News From Around The World http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/newslinks en Integrate alternatives to gas in public transport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11596 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=299566" target="_blank">http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=299566</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2013-01-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Experts say that Israeli target is to reduce oil in transportation sector by 30% in 2020 and 60% by 2025../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/b></p> <p>In order to combat the effects of ever-rising fuel prices and air polluting carbon dioxide emissions, it is critical to begin integrating alternative fuel choices in public transportation, experts agreed at a seminar on Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels Electric vehicles Energy and industry emissions Fuel quality Public transport Sustainable transport Israel Asia News from around the world Tue, 15 Jan 2013 01:51:49 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11596 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Study: Percentage of jobs accessible by public transit low http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11594 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865570487/Study-Percentage-of-jobs-accessible-by-public-transit-low.html" target="_blank">http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865570487/Study-Percentage-of-jobs-accessible-by-public-transit-low.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2013-01-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Public transit is a critical part of the economic and social fabric of urban centers. In 2011 Americans took 10 billion trips on public transportation systems, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Almost all of these trips occurred in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, which account for more than 95 percent of all transit passenger miles traveled. The Association notes that 60 percent of the people who use public transport are doing so to commute to and from work../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Sustainable transport Transport demand management (TDM) USA North America Transportation News from around the world Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:05:10 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11594 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New transport policy to focus on minimising vehicular emission http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11584 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.hueiyenlanpao.com/headlines/item/6776-new-transport-policy-to-focus-on-minimising-vehicular-emission" target="_blank">http://www.hueiyenlanpao.com/headlines/item/6776-new-transport-policy-to-focus-on-minimising-vehicular-emission</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2013-01-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Under a new policy the Directorate of Transport, Government of Manipur is all set to minimize carbon monoxide emission and other health related problems confronting in the state capital Imphal where air and noise pollution has increased alarmingly../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Inspection and maintenance Public transport Sustainable transport Two and three wheelers Vehicle emissions India Asia Transportation Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:11:13 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11584 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal DENR moves to improve air quality in Metro Manila http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11585 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/news/nation/7528-denr-moves-to-improve-air-quality-in-metro-manila" target="_blank">http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/news/nation/7528-denr-moves-to-improve-air-quality-in-metro-manila</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2013-01-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>To help improve air quality in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has designated the Bulacan-Pampanga-Bataan Airshed in Central Luzon../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>At the same time, Paje, who signed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order 2011-11 before the end of 2011, designated a governing board that will oversee industry compliance to air-quality standards in the three Central Luzon provinces../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Fuel quality Vehicle emissions Philippines Asia Transportation Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:21:26 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11585 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Europeans ‘suffering’ due to air pollution inaction, says Potočnik http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11581 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.euractiv.com/climate-environment/europeans-suffering-due-air-poll-news-516929" target="_blank">http://www.euractiv.com/climate-environment/europeans-suffering-due-air-poll-news-516929</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2013-01-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik has scolded European countries for their inaction on EU laws to combat air pollution, which causes an estimated 420,000 premature deaths yearly in the Union../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/b></p> <p>“We are still far from our objective to achieve levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on human health and the environment,” Potočnik told a clean air conference organised on Tuesday (8 January) by campaigner group the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Fuels-Diesel Impacts-Economic Impacts-Environmental Impacts-Health Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) European Union Thu, 10 Jan 2013 03:36:56 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11581 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Cars bring Bangkok to standstill http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11582 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10858163" target="_blank">http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10858163</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2013-01-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Government tax rebate for first-time owners boosts vehicle sales in a city where rush-hour traffic can last all day../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/b></p> <p>They still call it rush hour, only now it lasts most of the day. As car sales soar, there's a noticeable drop in the number of places you can get them out of second gear../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Bangkok, long-standing poster-child for urban gridlock, is driving itself to a standstill../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>And Thailand's Government has been doing its bit to accelerate the process../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Impacts-Economic Impacts-Environmental Impacts-Health Public transport Sustainable transport Vehicle emissions Thailand Asia Transportation Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:48:53 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11582 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Cars bring Bangkok to standstill http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11583 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10858163" target="_blank">http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10858163</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2013-01-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Government tax rebate for first-time owners boosts vehicle sales in a city where rush-hour traffic can last all day../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/b></p> <p>They still call it rush hour, only now it lasts most of the day. As car sales soar, there's a noticeable drop in the number of places you can get them out of second gear../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Bangkok, long-standing poster-child for urban gridlock, is driving itself to a standstill../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>And Thailand's Government has been doing its bit to accelerate the process../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Impacts-Economic Impacts-Environmental Impacts-Health Public transport Sustainable transport Thailand Asia Congestion Transportation Urbanization Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:47:25 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11583 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Exposure to traffic-related air pollution linked to autism http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11580 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-01-exposure-traffic-related-air-pollution-linked.html" target="_blank">http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-01-exposure-traffic-related-air-pollution-linked.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2013-01-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(HealthDay)—Exposure to traffic-related air pollution, including nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter less than 2.5 and 10 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5 and PM10), during gestation and the first year of life is associated with a significantly increased risk of autism, according to research published in the January issue of <i>JAMA Psychiatry../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/i></p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) Particulate matter (PM) Wed, 09 Jan 2013 02:46:08 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11580 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Annual buildup of air pollution chokes Tehran http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11579 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/annual-buildup-of-air-pollution-chokes-tehran-314339" target="_blank">http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/annual-buildup-of-air-pollution-chokes-tehran-314339</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2013-01-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Tehran: </b>Already battered by international threats against their nation's nuclear program, sanctions and a broken economy, Iranians living here in the capital are now trying to cope with what has become an annual pollution peril: a yellowish haze that engulfs Tehran this time of year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>For nearly a week, officials here and in other large cities have been calling on residents to remain indoors or avoid downtown areas, saying that with air pollution at such high levels, venturing outside could be tantamount to "suicide," state radio reported Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Fuel quality Iran Asia Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:32:31 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11579 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Jakarta to launch e-payment system for public transport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11576 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/jan/07/jakarta-launch-e-payment-system-public-transport/" target="_blank">http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/jan/07/jakarta-launch-e-payment-system-public-transport/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2013-01-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The city administration of Jakarta, Indonesia will be launching a simplified electronic payment system in the city’s Bus Rapid System as part of its on-going efforts to develop an integrated public transport system../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to Jakarta Vice Governor, Basuki T Purnama, the e-payment system, which is called e-Money or money card, is expected to improve commuting experience in the city by providing commuters with a fast and convenient way to settle payments in Transjakarta stops../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Bus rapid transit (BRT) Public transport Indonesia Asia Tue, 08 Jan 2013 07:35:32 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11576 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Tallinn becomes first European capital to waive public transport fares for residents http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11578 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.err.ee/society/7cc31fe7-5bb5-4b23-b536-c5cfe835bb80" target="_blank">http://news.err.ee/society/7cc31fe7-5bb5-4b23-b536-c5cfe835bb80</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2013-01-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Public transport in the capital became free for registered Tallinners on New Year's Day as the city's much-debated reform took effect../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> As part of the change, paper tickets and farecards also went out with the old year, apart from the possibility of buying a ticket from the driver in a pinch; mechanical and electronic ticket validating machines will be uninstalled in the first days of the New Year, the city government said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Along with the e-ticketing system rolled out last year, the ID ticket system will also remain in place for the time being../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Estonia European Union Thu, 03 Jan 2013 07:59:52 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11578 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Monitoring to force China to come clean on air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11577 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1115501/more-monitoring-reveal-true-extent-pollution-cities-china" target="_blank">http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1115501/more-monitoring-reveal-true-extent-pollution-cities-china</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-12-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Environmental experts say real-time air quality updates mandated to start in 74 mainland cities on New Year's Day will leave local officials less room to manipulate data and hide the country's worsening pollution problem../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>They said hourly readings - already provided as a trial in a dozen cities, including Guangzhou, where they began on Friday - were a first step towards improving transparency and holding the government accountable for promises to clean up the air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality monitoring Particulate matter (PM) P.R. China Asia Tue, 08 Jan 2013 07:47:53 +0000 Kathleen Dematera 11577 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Doha climate talks: US faces dilemma over final text http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11423 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20650534" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20650534</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-12-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>There has been a historic shift in the UN climate talks in Qatar, with the prospect of rich nations having to compensate poor nations for losses due to climate change../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The US has fiercely opposed the measure - it says the cost could be unlimited../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But after angry tussles throughout the night the principle of Loss and Damage is now in the final negotiating text../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Small island states at risk from inundation say they will walk out if the US vetoes the proposed deal../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Global Tue, 11 Dec 2012 02:29:44 +0000 edeleon 11423 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China unveils pollution reduction plan http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11424 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-12/06/content_15990464.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-12/06/content_15990464.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-12-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Program seeks to improve quality of air by 2015</p> <p>The Chinese government vowed to further cut gas emissions and pollutants as a new plan targeting pollution was unveiled on Wednesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The intensity of PM2.5, which measures particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, will be cut by at least 5 percent by 2015 from 2010 levels in 13 major areas, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection's plan../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The level of PM10 and sulfur dioxide will be reduced by 10 percent, while nitrogen dioxide will be cut by 7 percent, according to the plan../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Tue, 11 Dec 2012 02:32:30 +0000 edeleon 11424 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China releases air pollution reduction plan, vows PM2.5 cut http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11551 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-12/05/c_132021534.htm" target="_blank">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-12/05/c_132021534.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-12-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government plans to further cut emissions of gas and pollutants in economically dynamic areas../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP)'s plan for reducing overall air pollution for the 2011-2015 period on Wednesday, China will cut the PM2.5 intensity by at least 5 percent by 2015 in 13 major areas covering 117 cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It also made a commitment to reduce the intensity of PM10, sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide by 10 percent, 10 percent and 7 percent, respectively../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Asia Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:44:03 +0000 Mingming Liu 11551 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China pledges $56 billion to cut air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11421 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-12/05/content_15989916.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-12/05/content_15989916.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-12-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China will spend 350 billion yuan ($56 billion) by 2015 to curb air pollution in major cities, the environmental watchdog said on Wednesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Local governments will fund most of the programmes aimed at cutting the level of harmful particles in the air in 117 cities by at least 5 percent between 2011 and 2015, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a statement on its website../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Doctors warn that the tiny floating PM 2.5 particles, named for their less than 2.5 micrometre diameter, can settle in the lungs and cause respiratory problems and other illnesses../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Tue, 11 Dec 2012 02:24:16 +0000 edeleon 11421 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Slew of measures mooted to curb air pollution in Delhi http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/11422 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/slew-of-measures-mooted-to-curb-air-pollution-in-delhi/article4091475.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/slew-of-measures-mooted-to-curb-air-pollution-in-delhi/article4091475.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-11-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A slew of short and long-term measures including ban on entry of commercial vehicles not bound for Delhi, restriction on use of diesel generator sets during social functions, imposition of Rs.2,000 fine on polluting vehicles and expediting the construction of the eastern and western peripheral expressways and rapid increase in the public transport network have been suggested for ameliorating the air pollution situation in Delhi../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) India Tue, 11 Dec 2012 02:26:41 +0000 edeleon 11422 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Tax refund for owners of destroyed cars http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8938 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-09/20/content_15771903.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-09/20/content_15771903.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-09-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Beijing Local Taxation Bureau said it will refund a part of the vehicle tax to owners of cars that were destroyed by the floods that hit the capital on July 21, local media reported on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Owners of destroyed cars who had paid the tax for the whole year can request a damage certificate from traffic management authorities and then claim a refund, the Beijing Times reported../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The July 21 rainstorm in Beijing and the following floods, the most serious in 61 years, killed 79 people../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Financing and economic instruments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 05:18:27 +0000 edeleon 8938 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China consumes more clean-energy-generated power http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8937 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-09/20/content_15771487.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-09/20/content_15771487.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-09-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China consumed 615.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity generated by clean energy sources in the first eight months of the year, according to statistics from the State Electricity Regulatory Commission../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The figure accounted for 19.3 percent of the country's total on-grid power during the period, an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the same period last year, the commission said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions P.R. China Mon, 24 Sep 2012 05:15:38 +0000 edeleon 8937 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ‘More spent on climate change adaptation than on health sector’ http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8940 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/karnataka/article3908025.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/karnataka/article3908025.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-09-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Union government’s spending on climate change “adaptation” is more than its spending on the health sector, said a top official of the Union Finance Ministry on Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming India Mon, 24 Sep 2012 05:21:22 +0000 edeleon 8940 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Tata Motors launches range of heavy trucks http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8939 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article3907612.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article3907612.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-09-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tata Motors, on Monday, launched six heavy trucks through its commercial vehicles business unit (CVBU), and also its intelligent vehicle and driver management solution — Tata FleetMan Telematics Services../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A statement from the company said all six trucks had been designed and built specifically to offer the lowest TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), best-in-class fuel efficiency, longer service runs, and enhanced levels of driver comfort../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Freight and logistics India Mon, 24 Sep 2012 05:19:57 +0000 edeleon 8939 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal MEP Announces Reduction of Major Pollutants of China in 2011 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8849 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.mep.gov.cn/News_service/news_release/201209/t20120914_236235.htm" target="_blank">http://english.mep.gov.cn/News_service/news_release/201209/t20120914_236235.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-09-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MEP spokesperson Tao Detian announced today that Ministry of Environmental Protection has completed examination of total pollution reduction of all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and 8 state-owned enterprises in 2011. The results indicate discharges of COD, NH3 and SO2 nationwide have dropped compared to the same period of 2010 while the discharge of NOx has increased../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Asia Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:59:48 +0000 Mingming Liu 8849 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Green Mission rally taken out http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8754 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article3823987.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article3823987.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-08-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Improving sanitation and reducing pollution in partnership with the people is the primary goal of the Green Mission launched on Saturday and this will continue till March 31, 2013, said Municipal Commissioner Mohammad Abdul Azeem../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Addressing school children, officials and elected representatives at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium here on Saturday Mr. Azeem said that the Green Mission which involved the planting of saplings and increasing greenery in the city would have an impact on the health of the citizens who are currently plagued by a variety of vector-borne diseases../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:41:32 +0000 edeleon 8754 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Warming signs for the economy http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8753 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3804291.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3804291.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-08-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Climate change policies should be central to India’s long-term economic policy</p> <p>Adverse weather events around the world, such as floods in China, the changing pattern of the monsoons in India, devastating drought in the United States and the resulting damage to local, national and regional economies, are stark reminders that climate change is not a fringe concern of environmentalists, but an issue of profound importance for economic development../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:41:01 +0000 edeleon 8753 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Cycling: A solution to air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8742 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Cycling%3A+A+solution+to+air+pollution&NewsID=343745" target="_blank">http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Cycling%3A+A+solution+to+air+pollution&NewsID=343745</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-08-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KATHMANDU: Once you’ve learned how to cycle, it’s impossible to forget. Yet in Kathmandu, it seems that is precisely what has occurred. Collectively, we have forgotten how to cycle; if we haven’t lost the skill in the literal sense, we certainly have forgotten the numerous benefits that come from cycling. </p> <p>Not only is cycling the healthiest way to get around, it is also the cheapest, often the fastest and environment friendly. Petrol is hitting Rs 120 per litre in the Valley, while to fill a cycle’s wheels with air shouldn’t cost over Rs 5../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Cycling Non-motorized transport (NMT) Vehicle emissions Nepal News from around the world Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:29:22 +0000 edeleon 8742 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vitamin C can cut harmful effects of air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8737 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/health/medicine-and-research/article3795728.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/health/medicine-and-research/article3795728.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-08-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A diet rich in fruits and veggies may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases, researchers suggest../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Researchers looked at London hospital patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and found that those with low levels of vitamin C had an increased risk of breathing problems on days when outdoor air pollution levels were high../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:21:55 +0000 edeleon 8737 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal “Withdraw TNPCB nod" http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8740 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3782048.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3782048.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-08-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko on Thursday urged the State Government to withdraw the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board’s recent clearance for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:26:21 +0000 edeleon 8740 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vehicular exhaust hazardous to human health http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8741 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Vehicular+exhaust+hazardous++to+human+health&NewsID=343744" target="_blank">http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Vehicular+exhaust+hazardous++to+human+health&NewsID=343744</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-08-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KATHMANDU: Thousands of big and small vehicles move on the streets of Kathmandu Valley every day. Kathmandu with a bowl-shaped geography suffers in this regard, with all the exhaust and particulate matter suspended in the atmosphere for a longer period of time. Exposure to this condition of air poses a serious threat to human health. </p> News Impacts-Economic Impacts-Environmental Impacts-Health Nepal News from around the world Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:28:16 +0000 edeleon 8741 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Double-O driver http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8743 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2012/08/public-transport-nepal" target="_blank">http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2012/08/public-transport-nepal</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-08-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>THE young men who drive the microbuses in Nepal’s capital are reckless and inconsiderate, always either racing to overtake their rivals or driving as slowly as possible, so as to maximise the number of straggling passengers they might pick up. They typically pull into traffic suddenly, or else stop dead without warning../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Nepal News from around the world Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:30:48 +0000 edeleon 8743 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Arctic sea ice 'melting faster' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8739 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19244895" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19244895</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-08-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>UK scientists combined results from Cryosat, which uses radar to measure ice thickness, with data from Nasa's IceSat, which uses lasers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Their preliminary analysis suggests an annual ice loss of up to 900 cubic km a year from 2004../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Projections of Arctic ice melt vary widely../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But the new results are some 50% higher than projected in most scenarios../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The ice loss is pronounced in areas to the north of Greenland where thickness has fallen from 5-6m a decade ago to around 3m last year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:25:10 +0000 edeleon 8739 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal London 2012: Olympic Games 'greenest ever' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8735 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19220847" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19220847</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-08-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>London 2012 has been the greenest Olympics ever, the commission set up to monitor the environmental impact of the Games has announced../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The independent Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 said recycling and regeneration had been a success../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But it said much more could be done to minimise the impact of future Olympic Games on people and the planet../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Commission chairman Shaun McCarthy said London had set high standards for future Olympic host cities to follow../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Transport success</p> News Air quality management (AQM) UK Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:39:38 +0000 edeleon 8735 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Climate change will bring more heavy rains http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8738 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-08/10/content_15657317.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-08/10/content_15657317.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-08-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>"Although the rain is still more frequent in the south than in the north, there is a tendency that rainstorms sweeping northern provinces are as strong as those in the south," Wu Zhenghua, a researcher of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau and member of Beijing Disaster Relief Association, said at a news conference on coping with urban flood disasters held by the China Association for Science and Technology../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Impacts-Economic Impacts-Environmental Impacts-Health P.R. China Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:24:10 +0000 edeleon 8738 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Road map for cleaner air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8732 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article3745819.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article3745819.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-08-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Petroleum Ministry seeks setting up of an inter-ministerial group to draw up an action plan for pollution issues</p> <p>The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has sought setting up of an inter-ministerial Committee (IMC) with representatives from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Ministry of Heavy Industries, Urban Development and Public Enterprises and the Ministry of Environment and Forests to draw up a roadmap for reduction of pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India News from around the world Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:33:44 +0000 edeleon 8732 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ‘Renewable energy need of the hour’ http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8718 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article3721786.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article3721786.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-08-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The ever increasing demand for electricity can be met only by developing renewable and pollution-free energy sources as well as efficient power (energy) conversion methods. Conventional generation sources that have an average gestation of six years will not meet the rapid increase in demand, said former IIT Kanpur professor M. Ramamoorthy. He is also the conference chair of the three-day ‘Advances in Power Conversion and Energy Technologies (APCET) 2012’ international conference being conducted at the Lakireddi Bali Reddy College of Engineering here on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels India Mon, 06 Aug 2012 02:55:34 +0000 edeleon 8718 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Full power restored after India hit by second huge outage http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8720 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/01/world/asia/india-blackout/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/01/world/asia/india-blackout/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-08-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>New Delhi (CNN) -- Crews restored full power to northern India on Wednesday as officials continued to search for the cause of the country's worst blackout in at least a decade../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Half the country lost power Tuesday after three electricity grids failed, leaving an estimated 600 million people -- more than the population of the United States, Mexico and Canada combined -- sweating in the stifling summer heat../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The grids were meeting 100% of demand Wednesday morning, the Power Grid Corporation of India said on its website../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions Mon, 06 Aug 2012 03:04:26 +0000 edeleon 8720 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal CNG, the way out to reduce carbon emissions http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8584 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/article3579878.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/article3579878.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-07-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation planning to introduce low carbon mobility plans, the issue of vehicular pollution has come into focus../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>With the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation planning to introduce low carbon mobility plans, the issue of vehicular pollution has come into focus../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Vehicle emissions India Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:17:50 +0000 edeleon 8584 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal What Olympics teach about going green http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8667 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/28/opinion/cardona-olympics-sustainability/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/28/opinion/cardona-olympics-sustainability/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-07-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Olympics are upon us. Every four years people all over the world tune in to breathlessly watch sports to which they would not otherwise give a thought (hammer throw? Sculling?). They do this as a matter of national pride. The same waxing and waning of our attention applies to environmental sustainability../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Mon, 30 Jul 2012 03:11:14 +0000 edeleon 8667 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China's auto sales expected to hit 20m in 2012 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8690 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-07/27/content_15622963.htm" target="_blank">http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-07/27/content_15622963.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-07-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING -- The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Thursday that the country's auto sales are likely to hit 20 million units in 2012 if the economy picks up momentum in the second half../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Total vehicle sales in China will expand by around 8 percent from a year earlier, the CAAM said in a report../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>For the entire year, sales of passenger cars will rise 11 percent to 16 million vehicles, while commercial vehicle sales will drop 3 percent to 3.9 million units../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 01 Aug 2012 02:06:12 +0000 kaye 8690 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Green coal city on sustainable road http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8670 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/26/content_15618281.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/26/content_15618281.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-07-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>At first glance, Jincheng appears to be a typical coal-mining city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The city in the southeastern part of Shanxi province boasts one-fourth of China's reserves of anthracite, or smokeless coal. Jincheng produced 50 million metric tons of anthracite in 2011, accounting for 15 percent of the nation's total../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But Jincheng is atypical, if a few other statistics are taken into account../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Fruit grower Shen Yuxi talks about the harvest in his orchard in Jincheng, Shanxi province, in May. Pei Pei / China Daily</p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 30 Jul 2012 03:21:31 +0000 edeleon 8670 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Extreme weather and a changing climate http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8666 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/24/opinion/lubchenco-climate/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/24/opinion/lubchenco-climate/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(CNN) -- In recent months, Americans have experienced numerous extreme weather-related events, including droughts, wildfires and heat waves../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>We've witnessed the warmest spring since record-keeping began in 1895../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Thirty-one states reached record-high temperatures../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The period between July 2011 and June 2012 was the hottest 12 months on record../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming USA Mon, 30 Jul 2012 03:01:13 +0000 edeleon 8666 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Green cover scheme launched http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8657 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3669927.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3669927.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-07-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a part of measures to ensure the environment free from pollution and to provide green coverage, Forest Minister K.T.Pachaimal has launched a new scheme — planting of saplings on both sides of road throughout Kanyakumari district on Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Mon, 23 Jul 2012 01:47:10 +0000 edeleon 8657 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Tata Power in coal supply pact with Indonesian firm http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8658 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article3662782.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article3662782.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-07-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tata Power, on Friday, announced that it had entered into a long-term fuel supply agreement with Indonesian firm PT Antang Gunung Meratus../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-Coal India Indonesia Mon, 23 Jul 2012 01:48:37 +0000 edeleon 8658 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Wuhan Workshop Promotes Low-Carbon Logistics in China http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8662 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/07/20/wuhan-workshop-promotes-low-carbon-logistics-in-china" target="_blank">http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/07/20/wuhan-workshop-promotes-low-carbon-logistics-in-china</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-07-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b></p> <li>How to build a globally-competitive logistics industry while reducing its carbon footprint has become a priority for China's city planners../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/li> <li>The Wuhan Low Carbon Logistics Workshop facilitated a discussion on the status and future development of the urban logistics sector in China../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/li> <li>Adopting low-carbon practices is essential to the industry’s own growth and to achieving the emission reduction goal of the country, participants concluded../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/li> News Freight and logistics P.R. China Asia Wuhan Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:12:18 +0000 Mingming Liu 8662 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Action plan to increase green cover being evolved http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8661 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/article3654343.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/article3654343.