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.

Mystery of the Vanishing Bees

Governments must establish policies to protect an insect that contributes so much to agriculture and biodiversity
Norman L. Carreck
August 30, 2007

Putting the Brakes on US Fast Track

Piling on environmental and labor conditions could complicate trade agreements
David Dapice
June 26, 2007

The Double Edge of Globalization

Intensified international trading affects the environment, but also raises global awareness
Nayan Chanda
June 28, 2007

Russia Puts Energy Importers Over a Barrel

The leading exporter plans a network of pipelines, using oil and gas as political tools
Michael Richardson
July 10, 2007

Is Water the Next Oil?

An increasing population, pollution, waste and global warming all threaten the world’s water supply
Rohini Nilekani
May 31, 2007

Megacities, Mega Dreams for a Connected World

Cities such as Bombay present many strange paradoxes, linking challenge with opportunity
Suketu Mehta
June 14, 2007