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.

Emerging Green Technology Poses Threat of Trade Wars

Global rules for developing alternative energy could prevent waste and abuse
Bruce Stokes
May 14, 2010

Cutting Climate Change's Gordian Knot

A new way to improve health and lower the risk of future climate change
John C. Topping Jr.
April 2, 2010

Roots of Copenhagen Failure: Nature Does Not Recognize Nations

The current world order is incapable of solving global problems
Bo Ekman
March 24, 2010

Adieu, Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna?

Global governance has failed to protect biodiversity
Alex David Rogers
March 17, 2010

After Copenhagen: Climate Action Goes Local

Developing economies are some of the world leaders in clean technology
R. Sean Randolph
January 29, 2010

Fallout from Copenhagen: Has the EU Lost Its Global Relevance?

Thus far, Europe lacks a consistent policy on almost every issue
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
January 5, 2010


US Cities Reconsider LED Streetlights After AMA Warning

The energy-saving lights may interrupt sleep and reduce nighttime vision
Alyssa Navarro
September 26, 2016

ICC: Environmental Destruction Is a Crime Against Humanity

The court’s shift in focus could raise awareness about environmental crimes
Rowena Lindsay
September 23, 2016

Study: Climate Change in East Asia Caused by China’s Air Pollution

Vigilance by China could lead to higher prices – or factories relocating to nations with looser restrictions
Viola Zhou
September 13, 2016

Will ExxonMobil Have to Pay for Misleading the Public on Climate Change?

Climate-change skeptics, few in number, manage to convince most in US Congress
Paul Barrett and Matthew Philips
September 7, 2016

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

US coastal communities ask for government aid, but protections promise a limited lifespan
Justin Gillis
September 6, 2016