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-07-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>An action plan to increase green cover in Government schools in the district is being evolved by the Department of School Education../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>To spearhead the ‘Go Green’ campaign, a meeting of environmental coordinators from Government middle schools was convened here on Wednesday. Teachers from 54 schools attended the programme../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Planting of trees and creating gardens was discussed and the role of Eco Clubs in schools was emphasised../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The constraints faced by middle schools in tree plantation were taken note of../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Mon, 23 Jul 2012 01:53:55 +0000 edeleon 8661 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Green streets can cut pollution, says study http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8717 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18873391" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18873391</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-07-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The creation of "green walls" in urban areas could cut pollution by up to 30%, scientists have suggested../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>UK researchers say more trees and other vegetation at street level would clean air in areas that are normally exposed to higher pollution levels../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Plants in towns and cities have been shown to remove nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM), both of which are harmful to human health../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The findings appear in the journal Environmental Science and Technology../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Mon, 06 Aug 2012 02:53:08 +0000 edeleon 8717 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Rio: Rating the environmental stars http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8582 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18496255" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18496255</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-07-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Should nations receive ratings on their environmental performance?</p> <p>In some ways, they already do; carbon emissions are assessed on in toto and per capita bases, deforestation rates are calculated../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But is it possible - is it desirable - to put all of this together in a single number?</p> <p>Matt Prescott, the ex-Oxford University academic who put together the Energy Saving Day initiative a few years back, believes it is../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:06:11 +0000 edeleon 8582 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China's motor vehicles top 233 million http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8668 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/17/content_15591961.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/17/content_15591961.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The number of motor vehicles in China in June topped 233 million, including 114 million automobiles and 103 million motorcycles, figures released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) have showed../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The number of vehicles has maintain rapid growth, as it shows an increase from last year of 3.67 percent, or 8.26 million in number, the Traffic Management Bureau of the MPS said, adding that the number of automobiles has increased by 7.66 percent during the same period../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions P.R. China Mon, 30 Jul 2012 03:14:01 +0000 edeleon 8668 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China's motor vehicles top 233 mln http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8664 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-07/17/c_131721176.htm" target="_blank">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-07/17/c_131721176.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The number of motor vehicles in China in June topped 233 million, including 114 million automobiles and 103 motorcycles, figures released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) have showed../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The number of vehicles has maintain rapid growth, as it shows an increase from last year of 3.67 percent, or 8.26 million in number, the Traffic Management Bureau of the MPS said, adding that the number of automobiles has increased by 7.66 percent during the same period../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport P.R. China Asia Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:07:19 +0000 Mingming Liu 8664 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Power crisis: State to press for adequate gas allocation http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8649 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/article3644779.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/article3644779.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-07-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Centre to convene conference of State Energy Ministers</p> <p>Faced with acute shortage of power, the government has decided to impress upon the Centre the need to ensure adequate coal and gas allocation, particularly to the generating stations in the public sector, in line with the performance of the power utilities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuel economy Fuel quality Fuels-Coal Fuels-Diesel Fuels-Gasoline Fuels-General India Tue, 17 Jul 2012 03:17:00 +0000 edeleon 8649 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Expert team scouts for monorail stations http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8631 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3512740.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3512740.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-07-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>While metro rail work goes on in full swing in the city, monorail is fast catching up. A special team comprising officials from various wings of the transport department has been formed to decide upon the locations where monorail stations would come up../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The team, formed early this week, comprises a private consultancy, Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) and Pallavan Transport Consultancy Services. Apart from analysing the feasibility of the location, it will also study the possibility of integration of different transport modes../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros India Mon, 09 Jul 2012 03:29:49 +0000 edeleon 8631 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal CNG to cost Rs 2.90 per kg more in Delhi http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8630 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article3612882.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article3612882.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-07-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a move that is expected to push up public transport fares, the Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) has increased the selling price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Delhi by 2.90 per kg and in neighbouring Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad by Rs 3.30 from Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-General India Mon, 09 Jul 2012 03:27:14 +0000 edeleon 8630 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Official warns of decline in local green priorities http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8651 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/06/content_15552901.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/06/content_15552901.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-07-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Ministry of Environmental Protection warned on Thursday that looser local supervision led to a decline in efforts to control pollution in some parts of the country in the first half of this year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"It's hard to be optimistic about what was done to cut emissions in the first half," Zhang Lijun, vice-minister of environmental protection, said on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"Pollution worsened and supervision loosened in some regions as some local authorities relaxed restrictions on emissions."</p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Tue, 17 Jul 2012 03:21:16 +0000 edeleon 8651 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Jakarta: City plans to build elevated busway lanes by next year http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8687 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/07/05/city-plans-build-elevated-busway-lanes-next-year.html" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/07/05/city-plans-build-elevated-busway-lanes-next-year.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-07-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Jakarta Development Planning Board (Bappeda) says it will start work on an elevated road for a new corridor of the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in 2013. </p> <p>The proposed route will run from Blok M in South Jakarta to the capital’s border, near Ciledug, South Tangerang../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Bappeda chairman Sarwo Handayani said on Friday that she was optimistic that the administration would have enough money for the project. “It will not be a financial burden for the city to start the construction as soon as possible,” Sarwo said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Bus rapid transit (BRT) Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia News from around the world Wed, 01 Aug 2012 01:21:06 +0000 kaye 8687 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Rising stocks of coal fuel concerns http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8632 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/05/content_15549869.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/05/content_15549869.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-07-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Inventories pile up amid declining energy demand, growth slowdown</p> <p>Black mountains of coal stand sentinel in Qinhuangdao, 300 kilometers northeast of Beijing, in what was once called the largest coal port on Earth../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>They grow ever higher due to a lack of shipping orders amid a slowdown in growth since the beginning of the year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Mountains of coal stand idle at Qinhuangdao Port in Hebei province on Wednesday. Jiang Dong / China Daily</p> <p>Only five ships were present on Wednesday afternoon, in contrast with 70 to 80 ships daily during peak times../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-Coal India Mon, 09 Jul 2012 03:35:14 +0000 edeleon 8632 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Digital display boards to track pollution level http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8686 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-04/indore/32536103_1_pollution-level-air-pollution-mppcb" target="_blank">http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-04/indore/32536103_1_pollution-level-air-pollution-mppcb</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-07-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>INDORE: Concerned Indoreans will now be able to keep an online track on the level of pollution in the area as well as through the digital display board soon to be installed in few places in the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring India Indore, India News from around the world Wed, 01 Aug 2012 01:20:06 +0000 kaye 8686 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal CARB Approves $27 Million Fund for California Clean Air Program http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8688 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.autoevolution.com/news/carb-approves-27-million-fund-for-california-clean-air-program-46921.html" target="_blank">http://www.autoevolution.com/news/carb-approves-27-million-fund-for-california-clean-air-program-46921.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-07-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The California Ai Resources Board (CARB), has announced that they have approved a $27-million fund for its Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). If you haven’t heard of AQIP, it is, according to CARB chairman Mary D. Nichols a “unique incentive program (which) makes ultra-clean cars affordable for more Californians, helps slash smog-forming pollution and cuts greenhouse gas emissions."</p> News Air quality management (AQM) USA News from around the world Wed, 01 Aug 2012 01:24:47 +0000 kaye 8688 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Diesel vehicles, road-building dust biggest pollutants in city http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8591 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Diesel-vehicles-road-building-dust-biggest-pollutants-in-city/articleshow/14621806.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Diesel-vehicles-road-building-dust-biggest-pollutants-in-city/articleshow/14621806.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PUNE: Emission from diesel-operated vehicles and dust from road construction have emerged as major pollutants in the city, according to the findings of the emission inventory by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, (IITM) Pune../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The findings were derived from data collected for developing the emission inventory, leading to setting up a 'System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research' (SAFAR) in Pune. New Delhi has such a system. The data was collected by around 100 college students under the guidance of IITM scientists in the last one and a half months../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution India Pune, India News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:21:52 +0000 kaye 8591 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal PM: Country can’t run forever on fuel subsidy http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8588 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/2/nation/20120702183756&sec=nation" target="_blank">http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/2/nation/20120702183756&sec=nation</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PUTRAJAYA: The country cannot rely on fuel subsidy-driven consumption to prop up the economy in the long run, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>He acknowledged that Malaysia has one of the lowest pump prices in Southeast Asia - second only to Brunei Darussalam - but pointed out that the country needed to reposition its oil-based revenue towards economic development../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Financing and economic instruments Fuels-Gasoline Malaysia News from around the world Mon, 02 Jul 2012 23:56:59 +0000 kaye 8588 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Singapore's NEA Collaborates With IBM To Improve Environmental Services Related To Air, Weather And Public Health http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8689 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/singapores-national-environment-agency-collaborates-with-ibm-to-improve-environmental-services-related-to-air-weather-and-public-health-2012-07-03" target="_blank">http://www.marketwatch.com/story/singapores-national-environment-agency-collaborates-with-ibm-to-improve-environmental-services-related-to-air-weather-and-public-health-2012-07-03</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><cite>Harnessing Advanced Analytics to Enable Predictive Insights and Effective Response to Environmental Events</cite></p> <p>ARMONK, N.Y. and SINGAPORE, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The National Environment Agency (NEA) and IBM IBM -0.36% today announced a three-year research collaboration and signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) under which IBM researchers will work with NEA to develop advanced modelling and predictive capabilities to address key environmental concerns in Singapore such as air quality, extreme weather events, dengue outbreaks and food poisoning incidents../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Singapore News from around the world Wed, 01 Aug 2012 01:26:30 +0000 kaye 8689 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution? Transport sector to blame http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8592 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Air-pollution-Transport-sector-to-blame/articleshow/14619987.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Air-pollution-Transport-sector-to-blame/articleshow/14619987.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BANGALORE: A whopping 67% of emission in Bangalore is caused by the transport sector. Over the past decade, dozens of global studies have shown that spending time in close proximity to heavy traffic, especially diesel truck traffic, is associated with a wide range of morbidity effects, as well as increased mortality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Importantly, diesel exhaust particulate was declared a toxic air contaminant in 1998 and subsequently, in June 2012, World Health Organisation (WHO) classified diesel exhaust as carcinogenic../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution India Bangalore, India News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:23:09 +0000 kaye 8592 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 'PMC budget focuses on vehicles than health, edu' Parisar http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8590 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/PMC-budget-focuses-on-vehicles-than-health-edu-Parisar/articleshow/14621827.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/PMC-budget-focuses-on-vehicles-than-health-edu-Parisar/articleshow/14621827.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-07-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PUNE: About 27% of PMC's budget allocation for 2012-13 was spent on vehicle-friendly measures, which is much more than allocations made for education, health, sanitation and slum rehabilitation sectors put together../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The observations were made by NGO 'Parisar', which conducted an in-depth analysis of PMC's annual budget for 2012-13../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Pune, India News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:17:44 +0000 kaye 8590 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Islamabad: Applications sought for bus rapid transit project http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8599 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/02-Jul-2012/applications-sought-for-bus-rapid-transit-project" target="_blank">http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/02-Jul-2012/applications-sought-for-bus-rapid-transit-project</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-07-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ISLAMABAD - Taking first practical step towards materialising the long-standing demand of a decent transport facility of the commuters travelling within Islamabad, the Capital Development Authority has invited expression of interest (EoI) for operation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Islamabad../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> City managers have sought expression of interest for construction, operation, development and maintenance of the BRT project from firms of national/international repute../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Bus rapid transit (BRT) Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:43:31 +0000 kaye 8599 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Eye on fuel subsidy cut, govt puts off OIL stake sale http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8589 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.indianexpress.com/news/eye-on-fuel-subsidy-cut-govt-puts-off-oil-stake-sale/969128/" target="_blank">http://www.indianexpress.com/news/eye-on-fuel-subsidy-cut-govt-puts-off-oil-stake-sale/969128/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-07-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an indication that the government may finally be gearing up to plug oil subsidy, the department of disinvestment is learnt to have kept a proposal for selling stake in state-owned Oil India Ltd (OIL) in abeyance. This has largely been prompted by renewed expectation that deregulation of petroleum product prices could be fast-tracked../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Financing and economic instruments Fuels-General India News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:14:37 +0000 kaye 8589 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Guangzhou adopts car quota to counter gridlock http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8583 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/01/content_15540462.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/01/content_15540462.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-07-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GUANGZHOU - Authorities in south China's megacity of Guangzhou announced late Saturday that they will slash the number of new cars hitting the streets to ease the city's traffic jams and cut pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The city government announced during a press conference Saturday night that it will only allow 120,000 passenger vehicles to be registered over a one-year trial period, during which only 10,000 licenses will be handed out per each month../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The new quota system went into effect on Sunday. Car dealerships were packed with customers as residents rushed to buy cars before the quota began../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions P.R. China Guangzhou, P.R. China Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:14:58 +0000 edeleon 8583 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Applications pour in for Rapid Bus Transit System in Islamabad http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8598 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C07%5C01%5Cstory_1-7-2012_pg11_3" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C07%5C01%5Cstory_1-7-2012_pg11_3</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-07-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ISLAMABAD: To provide modern transport facility to the residents of the federal capital, an expression of interest has been invited to operate Rapid Bus Transit System in the city. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Faisal Sakhi Butt said this during his meetings with delegations from sectors G9, G11 and I10 on Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Bus rapid transit (BRT) Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:42:10 +0000 kaye 8598 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Philippines: Bus Wage Scheme Takes Effect Today http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8596 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/364094/bus-wage-scheme-takes-effect-today" target="_blank">http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/364094/bus-wage-scheme-takes-effect-today</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-06-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Starting today, bus drivers and conductors will be paid fixed wages and will be entitled to workers’ benefits../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The new compensation system replaces the old practice of giving commissions to drivers and conductors based on the number of passengers they pick up../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The change, authorities say, will help reduce accidents involving buses racing to load passengers and provide bus employees job security../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Financing and economic instruments Public transport Philippines News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:38:10 +0000 kaye 8596 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Modification of Cebu 1980s land use, transport plan sought http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8600 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2012/06/30/modification-cebu-1980s-land-use-transport-plan-sought-229477" target="_blank">http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2012/06/30/modification-cebu-1980s-land-use-transport-plan-sought-229477</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-06-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>CEBU CITY -- Forty-eight-year-old Gregorio Codilla hopes there will be sidewalks in all streets in Cebu City so he can move around safely in his wheelchair../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>For his voice to be heard, Codilla attended the Sustainable cities Forum held at the CAP Theater Friday afternoon../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>He hopes that the plight of persons with disabilities like him will be considered when policy makers plan public infrastructure and transport systems for Cebu City../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Philippines Cebu, Philippines News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:45:39 +0000 kaye 8600 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shanghai: City boosts oversight of public transport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8597 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.eastday.com/e/120630/u1a6665664.html" target="_blank">http://english.eastday.com/e/120630/u1a6665664.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-06-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SHANGHAI traffic authorities beefed up the monitoring of inter-provincial public transport by demanding that bus drivers with a record of drunk driving, overloading or speeding not be hired in the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It's the latest effort the traffic administration has taken to address safety concerns after a series of fatal long-distance bus accidents occurred near Shanghai and elsewhere around the country../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:39:52 +0000 kaye 8597 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal How cities can become healthy places http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8507 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18248075" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18248075</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-06-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>From Monday to Saturday, the streets of the Colombian capital of Bogota are packed with cars../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The city - one of the largest in South America - is a teeming metropolis, home to more than seven million people../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But on a Sunday vehicles are nowhere to be seen. Instead, the streets are taken over by pedestrians, thanks to the traffic-free streets initiative run by the city authorities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The scheme, backed by successive mayors, has been running in one guise or another since the mid-1970s../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It now covers nearly 100km of roads in the centre of the city on Sundays and public holidays../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions Colombia Mon, 04 Jun 2012 03:27:19 +0000 edeleon 8507 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Singapore: 22 bus services improved, 115 trips added weekly from April to June http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8595 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_816526.html" target="_blank">http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_816526.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-06-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Public transport operators made improvements on 22 bus services, with an additional 115 bus trips weekly, between April and June this year as part of an ongoing quarterly review process involving the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and public transport operators, SBS Transit and SMRT../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Such improvements include deploying higher capacity buses and adding more bus trips along sectors that experience consistent heavy ridership to better match demand as well as to increase frequency../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Singapore News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:36:44 +0000 kaye 8595 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shanghai Starts Release of All PM2.5 Readings http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8555 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.cri.cn/6909/2012/06/27/2724s708690.htm" target="_blank">http://english.cri.cn/6909/2012/06/27/2724s708690.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-06-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PM2.5 readings of all of the city's 10 monitoring spots and average density of local PM2.5 will be released starting today at the website of Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The city's latest hourly PM2.5 reading, the latest 24-hour reading and a chart illustrating PM2.5 change within 24 hours will all be available at the website and at Weibo sites of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau and local government. The PM2.5 information on <a href="http://www.semc.gov.cn" title="www.semc.gov.cn">www.semc.gov.cn</a>, and Weibo are in Chinese. Officials said they may offer a bilingual version later../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:58:38 +0000 kaye 8555 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ADB and partners pledges to provide US$ 175 billion to improve transportation in Asia http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8593 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://traveldailynews.asia/news/article/49837/adb-and-partners-pledges-to" target="_blank">http://traveldailynews.asia/news/article/49837/adb-and-partners-pledges-to</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-06-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>RIO DE JANEIRO- The Asian Development Bank announced last week that together with seven other multilateral development banks, it will commit more than US$ 175 billion in loans and grants to the development of transportation systems in developing countries over the next decade../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Financing and economic instruments Sustainable transport Asia News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:26:28 +0000 kaye 8593 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Regional Transport Routes’ Expansion Finalized http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8594 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/363709/regional-transport-routes-expansion-finalized" target="_blank">http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/363709/regional-transport-routes-expansion-finalized</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-06-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MARAWI CITY – Philippine transport executives and their counterparts from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Brunei Darussalam have finalized their earlier memorandum of understanding (MOU) prescribing the expansion and enhancement of air connectivity existing in their sub-regional collaboration, according to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia Philippines News from around the world Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:35:38 +0000 kaye 8594 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Breath of fresh air sought in tackling delta pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8553 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=11&art_id=123790&sid=36837395&con_type=1" target="_blank">http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=11&art_id=123790&sid=36837395&con_type=1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-06-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau are going to work together to try to improve air quality in the Greater Pearl River Delta region../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The three governments said in a joint statement yesterday that they have agreed on a plan to reduce polluting emissions in the region by 2020../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>That includes pushing vessels calling at ports in the delta to use cleaner fuel../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But doubts remain about action, with one group questioning progress to date../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Guangdong, P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:56:03 +0000 kaye 8553 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Taiwan paves way for better control of small particle pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8554 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201206260017" target="_blank">http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201206260017</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-06-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Taiwan will begin its first large-scale monitoring of particulate matter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) in August, an official said Tuesday, following the recent inclusion of the dangerous pollutants in the country's air quality standards. </p> <p>The administration will send staff to 30 air quality monitoring stations across the island to manually record the concentration of PM2.5 particles every three days, said Roam Gwo-dong, director general of the Environmental Protection Administration's Environmental Analysis Laboratory. </p> News Particulate matter (PM) News from around the world Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:57:12 +0000 kaye 8554 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal US EPA Releases New Report: Reducing Black Carbon Emissions in South Asia: Low Cost Opportunities http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8548 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.epa.gov/international/air/bcsasia.html" target="_blank">http://www.epa.gov/international/air/bcsasia.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-06-25</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>US EPA conducted a study to identify and evaluate low cost and high-impact opportunities to reduce black carbon emissions in South Asia. With a goal of informing those interested in immediate and effective actions, the report provides:</p> <ul> <li>examples of low-cost, high impact opportunities to reduce black carbon emissions in South Asia,</li> <li>a wealth of information and resources on reducing black carbon emissions in South Asia in the industrial, transportation and residential sectors, and</li> </ul> News Black carbon Asia News from around the world Mon, 25 Jun 2012 01:45:47 +0000 kaye 8548 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hong Kong, Guangdong, Macau Link Up In Pollution-Reduction Plan http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8556 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-25/hong-kong-guangdong-macau-link-up-in-pollution-reduction-plan.html" target="_blank">http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-25/hong-kong-guangdong-macau-link-up-in-pollution-reduction-plan.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-06-25</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>China’s Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau will cooperate to improve the air quality of the Pearl River Delta region, according to a joint statement from the local governments today../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Hong Kong and the southern Chinese province will announce a plan to reduce air pollutant emissions for the region up to 2020, the report said. The governments may also encourage vessels berthing at the Pearl River Delta area to use cleaner fuel, it said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The three areas will jointly promote the use of renewable energy, according to the statement../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Asia Guangdong, P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China Macao SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:00:09 +0000 kaye 8556 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shanghai: Different standards leave air quality grades divided http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8536 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2012-05/16/content_25395210.htm" target="_blank">http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2012-05/16/content_25395210.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-06-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The environmental protection bureau of Shanghai municipality said Tuesday that the bureau and the U.S. consulate in the city have given different assessments for the city's air quality because of different standards../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>An official speaking on condition of anonymity said China has adopted the Air Pollution Index (API) as its air quality rating system, while the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai rates air quality based on the Air Quality Index (AQI), leading to differing grades../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:13:03 +0000 kaye 8536 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal EPA sets tighter standards for soot pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8535 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-06/D9VD88PO0.htm" target="_blank">http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-06/D9VD88PO0.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-06-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Responding to lawsuits from 11 states, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Obama administration, facing strong resistance from congressional Republicans and industry officials, had sought to delay the politically fraught rule until after the election, but was forced to act by a court order. Critics, including officials representing the oil and gas industry, refineries and manufacturers, complained that overly strict rules could hurt economic growth and lead to job losses../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards USA News from around the world Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:11:27 +0000 kaye 8535 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Clearing the air on measuring pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8538 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-06/13/content_15497598.htm" target="_blank">http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-06/13/content_15497598.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-06-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting the best out of monitoring is a priority, report Peng Yining, Wu Wencong and Hu Yongqi../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Beijing's Chegongzhuang Xilu was packed with pedestrians and cars on Monday morning, but few people even bothered to glance at the small white box set up by the roadside. However, from the telltale pumps jutting from the top, it's instantly recognizable as an air monitoring station../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Two pumps buzzed as they fed extracted air into the seven diagnostic units that assess the concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter in the air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China CAI-Asia in the news Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:27:00 +0000 kaye 8538 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal IARC: Diesel Engine Exhaust Carcinogenic http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8561 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://press.iarc.fr/pr213_E.pdf" target="_blank">http://press.iarc.fr/pr213_E.pdf</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-06-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Message from the CAI-Asia Executive Director</strong></p> News Fuels-Diesel Asia News from around the world Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:31:30 +0000 ritchie anne rono 8561 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Experts identify causes of, solutions to, Beijing's air quality issue http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8537 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.asp?id=76323" target="_blank">http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.asp?id=76323</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-06-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Air pollution has been a persistent headache for Beijing, prompting experts to weigh in with their thoughts on what is causing the problem, as well as possible ways to fix it../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>In January, Beijing began to publish hourly air quality reports based on an international standard of measuring PM2.5, or airborne particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, which experts say pose the most serious health hazard../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:14:13 +0000 kaye 8537 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Solar-powered 'supertrees' breathe life into Singapore's urban oasis http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8520 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/08/world/asia/singapore-supertrees-gardens-bay/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/08/world/asia/singapore-supertrees-gardens-bay/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-06-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(CNN) -- Singapore's latest development will finally blossom later this month, with an imposing canopy of artificial trees up to 50 meters high towering over a vast urban oasis../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The colossal solar-powered supertrees are found in the Bay South garden, which opens to the public on June 29. It is part of a 250-acre landscaping project -- Gardens by the Bay -- that is an initiative from Singapore's National Parks Board that will see the cultivation of flora and fauna from foreign lands../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Singapore Mon, 11 Jun 2012 05:34:33 +0000 edeleon 8520 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Stockholm: Birth of the green generation http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8521 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18315205" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18315205</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-06-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stockholm, 1972. Five years after the Summer of Love, four after the Paris riots; the Cold War is in full swing../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Club of Rome has just projected a future in which the demands of a growing human population outstrip the Earth's capacity to provide../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The blue whale, the biggest animal that ever lived, has been hunted almost to extinction../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Atom bomb tests continue to garnish the world in strontium-90; and from Japan to Europe to North America, man-made poisons are affecting plants, animals and people../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Mon, 11 Jun 2012 05:36:17 +0000 edeleon 8521 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Korea to launch satellite to monitor climate change http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8495 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.envirotech-online.com/news/air-monitoring/6/breaking_news/korea_to_launch_satellite_to_monitor_climate_change/20350/" target="_blank">http://www.envirotech-online.com/news/air-monitoring/6/breaking_news/korea_to_launch_satellite_to_monitor_climate_change/20350/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Korea are set to launch a satellite into space that will monitor climate change over the Korean Peninsula, becoming the first geostationary satellite to be sent with air monitoring equipment../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It is expected that the new system will be ready and deployed in 2018, with the Environment Ministry and the National Institute of Environment Research saying in a statement: "We have recently begun to develop an earth environment satellite to monitor climate change and air pollution in Northeast Asia."</p> News Air quality monitoring Korea (South) Asia News from around the world Thu, 31 May 2012 02:22:03 +0000 kaye 8495 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Islamabad: Rising pollution raises concern level in capital http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8496 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C05%5C28%5Cstory_28-5-2012_pg11_1" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C05%5C28%5Cstory_28-5-2012_pg11_1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-05-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>* Having more roads, driving lanes may help alleviate traffic problems but that also causes more air pollution</p> <p>ISLAMABAD: Rising environmental pollution in the federal capital is posing a grave threat to the health of its residents, besides impacting adjoining areas of the city. The residents have expressed their concern and asked the authorities concerned to check the rising level of pollution, which is having hazardous effects on human health../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan News from around the world Thu, 31 May 2012 02:23:21 +0000 kaye 8496 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal BP agrees to cut air pollution at refinery, pay $8-million fine http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8497 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-bp-refinery-clean-air-fine-20120523,0,5179489.story" target="_blank">http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-bp-refinery-clean-air-fine-20120523,0,5179489.story</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-05-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced that BP North America Inc. has agreed to pay an $8-million fine and install more than $400 million in equipment to cut air pollution from an oil refinery in Whiting, Ind., as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) USA News from around the world Thu, 31 May 2012 02:24:28 +0000 kaye 8497 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Revise thermal power plants guidelines: Green Tribunal to MoEF http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8491 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article3461818.