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.

Dam Building Threatens China's 'Grand Canyon'

Unlike with the Three Gorges project, the world is ignoring the potential threat from the Nu River Dam
Jim Yardley
March 10, 2004

Norway and the Environment: Binge and Purge

Sustainability is a slippery subject in a green country rich from exporting black fuel
January 29, 2009

New Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible

Current carbon emissions could hot-box the planet for the next millennium
January 28, 2009

A Green Revolution Blooms in the Desert

Arab nations commit to long-term investments in alternative fuels, to maintain dominance over globe’s energy supply
Elisabeth Rosenthal
January 15, 2009

Running Dry, Running Out

British authorities take steps so that water is no longer taken for granted
Juliette Jowit
January 13, 2009