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.
- 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.
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.
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.