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article3461818.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-05-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to revise guidelines for setting up of thermal power projects by clearly demarcating the areas not conducive for projects../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The MoEF was asked to submit the revised guidelines, which should clearly indicate ‘Go’ as the area for a project and ‘No go’ as the place where a project cannot be undertaken, within three months../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions India Mon, 28 May 2012 04:24:26 +0000 edeleon 8491 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environmental protection urged amid economic slowdown http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8492 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/27/content_15396478.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/27/content_15396478.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-05-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Governments and enterprises should hold on to emission reduction efforts despite cooling economy and resist the temptation of spurring economy through energy-inefficient industrial projects, officials and experts said Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"We need to refrain from using the current economic slowdown as an excuse to loosen the environmental protection standards for mega projects with high energy consumption and high emission," Sun Youhai, a researcher with the China Institute of Applied Jurisprudence said at a forum on recycling economy held on Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 28 May 2012 04:46:05 +0000 edeleon 8492 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Resolve and evolve http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8504 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article3456293.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article3456293.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-05-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Indore, Surat and Gorakhpur are to get their own climate change resilience indicators</p> News Climate change and global warming Mon, 04 Jun 2012 03:20:24 +0000 edeleon 8504 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China says it holds fast to Durban outcome http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8503 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/25/content_15391603.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/25/content_15391603.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-05-25</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that the country holds fast to the Durban outcome and will work with the international community to promote negotiations on climate change../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing when asked to respond to EU officials criticizing China at the Bonn UN Climate Change Conference../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming P.R. China Global Mon, 04 Jun 2012 03:18:13 +0000 edeleon 8503 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal No choice but to hike fares, say auto drivers http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8490 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3449818.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3449818.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The steep hike in petrol will make a significant dent in the household budget. A commuter travelling to work may have to set aside anything between Rs. 300 and Rs. 1,000 (depending on the vehicle's mileage and usage) for monthly fuel expenses. The hike will be more painful for those depending on autorickshaws and call taxis../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport India Mon, 28 May 2012 04:21:02 +0000 edeleon 8490 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ‘Amend motor vehicle rules' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8489 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/article3451435.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/article3451435.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC) has urged Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways to go in for amendment of Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) to bring in a clause against use of screens in four-wheelers and also in respect of Visual Light Transmission (VLT) levels with regard to side window panes../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions India Mon, 28 May 2012 04:17:44 +0000 edeleon 8489 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal City planners eye more public transport users by 2017 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8463 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thesundaily.my/news/385761" target="_blank">http://www.thesundaily.my/news/385761</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KUALA LUMPUR (May 22, 2012): The government and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) aim to more than quadruple the number of daily commuters using public transport in Kuala Lumpur, to two million by 2017, from about 480,000 in 2010../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said this would entail expanding current rail lines with additional coaches, adding bus lanes and instituting 'park and ride' facilities at rail stations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Malaysia News from around the world Wed, 23 May 2012 01:06:35 +0000 kaye 8463 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal US launches air pollution data in Shanghai http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8462 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.discovery.com/earth/us-monitors-shanghai-air-quality-120522.html" target="_blank">http://news.discovery.com/earth/us-monitors-shanghai-air-quality-120522.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United States consulate in Shanghai has begun issuing its own pollution statistics, giving a much more pessimistic assessment of the city's air quality than official Chinese data../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The US consulate is releasing hourly air quality data from a monitoring device in its city center compound, posting results online and on Twitter../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>While the US consulate classified the air quality as "unhealthy", the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau called conditions "good"../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The discrepancy raised concern among Chinese residents of the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 23 May 2012 01:04:55 +0000 kaye 8462 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 'Vapi most polluted industrial cluster again' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8440 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Vapi-most-polluted-industrial-cluster-again/articleshow/13320549.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Vapi-most-polluted-industrial-cluster-again/articleshow/13320549.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-05-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>VAPI: The interim review of work index for comprehensive environment pollution index (CEPI) action plan carried out jointly by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has thrown up disturbing facts about the Vapi industrial cluster../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The CEPI data shows that pollution levels in Vapi, which was marked as one of the most critically polluted industrial cluster in country, have again gone up../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions India News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 00:31:54 +0000 kaye 8440 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Prenatal exposure to pollution especially dangerous for children with asthma http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8451 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sciencecodex.com/prenatal_exposure_to_pollution_especially_dangerous_for_children_with_asthma-91804" target="_blank">http://www.sciencecodex.com/prenatal_exposure_to_pollution_especially_dangerous_for_children_with_asthma-91804</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-05-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ATS 2012, SAN FRANCISCO – The link between prenatal exposure to air pollution and childhood lung growth and respiratory ailments has been established by several studies in recent years, and now a new study suggests that these prenatal exposures can be especially serious for children with asthma../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The study will be presented at the ATS 2012 International Conference in San Francisco../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health USA News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:06:26 +0000 kaye 8451 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Military planners want to make bases worldwide more walkable http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8441 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-05-19/military-bases-more-walkable/55080604/1?csp=34news" target="_blank">http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-05-19/military-bases-more-walkable/55080604/1?csp=34news</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-05-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>At military installations, suburban-style sprawl is out and walkable communities are in, under new Defense Department planning guidelines../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The guidelines, released this week, call for "compact development" that incorporates mass transit and a mix of residential housing close to shops and other businesses. Energy conservation is a key goal; trees and other greenery should be considered as well../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking USA News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 00:32:54 +0000 kaye 8441 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing: New standards for fuel to reduce pollution in city http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8444 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-05/18/content_15326070.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-05/18/content_15326070.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-05-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing will introduce new fuel standards on May 31 that municipal officials say are nearly on a par with the European Union's Euro V, the first Chinese city to do so../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>All fuel sold by retailers in the Chinese capital will be required to adhere to the new standards, which are expected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from 50 to 10 milligrams per kilogram, according to the Beijing environmental protection bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards Fuel quality P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 00:52:49 +0000 kaye 8444 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New fuel standards to cut pollution in city http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8437 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/18/content_15325468.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/18/content_15325468.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-05-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing will introduce new fuel standards on May 31 that municipal officials say are nearly on a par with the European Union's Euro V, the first Chinese city to do so../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>All fuel sold by retailers in the Chinese capital will be required to adhere to the new standards, which are expected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from 50 to 10 milligrams per kilogram, according to the Beijing environmental protection bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuel quality Fuels-Coal Fuels-Diesel Fuels-Gasoline Fuels-General P.R. China Fri, 18 May 2012 08:25:59 +0000 edeleon 8437 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air assessments differ due to separate criteria http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8430 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/16/content_15302187.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/16/content_15302187.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-05-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Assessments of air quality done by the Chinese government do not match those of the US consulate in Shanghai because they use different standards, environmental officials said on Tuesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The US consulate on Monday began publishing PM2.5 readings, which measure particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The PM2.5 reading was 152 at noon on Tuesday, according to the consulate, compared with 122 at the Pudong monitoring site and 155 at the Putuo site, two stations run by the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Thu, 17 May 2012 03:27:34 +0000 kaye 8430 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution monitoring in Bengal soon on auto mode http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8431 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Air-pollution-monitoring-in-Bengal-soon-on-auto-mode/articleshow/13159087.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Air-pollution-monitoring-in-Bengal-soon-on-auto-mode/articleshow/13159087.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-05-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KOLKATA: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) is setting up automatic air quality monitoring stations at different locations across the state to keep tabs on the rising air pollution levels../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"We will set up 17 such automatic monitors across Bengal. At present, we are selecting suitable sites for the stations," WBPCB chairman Binoy Kanti Dutta told TOI. The project is expected to cost Rs 15 crore, say sources../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring India Kolkata, India News from around the world Thu, 17 May 2012 03:28:57 +0000 kaye 8431 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pollution cuts improve heart health - Beijing study http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8438 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18070869" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18070869</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cutting air pollution has an instant impact on heart health, experts believe, after reviewing studies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The work in the Journal of the American Medical Association involved medical tests on 125 volunteers living in one of the world's most polluted cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>When pollution dipped during the Games, the researchers saw significant signs of better health among the volunteers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>They say this is "biological proof" that pollution can harm the heart../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health Fri, 18 May 2012 08:34:25 +0000 edeleon 8438 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Official explains pollution discrepancy in Shanghai http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8432 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/15/content_15298779.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/15/content_15298779.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A senior environmental officials said on Tuesday that the reason air quality assessments by the Shanghai authority and the United States Consulate General in Shanghai are different is because the evaluation criteria they use are not the same../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The consulate began measuring and publishing the concentration of PM2.5 - particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter — on Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Thu, 17 May 2012 03:32:42 +0000 kaye 8432 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Airlines 'are conforming' with EU rules on emissions http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8439 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18070789" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18070789</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>he vast majority of airlines have conformed with EU rules on reporting carbon dioxide emissions, the European Commission has said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>From next year, aircraft emissions will be included in the EU carbon market in an attempt to increase efficiency../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The EU required airlines to report by March on 2011 emissions as a "dry run"; all did, bar 10 from China and India../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The issue is controversial, with China telling airlines not to take part and US firms mounting a legal challenge../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) European Union Fri, 18 May 2012 08:37:10 +0000 edeleon 8439 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Europe struggles for climate lead http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8423 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18043201" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18043201</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-05-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>UN climate talks open in Germany on Monday, with the EU struggling to keep its position of a global leader../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Small developing countries that linked up with the EU in a new coalition last year say the bloc must commit to tougher emission cuts and more finance../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Existing pledges on "climate aid" run out at the end of this year, and the EU has yet to clarify what happens then../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Most EU nations want to increase carbon cuts but they have not worked out how to negotiate around Poland's blocking../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming European Union Mon, 14 May 2012 03:37:55 +0000 edeleon 8423 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing reveals atmospheric ozone levels for the first time http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8425 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/709229/Beijing-reveals-atmospheric-ozone-levels-for-the-first-time.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/709229/Beijing-reveals-atmospheric-ozone-levels-for-the-first-time.aspx</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-05-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The city's environmental authority started publishing daily readings of ozone levels in the air over the weekend, in line with China's new edition of air quality guidelines. </p> <p>Concentration of ozone, an odorous, pale blue gas, in the ambient air was not public information until the Ministry of Environmental Protection in February sanctioned the new national guidelines of air quality assessment. </p> News Air pollution P.R. China Asia Beijing Tue, 15 May 2012 08:35:43 +0000 Mingming Liu 8425 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution causing rise in asthma cases in Hyderabad http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8450 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://dawn.com/2012/05/11/air-pollution-causing-rise-in-asthma-cases-in-hyderabad/" target="_blank">http://dawn.com/2012/05/11/air-pollution-causing-rise-in-asthma-cases-in-hyderabad/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-05-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>HYDERABAD: The increasing air pollution and dust put the number of allergic asthmatic patients high in urban populace of Hyderabad and there is the need of formation of effective strategy in controlling air pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Eminent Pulmonologist and Head of the Department of Pulmonology, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro Dr. Rashid Ahmed Khan expressed his concern over increasing allergic asthmatic disease in Hyderabad in an interview with this scribe on Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health India Hyderabad, India News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:05:24 +0000 kaye 8450 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Jakarta Revs Up Car-Free Sundays to Once a Week http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8447 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/jakarta/jakarta-revs-up-car-free-sundays-to-once-a-week/517225" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/jakarta/jakarta-revs-up-car-free-sundays-to-once-a-week/517225</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-05-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Starting on Sunday, all motorized vehicles will be barred from entering two of the capital’s busiest streets — Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin — from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on car-free days, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said on Thursday. </p> <p>Previously, cars, buses and motorcycles were able to enter the streets’ slow lanes on the car-free days, but all lanes will now be dedicated to pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists during those hours. </p> News NMT-Walking Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:02:04 +0000 kaye 8447 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Asia-Pacific countries must respond to climate change: UNDP http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8421 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article3403669.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article3403669.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Countries in Asia and the Pacific must strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emission as their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide, a latest report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"The Asia-Pacific region must continue to grow economically to lift millions out of poverty, but it must also respond to climate change to survive. Growing first and cleaning up later is no longer an option, according to "One Plant to Share: Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate" released by the UNDP on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Asia Mon, 14 May 2012 03:35:09 +0000 edeleon 8421 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from India, China http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8422 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3401463.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3401463.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two-day meet in Brussels ahead of global climate change talks in Bonn next week</p> <p>Old divisions between developed and developing countries in who should lead the fight against climate change should be laid aside, according to ministers from some of the world's poorest countries and European representatives meeting on May 8../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming India P.R. China Mon, 14 May 2012 03:36:41 +0000 edeleon 8422 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 304 Chinese die from indoor air pollution a day http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8448 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/10/content_15257351.htm" target="_blank">http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/10/content_15257351.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Indoor air population causes an average of 304 deaths per day in China, China Youth Daily reported Thursday, quoting a survey../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The survey, released by the China National Interior Decoration Association, shows 111,000 Chinese people are dying from indoor air pollution every year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The average Chinese citizen does not have a clear idea of indoor air pollution, which poses an invisible threat to people's health, said the association../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Indoor air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:03:14 +0000 kaye 8448 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 304 Chinese die from indoor air pollution a day http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8420 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/10/content_15257255.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/10/content_15257255.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Indoor air population causes an average of 304 deaths per day in China, China Youth Daily reported Thursday, quoting a survey../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The survey, released by the China National Interior Decoration Association, shows 111,000 Chinese people are dying from indoor air pollution every year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The average Chinese citizen does not have a clear idea of indoor air pollution, which poses an invisible threat to people's health, said the association../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Indoor air pollution P.R. China Mon, 14 May 2012 03:33:55 +0000 edeleon 8420 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pakistan: Detrimental air pollution: another trauma http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8453 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C05%5C10%5Cstory_10-5-2012_pg7_10" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C05%5C10%5Cstory_10-5-2012_pg7_10</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Clean air is no doubt the biggest blessing of nature and a pre-requisite for the survival of human life. Over the last couple of decades, the massive increase in population, urbanisation and industrialisation has led to the fast degradation of ambient air quality especially in urban areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. </p> News Air pollution Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:08:47 +0000 kaye 8453 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing to get rid of 1,200 polluting enterprises http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8454 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://phys.org/news/2012-05-beijing-polluting-enterprises.html" target="_blank">http://phys.org/news/2012-05-beijing-polluting-enterprises.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-05-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Authorities in Beijing said Wednesday they plan to get rid of 1,200 high-polluting enterprises by 2015 to improve air quality in the Chinese capital, one of the world's most polluted cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The move follows a public backlash over the heavy smog that often envelops Beijing -- sometimes so thick that it delays planes and trains going to and from the city -- sparking health concerns among the general population../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Energy and industry emissions P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:10:13 +0000 kaye 8454 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vehicle fumes pump up Shanghai pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8436 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/regional/2012-05/08/content_15239750.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/regional/2012-05/08/content_15239750.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shanghai's vehicle exhaust contributed to at least 25 percent of PM2.5 - the fine particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter - in the city's atmosphere. Bad driving habits such as rapid acceleration and deceleration, especially by diesel vehicle drivers, leads to worse air pollution, a senior environmental official said on Tuesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions P.R. China Fri, 18 May 2012 08:23:23 +0000 edeleon 8436 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vehicle fumes pump up Shanghai pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8452 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/regional/2012-05/08/content_15239750.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/regional/2012-05/08/content_15239750.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shanghai's vehicle exhaust contributed to at least 25 percent of PM2.5 - the fine particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter - in the city's atmosphere. Bad driving habits such as rapid acceleration and deceleration, especially by diesel vehicle drivers, leads to worse air pollution, a senior environmental official said on Tuesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:07:39 +0000 kaye 8452 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Clean air campaign gets more muscle http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8449 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/05/08/clean-air-campaign-gets-more-muscle/" target="_blank">http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/05/08/clean-air-campaign-gets-more-muscle/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>RECOGNIZING massive corruption involving emission tests at the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the agency’s head Assistant Secretary Virgina Torres joined forces with the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) in a crackdown on corruption in her office and privately-operated motor vehicle emission testing centers in the country../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>She assured the PMA she will initiate more aggressive measures to address the legitimate concerns of the medical group, particularly its anti-pollution campaign in Metro Manila../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Philippines News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:03:57 +0000 kaye 8449 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environment Ministry: Air quality near blasted Rayong factory remains at safe level http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8446 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.pattayamail.com/news/environment-ministry-air-quality-near-blasted-rayong-factory-remains-at-safe-level-12455" target="_blank">http://www.pattayamail.com/news/environment-ministry-air-quality-near-blasted-rayong-factory-remains-at-safe-level-12455</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-05-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>RAYONG, 6 May 2012 – The air quality around the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate remains safe and poses no health threat, according to the Environment Ministry. </p> <p>Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk said on Sunday that his inspection trip to the tire factory at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, which was on fire on Saturday, found that the air pollution reading in the area is still within the standard limit../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Mr. Preecha added that the reported leakage of Toluene is not harmful, as this chemical is a type of cleaning agent that cannot cause cancer../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Thailand Rayong, Thailand News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:00:15 +0000 kaye 8446 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Joint statement by the Danish EU Presidency and Commissioner Potočnik welcoming new international agreement to tackle air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8455 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/12/308&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en" target="_blank">http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/12/308&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-05-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today the EU reached an international agreement to update the Gothenburg Protocol, setting more ambitious targets to reduce trans-boundary air pollution. The revised objectives of the Protocol will see a reduction in EU emissions of around 60% for sulphur, 40% for nitrogen oxides (NOx), 30% for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), 6% for ammonia and 20% for particulate matter compared to 2005 levels. There's also agreement to act on so called 'Black Carbon', a pollutant with short-lived climate forcing characteristics../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution European Union News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:19:44 +0000 kaye 8455 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal The Gothenburg Protocol will set more ambitious targets to reduce trans-boundary air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8456 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://euroalert.net/en/news.aspx?idn=15373" target="_blank">http://euroalert.net/en/news.aspx?idn=15373</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-05-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The EU reached an international agreement to update the Gothenburg Protocol according to a joint statement by the Danish EU Presidency and Commissioner Potočnik which welcomed this new agreement. There is also agreement to act on so called 'Black Carbon', a pollutant with short-lived climate forcing characteristics../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution European Union News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 01:22:21 +0000 kaye 8456 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environment policy to be redrafted http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8403 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article3394181.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article3394181.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-05-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kerala will soon revamp its environment policy, three years after formulating it, to include climate change aspects in the document../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Department of Environment has initiated a consultation process with various stakeholder agencies in this regard. The views of around 20 departments and research organisations have been sought to enrich the policy document that was published in 2009../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Tue, 08 May 2012 03:54:55 +0000 edeleon 8403 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing issue "2012-2020 Air Pollution Control Measures" http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8464 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.vecc-mep.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=49154" target="_blank">http://www.vecc-mep.org.cn/news/news_detail.jsp?newsid=49154</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>1. The objective of air pollution control measures is made. By 2015, annual concentration of PM2.5, PM10, TSP, SO2, NO2 reduce by 15% compared to the concentration in 2012. By 2020, the annual concentration decrease by 30% compare to the year of 2010../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> 2. Control measures:<br /> a) Improve the monitoring system and information release system, clarify the responsibility of air pollution control<br /> b) Develop green transport, control vehicle pollution<br /> c) Use of clean energy and control of coal amount<br /> d) To accelerate industrial restructuring, deepen industrial pollution control</p> News Air pollution P.R. China Asia Beijing Wed, 23 May 2012 06:15:24 +0000 Mingming Liu 8464 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal A Low-carbon Path will Make Chinese Cities More Sustainable and Livable http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8396 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/05/03/a_low_carbon_path_will_make_chinese_cities_more_sustainable_and_livable?cid=EAP_ChinaNewsletterEN_M_EXT" target="_blank">News Source</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-05-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing, May 3, 2012 - By embarking on a low-carbon growth path, China’s cities can help reach the country’s targets for reducing the energy and carbon intensity of its economy, and become more livable, efficient, competitive, and ultimately sustainable, says a new World Bank report released today. Cities contribute an estimated 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gases. With China set to add an estimated 350 million residents to its cities over the next 20 years, the case for urgent action is strong. </p> News Transport demand management (TDM) P.R. China Thu, 03 May 2012 12:05:32 +0000 Mingming Liu 8396 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing's limit on car licenses to stay http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8405 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/02/content_15190971.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/02/content_15190971.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-05-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing will limit car usage based on license plates a long-term policy in order to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads and address air pollution, the government said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> In 2011, the capital began to limit car usage through a system based on license plate numbers that keeps one-fifth of potential vehicles from being used downtown on weekdays../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> According to an announcement released by the municipal government of Beijing on Tuesday, the city has set a target of a year-on-year decrease of 2 percent in the density of major pollutants this year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) Vehicle emissions P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Tue, 08 May 2012 04:02:07 +0000 edeleon 8405 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Noise pollution woes fall on deaf ears http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8367 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article3367511.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article3367511.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-04-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Residents of Maramon, Kozhencherry, and surrounding areas are left to bear with the blaring noise from loudspeakers, installed in connection with various public programme and religious festivals../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Mon, 30 Apr 2012 06:45:46 +0000 edeleon 8367 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Now green feeder vehicles for Metro http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8368 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article3363746.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article3363746.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-04-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an eco-friendly initiative, a fleet of battery-powered pollution-free vehicles were inducted into the Capital's transport system on Friday to provide commuters feeder services from the Metro Railway stations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The service, modelled on the lines of similar services in Tokyo, New York and Berlin, was launched by Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>First cluster</p> <p>To start with, the first cluster will comprise 25 such vehicles and operate between Malaviya Nagar metro station and Select City Walk Mall at Saket in South Delhi../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Electric vehicles Vehicle emissions India Delhi, India Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:00:18 +0000 edeleon 8368 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Green energy 'must be affordable' - Cameron http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8372 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17848577" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17848577</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Renewable energy sources must become "financially sustainable" if they are to meet the world's needs, David Cameron has said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Opening a meeting of international ministers later, he hailed progress made by the UK in the "green energy revolution"../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But the prime minister said the challenge now is to drive down costs../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>He also welcomed the investment of £350 million on energy projects that will create 800 jobs../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Taking office in 2010, Mr Cameron pledged to lead the "greenest government ever", but environmental campaigners say that promise is so far proving hollow../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>'More capacity'</p> News Climate change and global warming Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:22:07 +0000 edeleon 8372 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China: 460,000 Xiangyang Residents to Enjoy Better Public Transport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8395 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/04/26/china-460000-xiangyang-residents-to-enjoy-better-public-transport?cid=EAP_ChinaNewsletterZH_M_EXT" target="_blank">http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/04/26/china-460000-xiangyang-residents-to-enjoy-better-public-transport?cid=EAP_ChinaNewsletterZH_M_EXT</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON, DC April 26, 2012 - Today the World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a loan of US$100 million to the People’s Republic of China to help provide better public transport services for more than 460,000 residents in Xiangyang Municipality in Hubei Province../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) P.R. China Xiangyang Thu, 03 May 2012 12:01:48 +0000 Mingming Liu 8395 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing pollution plan 'falls far short' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8353 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7795821.html" target="_blank">http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7795821.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-04-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing's plans to clean up its air by cutting PM2.5 emissions by 30 percent by 2020 would still fall short of the national standard, a city environmental official revealed in a television interview. </p> <p>Yu Jianhua, head of the atmospheric environment department at the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection, announced that the pollution reduction plan seeks to reduce the yearly PM2.5 average emissions in the city from 70 micrograms per cubic meter to just 50 micrograms by 2020, representing a 30 percent cut. </p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Tue, 24 Apr 2012 01:11:59 +0000 kaye 8353 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Polluted air among leading causes of respiratory diseases in PHL http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8354 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255633/lifestyle/wellness/polluted-air-among-leading-causes-of-respiratory-diseases-in-phl" target="_blank">http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255633/lifestyle/wellness/polluted-air-among-leading-causes-of-respiratory-diseases-in-phl</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-04-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) is threatening to sue owners of vehicles who will fail smoke emission tests../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The reason? Petroleum-fueled vehicles are the top contributors to air pollution in Metro Manila../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Air pollution is among the leading causes of respiratory diseases in the country../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health Philippines News from around the world Tue, 24 Apr 2012 01:13:23 +0000 kaye 8354 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Inside Mexico's climate revolution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8350 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17777327" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17777327</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-04-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following a vote in its Senate on Thursday evening, Mexico is poised to become just the second country in the world to enshrine long-term climate targets into national legislation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The margin of the vote was huge - 78-0 - indicating that all political parties have found common ground on this issue../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Now all that's needed is the signature of President Felipe Calderon, which is expected to materialise next week../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The bill enshrines a number of measures in law, including:</p> <p>30% reduction in emission growth measured against a "business as usual" pathway by 2020, and 50% by 2050</p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming Mexico Mon, 23 Apr 2012 03:03:38 +0000 edeleon 8350 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing air quality ranks 3rd from bottom http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8346 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-04/20/content_15102416.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-04/20/content_15102416.