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.

From Brussels to Durban: Debt and Climate Crises Spotlight Free Riders

Collective action flounders on EU’s fast-moving debt crisis and world’s slow-moving climate change
Scott Barrett
December 9, 2011

Darkening Skies on the Road to Durban – Part II

More than 400 indigenous groups of the Amazon may have strong opinions on sustainability
Andrea Armeni
November 23, 2011

Darkening Skies on the Road to Durban – Part I

Despite growing unease about an unstable climate, nations cling to 19th century energy habits
J.R. McNeill
November 21, 2011

Floods Threaten Global Trade Hub

Raging floods in Thailand disrupt global supply chains and exports, threatening economic security
Pavin Chachavalpongpun
October 24, 2011

Economic Fixes Should Not Worsen Environmental Crisis

By ignoring environmental protections in financial-recovery packages, governments invite new crises
Dodo J. Thampapillai
October 19, 2011

The Four Horsemen of Economics

A global economic path that’s unsustainable, unfair, unstable, unhappy – need not neglect well-being
Stewart Wallis
September 28, 2011

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Climate Accord Could Push A/C Out of Sweltering India’s Reach

India and other poor nations must end use of low-cost air conditioners that rely on HFCs by 2028
Ellen Barry and Coral Davenport
October 17, 2016

No Country Is Taking the 2 Degree Climate Target Seriously

Nations and individuals are in a state of cognitive dissonance
David Roberts
October 5, 2016

Aviation Emissions Are Next Target in Fight Against Climate Change

The industry is responsible for 12 percent of transport CO2 emissions
Justin Worland
September 28, 2016

US Cities Reconsider LED Streetlights After AMA Warning

The energy-saving lights may interrupt sleep and reduce nighttime vision
Alyssa Navarro
September 26, 2016

ICC: Environmental Destruction Is a Crime Against Humanity

The court’s shift in focus could raise awareness about environmental crimes
Rowena Lindsay
September 23, 2016

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