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.

Darkening Skies on the Road to Durban – Part I

Despite growing unease about an unstable climate, nations cling to 19th century energy habits
J.R. McNeill
November 21, 2011

Floods Threaten Global Trade Hub

Raging floods in Thailand disrupt global supply chains and exports, threatening economic security
Pavin Chachavalpongpun
October 24, 2011

Economic Fixes Should Not Worsen Environmental Crisis

By ignoring environmental protections in financial-recovery packages, governments invite new crises
Dodo J. Thampapillai
October 19, 2011

The Four Horsemen of Economics

A global economic path that’s unsustainable, unfair, unstable, unhappy – need not neglect well-being
Stewart Wallis
September 28, 2011

How to Accommodate 9 Billion and Save the Environment – Part II

World’s largest population centers, centered in Asia, cannot aspire to live like Americans
Chandran Nair
August 30, 2011

How to Accommodate 9 Billion and Save the Environment – Part I

Nations increasingly recognize that managing climate change is a global endeavor
Yvo De Boer
August 25, 2011