Big Western brands polluting oceans with cheap plastic in PH – report

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Greenpeace ranks the Philippines as the '3rd-worst polluter into the world's oceans' after China and Indonesia

Atienza to DENR: Laguna Lake still cluttered with fish pens

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza urges the Laguna Lake Development Authority to conduct an honest to goodness dismantling of illegal fish pens

FOR DISMANTLING. Fish pens at the Laguna Lake, January 25, 2017. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

The immortal plastic

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Why does plastic take so long to decompose when it is also made from fossil fuels which in turn come from once living organisms?

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – report

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Environment minister Michael Gove is due to present the government s keenly awaited £3 billion 3 9 billion 3 4 billion euro air pollution plan

LONDON TRAFFIC. Union flags fly above and in front of Britain's Houses of Parliament as a black London taxi cab and red London bus wait at traffic lights in central London on March 20, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

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

Daimler manipulated emissions in one million cars – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED Investigators suspect that the world s largest luxury carmaker used a similar so called defeat device to Volkswagen

The company logo of German carmaker Daimler and Mercedes-Benz is pictured before the annual shareholders meeting in Berlin on March 29, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Hanoi to ban motorbikes by 2030 to curb pollution, traffic

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Critics have blamed the emissions heavy motorbikes for Hanoi s deteriorating air quality and worsening traffic congestion

More killer heatwaves in countries like PH even with 2ºC warming cap – study

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:48 AM

In future the tropics will be hit hardest according to the study which forecasts the number of deadly days under 3 different carbon pollution scenarios

HOT CITY. This file photo shows informal settlers' homes (foreground) dwarfed by highrise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for Michigan health chief

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Nick Lyon head of the Michigan health department stands accused of failing to raise alarms over an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that investigators tied to the contamination

WATER CRISIS. The Flint Water Plant tower is shown January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Samar town rids coastal waters of plastic waste

Jun 03, 2017 - 6:01 PM

It s a long term effort to get rid of the single use throw away culture ’ says Pinabacdao Mayor Teodorico Mabag

BUSY. Residents clean up the coastline.

Volkswagen CEO faces first probe over 'dieselgate'

May 17, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Matthias Mueller and others allegedly delayed telling Porsche SE shareholders of the financial consequences of the software manipulation by Volkswagen AG

BARRAGE OF LAWSUITS. This file photo taken on January 10, 2016 shows Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller during a press event in Detroit, Michigan. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Youth group kicks off 'Scubasurero' in Palawan

May 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

A group of divers have committed to protecting Palawan s seas through underwater clean up drives and an environmental awareness campaign

UNDERWATER. A diver, part of the Scubasurero project, collects garbage underwater. Photo via Scubasurero sa Palawan

Addressing water pollution using tahong shells

Apr 30, 2017 - 11:30 PM

A group of Filipino researchers use UV light and mussel tahong shells to speed up the decomposition of water pollutants

MUSSELS. A man presents the first catch of mussels of the year from the Oosterschelde in Yerseke, Netherlands on July 8, 2015. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP

London, Paris, Seoul launch 'name-and-shame' polluting car index

Mar 29, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The aim of the Air volution scheme is to help drivers avoid buying the most harmful diesel vans and cars

Another reason to flip the off switch: light pollution

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:57 PM

For humans circadian rhythms that regulate hormones and other bodily functions can also be thrown out of whack by too much light at night

EARTH HOUR. More than 80% of humanity lives under skies saturated with artificial light, scientists recently calculated. File photo by Aaron Logan/Wikimedia Commons

Wastewater key to solving global water crisis – UN

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:56 AM

There is an absolute necessity to increase water security in order to overcome the challenges brought on by climate change and human influence

Paris mayor to spend 1.5M euros for 'war on rats'

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveils a 10 point plan aimed at making cleanliness a priority including ridding the French capital of rats and installing more public ashtrays

This photo taken on June 9, 2016 in central Paris, near Odeon, shows a pile of un-collected garbage. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year – WHO

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Harmful exposure can start in the mother s womb increasing the risk of premature birth which can lead to life long health problems

POLLUTION. Indian school children wear masks as they sit inside a school cab as schools re-open after three days of closure due to smog, in New Delhi on November 10, 2016. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Pakistan's financial capital Karachi turned 'into rubbish bin'

Mar 05, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Karachi produces roughly 12 000 tons of trash daily with only half collected – the rest is strewn in the streets and alleys

