Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Haw...

KFC Taiwan stops serving plastic straws

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In response to the Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) planned ban on the use of single-use plastic drinking straws, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restauran...

Starbucks launches disposable cups trial at UK airport

LONDON (AP) — Starbucks and environmental charity Hubbub are launching a trial program to lend passengers at Britain's Gatwick Airport reusable cups while waiting for their flights in hopes of cutting...

Cargo ship arrives in Philippines to return Canadian trash

SUBIC, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says a cargo ship has arrived in a northern port to pick up and return 69 containers of Canadian garbage which the government in Manila says was shipped...

Malaysia PM says global garbage trade 'grossly unfair'

TOKYO (AP) — The practice of advanced countries such as the U.S., Canada and Japan sending their non-recyclable waste to poorer countries is "grossly unfair" and should stop, Malaysian Prime Minister ...

Malaysia to send back plastic waste to foreign nations

PORT KLANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia says it will send back some 3,000 metric tonnes (330 tons) of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries including the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in a move to...

Canada does U-turn on garbage shipped to Philippines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Canada has agreed to retrieve tons of refuse it shipped to the Philippines between 2013-2014. Canada's federal environment minister Catherine McKenna announced on W...

Enough plastic already! HK celebs say no to pollution

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Celebrities in Hong Kong were showered with plastic waste for a video intended to discourage people from using disposable plastic products. The “Enough Plastic&rd...

Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved but not by US

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say. ...

UN: Plastic waste pact approved with US among few holdouts

GENEVA (AP) — United Nations officials say nearly all of the world's countries have agreed on a deal to better manage plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception. A "le...

Macron: France will step up fight against species extinction

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday his government would step up its efforts to protect biodiversity after he met scientists who warned that increasing biodiversity loss was as big a threat t...

UN conference to consider plan to minimize plastic waste

GENEVA (AP) — Over 180 countries have opened a U.N.-backed conference on waste and hazardous chemicals amid hopes it could produce a sweeping agreement toward minimizing generation of plastic waste, w...

Japan's PM vows to help France in rebuilding Notre Dame

PARIS (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pledging to help France rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral. Abe stopped in France Tuesday as part of his tour of Europe ...

Thai, Vietnamese supermarkets praised for ditching plastic packaging

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A supermarket chain in Thailand has been praised for “going green” and ditching plastic packaging in favor of traditional banana leaf wraps. Rimping Superma...

More plastic bags than fish: East Asia’s new environmental threat

SINGAPORE (East Asia Forum) -- In March 2019, the fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly convened in Kenya to discuss the environmental and climate challenges outlined in the UN’s Sustain...