As people in lockdown order more online, plastic packaging has swamped the region's already overwhelmed waste management systems.
Burning trash and turning it into energy keeps countries like Sweden and Japan clean. But environmentalists say this comes at a cost.
While “eco-friendly” alternatives like corn-based plastic cups and biodegradable plastic bags are now popular, the reality is that most countries don’t actually have the infrastructure to effectively process them.
Proposed industrial projects – across 12 states that span the Himalayan mountain range – threaten immense ecological damage and loss of livelihood.