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-04-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing's air quality ranked third from the bottom among China's 31 provincial capitals and municipalities, Beijing News reported../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The 2012 China Environment Green Paper was composed and published on April 19 by Friends of Nature, an environmental protection NGO../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The green paper analyzes China's serious polluting accidents of the last year, and concludes that usually after such accidents, no preventative actions were taken../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> It was a delightful beginning that citizens in Beijing launched an action to monitor PM 2.5, leading to a non-government environmental protection campaign../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 23 Apr 2012 02:51:35 +0000 edeleon 8346 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal CO2 from fossil fuels discerned from natural sources http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8351 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17784055" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17784055</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-04-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Researchers have demonstrated a way of distinguishing between carbon dioxide in the air coming from fossil fuel burning and that from natural sources../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It measures one type, or isotope, of carbon that decays over time - long since gone from fossil fuels../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>As explained in the Journal of Geophysical Research, the method may prove useful in CO2 monitoring efforts../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>However, experts say that the approach must be calibrated against existing carbon-measuring techniques../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Mon, 23 Apr 2012 03:06:37 +0000 edeleon 8351 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China vows more transparency in pollution control http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8341 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7793501.html" target="_blank">http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7793501.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-04-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, April 19 (Xinhua) -- China's environmental watchdog said on Thursday that it will work to promote the prompt disclosure of air quality reports and monitoring results for other types of pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The disclosure of information on major pollution sources and radiation levels will also be improved this year, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The ministry also pledged to build an Internet-based environmental information platform by 2015 to facilitate the country's environmental protection drive, it added../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 20 Apr 2012 01:30:09 +0000 kaye 8341 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Carbon capture 'viable with long-term support' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8349 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17760441" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17760441</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-04-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Capturing and burying the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from power stations is viable - but long-term government support will be needed, a report says../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Specialists in technology and economics spent two years researching the issue for the UK Energy Research Council../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The government recently announced a £1bn fund to help carbon capture and storage (CCS) develop; but the report says wider support is needed../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>CCS is widely seen as an important part of a low-carbon electricity system../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming Mon, 23 Apr 2012 03:01:16 +0000 edeleon 8349 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Bangalore: Riding on footpath will cost you licence http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8443 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.deccanherald.com/content/242855/riding-footpath-cost-you-licence.html" target="_blank">http://www.deccanherald.com/content/242855/riding-footpath-cost-you-licence.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-04-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorcyclists who plough onto footpaths caring little for the safety of pedestrians will now lose their driving licence../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The City police have launched a special drive to enforce stringent measures - from penalising to suspension of licences - to check driving on the footpath../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>There has been a consistent increase in the number of footpath riding cases in the last three months in the City. According to statistics, as many as 557 cases were booked in January, 1,105 in February and 1,588 cases in March this year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking India Bangalore, India News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 00:36:29 +0000 kaye 8443 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality in Guangzhou deteriorates http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8369 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-04/17/content_15071249.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-04/17/content_15071249.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-04-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GUANGZHOU - Deteriorating air quality and more smoggy weather are troubling Guangzhou residents../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Guangzhou registered substandard air quality for only five days last year. However, in the first 91 days of this year there were six such days, according to the Guangzhou Bureau of Environmental Protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Yang Liu, deputy director of the bureau, said the weather is to blame../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Guangzhou, P.R. China Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:01:42 +0000 edeleon 8369 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Traffic pollution kills 5,000 a year in UK, says study http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8348 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17704116" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17704116</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-04-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Road pollution is more than twice as deadly as traffic accidents, according to a study of UK air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The analysis appears in Environmental Science and Technology, carried out by Steve Yim and Steven Barrett, pollution experts from MIT in Massachusetts../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>They estimate that combustion exhausts across the UK cause nearly 5,000 premature deaths each year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The pair also estimate that exhaust gases from aeroplanes cause a further 2,000 deaths annually../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>By comparison, 2010 saw, 1,850 deaths due to road accidents recorded../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Vehicle emissions UK Mon, 23 Apr 2012 02:58:47 +0000 edeleon 8348 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Goldman Environmental Prize Awards $150,000 to Six Heroes of the Environment http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8355 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.goldmanprize.org/pressroom/2012/print/pressreleases" target="_blank">http://www.goldmanprize.org/pressroom/2012/print/pressreleases</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-04-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Prize recognizes achievements in forest protection, desert lake conservation, nickel mining opposition, pesticide regulation and fighting oil development in Arctic waters</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2012 — The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced the six recipients of the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless emerging leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Global Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:40:23 +0000 Mingming Liu 8355 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Who’s In-Charge Of Air Quality? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8318 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/357130/who-s-incharge-of-air-quality" target="_blank">http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/357130/who-s-incharge-of-air-quality</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-04-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confusion as to which government agency should address the issue of air pollution in Metro Manila, attributed primarily to motor vehicle emissions, is now hogging the Departments of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>While the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) insists that the responsibility of ensuring air quality rests on the DOTC, the department headed by Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II cried foul over threats of a class suit because of worsening air pollution in the capital../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Philippines News from around the world Sun, 15 Apr 2012 23:59:34 +0000 kaye 8318 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal City witnessing rise in respiratory ailment cases http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8317 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/City-witnessing-rise-in-respiratory-ailment-cases/articleshow/12673570.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/City-witnessing-rise-in-respiratory-ailment-cases/articleshow/12673570.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-04-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KANPUR:The city hospitals are witnessing an increase in respiratory ailments cases these days due to hot weather conditions prevailing in the region. The dug-up roads, choking on dust is adding to the woes people who are facing respiratory troubles because of the same../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"With the change in weather, the threat of respiratory diseases has started looming large. Heavy blowing winds and dust have made the life of commuters and Asthma patients miserable in city,' said Dr RP Singh, TB and chest specialist at Lala Lajpta Rai hospital../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health India Kanpur, India News from around the world Sun, 15 Apr 2012 23:55:27 +0000 kaye 8317 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Some Asian glaciers 'putting on mass' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8326 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17701677" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17701677</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-04-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some glaciers on Asia's Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A French team used satellite data to show that glaciers in part of the Karakoram range, to the west of the Himalayan region, are putting on mass../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The reason is unclear, as glaciers in other parts of the Himalayas are losing mass - which also is the global trend../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The region's glaciers are poorly studied, yet provide a vital water source for more than a billion people../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:44:42 +0000 edeleon 8326 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Govt spending huge resources on transport: CM http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8319 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C04%5C15%5Cstory_15-4-2012_pg13_2" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C04%5C15%5Cstory_15-4-2012_pg13_2</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-04-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government is spending huge resources on the provision of comfortable, quality and economical transport facilities to the masses. </p> <p>He said that modern bus service had been launched in the provincial capital, and its scope was being extended to other cities of the province. </p> <p>Shahbaz was speaking at a meeting held regarding the Metro Bus Service and Intelligent Transport projects../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:02:14 +0000 kaye 8319 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal NIDM says Noida industrial units have no concern for pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8309 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/NIDM-says-Noida-industrial-units-have-no-concern-for-pollution/Article1-839802.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/NIDM-says-Noida-industrial-units-have-no-concern-for-pollution/Article1-839802.aspx</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-04-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of the 7000-odd industrial units spread in about 2,000 hectares of land in Noida are least bothered about pollution concerns or public safety, the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has said. </p> News Air quality management (AQM) India News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:36:52 +0000 kaye 8309 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New proposals for bus lanes on city’s ring roads http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8302 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/704454/New-proposals-for-bus-lanes-on-citys-ring-roads.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/704454/New-proposals-for-bus-lanes-on-citys-ring-roads.aspx</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing has announced plans for dedicated bus lanes on the Fourth Ring Road to improve the efficiency of public transportation, announced Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport on their official website Tuesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Wang Zhaorong, vice director of the commission, announced that transport authorities were considering the bus lanes as part of an overhaul of the city's public transportation at a meeting Tuesday with Dongcheng and Fengtai transport authorities, according to the website../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) P.R. China Asia Beijing News from around the world Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:29:07 +0000 Mingming Liu 8302 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Metro Manila's deadly air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8303 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=796091&publicationSubCategoryId=66" target="_blank">http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=796091&publicationSubCategoryId=66</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Metro Manila residents are experiencing the worst effects of pollution ever, with the nearly-feverish heat of the summer exacerbating pulmonary illnesses among Filipinos. Pollution levels are now a thousand times higher than normal, with 80 percent of the bad air quality blamed on emissions from vehicles../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Philippines Metro Manila, Philippines News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:09:33 +0000 kaye 8303 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal US tops global clean energy investment rankings http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8324 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17662973" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17662973</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The US has regained top spot from China as the biggest investor in clean energy in 2011, according to global rankings../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The table, published in a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, showed that US invested more than $48bn (£30bn) in the sector, up from $34bn in 2010../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>China slipped to second place, the authors reported, with investment only increasing by $0.5bn to $45.5bn../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Globally, overall financial backing in clean energy technologies hit a record $263bn, up 6.5% from 2010 levels../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:34:19 +0000 edeleon 8324 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Petrol, diesel, LPG likely to be costlier by May http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8308 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/WorldEconomy/Petrol-diesel-LPG-likely-to-be-costlier-by-May/Article1-839665.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/WorldEconomy/Petrol-diesel-LPG-likely-to-be-costlier-by-May/Article1-839665.aspx</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>An across-the-board increase in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices is likely by mid-May, immediately after the Budget is passed in Parliament. </p> <p>"There is a lot of pressure on the government from oil companies to increase fuel prices but they been informally told to hold on till the Budget is passed in Parliament," a senior government official told HT. "There may be one small increase in petrol price that is likely to come immediately- as early as next week- but an across-the-board hike, which would also include diesel and cooking gas is possible only after the Budget gets passed."</p> News Fuels-General India News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:35:12 +0000 kaye 8308 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal View Penang transport draft plan http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8312 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/view-penang-transport-draft-plan-1.73086" target="_blank">http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/view-penang-transport-draft-plan-1.73086</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GEORGE TOWN: MEMBERS of the public can view and give feedback on the draft copy of the Penang Transport Master Plan from April 16 to 24 at the Komtar building../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p> The highly awaited master plan encompassing several proposals to ease the chronic traffic congestion on the island and the mainland will be subject to scrutiny and revisions, depending on the public response../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Malaysia Penang, Malaysia News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:52:31 +0000 kaye 8312 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Delhi Offers Cleaner Auto Rickshaws, but Residents Choose Cars http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8305 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2012/04/120412-delhii-india-auto-rickshaws/" target="_blank">http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2012/04/120412-delhii-india-auto-rickshaws/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Along Delhi's traffic-snarled streets, three-wheeled motorized rickshaws dodge and dart amid the swarms of diesel-belching cars and trucks. Years ago, India's second-largest city hoped that by requiring auto rickshaws to run on clean-burning natural gas, it could solve pollution concerns, while supporting growing transport needs../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Delhi now boasts of one of the world's largest fleets of vehicles fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG), but the city's transport woes continue../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Two and three wheelers India Delhi, India News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:22:09 +0000 kaye 8305 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Fuel Economy Packages Make Sense Depending On Vehicle According to TrueCar.com http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8310 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fuel-economy-packages-make-sense-depending-on-vehicle-according-to-truecarcom-2012-04-12" target="_blank">http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fuel-economy-packages-make-sense-depending-on-vehicle-according-to-truecarcom-2012-04-12</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-04-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- TrueCar, Inc., an online automotive information and communications platform focused on creating a better car buying experience for dealers and consumers, today released a study which concludes, that depending on the vehicle you purchase, the hundreds of extra dollars paid for the premium fuel-boosting option could make financial sense or could prove to be a costly investment for minimal fuel economy gains../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuel economy News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:38:58 +0000 kaye 8310 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal AQMD Awards Nearly $5 Million To Replace Dirty Diesel Trucks Servicing Area Ports http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8314 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.blackvoicenews.com/news/news-wire/47665-aqmd-awards-nearly-5-million-to-replace-dirty-diesel-trucks-servicing-area-ports-.html" target="_blank">http://www.blackvoicenews.com/news/news-wire/47665-aqmd-awards-nearly-5-million-to-replace-dirty-diesel-trucks-servicing-area-ports-.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-04-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The South Coast Air Quality Management District has awarded $4.8 million to replace 163 older heavy-duty diesel trucks operating at the ports and in other goods movement activities across the Southland with new lower-emission models../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“Heavy-duty trucks are one of the largest sources of smog-forming pollution in Southern California,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., AQMD’s Governing Board Chairman. “Cleaning up the Southland’s truck fleet is one of the most important steps we can take to protect the health of those living in areas where these vehicles travel.”</p> News Freight and logistics USA News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:56:09 +0000 kaye 8314 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Philippine doctors threaten to sue transport secretary over air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8320 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.cleanbiz.asia/story/philippine-doctors-threaten-sue-transport-secretary-over-air" target="_blank">http://www.cleanbiz.asia/story/philippine-doctors-threaten-sue-transport-secretary-over-air</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-04-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has threatened to file a PHP1 billion (USD 23.34 million) class-action suit against Manuel Roxas II, the Transportation and Communications Secretary, if measures to reduce air pollution in Metro Manila are not taken../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"The provisions of Republic Act (RA) 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 confirms our individual right to breathe clean air. It also provides the legal basis for the filing of a citizen’s suit against those who violates the clean air law," PMA Manila Governor Dr Leo Olarte told Rappler.com../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Philippines News from around the world Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:06:19 +0000 kaye 8320 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Guangzhou to increase PM2.5 monitoring sites http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8306 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7782638.html" target="_blank">http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7782638.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-04-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Edited and translated by People's Daily Online</p> <p>Guangzhou will gradually increase its environment and air quality monitoring sites and improve its monitoring network, and meanwhile will also improve the content and form of the air quality issuance to give more convenient guidelines to residents, the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection said on April 8../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Guangzhou, P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:25:09 +0000 kaye 8306 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution threatens national health http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8307 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/opinion/in-the-spotlight/223220/air-pollution-threatens-national-health.html" target="_blank">http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/opinion/in-the-spotlight/223220/air-pollution-threatens-national-health.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-04-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index released at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Viet Nam is one of the ten countries with the worst air pollution among 132 countries whose environments were surveyed in relation to effects on human health. Viet Nam News reporters Mai Linh and Bich Huong spoke with representatives from environmental management bodies and health experts../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p><cite>What do you think about the findings? Can you assess air quality in Viet Nam's urban areas?</cite></p> News Air pollution Vietnam News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:33:30 +0000 kaye 8307 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal DoTC eyeing areas for transport system project to decongest Metro Manila traffic http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8311 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/173955/dotc-eyeing-areas-for-transport-system-project-to-decongest-metro-manila-traffic" target="_blank">http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/173955/dotc-eyeing-areas-for-transport-system-project-to-decongest-metro-manila-traffic</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-04-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) Monday announced that it is looking for possible locations at northern and southern points in Metro Manila where it can build its Integrated Transport System (ITS) project../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The DoTC is looking for lots ranging from three to seven hectares that are near the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), near the Coastal Road/ Macapagal Highway, and near the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), it said in a statement released Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Philippines Metro Manila, Philippines News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:51:04 +0000 kaye 8311 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Urban car owners may hit 3 tax bumps http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8313 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.indianexpress.com/news/urban-vehicle-owners-may-hit-3-tax-bumps/934233/" target="_blank">http://www.indianexpress.com/news/urban-vehicle-owners-may-hit-3-tax-bumps/934233/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-04-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The government is likely to levy a ‘green surcharge’ of Rs 2 on petrol, a ‘green cess’ of 4 per cent on a vehicle’s insured value and a urban transport tax of up to 20 per cent on all vehicles across the country to finance the mass urban transport needs of metros if it accepts the recommendations of a top government panel. The move could mop up Rs 39,100 crore in the first year of its implementation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport India News from around the world Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:54:42 +0000 kaye 8313 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal CO2 'drove end to last ice age' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8325 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17611404" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17611404</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-04-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new, detailed record of past climate change provides compelling evidence that the last ice age was ended by a rise in temperature driven by an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The finding is based on a very broad range of data, including even the shells of ancient tiny ocean animals../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A paper describing the research appears in this week's edition of Nature../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The team behind the study says its work further strengthens ideas about global warming../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming Global Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:38:15 +0000 edeleon 8325 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Green rooftops help clean up Beijing's air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8285 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2012-04/02/content_25052715.htm" target="_blank">http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2012-04/02/content_25052715.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-04-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>As public debate on air pollution heats up, many are increasingly looking to the Chinese capital's skies to cool rapid urbanization with more greenery. The Beijing municipal government has already announced plans to improve the quality of the city's air by covering 100,000 sq m of roofs with greenery by the end of this year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:43:20 +0000 kaye 8285 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Thai tourism threatened by air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8286 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.disasternews.net/news/article.php?articleid=4540" target="_blank">http://www.disasternews.net/news/article.php?articleid=4540</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Air pollution in Thailand, caused by slashing and burning crops, affecting travel</p> <p>Air pollution in Thailand, caused by slashing and burning crops, has tourism agencies warning about travel to the country../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Every year, from February through April, "slash-and-burn" farming in the countryside surrounding Bangkok fills the air with smoke, the British newspaper The Guardian reported Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Economic Thailand Bangkok, Thailand News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:44:50 +0000 kaye 8286 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution in Thailand skyrockets http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8287 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/03/30/Air-pollution-in-Thailand-skyrockets/UPI-18901333124386/" target="_blank">http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/03/30/Air-pollution-in-Thailand-skyrockets/UPI-18901333124386/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BANGKOK, March 30 (UPI) -- Air pollution in Thailand, caused by slashing and burning crops, has tourism agencies warning about travel to the country../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Every year, from February through April, "slash-and-burn" farming in the countryside surrounding Bangkok fills the air with smoke, the British newspaper The Guardian reported Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>This year, air pollution levels in Thailand's Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai provinces have recently reached levels as high as 431.6 micrograms per cubic yard, far beyond Europe's and the United States' 50 microgram-per-cubic-yard limit../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Thailand News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:45:38 +0000 kaye 8287 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal DENR strengthens air quality monitoring http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8284 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=281333012133" target="_blank">http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=281333012133</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>QUEZON CITY, Mar 30 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is working on strengthening the air quality monitoring in the country by focusing on both total suspended particulates and smaller particulate matter in the air. </p> <p>According to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, the DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), has started putting air quality monitoring stations capable of gathering PM-10 (particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter) and PM-2.5 (particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter). </p> News Air quality monitoring Philippines News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:36:12 +0000 kaye 8284 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality important for those with COPD http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8281 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/03/30/Air-quality-important-for-those-with-COPD/UPI-25411333153708/" target="_blank">http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/03/30/Air-quality-important-for-those-with-COPD/UPI-25411333153708/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ATLANTA, March 30 (UPI) -- It's never too late to stop smoking for adults who are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and also smoke, a U.S. health official says../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Dr. Anne Wheaton, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said patients with COPD might experience constant coughing, excessive phlegm and shortness of breath during normal activities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Smoking is the most common cause of COPD, but air pollutants and respiratory problems also put people at risk../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:28:18 +0000 kaye 8281 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Thailand: pollution puts Chiang Mai off the tourist trail http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8282 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9175667/Thailand-pollution-puts-Chiang-Mai-off-the-tourist-trail.html" target="_blank">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9175667/Thailand-pollution-puts-Chiang-Mai-off-the-tourist-trail.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Authorities in Thailand must act to stop the perennial problem of pollution in the backpacker town, says Chris Coplans../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>As we strolled though the Sunday night market in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, we were confronted by a group of masked demonstrators waving banners and shouting slogans. Fears that they might be "Red Shirts" protesters, who paralysed much of Bangkok last year, were soon allayed: they were residents protesting about air pollution, and I was tempted to join in../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:29:49 +0000 kaye 8282 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air Pollution From Trucks and Low-Quality Heating Oil May Explain Childhood Asthma Hot Spots http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8283 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.healthcanal.com/environmental-health/27988-Air-Pollution-From-Trucks-and-Low-Quality-Heating-Oil-May-Explain-Childhood-Asthma-Hot-Spots.html" target="_blank">http://www.healthcanal.com/environmental-health/27988-Air-Pollution-From-Trucks-and-Low-Quality-Heating-Oil-May-Explain-Childhood-Asthma-Hot-Spots.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-03-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Where a child lives can greatly affect his or her risk for asthma. Accordingto a new study by scientists at Columbia University, neighborhood differences in rates of childhood asthma may be explained by varying levels of air pollution from trucks and residential heating oil../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Results appear online in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology: <a href="http://www.nature.com/jes/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/jes20123a.html" title="http://www.nature.com/jes/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/jes20123a.html">http://www.nature.com/jes/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/jes20123a.html</a></p> News Freight and logistics Impacts-Health News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:32:30 +0000 kaye 8283 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Philippines: Government strengthens air quality monitoring http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8280 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=792121&publicationSubCategoryId=200" target="_blank">http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=792121&publicationSubCategoryId=200</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-03-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Philippine government has decided to further strengthen its air quality monitoring through the installation of additional monitoring stations, particularly in Metro Manila, a senior government official said on Wednesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje said that his office is now focused on monitoring not only on the total suspended particulates but also on smaller particulate matter in the air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Philippines News from around the world Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:27:09 +0000 kaye 8280 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Zhejiang releases PM2.5 data for 7 cities http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8321 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-03/25/c_131488381_2.htm" target="_blank">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-03/25/c_131488381_2.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-03-25</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PM2.5 statistics of some cities is displayed at the website of Zhejiang Environmental Protection Bureau, March 25, 2012. The bureau began to release PM2.5 data of seven cities circling Hangzhou Bay including Hangzhou, Niongbo, Huzhou, Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Wenzhou and Zhoushan of east China's Zhejiang Province regularly, by updating the statistics everyday. As a stricter air quality measure, PM2.5 gauges particular matter under 2.5 microns. (Xinhua/Long Wei)</p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Hangzhou, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 16 Apr 2012 02:33:49 +0000 kaye 8321 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing to increase pollution monitoring http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8261 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/22/content_14891919.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/22/content_14891919.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Beijing plans to mobilize two additional vans to monitor fine particle pollution by the end of this year, according to city's Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> An existing van currently monitors 30 roads in six of the city’s central districts. The van samples the air at 1.2 to 1.5 meters above the ground. It also checks for dust on the roads and informs the sanitation department if cleaning is needed../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The city plans to have ten inspection vans by 2015, covering all major roads in the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Each van costs one to two million yuan ($158,600 - $317,200)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 26 Mar 2012 02:42:04 +0000 edeleon 8261 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Taxis get subsidy to soften fuel hike blow http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8258 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/22/content_14884875.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/22/content_14884875.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taxi drivers nationwide will receive a subsidy of around 300 yuan ($47.50) a month to offset the second hike in fuel prices this year, according to the National Development and Reform Commission../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The government on Tuesday raised gasoline and diesel prices by 600 yuan a ton. As a result, the retail price of mid-grade gasoline will increase by 6 percent and benchmark diesel by 7 percent../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> On Feb 8, the NDRC increased gasoline and diesel prices by 300 yuan a ton../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Fuel prices vary in Chinese cities but the differences are small../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-General P.R. China Mon, 26 Mar 2012 02:28:54 +0000 edeleon 8258 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Transport vehicles are the culprit that cause air pollution in urban areas http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8240 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.vfej.vn/en/1325n/transport-vehicles-are-the-culprit-that-cause-air-pollution-in-urban-areas.html" target="_blank">http://www.vfej.vn/en/1325n/transport-vehicles-are-the-culprit-that-cause-air-pollution-in-urban-areas.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><cite>(VietNamNet Bridge)-The air quality of Vietnam's urban centers has been degrading with the pollution reaching alarming levels in some areas, many areas of environmental pollution problems have been at an alarming rate. In major cities, road motor vehicles are the main culprit causing air pollution problems../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/cite></p> News Vehicle emissions Vietnam Asia Vietnam CAI-Asia in the news Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:06:40 +0000 ritchie anne rono 8240 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Coal India board to take up FSA issue today http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8259 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article3025542.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article3025542.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The board of Coal India Ltd (CIL) will meet on Thursday to consider the issue of signing new fuel supply agreements with higher ‘trigger points' for power plantscommissioned after March 31, 2009../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Trigger point is the cut-off (set as a percentage of the annual contracted quantity) attracting penalties for supply failures, while earning incentives for honouring the contract../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-Coal India Mon, 26 Mar 2012 02:33:22 +0000 edeleon 8259 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing announces plan to cut PM2.5 in air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8260 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/20/content_14875272.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/20/content_14875272.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-03-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Beijing has developed measures to cut fine particle pollution or PM 2.5 in the air during the 2012-2020 period, local authorities said Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> As vehicle exhaust accounts for 22.2 percent of the total emissions of PM 2.5, fine particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter, Beijing attaches great importance to the development of public transportation and by 2015, a total of 660 km of metro lines should be in service, said Zhang Gong, head of the municipal Development and Reform Commission../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 26 Mar 2012 02:40:06 +0000 edeleon 8260 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Power situation likely to ease in April http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8217 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3009876.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3009876.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-03-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The power situation in Tamil Nadu is likely to ease a bit by mid-April as Neyveli Lignite Corporation, a Navratna public sector enterprise, has commissioned one of the two units of the newly set up Thermal Power Station (TPS)-II Expansion at Neyveli../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Of the two units of 250 MW-capacity each, the first unit became operational last week and it has been generating 150 MW of electricity for the past three days. The unit is likely to attain its full load capacity of 250 MW in a month../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions India Mon, 19 Mar 2012 02:59:57 +0000 edeleon 8217 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Wider sidewalks, more green: ideas abound for a walkable Metro Manila http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8235 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/251961/lifestyle/design/wider-sidewalks-more-green-ideas-abound-for-a-walkable-metro-manila" target="_blank">http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/251961/lifestyle/design/wider-sidewalks-more-green-ideas-abound-for-a-walkable-metro-manila</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-03-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Metro Manila is far from what could be called a walkable city. </p> <p>In less than ten minutes of walking in the EDSA-Ortigas area, for instance, one realizes just how unpleasant it is. The sidewalk is narrow, the ground is uneven, there are few covered areas, the lighting is poor, and on top of everything, the air is very polluted. When it rains, mud puddles only make things worse../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>At the Ortigas CBD New Mobility Mapping Workshop on Tuesday, participants from various sectors put their heads together to come up with ideas to improve mobility around the area../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking Philippines Asia Pasig, Philippines CAI-Asia in the news Thu, 22 Mar 2012 01:43:50 +0000 ritchie anne rono 8235 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Five more train services to Chennai's suburbs http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8218 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3009933.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3009933.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-03-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Five more train services were added to the suburbs of Avadi, Gummidipoondi and Tiruvallur from Chennai on Sunday. With this addition, the city will now have 450 services in the suburban sector. The Mass Rapid Train Service (MRTS), which operates between Chennai Beach and Velachery has 134 services../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Each of the five additional services will help transport around 2,000 persons. Ultimately, every day, 10,000 people are expected to be benefitted in the suburban sector. The five services commissioned on Sunday are among the seven promised in the 2011 Union Budget../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros India Chennai, India Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:09:20 +0000 edeleon 8218 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Inspection of metro stations over http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8219 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article3009002.