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.

How Not to Kill the Oceans for Fish

Global management could prevent ocean dead zones – water everywhere, but not a fish in sight
Alex David Rogers
September 18, 2009

Dams in China Turn the Mekong Into a River of Discord

Rivers know no borders, but dams do
Michael Richardson
July 16, 2009

India Should Combine Tough Climate Stand With Green Policy

Facing a serious global warming threat, India has to focus on mitigation and green economy
Nandan Nilekani
July 2, 2009

Can We Reverse Global Climate Change? Part II

Yes, Asia can by ignoring calls for ramping up Western-style consumption
Chandran Nair
May 19, 2009

Can We Reverse Global Climate Change? Part I

Carbon tax and dividend is the solution
Jim Hansen
May 14, 2009

How to Prevent the Climate Change Summit From Failure

US needs to build domestic support and workable enforcement mechanisms for success in Copenhagen
Scott Barrett
May 1, 2009


How Climate Disasters Can Drive Violent Conflict Around the World

Study suggests climate change and resource shortages may exacerbate ethnic troubles
Chelsea Harvey
August 3, 2016

Why Brexit Freaks Out So Many Scientists

Cross-border collaborations are essential for science
Michael Greshko
June 28, 2016

Guess What Else Climate Change Hurts? Globalization

Volatile weather causes billions in damages, and productivity declines with rising temperatures
Eric Roston
June 15, 2016

Nature’s Answer to Climate Risk

Restoring natural coastal protections makes economic sense
Maria Damanaki
May 31, 2016

The Ghost of Kyoto Still Lurks

Enthusiasm may wane for the Paris agreement without enforcement mechanisms
Nayan Chanda
May 19, 2016