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.

A Source of Energy Hiding in Plain Sight

Efficient use of energy would save money and create jobs
Marilyn A. Brown
February 18, 2009

Still Not Too Late to Prevent a Doomsday

With an emerging international movement of citizens and scientists, all hope is not lost for saving the environment
James Gustave Speth
March 10, 2004

Global Environmentalism Hits China

International and domestic groups join forces to combat environmental woes
Guobin Yang
February 4, 2004


Solar Impulse: One Giant Leap for Green Energy

The wisp of a plane is powered by batteries, charged with solar power
Zach Rosenberg
July 3, 2015

Climate Changes May Eradicate 50 Years of World Health Progress

Public opinion will drive government; extreme weather events will drive opinion
Sandy Dechert
June 24, 2015

Pope Calls for “Action Now” to Save Planet, Stem Warming, Help Poor

The world must avoid the globalization of indifference
Philip Pullella
June 18, 2015

Plants May Run Out of Time to Grow Under Ongoing Climate Change

Satellite data show plant needs for temperature, moisture and light
June 16, 2015

Over the Barrel: Must Be Greener

Countries must reduce reliance on coal, end subsidies for fossil fuels and develop renewables
Vikram S. Mehta
June 4, 2015