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 Hidden Global Trade in Water

Calculating the inefficiencies and trade in water-intensive crops could save water
Jenny Kehl
February 13, 2013

All-Night Negotiations in Doha Produce No Cliffhanger

Deadline unclear on climate change, more perilous than economic crises
Scott Barrett
December 10, 2012

As Arctic Melts, Business As Usual

Nations ignore the addiction to fossil fuels – and climate change – at their peril
Will Hickey
October 10, 2012

Time to End Fuel Subsidies?

Budgetary balance and need to develop alternatives, are reasons to end fuel subsidies
Will Hickey
June 7, 2012

Global Warming Is Real and Has Consequences – Part II

Trying to dodge fallout of climate change, firms reorganize supply-chain networks in Thailand and beyond
Pavin Chachavalpongpun
April 6, 2012

Global Warming Is Real and Has Consequences – Part I

Yale economist refutes climate-change skeptics who use his research to recommend standing pat
William D. Nordhaus
April 4, 2012

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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

The Ride to a Pollution-Free India

Battery-powered e-rickshaws ensure quiet streets without fumes
Nayan Chanda
October 26, 2016

Green Sovereign Bonds: Tactical Moves on an Emerging Market

Early entrants in this market will set the rules
October 20, 2016

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