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.

How to Accommodate 9 Billion and Save the Environment – Part II

World’s largest population centers, centered in Asia, cannot aspire to live like Americans
Chandran Nair
August 30, 2011

How to Accommodate 9 Billion and Save the Environment – Part I

Nations increasingly recognize that managing climate change is a global endeavor
Yvo De Boer
August 25, 2011

In the US, Clean Water Is No Guarantee

Despite abundance, contamination and energy policies put US water supply at risk
Susan Froetschel
August 11, 2011

Water Challenges Asia’s Rising Powers – Part II

India must prepare for future growth by planning a low-water economy
Rohini Nilekani
July 14, 2011

Water Challenges Asia’s Rising Powers – Part I

Fierce competition over water threatens China’s economic progress and global food, energy prices
Keith Schneider
July 12, 2011

Bound to Fail

Interconnectedness dooms nations and their arbitrary borders
Bo Ekman
May 31, 2011

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Trump Gives Carbon Price Foes New Line of Attack

China and other countries view alternative energies as a means for economic growth
Aaron Wherry
November 17, 2016

Africa Unplugged

Low-cost solar power lets many access electricity, including charging smartphones and lighting homes
November 9, 2016

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

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