In this photograph taken on January 18, 2017, a Pakistani motorcyclist rides past dumped garbage alongside a bridge in Karachi. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 3, 2017

Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

City noise linked to hearing loss – study

Mar 03, 2017 - 8:58 AM

High decibel urban areas – such as Guangzhou New Delhi Cairo and Istanbul – top the list of cities where hearing is most degraded according to researchers

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tires clogging oceans – report

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:53 AM

IUCN found that in many developed countries in North America and Europe tiny plastic particles are in fact a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste

Image courtesy NOAA

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

Feb 08, 2017 - 2:16 PM

It comes after the national Meteorological Administration last month ordered local meteorological bureaus to stop issuing haze alerts raising suspicions the government was attempting to suppress information about the chronic problem

This picture taken on June 23, 2015 shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. File/AFP

DENR begins massive dismantling of Laguna Lake fish pens

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Government wants to clear 2 000 hectares of the lake occupied by fish pens before the end of June

Fishpens at the Laguna Lake, January 25, 2017. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The notice was issued because local meteorological bureaus and the environmental protection administration often disagree when they issue smog related information

A pedestrian crosses a smog-shrouded street in Lianyungang, eastern China's Jiangsu province on December 19, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Motorists violating the ban to begin Tuesday will be fined 1 500 kroner 166 euros 176

E-waste rising dangerously in Asia – UN study

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:58 AM

The report says in recent years Asia has rapidly emerged as a major source of electronic waste due to increasingly affluent consumers buying items such as phones tablets refrigerators personal computers and televisions

In this file photo, an Indian worker sifts through a bag full of defunct computer mice prior to disassembly at Ash Recyclers, a government approved e-waste management firm in Bangalore on June 5, 2013. Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Many Metro Manila cities 'severely polluted' during early hours of 2017

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Initial reports from the DENR show that 6 Metro Manila cities registered extremely dangerous levels of PM2 5 at the start of the new year

File photo from Shutterstock

China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Coal of which China is the world s largest consumer remains an indispensable part of its economy supplying 60 of its electricity

HEAVY SMOG. This picture shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. China's cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and industry, as well as vehicle use. File photo by AFP

Choking smog clears from northern China

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A cold wind from the northwest arrives on Thursday December 22 blowing away the toxic pollution

A man wearing a mask visits the Forbidden City in Beijing on December 21, 2016.  Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 on December 15, with choking smog expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China until December 21. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

China's smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger

Dec 21, 2016 - 5:20 PM

3rd UPDATE Officials in Shijiazhuang draw flak for not immediately suspending children s classes and for making suspensions in middle and high schools voluntary

A man wearing a mask visits a park amid heavy air pollution in Beijing on December 20, 2016.  Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 on December 15, with choking smog expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China until December 21. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

Planes grounded as smog chokes China for fifth day

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Hundreds of flights are cancelled and road and rail transport grind to a halt under the low visibility conditions

A pedestrian crosses a smog-shrouded street in Lianyungang, eastern China's Jiangsu province on December 19, 2016. Stringer/AFP

China chokes under heavy smog, worse yet to come

Dec 19, 2016 - 3:19 PM

A host of emergency measures have been implemented to protect the public s health from the smog which is smothering almost 1 9 of the entire country

GRAY SKY. The skyline is seen on a heavily polluted day in Beijing on December 17, 2016. Greg Baker/AFP

Minimize your holiday trash, eco group reminds Filipinos

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The zero waste advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition urges Filipinos to be more eco friendly revelers as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach

POST-NEW YEAR TRASH. Street sweepers clean some of the garbage left following the New Year celebration in Luneta Park on January 1, 2016. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Surging methane emissions imperil climate goals

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:50 PM

After rising slowly from 2000 to 2006 the concentration of methane in the air climbed 10 times more quickly the following decade a study reveals

A methane extraction platform is seen at the Kivu Lake, in Gisenyi, Rwanda on April 17, 2016. Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Environmentalists mobilize for battle with Trump

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Environmentalists are gearing up to battle President elect Donald Trump who promised on the campaign trail to roll back laws and regulations that protect the environment and fight global warming

A man wearing a mask portraying newly elected US president-elect Donald Trump poses with a sign during a demonstration against Trump's vow to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord outside the US Embassy in central London in November 18, 2016. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Paris winter pollution worst in 10 years – official

