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Rappler's latest stories on water pollution


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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Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The exact cause of the whale's death is not yet known but there are signs that 'plastic waste might have triggered it,' WWF Indonesia marine species conservation coordinator Dwi Suprapti says

A SPERM WHALE'S DEATH. This picture taken on November 19, 2018 shows a dead sperm whale that washed ashore that had nearly 6 kilograms (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, in Wakatobi National Park in Sulawesi province. Photo by La Ode M. Saleh Hanan/AFP

Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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

DIRTY WATER. This photo taken on July 12, 2018 shows a woman looking at polluted water in a mineral water bottle at a roving exhibition created by Chinese performance artist Nut Brother, known for his advocacy work on environmental and social issues, in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:02 PM

World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'

Gov't puts trash traps, warns 'esteroristas' in Pasig River

May 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila

SEA OF TRASH. Volunteers collect garbage in the San Juan River. Photo courtesy of PRRC

Cimatu deploys 'mission team' to rehabilitate Boracay

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(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

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu forms a 50-person 'mission team' to address the environmental problems in Boracay island

Pollution killed 9 million people in 2015 – report

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:57 AM

In rapidly-industrializing countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar, and Kenya, pollution can account for as many as 1 in 4 deaths

SMOG. A man wearing a mask visits the Forbidden City in Beijing on December 21, 2016. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

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

Millions at risk from rising water pollution – UN

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:22 PM

UNEP chief scientist Jacqueline McGlade: Access to quality water is essential for human health and human development Both are at risk if we fail to stop the pollution

MANILA BAYWALK. A man collects recyclable materials amongst the floating garbage at Manila baywalk, washed ashore after tropical storm Nida passed through northern Philippines on August 1, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/ AFP

Why PH is world’s 3rd biggest dumper of plastics in the ocean

Oct 06, 2015 - 1:10 PM

Irresponsible garbage hauling companies and the presence of open dump sites near rivers are two reasons why the Philippines is among the world's top ocean polluters, according to a new study

PLASTIC POLLUTION. A volunteer says 'no' to plastic pollution during a clean-up drive in Manila Bay. Photo by AC Dimatatac/Rappler

Tourism linked to 70% coral loss in Boracay

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:49 PM

Unmonitored snorkeling and water pollution in the popular tourist area have led to a considerable decline in coral cover a Japanese funded study shows

CORALS IN DANGER. The Philippines hosts 27,000 square kilometers of coral reefs but just 1% are rated in excellent condition. Photo by WWF

Gov't to crack down on water-polluting Boracay resorts

May 04, 2015 - 3:58 PM

In some parts of the popular tourist island water pollution levels are already 50 times above the level deemed safe for swimming

TURNING GREEN. This photo taken during the 2015 Labor Day weekend celebration shows Boracay's main beach teeming with green algae, an indicator of high water pollution. Photo by Ken Pessumal

Ton of fish in Manila Bay dead due to ammonia

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Ammonia is a chemical compound that comes from decomposing animals and animal waste It may have come from agricultural domestic and industrial wastes

DIRTY WATER. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

The stowaways that threaten biodiversity

Oct 03, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Hitchhiker species – organisms that ride ships from one place to another – can swiftly colonize new marine habitats wrecking ecosystems on which humans also depend

PREFERRED TRANSPORT. Cranes (L) transfer containers onto a ship (R) at the container yard in Tokyo port on September 8, 2014. Ships like these can carry nonnative species to their ports of call, which can threaten the ecological balance in these places. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Metro creeks: Less trash, but water quality not improving

Sep 24, 2014 - 7:56 PM

In Metro Manila 70 of households depend on septic tanks which may leak human waste into underground aquifers or don t have septic tanks and get rid of waste unregulated means

A thirsty world and the PH water problem

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Unsafe water kills more people than wars each year Have you ever thought of how many people lack access to toilets and safe drinking water?

UNSANITARY. For many poor households, there is only a blur line separating the spaces used for cooking and eating, bathing, and as toilets and garbage disposals. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Water pollution a rising threat in Coron

May 17, 2014 - 3:57 PM

Even a paradise like Coron Island is not beyond the clutches of pollution

THE OTHER SIDE OF CORON. The beauty of Coron Island is threatened by water pollution due to lack of proper toilets and sewerage in coastal communities. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'Not much improvement' in Manila Bay water quality

Feb 18, 2014 - 7:54 AM

Despite the 2008 mandamus to clean up the Bay the water quality remains way below healthy standards

SWIMMABLE AGAIN? The Writ of Continuing Mandamus to rehabilitation Manila Bay instructs the government to make the bay fit for swimming again. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Pesticides slash water life by 42% - study

Jun 18, 2013 - 9:24 AM

The researchers warned that the threat pesticides pose to biodiversity has been underestimated

AFFECTED. Species that were particularly vulnerable to pesticides included dragonflies, stoneflies, mayflies and caddis flies

Philex fine could be highest for water pollution

Feb 18, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Environment Undersecretary Ignacio says the penalty for Philex violation of the Clean Water Act continues to grow

MINE SPILL. A Philex  Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex