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


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

Study: Climate Change in East Asia Caused by China’s Air Pollution

Vigilance by China could lead to higher prices – or factories relocating to nations with looser restrictions
Viola Zhou
September 13, 2016

Will ExxonMobil Have to Pay for Misleading the Public on Climate Change?

Climate-change skeptics, few in number, manage to convince most in US Congress
Paul Barrett and Matthew Philips
September 7, 2016

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

US coastal communities ask for government aid, but protections promise a limited lifespan
Justin Gillis
September 6, 2016