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article3009002.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-03-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A team led by Kochi Metro Rail Limited managing director Tom Jose has completed the inspection of 23 stations proposed for the Kochi metro, from Aluva to Pettah../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Officials from KMRL, DMRC and land acquisition officials from the Revenue Department too were present at the inspections. The KMRL's Superintending Engineer S. Chandrababu would prepare a report based on the inspection. This would include details like relocating bus stops towards the metro stations and beginning new stops near the stations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros India Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:10:18 +0000 edeleon 8219 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Cleaning up the air can be done http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8221 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012npc/2012-03/15/content_14837249.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012npc/2012-03/15/content_14837249.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>After visiting me recently in Beijing, my high school friend sent me an e-mail from his hotel room in Shanghai../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Thanks for taking him around, he said. He enjoyed seeing the hutong, the Drum and Bell Tower and having a taste of real Chinese food../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:16:10 +0000 edeleon 8221 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environment lottery idea sparks debate http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8222 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/15/content_14837220.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/15/content_14837220.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A legislator's proposal to establish an environmental protection lottery - which aims to rapidly raise funds to improve air quality and curb water pollution - has caused controversy../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> A shortage of capital has limited efforts to curb environmental problems, said Chen Fei, a farmer and National People's Congress deputy from East China's Zhejiang province../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> "Apart from solving the capital shortage, the lottery would raise public awareness of environmental protection."<br /> China currently uses lotteries to raise funds for social welfare and sports projects../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Financing and economic instruments P.R. China Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:18:43 +0000 edeleon 8222 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China’s Groundwater Pumping System Causes Air Pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8227 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.azocleantech.com/news.aspx?newsID=16314" target="_blank">http://www.azocleantech.com/news.aspx?newsID=16314</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A study conducted by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) has revealed that groundwater irrigation system in China causes air pollution and releases over 30 million tonnes of carbon per year. This is the first research to estimate the amount of pollution produced by the agriculture sector../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Groundwater pumping in China../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:16:32 +0000 edeleon 8227 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Bold Steps Needed For New Clean Air Rules Combating Global Warming http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8225 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science-a-environmental/31674-bold-steps-needed-for-new-clean-air-rules-combating-global-warming.html" target="_blank">http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science-a-environmental/31674-bold-steps-needed-for-new-clean-air-rules-combating-global-warming.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-03-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON--(ENEWSPF)--March 14 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is expected to announce groundbreaking new Clean Air Act standards soon to specifically target industrial carbon pollution from power plants. The new standards, however, are likely to apply only to plants built or modified in the future; they may exempt existing power plants, thus allowing them to continue to operate without industrial carbon controls../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards USA Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:11:50 +0000 edeleon 8225 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Industrial pollution: EPD begins survey of marble units http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8207 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://tribune.com.pk/story/349550/industrial-pollution-epd-begins-survey-of-marble-units/" target="_blank">http://tribune.com.pk/story/349550/industrial-pollution-epd-begins-survey-of-marble-units/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-03-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LAHORE:<br /> The Environmental Protection Department has started a survey of marble cutting units at Ghazi Road, College Road and Ichhra to assess their impact on air and water quality, The Express Tribune has learnt../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The EPD director general ordered the survey after a question about the pollution from the three marble unit clusters in Lahore was raised in the Punjab Assembly. The survey report is to be completed in two weeks and then submitted to the director general and the chief minister for further orders../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) India Thu, 15 Mar 2012 02:43:43 +0000 edeleon 8207 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pollution a long-term challenge http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8220 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-03/14/content_14828706.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-03/14/content_14828706.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-03-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two days after the State Council adopted the revised pollution standards recommended by the environment ministry, which include smog-related pollutants such as fine particles, a senior environment official admitted the new standards still lag behind those in the West and pollution is a severe challenge that could take years to overcome, says an article on scmp.com. Excerpts:<br /> Mounting public concern over increasingly bad air in urban areas has finally made the government lay its hand on new standards for smog-related pollutants../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:12:21 +0000 edeleon 8220 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal HK EPD commences hourly reporting of real time PM2.5 concentrations http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8559 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201203/08/P201203080162.htm" target="_blank">http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201203/08/P201203080162.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Press Release: EPD commences hourly reporting of real time PM2.5 concentrations</p> <p>The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (March 8) commenced the regular reporting in real time of fine suspended particulates (also known as PM2.5). The data will reveal the hourly concentrations of PM2.5 as measured by the EPD's air quality monitoring network, which comprises 11 general stations and three roadside stations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Particulate matter (PM) P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Thu, 28 Jun 2012 02:01:18 +0000 kaye 8559 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal HK commences hourly reporting of real time PM2.5 concentrations http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8322 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7752063.html" target="_blank">http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7752063.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>HONG KONG, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said on Thursday it will commence the regular reporting in real time of fine suspended particulates ( also known as PM2.5) from March 8, and the data can be accessed on the EPD website../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The data will reveal the hourly concentrations of PM2.5 as measured by the EPD's air quality monitoring network, which comprises 11 general stations and three roadside stations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 16 Apr 2012 02:35:03 +0000 kaye 8322 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shanghai to tighten emission standard to curb pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8183 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7747775.html" target="_blank">http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7747775.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-03-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai is planning to implement a harsher vehicle emission regulation starting next year in an effort to curb the city's air pollution, a senior environmental official said Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The move is part of a collection of air control measures rolled out by the Shanghai Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to improve air quality and cut PM2.5 -- fine particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter, said Zhang Quan, director of the bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:25:44 +0000 kaye 8183 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China still targeting heavy-metal polluters http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8176 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/04/content_14749184.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/04/content_14749184.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-03-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China's environmental watchdog will continue to crack down on heavy-metal pollution amid a renewed wave of lead poisoning cases in recent months, according to Wu Xiaoqing, deputy minister of environmental protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> "Together with eight other ministries, we will scrutinize several heavy-metal industries this year, mainly targeting illegal operations in acid lead-battery manufacturing, heavy-metal smelting and processing," Wu told China Daily. He was attending the plenary session of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee on Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Toxic pollutants and heavy metals P.R. China Mon, 05 Mar 2012 02:37:59 +0000 edeleon 8176 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shanghai to tighten emission standard http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8193 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/04/content_14751846.htm" target="_blank">http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/04/content_14751846.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-03-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Shanghai is planning to implement a harsher vehicle emission regulation starting next year in an effort to curb the city's air pollution, a senior environmental official said Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The move is part of a collection of air control measures rolled out by the Shanghai Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to improve air quality and cut PM2.5 -- fine particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter, said Zhang Quan, director of the bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China Emissions standards News from around the world Wed, 07 Mar 2012 03:08:27 +0000 kaye 8193 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Stop-Start Systems In Vehicles Substantially Reduce Fuel Consumption And Air Pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8228 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.carjunky.com/gas_mileage/stop-start_systems_in_vehicles_substantially_reduce_fuel_consumption_and_air_pollution_gas360.shtml" target="_blank">http://news.carjunky.com/gas_mileage/stop-start_systems_in_vehicles_substantially_reduce_fuel_consumption_and_air_pollution_gas360.shtml</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-03-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stop-start systems in vehicles substantially reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. When you are thinking about buying a new car, be sure to look at the gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles that can save you money in fuel consumption../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:18:42 +0000 edeleon 8228 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality efforts lauded http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8184 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-03/03/content_14745884.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-03/03/content_14745884.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-03-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The government appreciates the environmental protection work done by NGOs and looks forward to further mutual communication and understanding, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"The active participation and involvement in monitoring of particulate matter pollutants illustrates that the public has increased its awareness of environmental protection," Wu Xiaoqing, deputy environmental protection minister, said at a State Council Information Office news conference../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"The support and understanding of the public is very much appreciated," he said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:28:58 +0000 kaye 8184 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China air standards going national by 2016 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8188 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/03/content_14745568.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/03/content_14745568.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-03-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The revised air quality standard that includes an index of PM2.5 will be implemented throughout the country by January 1, 2016, said an environment protection official on Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"The new standard will be extended to all cities at prefecture level or above in 2015, and January 1, 2016 is the deadline for its implementation throughout the nation," said Wu Xiaoqing, vice minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards News from around the world Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:37:43 +0000 kaye 8188 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal PH loses P962m each year to pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8189 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews_mstd.htm?f=//2012/March/3/news3.isx&n=news&d=/2012/March/3" target="_blank">http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews_mstd.htm?f=//2012/March/3/news3.isx&n=news&d=/2012/March/3</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-03-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>FILIPINOS are losing P962 million each year to air pollution, the total amount they pay for hospitalization and reduced workdays, an official said Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>They lose P910 million for hospitalization and P52 million for lost productivity, says Rodolfo Albornoz, head of the Health Department’s Environmental and Occupation Health Office../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Albornoz says cardiovascular and respiratory diseases are consistently among the leading causes of diseases and deaths in the country, and those ailments are exacerbated by pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Economic Impacts-Health Philippines News from around the world Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:40:15 +0000 kaye 8189 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 2 in 3 cities cannot meet new air quality standards http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8186 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/02/content_14742150.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/02/content_14742150.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Wu Xiaoqing, Vice-Minister of Environmental Protection, said Friday that two-thirds of China's cities cannot meet recently updated air quality standards, adding that air pollution control will be "an arduous task for the country."</p> <p>Wu's words came after the State Council, or China's cabinet, on Wednesday passed revised air quality standards that include indices for ozone and PM2.5, or fine particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:32:53 +0000 kaye 8186 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Oil increases to highest level since 2008 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8178 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/02/business/oil-prices/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/02/business/oil-prices/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(CNN) -- Oil prices spiked to their highest levels since 2008 on fears that tensions with Iran have the potential to disrupt supplies through the Strait of Hormuz../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The price of a barrel of brent crude hit $128.40 a barrel and eclipsed $110 on the New York Mercantile Exchange after a disputed report Thursday on Iran's Press TV and other Middle East outlets of a pipeline explosion in Saudi Arabia../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Prices for brent crude dropped to $125.45 and $108.50 on the NYMEX early Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-Gasoline USA Mon, 05 Mar 2012 02:44:27 +0000 edeleon 8178 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality in Xiamen above Level II 363 days of the year in 2011 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8185 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news23979.html" target="_blank">http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news23979.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-03-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Air quality in Xiamen was rated Level I or excellent 124 days of the year in 2011, 34.0%of the time. 239 days were rated level II or fairly good, and 2 days were rated level III or slightly polluted, according to the data released by the Xiamen Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau on Wednesday, reports Xiamen Economic Daily. </p> News Air pollution P.R. China Xiamen, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:31:38 +0000 kaye 8185 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New air gauge in main cities http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8187 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=3&art_id=120257&sid=35587262&con_type=1&d_str=20120301&fc=4" target="_blank">http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=3&art_id=120257&sid=35587262&con_type=1&d_str=20120301&fc=4</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-03-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>China has ordered new air-quality standards to measure the most dangerous form of particulate matter, following an outcry over worsening air pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The State Council told 31 regional capitals, including Beijing and Shanghai, to begin monitoring PM2.5 particulates, or fine particles measuring 2.5 microns in diameter, this year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The new measure - which had been demanded by environmental campaigners - will be compulsory for 113 more cities in 2013, the State Council said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:33:49 +0000 kaye 8187 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Federal judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco products http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8177 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-02-29/us/us_tobacco-warnings_1_tracheotomy-hole-tobacco-control-act-smoking-epidemic?_s=PM:US" target="_blank">http://articles.cnn.com/2012-02-29/us/us_tobacco-warnings_1_tracheotomy-hole-tobacco-control-act-smoking-epidemic?_s=PM:US</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A federal mandate requiring tobacco companies to place graphic images on their products warning of the dangers of smoking was tossed out Wednesday by a judge in Washington, with the judge saying the requirements were a violation of free speech../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"Unfortunately, because Congress did not consider the First Amendment implications of this legislation, it did not concern itself with how the regulations could be narrowly tailored to avoid unintentionally compelling commercial speech," said federal Judge Richard Leon in his 19-page ruling../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Advertisement</p> <p>Ads by Google<br /> MBA Without Bachelor</p> News Air quality management (AQM) USA Mon, 05 Mar 2012 02:43:08 +0000 edeleon 8177 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pune: Soon, you’ll know UV, air pollution, health index http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8159 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_soon-youll-know-uv-air-pollution-health-index_1653427" target="_blank">http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_soon-youll-know-uv-air-pollution-health-index_1653427</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Puneites will soon be able to know the air they breathe, including the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, literally../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology’s (IITM) successful project, has been launched in the city with an added feature of the effects of UV radiation on human-beings../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>SAFAR that had a successful run during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010 is expected to be implemented in the city by November 2012../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health India Pune, India News from around the world Fri, 24 Feb 2012 02:03:25 +0000 kaye 8159 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Use foot-overbridge, win Rs 5,000: Cops to reward pedestrians http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8126 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.indianexpress.com/news/use-footoverbridge-win-rs-5-000-cops-to-reward-pedestrians/912762/" target="_blank">http://www.indianexpress.com/news/use-footoverbridge-win-rs-5-000-cops-to-reward-pedestrians/912762/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-02-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Jaywalking could cost you a chance to win a reward of Rs 5,000. This is the prize money on offer for the users of foot-overbridges across the Capital../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Delhi Traffic Police, buoyed by the response to a similar initiative, are once again offering coupons to those using certain foot-overbridges in the city. The coupons will then go in for a lucky draw and the winner will receive Rs 5,000../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The first drive was launched on January 1, as part of Road Safety Week, and 19,998 coupons were distributed to pedestrians during the peak hours../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking India Delhi, India News from around the world Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:29:01 +0000 kaye 8126 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Urumqi to invest heavily to cut air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8149 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/15/content_14614280.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/15/content_14614280.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>URUMQI - China's northwestern city of Urumqi, one of the country's badly polluted cities in winter, plans to invest 4.45 billion yuan ($712 million) this year to curb air pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The money will fund 16 projects which include a major overhaul of the city's heating system -- especially the demolition of 5,000 small coal-firing furnaces for winter heating -- and improving air emission treatment for 30 big polluting factories, according to a proposed budget submitted for approval at the ongoing local congressional meeting../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Urumqi, P.R. China Mon, 20 Feb 2012 02:58:11 +0000 edeleon 8149 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution may increase stroke, heart attack risk http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8151 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/15/health/air-pollution-stroke-heart-attack-risk/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/15/health/air-pollution-stroke-heart-attack-risk/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(Health.com) -- A brief uptick in traffic-related air pollution may be enough to increase a person's short-term risk of stroke, new research suggests../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> An analysis of 10 years of data from a major Boston stroke center has found that strokes are more likely to occur immediately following 24-hour periods in which air quality drops into the range the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers "moderate."</p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health Mon, 20 Feb 2012 03:03:43 +0000 edeleon 8151 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pakistan: All transport services may be opened to private sector http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8114 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/13/all-transport-services-may-be-opened-to-private-sector.html" target="_blank">http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/13/all-transport-services-may-be-opened-to-private-sector.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-02-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ISLAMABAD: The government is opening up the entire transportation sector and services — rail, road, air, ships, ports, airports and waterways — to the private sector under an integrated National Transport Policy (NTP) expected to be considered for approval by the federal cabinet in a forthcoming meeting../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:07:33 +0000 kaye 8114 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Islamabad in need of efficient public transport system http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8105 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C02%5C13%5Cstory_13-2-2012_pg11_1" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C02%5C13%5Cstory_13-2-2012_pg11_1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-02-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ISLAMABAD: Despite the new and recently widened roads, traffic chaos at major intersections of the capital's boulevards continues because of the lack of a decent public transport system that forces commuters to use their own vehicles../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The city managers, who have been focusing on expansion of major roads and building impressive overhead bridges, have simply missed the point that an efficient public transport system was an absolute necessity to help the people reach their workplaces. </p> News Public transport Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:39:58 +0000 kaye 8105 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Why should we pay toll for a rotten road, taxi drivers ask http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8100 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/article2883704.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/article2883704.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-02-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Under tight security, a smooth ride for others on day one</p> <p>Ever since the start of toll collection on NH 7 (Bangalore-Bellary Road) from Friday midnight, airport taxi drivers have been up in arms, questioning the need for toll on a road that is reeling under the chaos of the elevated expressway construction../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“The road is not signal-free, and with the expressway construction its condition is pathetic. How can they justify toll for such a road?” said taxi driver Dinesh Kumar../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) India Bangalore, India Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:38:03 +0000 edeleon 8100 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Are cigarette companies right this time? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8104 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/opinion/greene-cigarettes/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/opinion/greene-cigarettes/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-02-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>CNN) -- The cigarette companies -- and, boy, it's hard to say this -- may turn out to be right../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Not "right" in the sense we usually think of the word. The death, suffering and heartache that cigarettes have brought to millions of families is no longer in serious dispute../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> But in the courts right now, it is beginning to look as if those gruesome, graphic warning illustrations that were supposed to be plastered all over packs of cigarettes might not happen after all../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:46:58 +0000 edeleon 8104 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environment reports have ‘cooked data,' says tribunal http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8101 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2886141.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2886141.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-02-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The National Green Tribunal is the latest to point out that consultants are including “cooked data” in the key environment impact assessment (EIA) reports which determine green clearances for industrial projects. The Tribunal has told the government to come up with a mechanism to ensure authentic data../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Tribunal made its comments last week while suspending the environment clearance given to Scania Steel and Power for the expansion of its sponge iron and captive power plant project in Chhattisgarh, on the grounds that no public hearing had been held../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards India Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:40:18 +0000 edeleon 8101 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China to promote shale gas exploration http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8102 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/12/content_14587072.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/12/content_14587072.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-02-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) said Sunday that China will increase efforts to explore shale gas in 2012, a move expected to help restructure the country's energy supplies../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The government will strengthen the survey and appraisal of shale gas this year to speed up the development of the shale gas industry, MLR Vice Minister Wang Min said at a national geological survey conference../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-General P.R. China Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:43:45 +0000 edeleon 8102 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Lahore: Bus Rapid Transit System project: People to have safe, speedy transport facilities: shahbaz http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8115 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C02%5C12%5Cstory_12-2-2012_pg13_1" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C02%5C12%5Cstory_12-2-2012_pg13_1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-02-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LAHORE: People will be able to have safe and speedy transport facilities after completion of the Bus Rapid Transit System project, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>He said this while presiding over a meeting to review the pace of progress of Bus Rapid Transit System project and the provision of transport facilities to the people../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Bus rapid transit (BRT) Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:09:57 +0000 kaye 8115 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Gurgaon: Air monitoring system may finally start working http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8106 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Gurgaon/Air-monitoring-system-may-finally-start-working/Article1-809785.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Gurgaon/Air-monitoring-system-may-finally-start-working/Article1-809785.aspx</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-02-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The city’s only ambient air quality monitoring system installed in May last year, and lying unused since then, is likely to become functional in a few days. </p> <p>Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) chairman RR Jowel said on Friday that the equipment which is lying at the pollution board’s Vikas Sadan office will soon get an electricity connection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring India Gurgaon, India News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:43:47 +0000 kaye 8106 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 320 million smokers in China http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8103 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/10/content_14580839.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/10/content_14580839.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A total of 320 million adults, 31 percent of the adult population, smoke in China, more than the total number of people in the United States, chinanews.com report Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> According to research among Chinese adults by Gallup Inc, 31 percent of adults are smokers in China and 3 percent of them are women../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The 2011 research said that 3,000 people die of smoking-related diseases every day in China. And the figure may reach to 8,000 by the year 2050../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> China makes one third of the world’s smokers, with the second highest smoking rate in Asia, following Indonesia, according to the survey../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health P.R. China Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:45:33 +0000 edeleon 8103 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vietnam: PM seeks private backing for transport infrastructure http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8116 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/18600/pm-seeks-private-backing-for-transport-infrastructure.html" target="_blank">http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/18600/pm-seeks-private-backing-for-transport-infrastructure.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Another VND480 trillion ($23.4 billion) will be needed to develop the nation's transportation infrastructure between now and 2015, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told a recent meeting of the Ministry of Transport in the capital city. </p> <p>Dung urged the transport sector to step up efforts to mobilise investment from private resources for infrastructure development../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Vietnam News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:10:57 +0000 kaye 8116 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Report: Air pollution kills thousands in Bangladesh capital http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8107 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://gantdaily.com/2012/02/10/report-air-pollution-kills-thousands-in-bangladesh-capital/" target="_blank">http://gantdaily.com/2012/02/10/report-air-pollution-kills-thousands-in-bangladesh-capital/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN) – Air pollution in the Bangladesh capital annually kills thousands of urban poor and millions more suffer from respiratory diseases, a burden on the country’s inadequate health budget, says a newly-released report../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The recently completed Country Environment Assessment, conducted jointly by the government and the World Bank identified air pollution as the leading cause of mortality and morbidity related environmental issues../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:45:28 +0000 kaye 8107 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Dhaka: Traffic jam polluting air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8113 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=221830" target="_blank">http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=221830</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traffic congestion in the capital and smoke from brick kilns are the main reasons for air pollution in Dhaka city, according to the World Bank and the Bangladesh government../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Ministry of Environment and Forests says that vehicles in Dhaka move 14kmph on an average, which is very slow and causes them to burn more fuel and contribute to air pollution. They say the average speed could come down to 4kmph by 2025 if things do not improve../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:55:26 +0000 kaye 8113 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Chennai: Common ticketing for city is on cards http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8117 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-10/chennai/31045977_1_public-transport-transport-minister-cumta" target="_blank">http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-10/chennai/31045977_1_public-transport-transport-minister-cumta</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>CHENNAI: A common ticketing system to facilitate seamless commuting in all forms of public transport in the city may soon become a reality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The state government on Thursday set the ball rolling by deciding to constitute a high-level executive committee headed by chief secretary Debendranath Sarangi and comprising representatives of various government agencies, including the Chennai Corporation, Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Chennai Metro Rail Limited, traffic police and Mono Rail officials, to coordinate the system../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport India Chennai, India News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:12:31 +0000 kaye 8117 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Plans to cut Beijing's air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8111 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/20120209/news_20120209_56_817363.htm" target="_blank">http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/20120209/news_20120209_56_817363.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-02-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing has announced plans to reduce its choking air pollution levels by 15 per cent by 2015 and 30 per cent by 2020 by phasing out old vehicles, relocating factories and planting new forests../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Xinhua news agency says 1.6 million old vehicles will be taken off the roads by 2020 and that all cement factories in the city would be closed by then../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:52:35 +0000 kaye 8111 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution grips city http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8150 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/article2871964.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/article2871964.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Air pollution has become a major problem in the city in general and on the Convent Junction, One Town area, Malkapuram and Sriharipuram in particular../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Industrial pollution has turned out to be a severe problem causing health disorders and also leading to accidents as the roads turn slippery after the coal dust, iron ore and urea spread like a thin sheet covering the road. No sprinkling of water regularly leads to the fine particles floating in the air adding to vehicular pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) India Mon, 20 Feb 2012 03:00:48 +0000 edeleon 8150 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing Soon to Use LNG-Powered Public Transport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8118 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://community.nasdaq.com/News/2012-02/beijing-soon-to-use-lngpowered-public-transport.aspx?storyid=119274" target="_blank">http://community.nasdaq.com/News/2012-02/beijing-soon-to-use-lngpowered-public-transport.aspx?storyid=119274</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>By end February, residents and travellers plying the routes of China's municipality of Beijing will slowly get to experience inhaling cleaner air as the municipality government undertakes to introduce the first batch of liquefied natural gas ( LNG ) powered public buses../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:15:02 +0000 kaye 8118 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China to cut pollutant emissions by over 30% http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8094 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/01/content_14519469.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/01/content_14519469.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-02-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China has set a goal of reducing its major pollutant emissions by more than 30 to 40 percent by 2015 in its latest 12th Five-Year Plan (2010-2015) for environment protection, according to a Wednesday report in the People's Daily newspaper../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Compared with the 11th five-year plan, more indicators, greater pressure, stricter requirements and much higher investment needs are featured in China's latest environmental protection outline, issued by the State Council,or China's Cabinet, an unnamed official with the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in the report../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:45:25 +0000 edeleon 8094 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing Prioritizes PM2.5 Monitoring Network http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8108 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.cri.cn/6909/2012/02/06/2982s679451.htm" target="_blank">http://english.cri.cn/6909/2012/02/06/2982s679451.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-02-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing municipal government said the construction of the PM2.5 monitoring network is a priority for serving the public in 2012../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>To further improve the air quality, Beijing will make efforts to upgrade its environmental monitoring ability by setting up the PM2.5 monitoring network and start the air pollution control plan, according to a statement released by the municipal government Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The PM2.5 gauge is stricter than Beijing's previous standard of PM10, as it monitors "fine" particles 2.5 microns or less in diameter../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Particulate matter (PM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:48:32 +0000 kaye 8108 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pollution costing China dear: report http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8085 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/04/content_14535746.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/04/content_14535746.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-02-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China is paying an increasing price for pollution brought about by economic development, says a report by the country's environmental protection academy../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The cost of environmental and ecological damage to the country soared to almost 1.4 trillion yuan ($222 billion) in 2009, an increase of 9.2 percent on the previous year. China spent 3.8 percent of that year's GDP to clean up the environment, according to the statistics in the recently released China Green National Accounting Study Report 2009../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:24:30 +0000 edeleon 8085 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Awareness camps on biodiesel in villages http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8090 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2857052.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2857052.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Biotechnology Engineering Department of Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology (NMAMIT), Nitte, Karkala, has contacted 500 to 1,000 people in villages near Nitte regarding the production of biodiesel from locally-available seeds../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels India Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:35:18 +0000 edeleon 8090 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal India has a vital stake in evolving climate change response: Manmohan http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8086 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2854920.