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Several mall operators and convenience stores in Thailand ban single-use plastic bags and will instead see customers paying a small fee for a reusable bag made of a cloth-like fabric
From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'
They aim to educate the youth on the importance of recycling in each concert and roadshow event organized
The switch from green to clear plastic bottle packaging is an industry-first sustainability initiative in Southeast Asia
Researchers in Singapore say they have converted plastic into "formic acid", which can be used in power plants to generate electricity, by using a catalyst which neither damages the environment nor costs a lot of money
In Tehran, average concentrations of hazardous airborne particles reached 146 micrograms per cubic meter on November 30
The Southeast Asian country is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic, with Thais using up to 3,000 single-use plastic bags each per year, whether for wrapping street food, takeaway coffee or packing groceries.
How will you practice a zero-waste lifestyle? Here's a running list of zero-waste initiatives that you can be a part of.
‘That is good, if he decides to be serious about it,’ one netizen writes
President Rodrigo Duterte floats the idea during a Cabinet meeting, but is still deciding which alternative materials can be used in place of single-use plastics
'There is smoke everywhere and people, including youngsters, kids, elderly are finding it difficult to breathe,' says Delhi's chief minister in a Twitter video. 'Eyes are burning. Pollution is that bad.'
The current smog crisis is the worst in 3 years, and New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is calling for a range of measures to fight what he describes as 'unbearable pollution'
#ManyWaystoZeroWaste is a movement pushing for responsible ways to use reduce plastic
This is how plastics make their way into our food chain
The Philippines needs to catch up where regulating plastic use is concerned
'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