mary Evelyn Tucker
July 14, 2015

Nepal Earthquake: Prelude to Bigger Disaster?

Poverty, weak governance, unchecked urbanization increase Himalaya region’s vulnerability to earthquakes and other natural disasters
Alark Saxena
June 2, 2015

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Volkswagen Agrees to Plead Guilty in Diesel-Emissions Scandal

The company will pay a $4.3 billion penalty
Tom Schoenberg, Christoph Rauwald and David McLaughlin
January 16, 2017

China Is the De Facto Leader of Globalization

Xi Jinping is ready to lead policies on shaping globalization and fighting climate change
Nathan Gardels
January 13, 2017

Ignoring Climate Change Just Got More Expensive

The world is not doing enough to prepare
Eric Roston
December 28, 2016

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