CHINA'S top economic planner said that it would cut the production and use of plastic over the next five years, helping reduce one of the world's biggest sources of plastic pollution.

[KLANG, Malaysia] Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the "Interceptor" is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world's waters...

[TORONTO] Vancouver voted late on Wednesday to ban the use of plastic straws and bags from April next year, making it the first major Canadian city to enact such a wide-reaching ban, according to...

[BRATISLAVA] Slovakia banned single-use plastics as of 2021 on Wednesday, joining the European Union fight to reduce marine pollution.

[LONDON] Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has pledged to remove one billion pieces of plastic packaging from products in its UK stores by the end of 2020, seeking to reduce its environmental...

[ATHENS] Greece announced a campaign on Wednesday to tackle plastic pollution and promised to stop the use of single-use plastics by June 2020.

[TOKYO] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to the defence of plastics, even as much of the world seeks to restrict its use amid environmental concerns.

[WASHINGTON] Marriott International, the world's largest hotel chain, said on Wednesday it was ditching single-use toiletry bottles as part of plans to reduce its environmental impact.

[SINGAPORE] Profits from making petrochemicals in Asia have plunged to their lowest in months as the unrelenting trade conflict between Beijing and Washington stifles Chinese demand for chemicals...

[GENEVA] The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday the level of microplastics in drinking-water is not yet dangerous for humans but called for more research into potential future risk...