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.

Population: Some Boom, Some Decline

Wildly varying fertility rates among nations threaten global stability
Joseph Chamie
March 18, 2009

The Limits of Growth – Part II

The financial crisis spurs needed action on climate change and sustainability
Chandran Nair
November 24, 2008

The Limits of Growth – Part I

Economic crisis, an area where humans wield great control, should not take priority over the climate-change crisis
Bo Ekman
November 21, 2008

A Small Stove With Big Ambitions

A $17 stove could reduce carbon emissions and improve women’s health in India
Margot Cohen
April 7, 2008

Calling for a Green Revolution: An Interview with Tom Friedman

The nation that develops new energy technology will enjoy security and global respect
October 31, 2008

Keeping Up With China's Olympic Shine – Part I

China must enact policies good for both the environment and economy
David Dollar
September 22, 2008