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.

High Costs of Cheap Oil

Low energy prices lock the world into fossil-fuel consumption and infrastructure – new taxes could encourage alternative
Deepak Gopinath
May 7, 2015

Wrong-Way Bets on Oil

Removing consumer fuel subsidies amid collapsing oil prices could prove wrong-way bet for many nations
Will Hickey
January 13, 2015

Sovereign Debts in a Fossil-Fueled World

Governments refuse to tally true costs of fossil fuels and fail to escape industry dependence
Will Hickey
April 8, 2014

World Population Trends Signal Dangers Ahead

Governments must prepare for diverse rates of fertility, urbanization and aging population – all happening simultaneously
Barry Mirkin
April 3, 2014

Danger to Cities by the Sea

Asia’s coastal megacities are especially vulnerable to extreme flooding
Aditi Sen
January 28, 2014

The Politics of Palm Oil

Global demand for palm oil drives FDI in Indonesian plantations and rapid land clearing
Pavin Chachavalpongpun
September 17, 2013

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Ignoring Climate Change Just Got More Expensive

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

Korea Unveils Road Map to Curb Carbon Emissions

South Korea plans to double investment in clean energy research before 2030
Shin Hyon-hee
December 6, 2016

How Important Is NASA's Earth Science Program That Trump Wants to Abolish?

Satellite data support infrastructure planning, agriculture and other industries
Brenda Ekwurzel
December 5, 2016

Obama's Dirty Secret: US Fossil Fuel Projects Littered Around the World

The US Export-Import Bank spent more than $30 billion on fossil-fuel projects since 2008
Sonali Prasad, Jason Burke, Michael Slezak and Oliver Milman
December 2, 2016

The Problem with Abandoning the Paris Agreement

Withdrawal could invite international backlash
Robinson Meyer
November 30, 2016

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