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.

Time to Bury a Dangerous Legacy – Part II

Climatic catastrophe would follow regional nuclear conflict
Alan Robock
March 17, 2008

Birds Trying to Fly South Face Many Roadblocks

Reclamation of wetlands disrupts bird life patterns along East Asian-Australasian Flyway.
Michael Richardson
August 15, 2003

Regulating the Global Commons – Part I

To stop the oceans from being fished out, sovereignty must be reigned in
Scott Barrett
March 26, 2008

The IPCC: The Science Is In on Climate Change

Citizens and scientists demand action from political leaders
April 21, 2008

Clock Running Out on Irreversible Climate Change – Part I

Producers toy with scarcity, allowing fuel prices to soar while the earth edges closer to catastrophe
Jim Hansen
April 16, 2008

Clock Running Out on Irreversible Climate Change – Part II

To fight climate change, environmental necessity must trump political convenience
Bo Ekman
April 18, 2008