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January 2022

Air pollution levels in Manila, Marikina high on New Year’s Eve

January 12 - December 31

Air pollution levels in Manila and Marikina have exceeded the safety standards during the first two hours of Jan. 1, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said. Based on the data from DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), air pollution levels of the Metro Manila cities went beyond the standard of 150 micrograms (ug) per normal cubic meter (Ncm) of particulate matter (PM) 10. It added that PM10 in firecrackers consists of inhalable particles and a mixture of sulfur (S), carbon…

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Bakal, bote, plastik, dyaryo! How recyclers are helping win the war against plastic waste

January 12 - December 31

There’s so much plastic lying around that scientists are proposing this era to officially be termed the Anthropocene, an epoch completely dominated by humans marked on the fossil record not by fossilized bones, but plastic. Garbage is the smelliest challenge facing the planet. In one of the pioneering analyses of plastics, the world’s scientists calculated that humanity has produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, 75% or 6.3 billion metric tons of which has become plastic waste. Along with discarded metal,…

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EcoWaste warns of high lead content on spray paint products

January 12 - December 31

The Ecowaste Coalition urged the national government for stricter regulatory action after discovering extreme lead content on some aerosol paints with that are in retail stores and online shopping sites in some parts. In a statement released on Tuesday, Jan. 11, EcoWaste Coalition Chemical Safety Campaigner Thony Dizon said that aerosol paints with high lead content were supposed to be phased out in accordance with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’s (DENR) Chemical Control Order (CCO) issued last December…

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Tonga volcano eruption created puzzling ripples in Earth’s atmosphere

January 20 - December 31

Scientists are racing to understand a puzzling series of massive ripples in Earth’s atmosphere triggered by the eruption of the Tongan volcano at the weekend. Satellite data shows that the event — which some fear might have devastated the Pacific-island nation — provoked an unusual pattern of atmospheric gravity waves. Previous volcanic eruptions have not produced such a signal, leaving experts stumped. The discovery was made in images collected by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), mounted on Nasa’s Aqua satellite,…

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Even bleached coral reefs can provide nutritious seafood, scientists find

January 20 - December 31

The wide-scale bleaching of the planet’s coral reefs is one of the most visually arresting symbols of climate change. Previously colourful and diverse tropical reef systems have turned ghostly white due to rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. But now a new study has provided hope for coastal communities that rely on these reefs for food. Scientists have discovered that fish living in bleached coral reefs can remain rich sources of micronutrients, and in some cases, they can even…

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