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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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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