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.

New Energy Frontiers Expand Global Connections – Part II

Lacking fossil fuels, fast-growing India must innovate with alternative energy sources
Alexis Ringwald
August 19, 2008

To Cope With Oil Shock, Emulate Japan

With no magic wand in hand, countries must handle rising prices with energy efficiency and alternative sources
Dilip Hiro
June 3, 2008

Climate Change and Tourism’s Winners and Losers

Travel itineraries must plan for higher fuel costs and disagreeable weather
Eric Heymann
May 2, 2008

The Threat of Global Food Shortages – Part II

Big agribusiness may boost crops temporarily, but wreaks environmental havoc over the long term
Mira Kamdar
May 7, 2008

The Threat of Global Food Shortages – Part I

Hoarding by countries and speculative bidding on food exacerbate scarcity and cause prices to climb
C. Peter Timmer
May 5, 2008

The IPCC: The Science Is In on Climate Change

Citizens and scientists demand action from political leaders
April 21, 2008