Rappler's latest stories on pollution
'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago
A study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans are mostly the result of merchant marine vessels tossing their waste overboard by the ton
The Central Visayas Environmental Management Bureau Air says pollution in Metro Cebu returns to normal
The Race for Water Foundation is organizing school visits and workshops to educate different individuals and organizations on the global plastic pollution challenge
The winning group proposes to turn sari-sari stores into refilling stations and exchange sachets for coins to address the country’s plastic waste at the 2019 Social Good Summit
Almost 10 million people under 18 live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and the country's part of Borneo island, UNICEF says
While use of refillables and package-free purchasing is becoming trendy among the wealthy, what do we do about the 'tingi' and sari-sari store culture among most Filipinos that contribute to plastic waste?
This garden of 30,000 'tulips' might be Basilan's next most Instagrammable spot
7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key
Participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit say the plastics problem in the country must also be treated as a social and economic issue
The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels
Singapore suffers from the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia
The campaign aims to engage the government, corporations, and communities in finding solutions to our plastic waste problem
Snapshots of the zero waste movement in the Philippines
An increasing number of studies are linking air pollution to lower cognition and poor concentration
A June report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranks Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and southern Turkey
The World Health Organization says: 'We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere – including in our drinking water'
'It's readily apparent that the majority of the microplastic in the snow comes from the air,' says a study. It found that microplastic particles can be transported tremendous distances through the atmosphere.
Tardigrades can survive extremes of temperature and pressure, including the frigid vacuum of space
Road workers, such as traffic enforcers and street sweepers, face not only the hazards of getting run over by reckless motorists, but also long-term blood poisoning and hearing loss
Fed up with what they say is worsening air pollution, a group of 31 concerned residents has sued President Joko Widodo, as well as the ministry of environment and forestry, ministry of health, and Jakarta's governor
Data on the combined solid, plastic, food and hazardous waste of 194 countries shows that the world now produces an average of 2.1 billion tons of trash each year – enough to fill more than 820,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools
Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics
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