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.

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

Seizing the Moment for Clean Energy

The transition from fossil fuels requires united global action – and some US leadership
Ann Florini
July 1, 2010

Growing Challenges of Energy and Environment – Part II

Taxing carbon at the border could be protectionism in disguise
Olivier Cattaneo
June 24, 2010

Growing Challenges of Energy and Environment – Part I

BP unleashed the oil spill disaster, but all Americans are complicit
Susan Froetschel
June 22, 2010

Globalization of Energy Demand

Rising trends impact the world
June 18, 2010

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The Ride to a Pollution-Free India

Battery-powered e-rickshaws ensure quiet streets without fumes
Nayan Chanda
October 26, 2016

Green Sovereign Bonds: Tactical Moves on an Emerging Market

Early entrants in this market will set the rules
October 20, 2016

Climate Accord Could Push A/C Out of Sweltering India’s Reach

India and other poor nations must end use of low-cost air conditioners that rely on HFCs by 2028
Ellen Barry and Coral Davenport
October 17, 2016

No Country Is Taking the 2 Degree Climate Target Seriously

Nations and individuals are in a state of cognitive dissonance
David Roberts
October 5, 2016

Aviation Emissions Are Next Target in Fight Against Climate Change

The industry is responsible for 12 percent of transport CO2 emissions
Justin Worland
September 28, 2016

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