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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Images of Bangkok residents allegedly coughing up blood and suffering nosebleeds due to the city’s pollution crisis have emerged on social media.
It has been reported that the ultra-fine dust particles known as PM2.5 originated from traffic exhaust, construction works, burning crops and factories around Bangkok.
Over 400 schools in Thailand were forced to close on Wednesday to protect children from the haze of toxic smog that has covered the city for weeks.
Filipinos are already flocking to Manila Bay to enjoy its world-famous sunset just a day after a massive rehabilitation project was initiated at the site.
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.
China’s air pollution cases the deaths of around 1 million people per year, new research has revealed
Based on the study conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the early deaths and lost food production caused by fine particles and smog-inducing ozone also cost the Chinese economy 267 billion yuan ($38 billion) annually.
Wil Dasovich, a Filipino-American vlogger, model, and internet personality known for doing extreme daredevil stunts in his videos, recently took a dip in one of the world’s most polluted waters to see how bad it really is.
Along with his childhood friend from the United States and her friend, Dasovich went to the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines, as part of a prank.
An image of an Indian woman standing on a shore of filth has gone viral on social media.
Photographer Ganesh Vanare took the image of his friend, Aishwarya Sharma, in Mumbai’s Juhu Beach to show how bad plastic pollution in the area has become.