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Philippine city shows zero waste is achievable

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago

CLOSE TO ZERO WASTE. San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago shares how his city drastically reduced residual waste. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Ocean plastic waste probably comes from ships, report says

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:40 PM

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

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Air pollution in Metro Cebu back to normal levels

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The Central Visayas Environmental Management Bureau Air says pollution in Metro Cebu returns to normal

LIFTED. Air pollution in Metro Cebu is back down to normal levels. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Race for Water Odyssey visits Puerto Princesa

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Race for Water Foundation is organizing school visits and workshops to educate different individuals and organizations on the global plastic pollution challenge

Race for Water Odyssey visits Puerto Princesa for school visits, workshops, September 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#2030Now: Refilling stations emerge as best solution to plastic pollution

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:27 PM

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

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk – United Nations

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

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

AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS. A child wears a facemask as a thick haze blankets the sky over Banda Aceh on September 24, 2019, caused when Indonesian farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Sari-sari store conundrum: How can you help poor Filipinos reduce plastic waste?

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:35 PM

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?

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Lamitan City turns trash into 'tulips' in 'Forever Tulip Garden'

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:05 PM

This garden of 30,000 'tulips' might be Basilan's next most Instagrammable spot

[EDITORIAL] Leksyon ng SGS: Lifestyle change ang simula

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM

7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key

#2030Now: Plastic pollution not just an environment problem

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit say the plastics problem in the country must also be treated as a social and economic issue

Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels

HAZE. Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Singapore air 'unhealthy' ahead of Formula One race

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Singapore suffers from the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia

SINGAPORE SKYLINE. Singapore suffers from haze brought by forest fires in Indonesia. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Rappler pushes for responsible use of plastic with #ManyWaysToZeroWaste movement

Sep 13, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The campaign aims to engage the government, corporations, and communities in finding solutions to our plastic waste problem

How going zero waste is addressing PH's plastic pollution

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Snapshots of the zero waste movement in the Philippines

INFOGRAPHIC: A secret to productivity? Clean air

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:53 PM

An increasing number of studies are linking air pollution to lower cognition and poor concentration

Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel's passion for plastic

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

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

A plastic cup left behind by beachgoers is pictured on the sand on a beach in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 21, 2019. A report in June 2019 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranked Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and Turkey’s Cilicia region.  JACK GUEZ / AFP

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now – WHO

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

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'

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Microplastics in Arctic snow point to widespread air contamination

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:59 PM

'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.

n this August 4, 2017, image courtesy of the Alfred Wegener Institute, scientists from the institute use the helicopter from the icebreaker research vessel Polarstern to collect snow samples in the Arctic. Minute microplastic particles have been detected in the Arctic and the Alps, carried by the wind and later washed out in the snow, according to a study that called for urgent research to assess the health risks of inhalation. Every year, several million tonnes of plastic litter course through rivers and out to the oceans, where they are gradually broken down into smaller fragments through the motion of waves and the ultraviolet light of the Sun. The new study, conducted by scientists at Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute and Switzerland's Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, found that microplastic particles can be transported tremendous distances through the atmosphere. Kajetan Deja / Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmhol / AFP

Tardigrades: We're now polluting the moon with near indestructible little creatures

Aug 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Tardigrades can survive extremes of temperature and pressure, including the frigid vacuum of space

UP CLOSE. Tardigrades are odd little creatures, measuring up to about half a millimeter long. 3DStock/Shutterstock

[Right of Way] The city's most dangerous job?

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:42 PM

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

Jakarta residents sue Indonesia government over air pollution

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:51 PM

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

AIR POLLUTION. Jakarta has been shrouded in hazardous smog for much of the past month. File photo shows the sun rising over Jakarta, Indonesia. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

U.S. waste driving global garbage glut – study

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:18 AM

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

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Sea turtle found dead in Negros Occidental

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics

SAD DISCOVERY. Residents found this dead sea turtle along the shores of Barangay Poblacion in Valladolid, Negros Occidental on June 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bill KratzerÂ

Searching for the source of microplastics in European rivers

Jun 22, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Around 8 million tons of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year

[OPINION] Paper vs plastic: The right choice might not be what you think

Jun 20, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Could plastic bags actually be better for the environment than paper ones?

