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Malaysian short film ‘Plastik’ imagines a world where plastic pollution continues unchecked

A Malaysian short film produced for World Environmental Day shares the horrifying normalization of plastic pollution. 

The short film, “Plastik,” was developed by The MeshMinds Foundation and produced by Studio Birthplace, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program’s SEA circular project. It was released on June 3 to promote environmentalism and make sure less plastic is wasted.

These plastic-hungry fungi in China might just be the key to solving the world’s waste

  • Dr. Peter Mortimer, a South African mycologist, has been studying fungi in China’s Yunnan province for nearly 12 years.
  • Last year, he and his team discovered four unrelated species of fungi that digest plastic and latex, a component of natural rubber.
  • Some 6,000 species have reportedly been discovered in Yunnan, but Mortimer believes there are so much more.
  • Mortimer says the newly -discovered species could be the key to solving the planet’s waste problem.
  • Throughout their research, Mortimer’s team has discovered and published at least 1,000 species of fungi.

Some species of fungi in southwest China’s Yunnan Province could help solve the world’s waste problem, according to a scientist who recently discovered them.

Those fungi, Dr. Peter Mortimer said, happen to be voracious eaters of plastic and rubber — materials that account for at least 44% of the world’s waste, as per World Bank data.

Report: World’s 100 most polluted cities are all in Asia

Report: World’s 100 most polluted cities are all in ASIA

In an apparent wake-up call to Asia, the world’s 100 most polluted cities in 2020 all happened to be in the continent, according to the latest annual report by air quality tracker IQAir.

Key findings: India had the highest number of polluted cities on the list, with a total of 46. China had 42 while six were in Pakistan, four in Bangladesh, one in Indonesia and one in Thailand completed the rest of the list.

Coronavirus Outbreak Leads to Huge Drop in China’s Air Pollution

China reportedly saw a dramatic decrease in its air pollution as the country focuses its attention on fighting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The data, which compares NASA satellite images taken from January 2019 to February 2020, show a massive decline in air pollution and U.S. space agencies believe that this is “partly related” to the economic shutdown as a result of the COVID-19, according to The Guardian.

Chinese Researchers Claim China Saves Millions of Lives With Their Clean Air Policies

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China has saved around 200 million lives through clean air policies in recent years, a new study suggests.

Promulgated in 2013, the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan sought to reduce PM 2.5 concentrations in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region, the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region by 25%, 20%, and 15%, respectively, by 2017.

Bloomberg Tried to Blame Southeast Asia for World’s Trash Problems, Immediately Regrets It


Western media outlet Bloomberg recently released a list which blamed several southeast Asian countries for polluting the ocean with trash, but netizens from the region did not take the accusations lightly. 

On July 13, Bloomberg’s official Twitter page listed down eight countries who are “responsible for 63.6% of ocean trash,” which includes China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Egypt, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Japan Has a Genius Plan to Help With South Asia’s Garbage Problem

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The Japanese government has recently expressed their plans to help their Southeast Asian neighbors manage their trash pollution problem by turning them into energy.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Japan’s government is forming a “public-private partnerships to boost exports of the plants to the region.” These partners, which includes Osaka city office, other municipalities, Hitachi Zosen, and JFE Engineering, will provide buyers with waste-reduction solutions, collection, separation, and recycling.

Startup Founders Discover Innovative New Way to Recycle Plastic

Meet Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang, the co-founders of Silicon Valley startup BioCellection, a company that seeks to improve plastic recycling by turning them into compounds for making clothing material and other consumer goods.

Yao and Wang’s journey to recycling began when they were teenagers in high school. As part of their recycling club in Vancouver, Canada the duo collected bottles on beaches and attended tours at waste-processing plants.

China’s First Pro Surfer Calls to Save the Ocean From ‘Waves of Trash’

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Darci Liu, regarded as “China’s first pro surfer,” is now an environmental activist rallying to save the country’s coastlands. 

Liu, who was raised about 1,000 kilometers away from the nearest ocean, earned recognition as China’s first professional surfer in 2014, when media outlets reported her participation in various surfing competitions a few years earlier.