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.

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

US Presidential Campaigns and the World – Part II

The world may be worried, but the US presidential candidates are curiously mum on the environment
Alan Bisbort
October 20, 2004

Certified Globalization

Private organizations are emerging to monitor and certify global trade flow
Tim Bartley
August 26, 2004

A Source of Energy Hiding in Plain Sight

Efficient use of energy would save money and create jobs
Marilyn A. Brown
February 18, 2009

Still Not Too Late to Prevent a Doomsday

With an emerging international movement of citizens and scientists, all hope is not lost for saving the environment
James Gustave Speth
March 10, 2004