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


Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

The continent cannot sustain its rising population without some big changes
Bartholomäus Grill
May 13, 2016

How to Meet SDG and Climate Goals: 8 Lessons for Scaling Up Development Programs

The culture of agencies and businesses will evolve
Johannes F. Linn
May 11, 2016

Fort McMurray Blaze Shows What “the Economy” Is Really About

Protection of homes and surroundings is economic priority
Todd Hirsch
May 6, 2016

China’s Water Hegemony

China rejects the notion of water-sharing treaties with neighbors
Brahma Chellaney
May 5, 2016

India Is Suffering One of Its Worst Droughts in Decades

The monsoon may bring relief, but water should be conserved to account for seasonal variations
Archana Chaudhary
May 4, 2016