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.

The Quest for Green Jobs

Global supply chains in solar panels cut costs, add jobs and limit pollution
Doaa Abdel Motaal
June 27, 2013

How to Allocate CO2 Emissions

A fair, realistic proposal for allocating carbon emissions is needed to stem climate change
Humberto Llavador, John Roemer, Joaquim Silvestre
June 25, 2013

Sustainability or Greenwashing?

Big demand for natural cosmetics and low enforcement threaten Brazil’s candeia tree
João Paulo Cândia Veiga
May 28, 2013

Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Help Asia Roar

Ending subsidies for fossil fuels could slow climate change
Will Hickey
March 15, 2013

Weaning From Fossil Fuels and Growing a Green Economy

Diverse innovation on climate protection could build support for global treaty
Dennis Posadas
March 8, 2013

Is China Choking on Success?

Smog enveloping China’s cities could be a metaphor for its dangerous, unsustainable growth
Robert A. Manning
February 15, 2013

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Trump Gives Carbon Price Foes New Line of Attack

China and other countries view alternative energies as a means for economic growth
Aaron Wherry
November 17, 2016

Africa Unplugged

Low-cost solar power lets many access electricity, including charging smartphones and lighting homes
November 9, 2016

UNICEF: 300 Million Children Breathe Toxic Air

Satellite imagery confirms the pollution is most severe in South Asia and Africa
November 4, 2016

Climate Change and the Risks of Denying Inconvenient Truths

US leaders are in denial about how a warming planet will disrupt many industries
Martin Wolf
November 2, 2016

In Your Phone, In Their Air

Demand is growing for lithium batteries, and pollution infiltrates Chinese villages with graphite factories
Peter Whoriskey
October 28, 2016

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