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


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