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Remote island beach plastics point to greater waste problem

May 17, 2019 - 12:02 AM

A study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports concludes that global plastic waste surveys 'have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation'

POLLUTION. This undated handout photo released by the University of Tasmania shows debris on a beach on Cocos Islands. AFP PHOTO / UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA/ JENNIFER LAVERS

Single-use plastics, still the environment's number 1 enemy

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The government's cleanup program makes it easier to convince the public to adapt environmentally-friendly habits

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Southeast Asia became dumping ground for plastic waste – study

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives' report says plastic waste from highly-industrialized nations are rerouted to developing countries after China's 2018 ban on plastic waste imports and processing

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

World Bank to aid Philippines in fight against plastic

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Amid the government's ongoing rehabilitation activities in Manila Bay and its tributaries, the World Bank is stepping in to help as well

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN

In this picture taken on November 7, 2018, a woman packs her shopping into a plastic bag in a supermarket in Chiba. From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. Martin BUREAU / AFP

'Drastic solutions' needed to fight plastic pollution – groups

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines

A week before the meeting of the UN Environment Assembly meeting , members of the Mother Earth Foundation segregate plastics form its kind at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Year's worth of plastic use in the Philippines can cover Metro Manila 1 foot deep of plastic waste said Mother Earth in their latest report revealed during press conference on stop "Producing" single-use plastics. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dead whale in Compostela Valley had 40 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:58 PM

'This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,' says American biologist Darrell Blatchley

DEATH BY PLASTIC. Authorities conduct a necropsy on a dead Cuvier's beaked whale in Mabini, Compostela Valley. Photo from D'Bone Collector Museum's  Facebook page

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London are emptied as ambitious organizers of the student strike hope to stage 1,000 demos in more than 100 countries

'NO PLANET B.' Youths demonstrate with banners and placards and a figure depicting young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holding two representatives of her parents' generation and reading 'Do something against the climate disaster!' during the 'Fridays For Future' movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

LOOK: Crab trapped in #PlasticMonster goes viral

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Diving in waters around Caban Island for the Greenpeace #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign, Noel Guevara captures a photo of a crab trapped in a single-use plastic cup

SNAGGED. A crab floats inside a plastic cup along the Verde Island Passage on March 7. Photo courtesy of Noel Guevara.

Philippine survey shows 'shocking' plastic waste

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The report finds that where local-level plastic bag bans have been put in place and rigorously enforced, usage has dropped dramatically

Rainbow Warrior emphasizes role of corporations in plastic pollution crisis

Mar 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

'In the analysis of the problem, it's not pointed out: What is the role of the corporations? It's always the individuals, it's always the government, not the source,' says Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines campaigner Abigail Aguilar

PLASTIC MONSTER. A Greenpeace volunteer ties up used plastic that the eco-warriors had harvested during their "waste audit" for an art installation which will be used for this year's tour. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

El Nido's ban on plastic bottles now in effect

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A move that begun on September 1 tasks all those going to El Nido with surrendering their single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags, and others before boarding their boats

PLASTIC BAN. Mayor Nieves Cabunalda-Rosendo speaking with NGO heads about the environment plans of the town. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

How much plastic does it take to kill a turtle? Typically just 14 pieces

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Our analyses suggest that a turtle has a 22% chance of dying if it eats just one piece of plastic

FATAL FOOD. Plastic bags, balloons, and rope fragments were among more than 100 pieces of plastic in the gut of a single turtle. Qamar Schuyler, Author provided

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

WATCH: What can you do about plastic pollution

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The world is producing 400 million tons of plastics every year, mostly packaging discarded after just one use

We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Are these tiny pieces of plastic damaging our bodies?

MICROPLASTICS. Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea. By Dirk Wahn/shutterstock.com

Forest rangers of Freedom Island fight losing battle vs plastic pollution

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Because of the immense volume of plastic trash in Manila Bay, forest rangers of Freedom Island and Long Islang in Parañaque say coastal cleanups are not enough

PLASTIC EVERYWHERE. Coastal cleanups are not enough to save Freedom and Long Islands in Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We like to start with the children so it'll be embedded in their minds already,' says World Wide Fund environment officer Kimberly Anne Marcelo

Mediterranean could become a 'sea of plastic' – WWF

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The WWF says the Mediterranean has record levels of 'micro-plastics,' the tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in size which can be found increasingly in the food chain posing a threat to human health

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:02 PM

World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'

Multinationals are top plastic polluters in the Philippines – report

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'It's time we hold these companies accountable. They cannot continue raking in money and then passing on the responsibility and costs of cleaning their mess to cities and Filipino taxpayers,' says environmentalist Froilan Grate

Youth involvement is San Fernando's secret in achieving zero waste

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

In San Fernando, Pampanga, schools and the youth play a huge part in implementing zero waste

Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:29 AM

More than 9 1 billion tons 8 3 metric tons of it have been produced on Earth with most dumped into landfills or the oceans

A man sits on his bike beside a garbage filled river in Manila on May 26, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Floating anti-plastic waste dam to be tested in North Sea

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:24 PM

The floating barrier uses currents to passively ensnare waves of garbage – while allowing fish and other sea creatures through

PLASTIC TIDE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. Photo by EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo

5 ways China, ASEAN countries can stop plastic pollution – study

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:30 PM

China Indonesia the Philippines Thailand and Vietnam are responsible for more than half of all plastic waste in the ocean

PLASTIC TIDE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. Photo by EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo

Why PH is world’s 3rd biggest dumper of plastics in the ocean

Oct 06, 2015 - 1:10 PM

Irresponsible garbage hauling companies and the presence of open dump sites near rivers are two reasons why the Philippines is among the world s top ocean polluters according to a new study

PLASTIC POLLUTION. A volunteer says 'no' to plastic pollution during a clean-up drive in Manila Bay. Photo by AC Dimatatac/Rappler

Quezon City plastic bag fee to go to 'green' projects

Nov 14, 2014 - 3:36 PM

But environmentalists say it s a greenwashing scheme that will only perpetuate the use of plastic bags which pollute water bodies and contribute to flooding in the metro

Plastic in our seas: Why you should care

Sep 20, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Plastic pollution is killing marine life polluting beaches and poisoning human diets This infographic lets you in on compelling facts about the growing plastic tide and what you can do to stop it

Plastic bags most common trash in Manila Bay – groups

Jul 05, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Going through more than 1 500 liters of trash from the bay green groups find that more than half the trash are plastic

Plastic tide 'causing $13B in damage', UN says

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:47 AM

UNEP chief: Plastics have come to play a crucial role in modern life but the environmental impacts of the way we use them cannot be ignored

FLOATING TRASH. Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

Filipino joins Bermuda expedition vs plastic pollution

Jun 08, 2014 - 11:09 PM

The team will travel around Bermuda island for 10 days in paddleboards to raise awareness about coastal plastic pollution

THE TEAM. Filipino Julian Rodriguez (second from the left) with other members of the Plastic Tides expedition. Photo courtesy of Julian Rodriguez