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.

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

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

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