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:33 PM

The peak is due to the combination of emissions from vehicles and from domestic wood fires as well as near windless conditions – meaning pollutants have not been dispersed

PARIS AIR POLLUTION. A picture taken on December 5, 2016 from the Montparnasse tower shows a view of Paris in the smog. Photo by Thomas Samson/ AFP

Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:20 PM

The 2 1 billion euro 2 2 billion structure sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD has been put into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets built in haste when disaster struck 3 decades ago

ENTOMBED. A picture taken on November 29, 2016 through a fence shows Chernobyl's New Safe Confinement covering the destroyed 4th block of Chernobyl Nuclear power plant during the inauguration ceremony. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Benguet Corp faces P24-M fine for tailings leak in old mine

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The Environmental Management Bureau in Cordillera region will recommend the fine on Benguet Corporation to the Pollution Adjudication Board following the tailings leak at its old open pit mine in Itogon Benguet

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health 'emergency'

Nov 07, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Pollution levels have spiked in recent days as farmers in neighboring Indian states burn crop stubble after the harvest and temperatures cool trapping pollutants in a smoggy haze over the city

An Indian cyclist rides along a street as smog envelops a monument in New Delhi on October 31, 2016, the day after the Diwali festival. Money Sharma/AFP

German prosecutors extend 'dieselgate' probe to Volkswagen chairman

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Hans Dieter Poetsch is now under investigation over his previous role as Volkswagen s chief financial officer

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2015 shows Hans-Dieter Poetsch, supervisory board chairman of German carmaker Volkswagen, during a press conference in Wolfsburg, central Germany.  German prosecutors probing whether Volkswagen executives manipulated the markets in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal have widened their investigation to include the chairman of the group's supervisory board, the auto giant said on November 6. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

Nov 06, 2016 - 8:32 AM

1 800 schools are shut following one of the city s worst ever pollution spells

AIR POLLUTION. An Indian biker wearing face protection against air pollution rides on the road in heavy smog in New Delhi on October 28, 2016. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

UK gov't loses High Court case on air pollution

Nov 02, 2016 - 9:53 PM

A judge rules in favor of the group s case declaring that the government s Air Quality Plan was unlawful and must be quashed and rewritten

AIR POLLUTION. A breathing mask is fixed to a statue of Queen Victoria in central London on 18 April 2016. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF

Oct 31, 2016 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Nearly one child in 7 around the globe breathes outdoor air that is at least 6 times dirtier than international guidelines

A woman walks with her child on a street as schools were closed due to the heavy smog in Jilin, northeast China's Jilin province on October 22, 2013. Stringer/File/AFP

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

Oct 28, 2016 - 11:11 PM

We are planning to install air purifiers at 5 major intersections in Delhi to reduce pollution levels Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain says at a press conference

AIR POLLUTION. An Indian biker wearing face protection against air pollution rides on the road in heavy smog in New Delhi on October 28, 2016. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

'Many more' corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Oct 26, 2016 - 10:40 AM

It is the third time in 18 years that the World Heritage listed site which teems with marine life has experienced mass bleaching after previous events in 1998 and 2002

This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

Death sentence for Heathrow demolition village

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:22 AM

Much of the historic village of Harmondsworth will be razed and concreted under plans to enlarge Europe s busiest airport

A sign reading 'Stop Heathrow Expansion,' protesting against the building of an additional runway at London Heathrow airport, is seen in the village of Harmondsworth, near the airport, on December 5, 2015. Leon Neal/AFP

Great Barrier Reef report card paints bleak picture

Oct 20, 2016 - 12:07 PM

The giant ecosystem is under pressure from farming run off development the coral eating crown of thorns starfish and the impacts of climate change

This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

Rapid transit key in fight against climate change – study

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:40 AM

Cities – home to more than half of humanity – account for nearly 3 4 of all heat trapping greenhouse gases

A picture taken on February 21, 2013, shows a metro train driving in the 15th district of Paris. Jacques Demarthon/File/AFP

Audi tech chief leaves after reports link him to 'dieselgate'

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Stefan Knirsch allegedly knew that Audi s 3 0 liter diesel engines had cheating software even before the scandal erupted

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 3, 2016 shows Stefan Knirsch, responsible for the technical development and member of the board of German car maker Audi, during his company's annual press conference in Ingolstadt, southern Germany.  Audi's head of technical development stepped down "with immediate effect" on September 26, 2016, the luxury carmaker announced, after German media accused him of involvement in parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" scandal. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE