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Fighting for breathable air

Mark Saludes
 
Face masks have become part of Grace Francisco’s daily “survival kit.” Without it, her day could either end with anti-allergy medicine or a trip to the nearest hospital.
 
Francisco cannot let pollution in the city trigger the asthma that has worsened since she migrated to Manila from her province to work.
 

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Philippine reliance on coal a growing problem

MANILA (UCAN): Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, raised the “problem and impacts” of coal pollution during the 2018 Green Asia Forum in Korea on October 5. 
 
“Environmental pollution is of great concern in the Philippines because of our unbridled and continually increasing carbon footprint,” the priest said in his address to the gathering.
 

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Drive against plastic ocean

New York (SE): China has teamed up with The Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand to turn the tide against plastic waste dumped in oceans.
 
The four nations are considered to be the worst offenders in  the polluting of the oceans with plastic, but the four promised to cooperate in starting to clean up their act.
 
At a United Nations summit in New York on June 9, the secretary general, Antonio Guterres, said that if nothing is done, by 2050 plastic waste in the oceans will outweigh the entire mass of marine life.

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The Year of the Smog

HONG KONG (UCAN): Northern and northeastern China welcomed 2017 as the Year of the Smog, experiencing heavy pollution in 61 cities. However, this is not a surprising event, as it is in keeping with the predictions of a study by the World Health Organisation that shows China home to the deadliest outdoor air pollution in the world.

The China Meteorological Administration issued an orange alert prior to New Year’s Eve, which deteriorated into a red alert on January 4.

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Chinese villages can be like rubbish dumps

BEIJING (UCAN): During the three-day red pollution alert in Beijing from December 8 to 10, the government placed limits on use of cars, operations at factories and construction sites were suspended or scaled back, and schools closed.

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Manila’s black hole is a health hazard

MANILA (UCAN): On the eve of the culmination of the climate summit in Paris, members of the Urban Poor and some Church groups in Manila joined hands in protest against the operation of a coal dust storage facility in the middle of the Philippine capital.

“It is terrible that these poor people are exposed to such dangerous health hazards,” Notre Dame Sister Anne Brittain, said.

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Bureaucracy can be as toxic 
as the air that we breathe

By Shi Feng



On January 29, the government of China issued a warning to residents in Beijing that harmful particulates in the air had reached a dangerous level and advised people to remain indoors.


Pollution in cities across the country has been making headlines for weeks—as have studies of the deterioration of air quality because of industrial pollution, which has pushed the number of severe warning days in the Chinese capital up between 30 and 50 per cent.