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.

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

A Source of Energy Hiding in Plain Sight

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

Global Environmentalism Hits China

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


Yet Another Antarctic Ice Mass Is Becoming Destabilized, Scientists Report

Shelf geography may Accelerate melting
Chris Mooney
May 25, 2015

California Drought: Almond Growers Fight Back Over Reports They Are Causing Chronic Water Shortages

Two thirds of California’s water-hungry almond crop is exported
Tim Walker
May 15, 2015

$24 Trillion “Asset” Value of World's Oceans May Be a Gross Underestimation

Oceans absorb heat, but could mask the effects of climate change
Roman Kilisek
May 11, 2015

Megacities Might Not Save the Planet After All

Inequality contributes to low energy use
Lizzie Wade
April 29, 2015

The Moral Issue of Our Time

From all corners of the planet, activists are tackling climate change as a moral cause
Jeff Nesbit
April 24, 2015