Environment

World entangled in plastic waste catastrophe

World Wide Fund for Nature's report says since the year 2000, the world has used more plastics than in all the years before.

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's polluted river clean-up shows slow progress

A year passed since the government launched the clean-up programme, but an action plan was put in place only recently.

Russia

Polluted black snow sparks health fears in Siberia

Black snowfall hints at man-made ecological disaster in the Siberian region of Kuzbass.

Polluted black snow sparks health fears in Siberia

Special series

Toxic City: The Cost of Gold Mining in South Africa

Mountains of waste from Johannesburg's omnipresent gold industry may be ruining the health of nearby residents.

Thailand

Water cannons, drones fail to budge Bangkok smog

Thailand's capital has been blanketed in toxic smog for weeks and authorities are struggling to find a solution.

People & Power

Armenia: Mining Out the Leopard

Investigating claims of political corruption and a scramble for mineral wealth endangering the Caucasian leopard.

Asia

India's polluted air killed 1.24 million in 2017: study

Lancet study says India's average life expectancy would be higher by 1.7 years if air quality was at healthy levels.

India's polluted air killed 1.24 million in 2017: study

Homeless

'They are in grave danger': Delhi's homeless struggle with smog

As pollution rises and people stay at home or wear masks, those on the streets have no way of protecting their lungs.

'They are in grave danger': Delhi's homeless struggle with smog

Environment

Blue economies: Growth through humanity's relationship with water

Kenya hosted the first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, focusing on environmental protection and economic growth.

Blue economies: Growth through humanity's relationship with water

China

'Zero tolerance': China steps up pollution prosecutions

Beijing has encouraged courts and police departments to establish dedicated environmental divisions.

'Zero tolerance': China steps up pollution prosecutions

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong: New app helps people avoid pollution

A university team has developed a mobile app that gives real-time pollution readings at street level anywhere in the city.

Reporter's Notebook

Air pollution welcomes Asian Games athletes in Jakarta

Just three days before the opening of the Asian Games, the air pollution index shows 154 micrograms of harmful particles per cubic metre.

Air pollution welcomes athletes in Jakarta for Asian Games

Earthrise

France's plastic revolution

How one European country is taking the plastic bull by the horns and innovating its way to a greener future.

Earthrise

Turning ocean plastic into art and fuel in British Columbia

How a Canadian organisation is setting an example on how to tackle plastic pollution and turn it into an opportunity.

Earthrise

Turning the tide on plastic: Creation and art from waste

earthrise goes to Canada and France to look at ways of dealing with the plastic pollution crisis.