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.

Regulating the Global Commons – Part I

To stop the oceans from being fished out, sovereignty must be reigned in
Scott Barrett
March 26, 2008

How Not to Repeat the Mistakes of the Kyoto Protocol

The world has to build on the model of a successful climate treaty – the Montreal Protocol on Ozone
Scott Barrett
November 14, 2007

Climate-Change Challenge for the Poor – Part I

All nations have a responsibility to strive for lifestyles that are sustainable
Chandrashekhar Dasgupta
September 26, 2007

In Search of Common Sense

The Tällberg Foundation offers global governance for an increasingly interdependent world
Bo Ekman
October 12, 2007

Climate-Change Challenge for the Poor – Part II

Unpredictable weather patterns, diversion of grain for biofuels, contribute to growing food shortages
Mira Kamdar
September 28, 2007

Gale Warning, Global Burden Sharing

Environmental changes will cost the world big – it's time to figure out how to split the bill
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
October 19, 2007