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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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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