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2854920.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>“As a developing country in the frontlines of climate vulnerability, India has a vital stake in the evolution of a successful, rule-based, equitable and multilateral response to climate change,” said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the inauguration of the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2012 organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) here on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Over the past decade, the DSDS has evolved as a major global event addressing the key challenges of sustainable development and exploring the means by which this can be attained../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming India Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:26:05 +0000 edeleon 8086 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Metro rail extensions only in phase two http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8087 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article2856976.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article2856976.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-02-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even as the formal nod is awaited from the Union Cabinet for the Kochi metro-rail project, its extension to Menaka, Kakkanad, Tripunithura and the CIAL is likely to be taken up in the project's second phase../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros India Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:27:10 +0000 edeleon 8087 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 233b yuan lost on droughts, floods http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8088 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/02/content_14526485.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/02/content_14526485.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-02-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>CHONGQING - Droughts and floods caused 232.9 billion yuan ($36.97 billion) in direct economic losses in China last year, according to new figures../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Some 89.42 million people were affected by floods in 2011, with 519 people dead and 121 missing, Zhang Zhitong, a senior official with the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, said at a national work conference in south China's Chongqing municipality on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Floods affected 108 million mu (7.2 million hectares) of crops, destroyed 690,000 houses, and caused direct economic losses of 130.1 billion yuan../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming P.R. China Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:29:39 +0000 edeleon 8088 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing vows to reduce pollution in 2012 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8093 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/01/content_14518737.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/01/content_14518737.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-02-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing will continue to improve the capital's air quality in 2012 by focusing on reducing PM2.5 - the smallest and most hazardous airborne pollutant, Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong said Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Despite the new challenges and new requirements to monitor airborne particulate matter under 2.5 micrometers in size, the capital city has vowed to improve air quality in the following year, Guo said in a meeting planning Beijing's environmental work in 2012../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:42:07 +0000 edeleon 8093 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Petron hikes LPG prices by P6 per kilo http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8092 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=773881&publicationSubCategoryId=63" target="_blank">http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=773881&publicationSubCategoryId=63</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-02-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MANILA, Philippines - Petron increased prices of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by P6 per liter for the standard 11-kilogram cylinder early morning yesterday and auto LPG by P4.50 per liter../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“This is to reflect the rise in international contract prices for the month of February,” Petron said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Petron sells its LPG products under the brand name Gasul../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-General Philippines Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:38:25 +0000 edeleon 8092 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing to set up PM2.5 monitoring stations http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8095 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/01/content_14520573.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/01/content_14520573.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING– The capital will set up more than 30 fine particulate pollutant monitoring stations to inform the public of the air quality by the end of this year, according to the city's environmental protection bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Six of the more than 30 PM2.5 (particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter) monitoring stations will be set up soon in both downtown as well as surrounding suburbs, based on existing facilities, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said on Feb 1../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:46:39 +0000 edeleon 8095 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hanoi’s air quality declines http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8109 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/environment/18251/hanoi-s-air-quality-declines.html" target="_blank">http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/environment/18251/hanoi-s-air-quality-declines.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-02-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>VietNamNet Bridge – The Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment has made public a report on Hanoi’s environment in 2011, which shows that the capital city’s air quality is reducing../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to the report, transport is a major source of air pollution in the city. Vehicles discharge many types of exhaust fumes into the environment, including carbon oxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam News from around the world Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:49:34 +0000 kaye 8109 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Tech conversion: India's richest shrine goes green http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8091 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16746656" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16746656</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-31</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green temple: India's Tirupati Temple has adopted a range of green technologies - and the shrine is now trading carbon credits<br /> Surrounded by seven hills, high above lush green forests is the temple town of Tirumala../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The crown jewel is the dazzling gold-plated temple of Lord Venkateshwara. Located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, this is not just one of Hinduism's holiest shrines, but also one of the richest../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It has an annual income of $340m - mostly from donations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming India Mon, 06 Feb 2012 01:37:18 +0000 edeleon 8091 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Traffic violators to be fined more http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8050 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article2843050.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article2843050.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Those violating traffic rules would be forced to shell out more from Monday. With the new ‘spot fine' slabs announced by the Chennai City Traffic Police coming into effect, repeat offenders would be specifically targetted../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Sanjay Arora said that the State government has increased the ‘compounding fee' attached to each offence as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) India Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:19:23 +0000 edeleon 8050 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Expert: next Plan will focus more on scientific, industrial research http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8051 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article2840798.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article2840798.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-01-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Twelfth Five Year Plan will focus more on scientific and industrial research, said K.V. Raghavan, Chairman, Research Council, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai, here on Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:20:11 +0000 edeleon 8051 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal January 22 proposed as Pedestrians’ Day http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8442 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/01/27/january-22-proposed-pedestrians-day.html" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/01/27/january-22-proposed-pedestrians-day.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-01-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A group of pedestrian advocates in the city have proposed that Jan. 22 be known as Pedestrians’ Day in remembrance of the nine pedestrians who were killed in a recent fatal accident in Central Jakarta. </p> <p>Glenn Marsalim and Marco Kusumawijaya, who have used the Twitter account @JalanKaki to promote walking habits among Jakartans, have been campaigning for the official recognition of the date as the Day of the Pedestrian../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 00:34:45 +0000 kaye 8442 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Invest more in facilities for pedestrians, State Govts told http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8035 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article2829036.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article2829036.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Funds for urban development used more for public transport</p> <p>CHENNAI, JAN. 24:<br /> Neglecting pedestrians and non-motorised vehicle infrastructure as State Governments keenly strengthen public transport systems could prove costly, according to Dr Pawan Kumar, Associate Town and Country Planner, Town and Country Planning Organisation, Ministry of Urban Development../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>NOT PLACING EMPHASIS</p> News NMT-Walking India News from around the world Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:38:26 +0000 kaye 8035 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New Year fireworks leaves Beijing air smothering http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8052 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/24/content_14491058.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/24/content_14491058.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China's New Year firework spree has not only left thousands of tonnes of scraps in Beijing but also driven up the city's air pollution data to "hazardous" level until winds blew them away Tuesday morning../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The Beijing Environment Protection Monitoring Center said its monitoring station at the city's second ring road detected 1,593 micrograms of PM (particular matter) 2.5 per cubic meter at 2 a.m. Monday, after hours of fireworks burning spree on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:21:18 +0000 edeleon 8052 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New Year fireworks leaves Beijing air smothering http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8036 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/24/content_14491058.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/24/content_14491058.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China's New Year firework spree has not only left thousands of tonnes of scraps in Beijing but also driven up the city's air pollution data to "hazardous" level until winds blew them away Tuesday morning../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Beijing Environment Protection Monitoring Center said its monitoring station at the city's second ring road detected 1,593 micrograms of PM (particular matter) 2.5 per cubic meter at 2 a.m. Monday, after hours of fireworks burning spree on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:51:55 +0000 kaye 8036 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing's First PM2.5 Pollution Readings Draws Skepticism http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8037 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-01-24/beijing-s-first-pm2-5-pollution-readings-draws-skepticism.html" target="_blank">http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-01-24/beijing-s-first-pm2-5-pollution-readings-draws-skepticism.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>On an average day in Beijing, the smog is a thick whitish yellow blanket. Millions of people living there breathe a veritable soup of air pollutants. PM2.5 air pollutants—or those that measure less than two and a half microns—are considered the most dangerous to human health, because they penetrate deep into lung tissue../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Particulate matter (PM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:55:28 +0000 kaye 8037 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Comparing Pollution Data: Beijing vs. U.S. Embassy on PM2.5 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8039 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2012/01/23/comparing-pollution-data-beijing-vs-u-s-embassy-on-pm2-5/" target="_blank">http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2012/01/23/comparing-pollution-data-beijing-vs-u-s-embassy-on-pm2-5/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing’s municipal government began releasing new air-pollution data over the weekend that will likely raise questions among government critics who worry that authorities aren’t going far enough to better track air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Particulate matter (PM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 25 Jan 2012 01:05:20 +0000 kaye 8039 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Smog levels spike as Beijing ushers in Chinese New Year http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8038 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16675972" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16675972</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fireworks unleashed sound and colour across China at the start of the Lunar New Year, but also something else - pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A new monitoring index revealed a dramatic increase in fine particles in the air in the first hours of the Year of the Dragon../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The figures tailed off only after 0600, when revellers presumably went to bed../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The data comes from an index that Beijing city government began publishing only on Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The PM2.5 index measures air particles that are less than 2.5 micrometres in size../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:57:03 +0000 kaye 8038 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal More than 1.2m vehicles to jam Malaysia http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8028 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/Story/A1Story20120123-323437.html" target="_blank">http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/Story/A1Story20120123-323437.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KEPALA BATAS - More than 1.2 million vehicles will jam the roads outside of Kuala Lumpur during the Chinese New Year festive season../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Director of Internal Security and Public Order Datuk Salleh Mat Rashidsaid the unusual traffic volume would cause congestion and motorists should heed the instructions of the police for smooth traffic flow../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"The number of accidents would be reduced if motorists with bad driving attitudes change their habits," he said at the North Seberang Prai (SPU) district police headquarters in Bertam../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) Vehicle emissions Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:19:30 +0000 edeleon 8028 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka to monitor air quality to control air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8029 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Jan22_1327216896JR.php" target="_blank">http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Jan22_1327216896JR.php</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-01-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Jan 22, Colombo: The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) of Sri Lanka is to monitor the quality of the air in order to help address the issue of air pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>CEA Chairman, Charitha Herath has said that there has been an increase in air pollution in the country. The CEA has made arrangements to install instruments to monitor the quality of the air in several highly populated cities in the country../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Chairman has noted that machines would be fixed in Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Anuradhapura in the first phase of the programme../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Sri Lanka News from around the world Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:22:34 +0000 kaye 8029 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China sees emerging lifestyle of city-city commutes http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8025 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/21/content_14488521.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/21/content_14488521.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-01-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - More than 90 percent of the people quizzed in a new survey said they knew people living and working in different cities, according to results released this week../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> In the survey, conducted by the China Youth Daily Social Investigation Center through websites minyi.net.cn and sina.com, 40.4 percent of the 2,908 participants said they themselves are following this lifestyle../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:14:23 +0000 edeleon 8025 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing releases key air pollution data; early results seem low compared to US Embassy results http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8030 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/beijing-starts-releasing-key-data-expected-to-indicate-extent-of-citys-air-pollution/2012/01/21/gIQA3jOaFQ_story.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/beijing-starts-releasing-key-data-expected-to-indicate-extent-of-citys-air-pollution/2012/01/21/gIQA3jOaFQ_story.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-01-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING — Caving to public pressure, Beijing environmental authorities started releasing more detailed air quality data Saturday that may better reflect how bad the Chinese capital’s air pollution is. But one expert says measurements from the first day were low compared with data U.S. officials have been collecting for years../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The initial measurements were low on a day where you could see blue sky. After a week of smothering smog, the skies over the city were being cleared by a north wind../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality monitoring P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:24:36 +0000 kaye 8030 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China mobilizes more transport resources http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8023 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/21/content_14489084.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/21/content_14489084.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-01-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - As the Chinese Spring Festival travel rush enters its peak period, more work staff and transport resources have been deployed to ensure safe and convenient transport during the world's largest annual human migration../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> At 8 am on January 20, two days ahead of the Chinese New Year, Dong Leihong, duty officer at the road network center with the Ministry of Transport (MOT), sat before a huge monitoring screen that displayed real-time highway transport conditions nationwide../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) P.R. China Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:10:34 +0000 edeleon 8023 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing begins PM2.5 measure of air quality http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8024 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/21/content_14488702.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/21/content_14488702.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-01-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Beijing's environment authority on Saturday launched the much-anticipated PM2.5 measure of air quality, fulfilling its promise of publishing the data ahead of the Spring Festival holiday, which starts on Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The Beijing Environment Protection Monitoring Center said its monitoring station at the city's second ring road had detected 0.003 micrograms of PM (particular matter) 2.5 per cubic meter, suggesting the air quality is good../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The PM2.5 gauge is considered stricter than Beijing's previous standard of PM10, as it monitors "fine" particles 2.5 microns or less in diameter../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:11:46 +0000 edeleon 8024 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China rolls out low-cost maglev trains http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8026 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/20/content_14484494.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/20/content_14484494.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-01-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>CHANGSHA - A locomotive producer in central China's Hunan province on Friday rolled out a low-cost magnetically levitated (maglev) train that is more environmental-friendly than conventional ones../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A newly developed maglev train is seen at a factory of the Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. Ltd. of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, Jan 20, 2012. The three-carriage train is designed to run at a maximum speed of 100 km per hour and carry 600 passengers. It is more environmental-friendly than conventional trains. [Photo/Xinhua]</p> News Rails and metros P.R. China Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:15:48 +0000 edeleon 8026 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing's air 'hazardous' due to lingering fog http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8027 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/19/content_14477291.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/19/content_14477291.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2012-01-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Beijing's air was rated as "hazardous" on Thursday, as north China was enveloped in fog for the fourth day../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The rating comes even though the city continues to gauge air quality through the PM 10 measure ahead of its much-anticipated use of the more sensitive PM 2.5. The Beijing Meteorological Bureau said Thursday that the air in two districts -- Tongzhou and Fangshan -- has been rated "hazardous," meaning particular matter over 500 micrometers in size was detected in each cubic meter of air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:17:46 +0000 edeleon 8027 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Maruti, General Motors, Toyota hike car prices http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8017 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article2808421.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article2808421.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Auto majors Maruti Suzuki and General Motors India on Tuesday announced across the board hike in prices of various models by up to Rs.17,000 to compensate rising input costs and the impact of currency fluctuation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) hiked the prices of its vehicles across models, except for entry-level sedan DZire, by between 0.3 per cent and 3.4 per cent, translating into a minimum increase of Rs.2,400 on the SX4 sedan and a maximum of Rs.17,000 on the diesel variant of its Swift hatchback. The price hike has been made effective from January 16../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:38:09 +0000 edeleon 8017 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Proposal for global energy oversight http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8018 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/17/content_14457236.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/17/content_14457236.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ABU DHABI - A global governance mechanism for energy under the G20 framework to stabilize oil and natural gas markets was proposed by Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday as he addressed a key Middle East-based forum for renewable energy../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The proposed mechanism should incorporate suppliers, consumers and transit countries to draft "fair, reasonable and binding" global rules, Wen told the Fifth World Future Energy Summit../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions Global Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:39:25 +0000 edeleon 8018 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hong Kong Unveils Pollution Objectives http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8031 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204468004577166383365590226.html?mod=googlenews_wsj" target="_blank">http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204468004577166383365590226.html?mod=googlenews_wsj</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2012-01-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>HONG KONG—The Hong Kong government unveiled Tuesday new air-pollution objectives to help better gauge the city's air quality amid worsening pollution in the former British colony../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The government said the new objectives, set following the results of a consultancy study commissioned in 2007, take into account the World Health Organization's new guidelines on air quality, and are "comparable to those being adopted by the European Union and the U.S."</p> News Air quality standards P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:27:51 +0000 kaye 8031 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Weather puts rail system to test http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8016 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/16/content_14450297.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/16/content_14450297.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>now, rain and fog may hamper plans of millions bound for their family reunions<br /> BEIJING - Two high-speed rail lines were hit by extensive delays in the past few days and the system will be tested by snow and rain forecast for the coming week../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> More than a dozen services on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line were held up for as long as two hours on Saturday, just as the Lunar New Year travel rush began to reach full swing../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros P.R. China Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:36:52 +0000 edeleon 8016 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hong Kong to Monitor Fine Air Pollutants at Stations by March http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7989 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-11/hong-kong-to-monitor-fine-air-pollutants-at-stations-by-march.html" target="_blank">http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-11/hong-kong-to-monitor-fine-air-pollutants-at-stations-by-march.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-01-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hong Kong will measure pollutants smaller than 2.5 micrometers at all its monitoring stations by March, as roadside smog reached a record last year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The government is testing sampler monitors at nine stations, adding to the five that are already measuring the fine particle pollutants, Environment Secretary Edward Yau said in a written reply to the Legislative Council today. Yau didn’t say if the data would be released to the public../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:55:13 +0000 kaye 7989 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Rio looks to the future http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8019 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16513345" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16513345</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2012-01-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>We have a little more idea now, following publication of the "zero draft" outcome document for the June summit../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It's been compiled by the chairs of the preparatory process, following a huge amount of dialogue and input from governments and other interested parties../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But with much more dialogue due, a lot can change between now and then../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>This Rio summit, like the last one 20 years ago, isn't part of the UN negotiations on climate change or biodiversity or desertification or anything else../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Climate change and global warming Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:44:20 +0000 edeleon 8019 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vietnam: Vehicle fees unlikely to curb congestion http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7979 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Opinion/219485/vehicle-fees-unlikely-to-curb-congestion.html" target="_blank">http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Opinion/219485/vehicle-fees-unlikely-to-curb-congestion.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A Ministry of Transport's proposal to levy yearly traffic fees on personal vehicles and cars that enter the hub of big cities during peak hours has raised public concern. Viet Nam News reporters Hong Minh and Khanh Linh spoke to relevant officials and people about the issue../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p><a href="http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Opinion/219485/vehicle-fees-unlikely-to-curb-congestion.html" title="http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Opinion/219485/vehicle-fees-unlikely-to-curb-congestion.html">http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Opinion/219485/vehicle-fees-unlikely-..../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/a></p> News Transport demand management (TDM) Vietnam News from around the world Tue, 10 Jan 2012 01:04:58 +0000 kaye 7979 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vietnam: PM sets transport sector targets http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7980 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/social-issues/219492/pm-sets-transport-sector-targets.html" target="_blank">http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/social-issues/219492/pm-sets-transport-sector-targets.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the transport sector to tackle issues such as traffic accidents, low-quality construction projects and poor planning management, as well as speed up transport projects to meet the country's demands for industrialisation and modernisation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Among the tasks, which were outlined on Saturday at a conference to review the sector's operations in 2011 and launch activities for this year, the PM highlighted the need to take synchronised measures to reduce traffic accidents and congestion, especially in major cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Vietnam News from around the world Tue, 10 Jan 2012 01:09:43 +0000 kaye 7980 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing PM2.5 Air Pollution Figures Go Public http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7977 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-01-09/beijing-pm2-5-air-pollution-figures-go-public.html" target="_blank">http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-01-09/beijing-pm2-5-air-pollution-figures-go-public.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last Friday, Chinese state media announced that hourly updates on air quality would be released to the public before the Lunar New Year. It comes after weeks of public pressure from Beijing residents../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The public had discovered that Beijing environmental authorities had been releasing conflicting data compared with data from the United States Embassy in China. US figures posted on Twitter put pollution in Beijing at “hazardous” levels while the Chinese regime marked Beijing has only having "slight" pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Particulate matter (PM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:40:35 +0000 kaye 7977 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing air gets 'better' but still lacks target http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7972 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/09/content_14402449.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/09/content_14402449.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2012-01-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The amount of tiny particulate matter in the air detected in the capital has been decreasing in the past 10 years, according to the city's environmental protection regulator../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> However, the average reading for PM2.5 (particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers) - a major cause of harmful smog - in 2010 in Beijing, was still double the target of 35 micrograms a cubic meter (cu m) set by the Ministry of Environmental Protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 09 Jan 2012 02:55:12 +0000 edeleon 7972 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hong Kong air pollution at worst levels ever: report http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7978 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/09/us-pollution-hong-kong-idUSTRE80803J20120109" target="_blank">http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/09/us-pollution-hong-kong-idUSTRE80803J20120109</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-01-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(Reuters) - Air pollution levels in Hong Kong were the worst ever last year, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday, a finding that may further undermine the city's role as an Asian financial centre as business executives relocate because of health concerns../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Worsening air quality in Hong Kong caused by vehicle emissions and industrial pollution from the neighboring Pearl River Delta is already forcing many in the financial community to move to Singapore../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:50:00 +0000 kaye 7978 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing sees decline in PM2.5 density http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7973 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/07/content_14400289.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/07/content_14400289.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-01-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Beijing has seen a decline in PM2.5 density besides the decrease of the PM10 density during the past decade according to some relevant research data, Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The average annual PM2.5 density in Beijing has reduced from 100-110 micrograms per cubic meter of air in the year of 2000 to 70-80 micrograms per cubic meter in 2010, said Yu Jianhua, an official with the bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The downtrend still continues at present, Yu said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 09 Jan 2012 02:58:40 +0000 edeleon 7973 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ‘Green' cars steal the show http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7971 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article2783399.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article2783399.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2012-01-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>With petrol prices shooting up and environment pollution becoming a major concern, hybrid cars and those powered by electric engines are in the spotlight at the Auto Expo 2012. Though there is still time before the automakers make these “sustainable mobility solutions” available commercially, they know that the future belongs to “greener” and fuel-efficient vehicles../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Electric vehicles India Asia Mon, 09 Jan 2012 02:51:14 +0000 edeleon 7971 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pollution rise 'worsens' South Asia's winter smog http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7975 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16438071" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16438071</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2012-01-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A rapid rise in air pollution from fossil fuels and biomass burning has worsened winter smog and extended its duration in many parts of South Asia, scientists and officials have said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>In Bangladesh, India and Nepal the temperature has plummeted and clouds of fog and smoke hang in the sky blocking sunlight for several days../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Normal lives have been affected with many flights diverted and suspended and trains delayed because of low visibility../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards South Asia Mon, 09 Jan 2012 03:01:38 +0000 edeleon 7975 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing launches three new subway sections http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7956 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/weekendextra/2012-01/01/content_14368515.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/weekendextra/2012-01/01/content_14368515.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2012-01-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Three new subway lines, including one new subway line and two line extensions, began trial operation on Saturday afternoon../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The three subway lines are subway Line 9 and extensions to the existing Line 8 and Line 15. The opening of the three new lines would increase the total length of rail transit in Beijing from 336 to 372 kilometers, with a total of 227 subway stations in 15 lines../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> As of 8 pm on Saturday, about 17,000 passengers were transported on Line 8, 23,000 passengers on Line 9 and 86,000 on Line 15, according to the Beijing subway authority../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros P.R. China Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:21:19 +0000 edeleon 7956 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal High-speed rail construction kicks off in Xi'an http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7957 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/31/content_14366992.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/31/content_14366992.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-12-31</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>XI'AN - Construction started Thursday on a high-speed rail linking the city of Xi'an, home of the Terracotta Warriors, with the city's airport../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The 27.3-km express rail with a construction budget of 9 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) will allow trains to run at 100 km per hour, and is scheduled to be completed in four years, according to sources with the provincial government of Shaanxi in northwest China../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros P.R. China Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:24:13 +0000 edeleon 7957 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal IOC plans LPG pipeline grid http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7954 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article2763852.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article2763852.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-12-31</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seeking to consolidate its core business and make it more efficient, state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has decided to establish a countrywide LPG pipeline grid to reduce the supply chain cost of transporting LPG../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuel quality Fuels-General India Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:11:18 +0000 edeleon 7954 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal NTPC board clears two mega projects http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7955 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article2764107.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/article2764107.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-12-31</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The board of NTPC has approved proposals for setting up two mega power projects in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka at an estimated cost of Rs.18,346.59 crore../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The company said it would invest Rs.15,166.19 crore for the upcoming 3x800 MW Kudgi super thermal power project in Karnataka. The project is awaiting clearance of Ministry of Environment and Forests. NTPC would also invest Rs.3,180.40 crore for 500 MW Stage-V of the Vindhyachal super thermal power project in Madhya Pradesh. This unit is also awaiting environmental clearance../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions India Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:16:29 +0000 edeleon 7955 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal City with worst air pollution vows change http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7952 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/30/content_14358338.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/30/content_14358338.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-12-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LANZHOU - The top official of a northwest China province has pledged to clean up the sky over the provincial capital after it was named China's city with the worst air pollution by a World Health Organization (WHO) survey published in September../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Lanzhou, a heavy industry city situated in the Yellow River valley in the country's arid northwest, ranked the worst among Chinese cities in the WHO's survey tracking air pollution by the levels of airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers (PM10) measured in 1,086 cities in the world, mostly between 2008-2009../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:09:50 +0000 edeleon 7952 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hospital: Smokers need not apply http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7958 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/30/us/pennsylvania-nicotine-testing/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/30/us/pennsylvania-nicotine-testing/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-12-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(CNN) -- A Pennsylvania hospital is expected to begin screening job applicants for signs of nicotine early next year, claiming it will not hire smokers, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Geisinger Health System -- a facility located in the eastern town of Danville -- will institute its no-nicotine policy on February 1, 2012, said Marcy Marshall../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Applicants that test positive will be offered help to quit and are encouraged to re-apply after six months, she said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) USA Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:25:38 +0000 edeleon 7958 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal In another first, Delhi Metro builds two underground sub-stations http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7951 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article2760316.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article2760316.