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.

Water Challenges Asia’s Rising Powers – Part I

Fierce competition over water threatens China’s economic progress and global food, energy prices
Keith Schneider
July 12, 2011

Bound to Fail

Interconnectedness dooms nations and their arbitrary borders
Bo Ekman
May 31, 2011

After the Fukushima Disaster

The International Atomic Energy Agency must take steps to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide
Richard Weitz
May 26, 2011

The Morning After Fukushima

Nuclear disaster in Japan forces nations to rethink international energy policies
Nina Netzer
May 24, 2011

A Tryst with Destiny

Calamity also offers a stricken Japan the possibility of a rebirth
Yoichi Funabashi
March 23, 2011

The Looming Food Crisis

Extreme weather, economic forces of rising demand and speculation threaten global food security
David Dapice
February 18, 2011