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.

The World Is Adrift as Nations Skirmish

However powerful, nations can’t protect themselves without protecting the globe
Kishore Mahbubani
November 23, 2010

A Quick Fix for Climate Change?

The rancor hampering action on conserving and slowing global warming could stall geoengineering interventions
Michael Richardson
November 8, 2010

Changing Climate Brings Irreversible Devastation Beneath the Seas

Even as warming seas trigger unprecedented species decline, policymakers avoid climate-change action
Alex David Rogers
October 29, 2010

Steps Out of the Global Development Crisis

The crisis isn’t over – not without global partnerships on unemployment and environmental sustainability
Jens Martens
September 20, 2010

Germany Leads With Its Goal of 100 Percent Renewable Energy

But nuclear energy producers exert political pressure, refusing to let go of profits
Daniel Boese
September 7, 2010

New Killer: Climate Change Threatens Homes and Livelihoods

Most likely victims are the poor who become environmental refugees
Sasha Chavkin
July 22, 2010


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