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.

From Free Market to "Our Power"

The push for sustainable energy lies in the hands of ordinary people
Liam Salter
December 13, 2004

More Heat Than Light Shed on GM Corn

Opposing interpretations of the GM issue mask ulterior motives on both sides
Kenneth Emmond
November 30, 2004

Invisible Export – A Hidden Cost of China's Growth: Mercury Migration

Turning to coal, nation sends toxic metal around globe, building up in the global "conveyor belt of bad air"
Matt Pottinger
December 20, 2004

Report Sounds Alarm on Pace of Arctic Climate Change

Warmth, glacial linked to humans; wide-ranging effect on environment and industry forecast
Juliet Eilperin
October 31, 2004

Warning Issued on GM Maize Imported to Mexico

US environmental and trade officials question validity of GM corn report
Mike Shanahan
November 16, 2004