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.

Emptying the Oceans

World fisheries are over-harvested and under-protected. Only governmental cooperation and a consumer boycott can avoid a global fishing catastrophe
Michael Richardson
November 17, 2002

The Planet in Peril – Part I

Global warming, arctic ice melt and rising oceans will shrink nations and change world maps
Jim Hansen
October 19, 2006

The Planet in Peril – Part II

It’s not too late – but the world has at most 10 years to alter the dangerous trends of global warming
Jim Hansen
October 24, 2006

Man and His Endangered Home

Our pursuit of growth and luxury may leave us homeless
Bo Ekman
September 28, 2006

A Climate of Our Own Making

Everyone knows about climate change – and now it’s time for action
Scott Barrett
May 25, 2006

The Kyoto No-Show Can Still Go Green

Even without signing the Kyoto Protocol, the United States can still contribute greatly to global greenhouse gas reductions
James Gustave Speth
February 16, 2005