Greenpeace sounds alarm over plastic pollution in UK rivers

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'We are witnessing just the tip of a plastics iceberg,' it said.

G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:47 PM

G20 member countries commit to reduce plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be done

Lead found in MMDA traffic enforcers’ blood – study

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:00 AM

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

HEALTH HAZARD. A study finds that traffic enforcers are prone to heart and lung problems due to exposure to air pollution.

Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates and stir sticks would be among the items banned, a government statement says

Tea Time with Vince and Frank: Are we deaf to noise pollution?

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:54 PM

We've been taking action against air and water pollution, but noise pollution has serious – and irreversible – consequences, too

Coca-Cola to invest in P1-billion recycling facility in the Philippines

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:15 PM

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'

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

LOOK: Zamboanga del Sur town upcycles election tarps into school bags

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:54 PM

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.

DREAM BIG. In Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, tarpaulins are being upcycled into school bags decorated with inspirational quotes. Photo by Dumalinao LGU

As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

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

NO TRASH ALLOWED. Environment activists stage a protest against the entry of trash from rich countries into the Philippines on May 21, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Negros Occidental school opens plastic-free canteen

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The ‘wala usik’ (zero waste) canteen uses mugs made from bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY. Students of Bulata National High School use mugs made from indigenous materials to reduce plastic waste. Photo courtesy of PRRCFI

Humans consume 'tens of thousands' of plastic pieces each year

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'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

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Hospitals urged to reduce plastic waste

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:50 PM

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

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Japan unveils policy to curb plastic waste before G20

May 31, 2019 - 4:09 PM

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

Remote island beach plastics point to greater waste problem

May 17, 2019 - 12:02 AM

A study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports concludes that global plastic waste surveys 'have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation'

POLLUTION. This undated handout photo released by the University of Tasmania shows debris on a beach on Cocos Islands. AFP PHOTO / UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA/ JENNIFER LAVERS

Officials warn of lead pollution risks after Notre-Dame blaze

May 10, 2019 - 8:13 AM

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

Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Fabien Barrau / AFP)

Lost world: UN report shows nature at death's door

May 04, 2019 - 5:10 PM

A draft document of a UN report depicts a planet suffering due to overconsumption and pollution

The morning sun rises past buildings and haze over the Jakarta city skyline on August 17, 2018. - Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Single-use plastics, still the environment's number 1 enemy

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The government's cleanup program makes it easier to convince the public to adapt environmentally-friendly habits

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Southeast Asia became dumping ground for plastic waste – study

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

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

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

World Bank to aid Philippines in fight against plastic

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Amid the government's ongoing rehabilitation activities in Manila Bay and its tributaries, the World Bank is stepping in to help as well

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

Children in South Asia hardest hit by air pollution – study

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:02 PM

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

2018 spike in energy demand spells climate trouble – IEA

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:11 AM

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

Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN

In this picture taken on November 7, 2018, a woman packs her shopping into a plastic bag in a supermarket in Chiba. From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. Martin BUREAU / AFP

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:18 PM

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

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 6, 2018 Indian labourers eat at a roadside food stall in the old quarters of New Delhi. For the well-heeled in New Delhi, eating out means enjoying a gourmet spread amid sprawling green spaces but the poor must deal with dust and toxic fumes from vehicles zipping past rickety roadside food stalls in the world's most polluted major city.  CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

'Drastic solutions' needed to fight plastic pollution – groups

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines

A week before the meeting of the UN Environment Assembly meeting , members of the Mother Earth Foundation segregate plastics form its kind at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Year's worth of plastic use in the Philippines can cover Metro Manila 1 foot deep of plastic waste said Mother Earth in their latest report revealed during press conference on stop "Producing" single-use plastics. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dead whale in Compostela Valley had 40 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:58 PM

'This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,' says American biologist Darrell Blatchley

DEATH BY PLASTIC. Authorities conduct a necropsy on a dead Cuvier's beaked whale in Mabini, Compostela Valley. Photo from D'Bone Collector Museum's  Facebook page

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:08 AM

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

'NO PLANET B.' Youths demonstrate with banners and placards and a figure depicting young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holding two representatives of her parents' generation and reading 'Do something against the climate disaster!' during the 'Fridays For Future' movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP