Rappler's latest stories on pollution
Around 8 million tons of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year
Could plastic bags actually be better for the environment than paper ones?
'We are witnessing just the tip of a plastics iceberg,' it said.
G20 member countries commit to reduce plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be done
The study will justify granting traffic enforcers hazard pay, says a research team led by Emmanuel Baja of the National Institutes for Health-University of the Philippines Manila
(UPDATED) Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates and stir sticks would be among the items banned, a government statement says
We've been taking action against air and water pollution, but noise pollution has serious – and irreversible – consequences, too
Coca-Cola's bottling arm in the Philippines says it recognizes that 'there is a packaging waste problem in the world today,' and it wants to be 'part of the solution for the long haul'
Repurposing discarded election materials is not a new initiative for the local government of Dumalinao. Before they made school bags using tarpaulins, they also turned election tarps into ecobags following the 2016 elections.
As one Asian country after another shuts the door on scrap exports, it is becoming increasingly clear that business as usual will not solve the plastic pollution challenge
The ‘wala usik’ (zero waste) canteen uses mugs made from bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves
'The most effective way to reduce human consumption of microplastics will likely be to reduce the production and use of plastics,' authors of a recent study say
International NGO Health Care Without Harm wants to influence hospitals to reduce plastic use and help local government units craft better policies that can also guide hospitals
Japan hopes to cast itself as a leader on curbing marine plastic waste, and will reportedly press for an international agreement to reduce the amount of plastic going into the ocean during the Osaka summit from June 28 to 30
A study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports concludes that global plastic waste surveys 'have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation'
Analysis detects lead dust in 'very significant' levels on some streets and pavements outside the cathedral, which remain off limits to the public since the April 15 blaze
A draft document of a UN report depicts a planet suffering due to overconsumption and pollution
The government's cleanup program makes it easier to convince the public to adapt environmentally-friendly habits
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
Amid the government's ongoing rehabilitation activities in Manila Bay and its tributaries, the World Bank is stepping in to help as well
The State of Global Air report says air pollution is the fifth leading cause of early death worldwide – responsible for more deaths than malaria, road accidents, malnutrition or alcohol
Double-digit growth in solar and wind power generation is still not fast enough to meet soaring electricity demand which also pushed up the use of coal
Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN
Air pollution kills more than one million Indians every year, according to a study, and Delhi is ranked one of the most toxic urban centers to live
'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines
'This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,' says American biologist Darrell Blatchley
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
(UPDATED) The final ministerial statement – issued on a day of youth protests against climate change – makes only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it
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
Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, regularly exceeds World Health Organization recommendations for air quality
The report finds that where local-level plastic bag bans have been put in place and rigorously enforced, usage has dropped dramatically
Air pollution is estimated to contribute to 7 million premature deaths every year and is considered by the United Nations to be the single biggest environmental health risk
'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
Because the Thai capital has been shrouded in murky haze for weeks, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration orders all 437 city-controlled public schools to close from Wednesday through Friday
Air quality in South Korea is generally better than in China, its giant neighbor and the world's biggest polluter
Have you ever wondered what swimming in a polluted ocean is like?
Traffic pollution is associated with dementia, delinquent behavior in adolescents, and stunted brain development in children who attend highly polluted schools
Research shows rapid deployment of solar and wind power, along with gains in energy efficiency, have been outpaced by growth in demand for freight, personal transport, shipping, and aviation
The exact cause of the whale's death is not yet known but there are signs that 'plastic waste might have triggered it,' WWF Indonesia marine species conservation coordinator Dwi Suprapti says
WWF's 'Living Planet' reports says that from 1970 to 2014, 60% of all animals with a backbone were wiped out by human activity
The energy sector accounts for 80% of global CO2 emissions, with most of the rest caused by deforestation and agriculture
'Only by shifting away from dirty energy – the leading cause of climate change – can Filipinos truly move from being tagged as victims of the climate towards being known as its protectors'
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
Around 60 volunteers participate in the cleanup campaign in Batangas City
Our analyses suggest that a turtle has a 22% chance of dying if it eats just one piece of plastic
The medical journal BMJ Open publishes a study which says chemicals cast off by tailpipe pollution are associated with an increased risk of dementia
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
The world is producing 400 million tons of plastics every year, mostly packaging discarded after just one use
The Supreme Court reverses an earlier decision by a lower court, saying oil tankers pose a larger risk to the environment in the event of an oil spill
Will our lawmakers seize this golden opportunity or will they resign us to a future of unintended consequences?