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-12-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A first-of-its-kind for the city, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has constructed two underground sub-stations to provide power to the high-speed Delhi Metro Airport Metro Express and its Central Secretariat-Badarpur Line. The Corporation plans to build nine such sub-stations for its upcoming Phase III project../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros India Delhi, India Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:23:08 +0000 edeleon 7951 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Delhi Metro chief asks State to pursue Chennai Metro Phase-II http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7950 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article2755598.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article2755598.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-12-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director E.Sreedharan has urged the State government to pursue the Phase-II expansion of the Chennai Metro Rail network. Opining that there has been a “violent shift” in policy ever since the new government came to power in the State, he said the plan to cover the entire city with a monorail system is “misguided”../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros India Delhi, India Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:15:13 +0000 edeleon 7950 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing reaches annual 'blue sky days' target http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7912 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/18/content_14282398.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/18/content_14282398.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - As of Sunday, Beijing has enjoyed 274 days of "blue sky" in 2011, fulfilling its annual target ahead of schedule, an official with Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Beijing has seen an overall decline in the concentration of various pollutants in 2011, said Zhuang Zhidong, deputy director of the bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The PM10, or particular matter under 10 micrometers, decreased to 114 microgrammes per cubic meter this year, the lowest in four years, according to the bureau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:01:52 +0000 edeleon 7912 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Country in City http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7911 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/weekendextra/2011-12/18/content_14282654.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/weekendextra/2011-12/18/content_14282654.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>As China becomes increasingly urbanized, it has to find space for its urban and rural citizens as both groups become increasingly integrated. Experts suggest a possible model may be "re-inventing" a "garden city". Liu Yujie explores the concept../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> China's mega-cities are bursting at the seams. The country is now undergoing the quickest and biggest urbanization in the history of mankind. It is estimated that by 2025, China will have 400 million more people living in its cities, raising its urban population to 900 million. Its current population already numbers 1.37 billion../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 19 Dec 2011 02:58:01 +0000 edeleon 7911 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Low-carbon technology 'will not mean big bill rises' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7914 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16191900" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16191900</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-12-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Claims that the costs of wind farms and other low-carbon technology will lead to sharp rises in fuel bills are wrong, government advisers say../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says increases in bills over the past few years have been largely due to higher wholesale gas costs../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Members said their "best estimate" was that green policies would add £110 to bills per household in 2020../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It emerged recently that an estimated 1.5m people are in fuel debt in the UK../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:06:43 +0000 edeleon 7914 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Benguet: Officials push for air quality test http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7898 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2011/12/12/officials-push-air-quality-test-195486" target="_blank">http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2011/12/12/officials-push-air-quality-test-195486</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-12-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Itogon officials are pushing for the conduct of air quality test in a barangay in their town to determine the presence of pollutants believed to be caused by small-scale mining activities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>In a resolution crafted by Itogon officials numbered 281 series 2011, they are requesting the Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Cordillera through regional technical director Paquito Moreno for a conduct of air quality test../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Philippines News from around the world Wed, 14 Dec 2011 02:01:27 +0000 kaye 7898 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Canada to withdraw from Kyoto Protocol http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7915 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16151310" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16151310</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-12-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the minister of the environment has said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Peter Kent said the protocol "does not represent a way forward for Canada" and the country would face crippling fines for failing to meet its targets../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The move, which is legal and was expected, makes it the first nation to pull out of the global treaty../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Canada Global Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:08:51 +0000 edeleon 7915 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air, noise pollution among Chinese urbanites' most common concerns: survey http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7897 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2011-12/12/c_131302261.htm" target="_blank">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2011-12/12/c_131302261.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-12-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Roughly 63 percent of Chinese urban residents said they were satisfied with the local environment, with air quality and noise being their top concerns, according to new survey results../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The results, released Monday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, were based on the National Bureau of Statistics randomly phoning citizens of most Chinese cities with a series of questions last year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The satisfaction rate of respondents toward air quality was 55.2 percent, 7.7 percentage points lower than the satisfaction rate of 62.9 for the general environment../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 14 Dec 2011 02:00:04 +0000 kaye 7897 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Expert: Beijing's PM2.5 air pollution getting worse http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7899 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7673433.html" target="_blank">http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7673433.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-12-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing was embarrassed last week as its residents swarmed to shops to buy face masks and air purifiers due to concerns about a thick cloud of smog that had enveloped the city. Matters were worsened by discrepancies between official air quality data and that from the U.S. Embassy, spurring a renewed call for a wider range of checks, particularly on PM2.5 pollution, which experts warn is increasing in the capital's air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 14 Dec 2011 02:03:09 +0000 kaye 7899 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing's Citizens Offer Clarity on Air Quality Levels http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7896 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/beijings-citizens-offer-clarity-on-air-quality-levels/2011/12/12/gIQAfOYvoO_video.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/beijings-citizens-offer-clarity-on-air-quality-levels/2011/12/12/gIQAfOYvoO_video.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-12-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Paul Allen reports on Beijing's air pollution levels. Poor air quality in Beijing, and the way it's reported by government authorities, is prompting some of the city's residents to take measurements into their own hands and post the results online. (Source: Bloomberg) (Bloomberg)</p> <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/beijings-citizens-offer-clarity-on-air-quality-levels/2011/12/12/gIQAfOYvoO_video.html" title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/beijings-citizens-offer-clarity-on-air-quality-levels/2011/12/12/gIQAfOYvoO_video.html">http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/beijings-citizens-offer-clarity-o..../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/a></p> News Air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 14 Dec 2011 01:35:00 +0000 kaye 7896 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Durban: Winners and losers http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7916 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16131111" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16131111</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>For some reason that I've not quite figured out, lots of people in the dying embers of this UN climate meeting were asking "who's a winner, and who's a loser?"</p> <p>There are loads of perhaps more rational questions you could ask, the most pertinent being: "What has this done to curb climate change?"</p> <p>But what the heck - winners and losers is as good a way as any to set up a quick review of the meeting - so here goes../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Among delegations, there's a rich smorgasbord of winners../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:11:20 +0000 edeleon 7916 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ‘Nuclear energy only way out of power deficit' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7883 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2699108.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2699108.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-12-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Deficiency in the country is 50,000-60,000 MW</p> <p>Despite apprehensions expressed by some members of the Rajya Sabha, the government on Thursday stressed the priority it accords to nuclear power projects, including at Kundankulam in Tamil Nadu, saying nuclear energy was “clean and safe” and that many countries were relying on it../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions India Fri, 09 Dec 2011 08:51:32 +0000 edeleon 7883 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shanghai to lead way on air quality http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7876 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nsp/Metro/2011/12/09/Shanghai%2Bto%2Blead%2Bway%2Bon%2Bair%2Bquality/" target="_blank">http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nsp/Metro/2011/12/09/Shanghai%2Bto%2Blead%2Bway%2Bon%2Bair%2Bquality/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-12-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SHANGHAI is aiming to be one of the first cities in China to adopt a stricter air quality monitoring system before it is introduced nationwide in 2016, the city's environmental watchdog said yesterday. </p> <p>The Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said it was in the process of completing PM2.5 monitoring facilities across the city and would be aiming to include a PM2.5 index in its forecasts before 2016. </p> <p>PM2.5 refers to harmful polluting particulates smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter and they are one of the causes of dust-haze weather conditions../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 09 Dec 2011 05:38:36 +0000 kaye 7876 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New Beijing subway to reach train station http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7884 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-12/07/content_14226477.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-12/07/content_14226477.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-12-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing subway Line 9 will make a stop at Beijing West Railway Station. It is among nine stops on the planned new line, which will be opened this month. [Photo/Xinhua]</p> News Rails and metros P.R. China Fri, 09 Dec 2011 08:53:17 +0000 edeleon 7884 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Heavy Smog, Called “Fog” Covers Beijing http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7880 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2011-12-07/heavy-smog-called-fog-covers-beijing.html" target="_blank">http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2011-12-07/heavy-smog-called-fog-covers-beijing.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-12-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Sunday, the Beijing Meteorological Center gave a yellow warning against heavy fog, which shrouded the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to state-run media, the fog was so dense it caused visibility to drop to about 30 to 60 feet in some areas of the city. About 120 departing flights were cancelled over the weekend../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But the heavy fog that lingers since the weekend is actually smog. This is based on the air quality index readings from the US Embassy in China../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 09 Dec 2011 07:04:19 +0000 kaye 7880 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Smog prompts surge in mask sales http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7877 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2011-12/07/content_14226909.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2011-12/07/content_14226909.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-12-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The ongoing foggy weather and decreasing air quality that have shrouded parts of China since Sunday has prompted a surge in mask sales and affected the vegetable supply by crippling traffic and closing expressways../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to statistics from Taobao Mall, China's largest online marketplace, more than 30,000 masks were sold on Sunday, more than 20,000 of which were bought by customers from Beijing../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 09 Dec 2011 05:39:52 +0000 kaye 7877 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Don't let Kyoto goals die away: UNEP http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7886 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/07/content_14223353.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/07/content_14223353.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-12-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>DURBAN, South Africa - The big challenge facing the ongoing global climate change talks in Durban is that the principles of the Kyoto Protocol should not be abandoned, said Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> "The Kyoto principles should not be lost, whether you call it a second commitment period, an extension or whatever is agreed, as long as it keeps the Kyoto Protocol alive, it would be good," Steiner said in an interview on Tuesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Fri, 09 Dec 2011 09:03:59 +0000 edeleon 7886 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Smog has air purifiers flying off the shelves http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7878 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/07/content_14223098.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/07/content_14223098.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-12-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SHANGHAI / BEIJING - Concern that the thick smog lingering over North China may pose serious health threats has boosted sales of air cleaning products across the nation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Demand for humidifiers, air purifiers, masks and related items has skyrocketed since November, and merchants are expecting it to keep growing this month../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>360buy.com, a leading online vendor of mostly home appliances, saw a 50 percent month-on-month leap in air cleaning items in November, said Zhao Fanqi, the company's spokeswoman../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 09 Dec 2011 05:41:30 +0000 kaye 7878 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Urban ecology model 'needs to change' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7885 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16032471" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16032471</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-12-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The way researchers assess urban ecology needs to change in order to take into account the way modern cities are developing, a study suggests../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Scientists in Australia said urban areas were expanding rapidly in a complex "non-linear" way that existing models failed to capture effectively../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Assessments needed to be modified if ecologists were to get an accurate picture of the environment, they added../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The findings appear in the Trends in Ecology and Evolution journal../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Global Fri, 09 Dec 2011 09:02:19 +0000 edeleon 7885 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Chinato double wind power generation capacity http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7855 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/05/content_14210689.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/05/content_14210689.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-12-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China's wind power generation capacity has neared 40 million kilowatts, and it is under way to meet the goal of doubling the figure by 2015, according to an industry report../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> During the first ten months this year, wind turbines generated 58.3 billion kilowatt-hours, an increase of 57 percent year-on-year, accounting for 1.5 percent of the nation's total electricity output, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission said in a latest report../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels P.R. China Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:57:48 +0000 edeleon 7855 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air monitor coming up near Tianjin http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7846 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-12/05/content_14211088.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-12/05/content_14211088.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-12-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - An environment monitoring station to count the densities of PM2.5 (tiny airborne pollutants smaller than 2.5 microns) and ozone in the city and Tianjin in real time will be set up in Wuqing district of Tianjin, Beijing News reported../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Wuqing district is between Beijing and Tianjin, 70 kilometers away from Beijing and 25 km from Tianjin city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Tianjin meteorological bureau said the district was located on the air contamination's transmission path between Beijing and Tianjin../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:25:24 +0000 kaye 7846 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Victory for U.S. Embassy as Beijing Chokes on ‘Heavy Fog’ http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7864 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/12/05/victory-for-u-s-embassy-as-beijing-chokes-on-heavy-fog/" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal/China</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-12-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fog or smog?</p> <p>For years, China’s meteorologists have been telling the country’s urban residents that what looks and smells suspiciously like that latter is, in fact, just the former. With no way to disprove the claim, most Chinese urbanites have appeared content to accept it as true and go about their business minus the facemasks and indoor air-filters they might otherwise bring to bear../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/12/05/victory-for-u-s-embassy-as-beijing-chokes-on-heavy-fog/">read more</a> </p> News Air pollution Air quality monitoring P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Tue, 06 Dec 2011 03:00:58 +0000 may 7864 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China open to talks on binding emission cut http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7854 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/05/content_14210711.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/05/content_14210711.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-12-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>DURBAN, South Africa - China agrees to discuss binding emission cut after 2020, the head of the Chinese delegation to the Durban climate conference said on Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> "Before the formal negotiation of China's obligation after 2020, we hope there should be a comprehensive and scientific appraisal of the first commitment period of Kyoto Protocol. Only based on this, it can be fair for discussing China's legally binding of emission cut," said the Chinese delegation chief, Xie Zhenhua../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming P.R. China Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:55:39 +0000 edeleon 7854 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Heavy fog in Beijing bodes ill for pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7844 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/04/content_14210631.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/04/content_14210631.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Dense fog shrouded Beijing Sunday evening, causing experts and the public to worry about a likely drop in the capital's air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Beijing Meterological Center on Sunday afternoon issued a code yellow alert to warn about fog in the capital, saying visibility would drop to less than 500 meters in most parts of the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The misty weather is forecast to persist over Sunday night and into Monday, according to the center../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Beijing News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:13:51 +0000 kaye 7844 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Cities to Monitor PM2.5 in Real Time http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7845 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/12/04/189s670127.htm" target="_blank">http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/12/04/189s670127.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new air quality monitoring system will keep track of PM 2.5 at a station situated between China's Beijing and Tianjin municipalities. PM 2.5 refers to the fine airborne particles that are considered extremely hazardous to people's health as they go deeper into the lungs than the larger particles that exist in the air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences has joined forces with the Tianjin Municipal Meteorological Bureau to establish the first comprehensive atmospheric environment monitoring system for the Beijing-Tianjin area../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:15:32 +0000 kaye 7845 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Heavy fog in Beijing bodes ill for pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7856 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/04/content_14210631.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-12/04/content_14210631.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Dense fog shrouded Beijing Sunday evening, causing experts and the public to worry about a likely drop in the capital's air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The Beijing Meterological Center on Sunday afternoon issued a code yellow alert to warn about fog in the capital, saying visibility would drop to less than 500 meters in most parts of the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The misty weather is forecast to persist over Sunday night and into Monday, according to the center../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:59:23 +0000 edeleon 7856 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Refurbishment of old buses soon: CM http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7842 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Lahore/04-Dec-2011/Refurbishment-of-old-buses-soon-CM" target="_blank">http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Lahore/04-Dec-2011/Refurbishment-of-old-buses-soon-CM</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government is strictly ensuring quality, transparency and timely completion about all development projects in the province. He said that besides improving the infrastructure, the government is implanting an effective strategy for providing best transport facilities to the masses. He said that a bus service has been launched in Lahore for providing comfortable and affordable transport facilities to the people in this regard and its scope is being extended gradually in all districts of the province. </p> News Public transport Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:10:55 +0000 kaye 7842 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal India: Single card planned for ticket-free travel across country http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7847 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.in.msn.com/business/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5647398" target="_blank">http://news.in.msn.com/business/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5647398</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-12-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) A single rechargeable pre-paid card would soon allow commuters across the country to travel by various modes of transport without the hassle of buying separate tickets, an official said Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The 'Common Mobility Card' would be launched Dec 6 by Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath at the Urban Mobility India (UMI) conference-cum-exhibition here../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport India News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:26:41 +0000 kaye 7847 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Smog spawns environmental awareness in China http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7848 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.asp?id=36117" target="_blank">http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.asp?id=36117</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-12-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- As the press has been spilling gallons of ink over the country's air quality issues, a cartoon entitled "I gauge air quality for my motherland" is spreading widely via the Internet../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The cartoon, clearly inspired by the popular poster "I exploit crude oil for my motherland" in the 1960s, portrays two middle-aged men holding up air quality sensors and a young lady with a map in hand, looking serious, sleeves rolled up, against a backdrop of a hazy skyline and floating red flags../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:34:06 +0000 kaye 7848 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal The reality of adapting to uncertain climate forecasts http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7861 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15996986" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15996986</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-12-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>magine spending millions of pounds on a barrier to defend thousands of homes from a river bursting its banks but not being totally sure how high it might rise../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Think of expanding a reservoir to hold more water for a rapidly growing population but without clear advice on how rainfall patterns may shift and affect supplies../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Spare a thought for the wine-maker trying to decide which variety of grape to plant knowing that it might take five years to see if a new one thrives../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Atmospheric modeling Climate change and global warming Global Mon, 05 Dec 2011 02:09:27 +0000 edeleon 7861 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Climate deal pushed by poorest nations http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7859 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15992519" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15992519</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-12-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world's poorest countries have asked that talks on a new climate deal covering all nations begin immediately../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>At the UN climate summit, the Least Developed Countries bloc and small island states tabled papers saying the deal should be finalised within a year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Many of them are vulnerable to climate impacts such as drought or inundation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The move puts the blocs on a collision course not only with many rich nations, but also with developing world partners such as China, India and Brazil../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Global Mon, 05 Dec 2011 02:05:19 +0000 edeleon 7859 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Satellite gives good news on air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7852 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/12/01/Satellite-gives-good-news-on-air-pollution/UPI-39771322777569/" target="_blank">http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/12/01/Satellite-gives-good-news-on-air-pollution/UPI-39771322777569/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-12-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An instrument on a NASA satellite has confirmed major reductions in air pollution by coal power plants in the eastern United States, researchers say../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Ozone Monitoring Instrument on the Aura satellite saw reductions in sulfur dioxide, a key air pollutant that contributes to the formation of acid rain and can cause serious health problems, a NASA release said Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>About two-thirds of sulfur dioxide pollution in American air comes from coal power plants, NASA said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring USA News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:43:56 +0000 kaye 7852 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Modern transport network to be extended to whole province: CM http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7849 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C12%5C01%5Cstory_1-12-2011_pg13_8" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C12%5C01%5Cstory_1-12-2011_pg13_8</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-12-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif, on Wednesday, travelled as an ordinary commuter along with other citizens, without any security or protocol, in the newly launched urban transport bus service in the metropolis. </p> <p>The passengers were surprised to see the CM travelling amidst them like an ordinary citizen, and the bus resounded with the slogans of “Punjab CM Zindabad”. </p> <p>Urban Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan also accompanied the CM, who paid for the bus ticket and later inquired the fellow passengers about the newly launched bus service. </p> News Public transport Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:35:27 +0000 kaye 7849 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Commuters anxiously waiting for CDA’s CNG bus service http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7850 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C12%5C01%5Cstory_1-12-2011_pg11_7" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C12%5C01%5Cstory_1-12-2011_pg11_7</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-12-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ISLAMABAD: Thousands of commuters, who daily travel between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, are anxiously waiting for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, which the authorities concerned announced to ply repeatedly../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Pakistan News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:36:18 +0000 kaye 7850 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shift to Monitor Pollutants in Air in Major Cities by CPCB http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7853 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=77820" target="_blank">http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=77820</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-11-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dust in ambient air was being monitored as SPM (particulate matter less than 100 micron) and PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 micron) under National Air Monitoring programme (NAMP) earlier. Now, there is a shift to monitoring of PM10 at all locations and PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 micron), which is also being monitored at select locations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring India News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:45:25 +0000 kaye 7853 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vietnam: Transport safety gains attention http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7843 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Social-Isssues/218140/Transport-safety-gains-attention.html" target="_blank">http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Social-Isssues/218140/Transport-safety-gains-attention.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-11-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>HA NOI — It was announced that 2012 would be observed as "The transport safety year" at a conference organised by the National Transport Safety Committee in the capital city yesterday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Addressing the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, also the committee's chairman, said that transport safety was a hot social topic, requiring the involvement of all sectors in settling../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"2012 should be considered a pivotal year for law and order in transport safety," Phuc emphasised../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Vietnam Road safety News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:12:25 +0000 kaye 7843 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 50% of Bangalore’s air pollution caused due to dust http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7851 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_exclusive-50pct-of-bangalores-air-pollution-caused-due-to-dust_1618349" target="_blank">http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_exclusive-50pct-of-bangalores-air-pollution-caused-due-to-dust_1618349</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-11-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are suffering from dust allergies, then Bangalore is the last place you should be living in. A study conducted by The Energy Research Institute (Teri) has found that 50% of Bangalore’s air pollution is caused due to dust../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution India Bangalore, India News from around the world Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:40:22 +0000 kaye 7851 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Chugging with commuters packed like sardines http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7798 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Chennai/article2644508.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Chennai/article2644508.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-11-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even at 9 p.m. on any working day, the crowd at most stations on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram EMU section refuses to thin down. It is worse during the rush hour (9 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.) when almost every inch of the platforms is occupied. For decades, the suburban EMU service has been the lifeline for thousands of people. Though the passenger volume on this network is growing by at least eight per cent every year, the facilities available for the users leaves much to be desired. Shobana Jai Kumar, a software professional shuttles between Guindy and Tambaram every day../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Rails and metros India Chennai, India Mon, 21 Nov 2011 02:41:08 +0000 edeleon 7798 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Temperatures to drop across China http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7797 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/20/content_14127928.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/20/content_14127928.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-11-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Temperatures are expected to drop in most parts of the country over the next three days as the cold wave still lingers, China's meteorological authorities said Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Temperatures in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will fall by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius over the next three days, while parts of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, northeastern China and areas along the Yangtze and Huai rivers will see temperatures down by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius, the National Meteorological Center said in a statement on its website../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming P.R. China Mon, 21 Nov 2011 02:39:19 +0000 edeleon 7797 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Can smaller pack size help smokers quit? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7799 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/17/opinion/sindelar-cigarette-packs/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/17/opinion/sindelar-cigarette-packs/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-11-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) -- A few years ago, researchers at Cornell made a remarkable discovery: When unsuspecting diners were given self-refilling bowls, they consumed almost twice as much soup as those with normal bowls. In other words, it was the quantity in the bowl that determined how much they ate, not their appetite../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health Indoor air pollution Mon, 21 Nov 2011 02:47:22 +0000 edeleon 7799 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Green experimental zone planned http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7796 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/17/content_14108578.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/17/content_14108578.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-11-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The State Council decided on Wednesday to establish an experimental zone for ecological protection in Sanjiangyuan on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The experimental zone, which covers 21 counties in four Tibetan autonomous prefectures as well as a township in Golmud in Qinghai province, is expected to explore a mechanism for the ecological development and environment protection, according to the State Council executive meeting presided by Premier Wen Jiabao../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Mon, 21 Nov 2011 02:38:13 +0000 edeleon 7796 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal State may have to rely on imported coal for new thermal projects http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7767 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article2625049.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article2625049.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-11-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) is mulling over the option of using importe../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/d coal alone for five of its upcoming thermal projects._lt.css;/p> <p>The power utility has been compelled to study the option as Coal India, the major supplier to the TANGEDCO, has pleaded helplessness in providing coal linkage to new projects in view of “acute shortage”, says an official. Environmental clearance, the most important approval for a power project, will be given by the Union government normally after coal linkage is firmed up../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-Coal India Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:27:49 +0000 edeleon 7767 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal UK air pollution 'puts lives at risk' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7768 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15693627" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15693627</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-11-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The government's failure to meet EU standards on air pollution is "putting the health of UK residents at risk", says the Environmental Audit Committee../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Bad air quality costs the nation £8.5-20bn per year via poor health, it says, and can cut life expectancy by years../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Continued failure to meet EU standards could result in swingeing fines../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The committee says ministers' "apparent tactic" to avoid fines is to ask the European Commission for repeated extensions rather than curb pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Continue reading the main story<br /> “<br /> Start Quote</p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards UK Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:30:48 +0000 edeleon 7768 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 'Smog-eating' material breaking into the big time http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7770 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15694973" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15694973</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-11-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>What material can you find in toothpaste, sunscreen, solar cells, on the baseline at Wimbledon, in a Roman church, and along a tunnel in Brussels?</p> <p>Full marks if you guessed titanium dioxide, a nearly ubiquitous but wholly unsung material../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Its brilliant white has made it a staple in pigments - hence Wimbledon - but its eco-credentials are still coming to the fore../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Titanium dioxide does a couple of clever tricks that mean we may well be seeing a lot of it in the future: it's self-cleaning, and it breaks down pollutants in the air../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) UK Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:34:03 +0000 edeleon 7770 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Commissioning of India Kudankulam nuclear plant delayed http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7769 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15684591" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15684591</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-11-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Commissioning of a controversial planned nuclear plant in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been delayed by a few months, officials have told the BBC../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Kudankulam plant Chief Superintendent MK Balaji said that the delay was due to public protests at the site which had disrupted building work../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>He said that the site had been subjected to a total blockade by protesters since 13 October../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Protesters say the facility is unsafe and in an earthquake area../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>They fear a repeat of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant. But officials say it is in a low seismic activity area../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions India Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:32:11 +0000 edeleon 7769 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air in many China cities remains highly polluted http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7755 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.shanghaidaily.com" target="_blank">http://www.shanghaidaily.com</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-11-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly 40 percent of major Chinese cities, including the capital of Beijing, had air pollution exceeding the country's official limits during the first six months this year, according to a wide-ranging environmental report from the state environmental watchdog. </p> <p>Shanghai's air quality reached the national "fair quality" standard but the results were not comforting. The report showed that inhalable particulates measuring less than 10 microns in diameter, a benchmark airborne pollution indicator, rose by 25 percent in Shanghai during the first half of this year from a year earlier. </p> News Air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:55:30 +0000 kaye 7755 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing under pressure to tighten air monitoring http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7749 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/07/content_14045988.