Rappler's latest stories on pollution
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?
The Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule would allow states the flexibility to set their own standards for performance at existing coal-fired power plants, rather than follow a single federal standard
Are these tiny pieces of plastic damaging our bodies?
If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point
Health experts urge the government to develop a plan to improve air quality as about 45.3 of 100,000 Filipinos die due to air pollution
The mobile exhibition by an artist known as 'Nut Brother' features bottles of Nongfu Spring filled with contaminated drinking water from the village of Xiaohaotu in China's northwest Shaanxi province
This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world
The plastic straws will be replaced by recyclable lids that have a small raised opening allowing consumers to sip their drink
Research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016 – or around 14 percent of all new diabetes cases globally that year.
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
'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
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 pollution is a major problem in the Philippines, which along with China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, is frequently listed among the world's worst offenders
World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'
Part adventure, part scientific research, Ben Lecomte and his 8-person support team will conduct a host of marine experiments as they seek to raise awareness of ocean pollution and plastic contamination
The pilot whale vomited up 5 bags during the rescue attempt before it died, says Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources
'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
This comes after the government discovered 16 establishments that had installed their own pipes, which flush wastes directly under the beachfront
The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila
'Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden,' World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in a statement
The police team will help local law enforcers secure the island as the 6-month Boracay closure to tourists draws near
From a possible 'soft opening' in 3 to 4 months to demolition of illegal structures, here's what you need to know about the impending closure of the popular tourist spot
Scientists say land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population
The University of Chicago says in its study that while the world's biggest polluter faces a long road to reach national and international air quality standards, the results 'suggest the country is winning its war on pollution'
House Bill 1035 is scheduled for committee discussion nearly two years after it was referred to the committee
Under the new ordinance, any resident can now report to their barangay officials 'excessive, unnecessary, or unusual loud sounds from audio devices' that can be heard from 10 pm to 5 am within residential areas and public streets
Historically, when we burn coal or use petroleum products, we generally do not pay for the actual price of the carbon emissions brought about by these fossil fuels
A top German court rules that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution
Houses and establishments occupying the forestlands of Boracay Island are given 15 days to reply to DENR's show cause orders
The cleanup team collects 43 sacks of garbage, including discarded luggage and old clothes
(UPDATED) 'We will be using all our government and the DENR assets and personnel to do this job,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who only has 6 months to address the environmental problems in Boracay
The Philippine President says he may file charges of 'serious neglect of duty' against officials in Boracay Island which he threatens to close 'permanently'
President Rodrigo Duterte has given Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu 6 months to address the environmental woes of Boracay, which he describes as a 'cesspool'
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu expects to complete the review of closed and suspended mining operations by March
[The Conversation] A study reveals another significant threat to the world’s corals and the ecosystems and livelihoods they support
'There is a very high risk that under current emissions trajectories, and current national pledges, global warming will exceed 1.5ºC above preindustrial levels,' says the 1,000-page report prepared by hundreds of scientists
[The Conversation] We cannot simply rely on the actions of concerned individuals
Every year, Iran's sprawling capital suffers some of the worst pollution in the world when cool temperatures cause an effect known as 'temperature inversion'
Greenpeace Southeast Asia praises the Commission on Human Rights' planned public hearings on a petition filed against the world's largest investor-owned fossil fuel and cement producer
In San Fernando, Pampanga, schools and the youth play a huge part in implementing zero waste