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.

Hijacked Supertanker Underlines Our Energy Vulnerability

Pirates may pose less danger than society's reliance on fossil fuels
Michael G. Frodl
February 17, 2009

Worst Drought in Half-Century Shrivels the Wheat Belt of China

Climate change could hike food prices and unemployment rates
Michael Wines
February 25, 2009

Revenge of the Rain Forest

Abuse of the Amazon could release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere
Steve Connor
March 6, 2009

Germany Joins EU in Tying Car Fees to Emissions

Emission taxes could slow demand for gas guzzlers
February 4, 2009

Dam Building Threatens China's 'Grand Canyon'

Unlike with the Three Gorges project, the world is ignoring the potential threat from the Nu River Dam
Jim Yardley
March 10, 2004

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