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/07/content_14045988.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-11-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China's real estate tycoon Pan Shiyi on Sunday joined a growing group of media and public intellectuals to call for using tighter monitoring standards to rein in Beijing's air pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Pan, chairman of SOHO China, one of the largest developers in Beijing, initiated a public voting on his micro-blogging space on Sina Weibo to urge the authorities to use PM2.5, a widely used measurement to gauge finest particles in air, to check Beijing's air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 07 Nov 2011 02:39:33 +0000 edeleon 7749 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Dirty secrets: What's behind carbon's rise? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7771 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15619962" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15619962</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-11-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Late last week, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which hosts the US's official emission-counting agency, released data showing a huge surge in carbon dioxide emissions from 2009 to 2010../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Now, consultants Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has an analysis showing that greenhouse gas emissions rose by more than economic growth../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>And this in a world where the vast majority of governments have endorsed reports saying that man-made climate change is set to bring serious impacts to societies and economies unless it's checked../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>So what's going on?</p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming Global Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:37:22 +0000 edeleon 7771 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution causing stronger cyclones, study finds http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7754 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.scidev.net/en/agriculture-and-environment/tropical-cyclones-1/news/air-pollution-causing-stronger-cyclones-study-finds.html" target="_blank">http://www.scidev.net/en/agriculture-and-environment/tropical-cyclones-1/news/air-pollution-causing-stronger-cyclones-study-finds.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-11-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Air pollution from soot and aerosol emissions is making cyclones over the Middle East and South Asia more destructive, according to a study../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Natural differences in wind speed and direction over different heights in the atmosphere, known as 'wind shear', normally keep cyclones in check — effectively tearing the storms apart before they reach a certain size../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Asia News from around the world Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:54:28 +0000 kaye 7754 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Half of Beijing restaurants ignore smoking ban http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7748 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/06/content_14045806.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-11/06/content_14045806.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-11-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - A survey conducted by an environmental group finds that a government ban on smoking in indoor public venues has been completely ignored by half of Beijing's restaurants, a finding that underscores the challenges of controlling tobacco in a country with 300 million smokers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The Daerwen Nature Quest Agency, a civil environmental group, conducted the five-month survey of 51 mid-range and low-end restaurants in Beijing in May after the smoking ban was enacted by the Ministry of Health../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Impacts-Health Indoor air pollution P.R. China Mon, 07 Nov 2011 02:35:13 +0000 edeleon 7748 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Government planning to cut sales tax on petro products http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7746 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/karnataka/article2603553.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/karnataka/article2603553.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-11-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're looking at ways of reducing the burden on people: Chief Minister</p> <p>The State Government is planning to cut the sales tax on petro products in the light of the recent hike in the petrol price../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The sales tax on petro products in Karnataka is one of the highest in the country, and unlike West Bengal or Kerala, Karnataka has not reduced the local taxes../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>There have been 11 increases in the price of petro products in 11 months, and two since D.V. Sadananda Gowda took charge as Chief Minister../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-Diesel Fuels-Gasoline Fuels-General India Mon, 07 Nov 2011 02:30:06 +0000 edeleon 7746 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Electric taxis to triple in Beijing next year http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7747 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/metro/2011-11/06/content_14045878.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/metro/2011-11/06/content_14045878.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-11-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beijing will increase the number of its fleet of electric taxis from 50 to 150 by May 2012, said an official from Yanqing, a county in northwestern Beijing where an electric car pilot operation is underway../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The program in Yanqing is the biggest of its kind in North China, said Wu Shijiang, vice director of the transportation bureau of the county. The 50 electric taxis in operation were developed by Beiqi Foton Motor Co Ltd, the biggest commercial vehicle manufacturer in China in terms of production and sales../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming Electric vehicles P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China Mon, 07 Nov 2011 02:33:28 +0000 edeleon 7747 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Fresh coal stocks for power plants despatched http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7723 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/article2589256.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/article2589256.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-11-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>To improve the power situation, the Union Coal Ministry has despatched fresh stocks of coal to power stations across the country. It has also advised coal companies to ensure priority movement of the dry fuel to power stations to improve generation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A total of 141 rakes were despatched to the power sector, while another seven rakes and another 1.88-lakh tonnes of coal were also moved to various power stations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The coal companies have been advised to ensure priority movement of coal to the power stations. Last month, 128 rakes were dispatched to power stations../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions Fuels-Coal India Wed, 02 Nov 2011 03:03:40 +0000 edeleon 7723 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal BASIC countries show united front ahead of Durban meet http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7724 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2589530.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2589530.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-11-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>India, China, Brazil and South Africa – the BASIC group of developing countries – on Tuesday sought to bridge their differences and strike a common position ahead of this month’s climate change conference in Durban, calling on the West to ensure the extension of the Kyoto Protocol as well as step up financial and technological assistance to developing countries../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Brazil India P.R. China South Africa Wed, 02 Nov 2011 03:05:09 +0000 edeleon 7724 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Yet another increase in petrol price likely http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7725 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2588986.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2588986.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-11-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>It will be the fourth this year; last revision was in September<br /> Oil marketing companies are mulling a Rs.1.50 a litre hike in the price of petrol, the fourth this year, thanks to a falling rupee that has increased the cost of importe../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/d crude oil. And the high rates of levies on petrol will mean an effective hike of over Rs.1.80 per litre._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions Fuels-Diesel Fuels-Gasoline India Wed, 02 Nov 2011 03:07:23 +0000 edeleon 7725 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality suffers due to smog http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7727 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/31/content_14004274.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/31/content_14004274.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-10-31</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A visitor walks past the Bird's Nest, the main stadium for the 2008 Olympics, in thick fog on Sunday. [Photo by Wang Jing/China Daily]<br /> BEIJING - The capital's meteorological bureau issued its first heavy fog alert of the winter on Sunday, as low visibility forced the closure of six highways and caused delays or cancellations to more than 200 flights to or from the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> But although it is called a "fog alert", Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environment Affairs, said the hazes that have been smothering Beijing are really "smog"../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Wed, 02 Nov 2011 03:12:21 +0000 edeleon 7727 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Smog dims shine of India's festival of lights http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7718 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/25/us-india-festival-smoke-idUSTRE79O1OO20111025" target="_blank">http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/25/us-india-festival-smoke-idUSTRE79O1OO20111025</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-25</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(Reuters) - As the rest of the country celebrates the Festival of Lights, which falls on Wednesday this year, asthma sufferers like Prakash, 22, will be cooped up at home, dreading the blanket of smoke that worsens the already dire air quality. </p> <p>In New Delhi, the morning after Diwali always brings a blanket of thick white smog -- and the situation is getting worse../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board showed that noise and air pollution levels were higher during Diwali in 2010 than the previous year despite nationwide campaigns against firecrackers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health India News from around the world Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:17:07 +0000 kaye 7718 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Shanghai: Purifiers banned over levels of ozone http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7716 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.eastday.com/e/111024/u1a6166858.html" target="_blank">http://english.eastday.com/e/111024/u1a6166858.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-10-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>AIR purifiers releasing excessive levels of harmful ozone have been found on sale in the city, quality watchdogs reported over the weekend../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Machines made by two manufacturers - Shangjie and Broad - failed recent tests on 20 brands conducted by the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Shangjie SJ-1090B model and the Broad TB400 unit were discovered to release ozone in levels above the country's standard../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Ozone - a molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms - is used to sanitize and deodorize rooms../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Indoor air pollution P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:13:13 +0000 kaye 7716 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Fires, Rain Might Disrupt SEA Games http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7717 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/fires-rain-might-disrupt-sea-games/473646" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/fires-rain-might-disrupt-sea-games/473646</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-10-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the troubled 26th Southeast Asian Games approach, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency is racing to put out forest fires in South Sumatra that might disrupt the event../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency also known as BNPB, said fires and haze were still plaguing some parts of South Sumatra, which will co-host the sports event with Jakarta from Nov.11 to 22../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 8 South Sumatra had 1,792 fire hot spots. </p> News Transboundary pollution Indonesia Mega events News from around the world Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:15:25 +0000 kaye 7717 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal City gets more Games-type air monitoring centres http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7719 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-24/delhi/30315939_1_air-quality-monitoring-stations-air-pollution" target="_blank">http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-24/delhi/30315939_1_air-quality-monitoring-stations-air-pollution</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-10-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>NEW DELHI: The system for air quality forecasting and research (SAFAR) that was used to monitor and forecast air quality and weather conditions at various venues during the Commonwealth Games last October is now being installed across the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The project, that received a letter of excellence as the first such project to be implemented in India by the World Meteorological Organization, will also be replicated in six other metro cities, including Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderbad and Bangalore. Work in Pune has already begun and each year a different city will be targeted../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring India Commonwealth Games 2010 News from around the world Thu, 27 Oct 2011 03:34:20 +0000 kaye 7719 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Thousands get the itch to ride metro http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7680 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article2564659.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article2564659.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-10-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Move over Lalbagh and Cubbon Park. Namma Metro now seems to be a popular weekend attraction for families from across the city. On Saturday, BMRCL reported 70,000 footfalls, with ticket sales exceeding Rs. 12 lakh../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The queue at the M.G. Road Station stretched around the corner, with hundreds of people itching to get a feel of the metro../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Satya Narayan and his family had waited for around 30 minutes at M.G. Road Station for the train. “We will travel from M.G. Road to Byapannahalli and back, just to get the feel of the metro,” he said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros India Mon, 24 Oct 2011 02:30:52 +0000 edeleon 7680 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Plea to reconsider freight rate hike http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7678 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/article2555823.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/article2555823.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-10-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Southern Railways to reconsider its decision to increase freight rates../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>In a statement issued here on Thursday, its secretary J. Rajamohan said that for the past several years, the Railway Ministry had taken pride in presenting hike-free budget../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>However, all the while it had been indirectly increasing rates by changing the tariff numbers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Freight and logistics India Mon, 24 Oct 2011 02:26:28 +0000 edeleon 7678 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Can train technology reinvent the wheel? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7679 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9617577.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9617577.stm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rail transport has not fundamentally changed in the 200 years since the invention of metal rails but a new wave of transport ideas - from ones already in development to "concept" contraptions - could change the way we commute forever../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> A personal car that drives itself automatically to your destination may sound like science fiction but new "pods" at Heathrow Airport in London have achieved just that - taking passengers from car park to terminal quickly, easily and driven entirely autonomously../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros Mon, 24 Oct 2011 02:29:33 +0000 edeleon 7679 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Sidewalk demolition ‘not wise’ http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7667 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/10/18/capital/sidewalk-demolition-not-wise/342365.html" target="_blank">http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/10/18/capital/sidewalk-demolition-not-wise/342365.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The road-widening campaign of the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) that involves bulldozing sidewalks in the Capital has created furore among government officials, public and experts../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The MTPD, along with the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Department of Roads and Department of Transport Management, has initiated work to demolish sidewalks near major intersections at Nagpokhari, Baneshwor, Lainchaur, Tripureshowr and Shorhakhutte, among others, for what it calls facilitating smooth traffic../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking Nepal Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:07:54 +0000 edeleon 7667 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Widening urban roads not an easy task http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7659 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/article2542832.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/article2542832.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-10-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Road widening works that are completed on time are few and far between../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>When widening works are taken up and time schedules get extended, road users are the worst hit. Chaos on the roads lead to traffic problems, minor accidents, and frequent damage to vehicles../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The widening works on Marudhamalai Road are extended by two months and the works on Mettupalayam Road, which should have got over in May this year, are expected to be completed by the end of December../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Transport demand management (TDM) India Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:21:19 +0000 edeleon 7659 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Coal supply stepped up to power sector http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7658 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/business/article2540485.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/business/article2540485.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-10-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>With fears being expressed about factory output and manufacturing growth being impacted by the power crisis prevailing in various parts of the country, the Coal Ministry on Saturday said it had stepped up supplies to power firms to overcome the crisis of load shedding../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>DESPATCHES</p> <p>With many parts of Northern, Eastern and Southern regions undergoing load shedding and power cuts, the Coal Ministry said in a statement here that it had increased the coal despatch to 180 rakes out of which 149 rakes have been supplied to the power sector../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions Fuels-Coal India Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:17:18 +0000 edeleon 7658 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Could the US crack high-speed rail? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7656 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15251180" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15251180</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-10-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A conference in New York is looking at plans to spend $600bn (£380bn) on a national network of high-speed railways, to rival continental Europe's. But how likely is it to happen?</p> <p>The fastest train in the US pulls slowly out of platform 10 at New York's Penn Station, heading west../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Keeping a leisurely pace on the other side of the Hudson River, the Empire State Building sticks stubbornly to the horizon before eventually receding into the distance. Thirteen minutes later, the Acela Express makes its first stop, in Newark../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>This is high-speed rail, American-style../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Rails and metros USA Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:09:44 +0000 edeleon 7656 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China to break ground on UHV power project http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7657 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/14/content_13900583.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/14/content_13900583.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-10-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Construction on the country's second ultra-high voltage (UHV) power transmission project will commence soon and is expected to be completed in 2013, according to the State Grid Corporation of China../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Authorities with the State Grid, one of China's two power grid operators, reviewed the design of the Huainan-Shanghai UHV alternating current pilot project earlier this week, marking the final step before embarking on construction, according to State Grid sources../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions P.R. China Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:11:10 +0000 edeleon 7657 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Program helps cut 14 m tonnes of carbon dioxide a year http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7627 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/09/content_13857924.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/09/content_13857924.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-10-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - A program to promote sales of energy-efficient consumer goods launched by the Chinese government has reduced emissions by 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year since it was implemented, official data showed../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planner, and the Ministry of Finance started the program in June 2009, which offered at least 16 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) for consumers of energy-efficient home appliances and automobiles../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming P.R. China Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:16:24 +0000 edeleon 7627 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environmental rule set to shift http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7630 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/10/content_13858822.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/10/content_13858822.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-10-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Local governments at all levels are expected to face stronger obligations to protect the environment, and polluters will face much heavier fines, according to a draft proposal to amend China's decades-old Environmental Protection Law../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The environmental and resources protection committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) is currently soliciting advice on the draft proposal, which is expected to be reviewed by the standing committee of the NPC as early as December, said Bie Tao, a senior official from the Ministry of Environmental Protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:23:49 +0000 edeleon 7630 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China to cut gasoline, diesel prices http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7628 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/08/content_13851411.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/08/content_13851411.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-10-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China will reduce retail prices for gasoline and diesel by 300 yuan (about $47) per tonne starting October 9, the country's top economic planner said on Saturday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The benchmark retail price of gasoline will be cut by 0.22 yuan per liter and diesel by 0.26 yuan per liter, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The decrease marks the first fuel price reduction since June 1, 2010. Over the past 16 months, the NDRC has raised fuel prices four times following escalating global crude prices../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Fuels-Diesel Fuels-Gasoline Fuels-General P.R. China Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:18:44 +0000 edeleon 7628 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China: Authorities Plan to Tighten Air Quality Standards http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7623 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/10/04/2561s661223.htm" target="_blank">http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/10/04/2561s661223.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The environmental authorities are proposing to strengthen the standards on air quality, which could lessen the number of official blue-sky days for many cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The new standards on air quality will include regulations on the monitoring and publication of particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), which are not currently included in determining the air pollution index (API), said Zhao Hualin, director of the pollution prevention department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:09:18 +0000 kaye 7623 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Singapore: More 'commuter-centric' public transport planned http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7620 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111004-0000152/More-commuter-centric-public-transport-planned" target="_blank">http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111004-0000152/More-commuter-centric-public-transport-planned</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SINGAPORE - Even as comprehensive measures are underway - with more in the pipeline - to improve the public transport system, the vehicle growth rate will be slashed further as the expansion of the Republic's road network slows../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>At the same time, the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) operating hours could be shortened during evening peak periods in the Central Business District and the north-bound portion of the Central Expressway (CTE). </p> News Public transport Sustainable transport Transport demand management (TDM) Singapore News from around the world Tue, 04 Oct 2011 02:19:43 +0000 kaye 7620 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Plan to tighten air quality standards http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7629 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/04/content_13835678.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/04/content_13835678.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The environmental authorities are proposing to strengthen the standards on air quality, which could lessen the number of official blue-sky days for many cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The new standards on air quality will include regulations on the monitoring and publication of particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), which are not currently included in determining the air pollution index (API), said Zhao Hualin, director of the pollution prevention department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:21:15 +0000 edeleon 7629 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Singapore: Govt set to curb vehicle population http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7621 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/Story/A1Story20111004-303015.html" target="_blank">http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/Story/A1Story20111004-303015.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Singapore's vehicle growth rate is set to be revised downwards this month to further limit vehicle growth../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew told this to reporters on Tuesday but did not reveal the exact figure../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The current growth rate stands at 1.5 per cent and was last reduced in 2009. It was halved from three per cent to the current 1.5 per cent../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>In his first wide-ranging interview with Singapore media, Mr Lui said: 'For the next three-year phase, it will not stay at 1.5 per cent but it will have to come down.'</p> News Transport demand management (TDM) Singapore News from around the world Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:06:48 +0000 kaye 7621 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China rethinks air pollution reporting http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7625 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2011/10/04/China-rethinks-air-pollution-reporting/UPI-17011317746921/" target="_blank">http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2011/10/04/China-rethinks-air-pollution-reporting/UPI-17011317746921/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-10-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- China has proposed stricter standards for determining its air pollution index../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Currently China's index is derived from measurements of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants. But the government doesn't include data for the finest particle pollutants, those of 2.5 micrometers or less, known as PM2.5../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Experts say these ultra-fine particles, caused mostly by cars and coal burning, can easily penetrate the lungs and bloodstream../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:17:31 +0000 kaye 7625 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Singapore: Vehicle growth rate to be cut http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7619 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1156998/1/.html" target="_blank">http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1156998/1/.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-10-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SINGAPORE: Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew has said that Singapore's annual vehicle growth cap would be cut further from next year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Mr Lui did not say how much lower it will go. The quantum, he said, would be announced in October../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Mr Lui said this in an interview with the local media ahead of the opening of the new Parliament sitting next week../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The annual allowable vehicle growth rate now stands at 1.5 per cent../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>One way Singapore manages its vehicle growth population is through the vehicle quota system../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Transport demand management (TDM) Singapore News from around the world Tue, 04 Oct 2011 02:16:20 +0000 kaye 7619 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Particulate matter three times higher in Delhi air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7624 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/Particulate-matter-three-times-higher-in-Delhi-air/Article1-752573.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.hindustantimes.com/Particulate-matter-three-times-higher-in-Delhi-air/Article1-752573.aspx</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-10-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Air pollution is slowly killing your heart. Micro-particles in the air expedite the absorption of lipids in the arteries, making them narrower, slowing blood flow that eventually leads to heart attacks../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>In Delhi, the average level of respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM, or PM10) in residential areas is 209 microgram/cubic metre, which is three times higher than the safe levels../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>About 55% of Delhi’s population lives within 500m of roads with high levels of air pollution, putting them at risk of cardiac and respiratory problems../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution India Delhi News from around the world Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:12:21 +0000 kaye 7624 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Arctic ozone loss at record level http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7612 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15105747" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15105747</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-10-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ozone loss over the Arctic this year was so severe that for the first time it could be called an "ozone hole" like the Antarctic one, scientists report../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>About 20km (13 miles) above the ground, 80% of the ozone was lost, they say../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The cause was an unusually long spell of cold weather at altitude. In cold conditions, the chlorine chemicals that destroy ozone are at their most active../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It is currently impossible to predict if such losses will occur again, the team writes in the journal Nature../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Ozone (O3) Global Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:19:32 +0000 edeleon 7612 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Activists propose vehicle-free zone on Laxmi Road http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7622 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-01/pune/30232692_1_vehicle-free-convenor-of-pedestrians-first-laxmi-road" target="_blank">http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-01/pune/30232692_1_vehicle-free-convenor-of-pedestrians-first-laxmi-road</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-10-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PUNE: Citizens groups have welcomed the civic proposal to implement motor vehicle-free pedestrian zone during the Diwali../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Non-motorized transport (NMT) India News from around the world Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:08:06 +0000 kaye 7622 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 'Better city, better life' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7608 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/01/content_13830503.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-10/01/content_13830503.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-10-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>China does not score high in terms of 'livable cities' but this depends on what yardstick is applied../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The idea of a "livable city" is much discussed in the West, but it is a relatively new concept in China../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> A 2011 survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report describes what a livable city looks like../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Dalian in Liaoning province is among the Chinese cities which gained public favor for its beautiful coastal scenery, comfortable weather and clean air. Liu Debin / for China Daily </p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:10:22 +0000 edeleon 7608 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Do aerosols have an impact on Indian monsoon? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7603 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article2498002.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article2498002.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><cite>Precipitation has dropped owing to human-influenced aerosols: study</cite></p> <p>Human activity that spews out fine particles into the atmosphere could be taking a toll on the Indian monsoon, leading to a decline in recent decades, say researchers in a paper being published online by the journal Science../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Aerosols Climate change and global warming India South Asia News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:42:15 +0000 kaye 7603 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air pollution is stunting India's monsoon http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7634 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20987-air-pollution-is-stunting-indias-monsoon.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news" target="_blank">http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20987-air-pollution-is-stunting-indias-monsoon.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>India has been drying out for half a century, and air pollution thousands of kilometres away is partly to blame../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The monsoon has been weakening since the 1950s. Indian air pollution has been blamed, but now it seems that emissions further afield are also a factor../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"The summer monsoon provides up to 80 per cent of total annual rainfall in south Asia, and supports 20 per cent of the world's population," says Yi Ming of Princeton University in New Jersey. With his colleagues, Ming used climate models to assess how different factors changed the monsoon../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Aerosols Air pollution India Asia News from around the world Wed, 12 Oct 2011 03:22:42 +0000 bert 7634 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Haze returns, could last through the weekend: NEA http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7601 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_718314.html" target="_blank">http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_718314.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The haze is back and could prevail during the weekend, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI), which measures air quality here, spiked to 69 in the evening on Thursday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Air is unhealthy when the index passes 100../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The haze this year first appeared here earlier this month, although it cleared periodically due to shifting wind directions../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution Singapore haze News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:35:06 +0000 kaye 7601 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing Railway Station braces for travel peak http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7609 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-09/30/content_13828775.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-09/30/content_13828775.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The square in front of Beijing Railway Station is filled with passengers on Sept 30, 2011, one day before the week-long National Day holiday. The number of passengers at the station reached its peak on Friday as the week-long holiday approached. About 69 million passengers are expected to travel by train during the 10-day period starting Wednesday, the Ministry of Railways (MOR) said.[Photo/Xinhua]</p> <p>Photo essay:<br /> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-09/30/content_13828775.htm" title="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-09/30/content_13828775.htm">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-09/30/content_13828775.htm</a></p> News Air quality standards Public transport Rails and metros P.R. China Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:13:24 +0000 edeleon 7609 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Paris launches electric car-sharing scheme http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7613 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15134136" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15134136</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Paris is launching its first car-sharing project as it aims to clear its traffic-clogged boulevards../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The backers hope the scheme will be a major boost for electric vehicles../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Autolib system is intended to build on the success of the Velib bicycle-rental service, similar to that operating in many European cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>A two-month pilot project will allow motorists to hire the battery-powered Bluecar for 30 minutes at a cost of four to eight euros../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Membership of the Autolib scheme will cost from 10 euros a day up to 144 euros a year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Sustainable transport Transport demand management (TDM) Vehicle emissions France Paris, France Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:21:47 +0000 edeleon 7613 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ‘Karachi crosses all limits of pollution’ http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7599 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C09%5C30%5Cstory_30-9-2011_pg12_2" target="_blank">http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C09%5C30%5Cstory_30-9-2011_pg12_2</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-30</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KARACHI: Karachi has crossed all limits of air, smoke and industrial pollutions, putting the health of citizens at risk. The global warming and change in seasonal and monsoon patterns could cause more heavy rains in the city. There is need to take swift and result-oriented actions to clean Malir, Lyari and all other storm-water drains besides removing encroachments of them to avoid overflows and maintain the beauty of the metropolis../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:30:01 +0000 kaye 7599 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Wind turbine contract signed between China and Spain http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7610 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/29/content_13821702.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/29/content_13821702.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Madrid - Gamesa, a global technology leader in the wind energy industry, today signed an agreement to supply 200 MW to Huadian New Energy Development Company, which calls for the supply and installation of G90-2.0 MW wind turbines between 2011 and 2012 in China's northern Inner Mongolia province../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels P.R. China Spain Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:15:16 +0000 edeleon 7610 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Aviation industry committed to reduce emissions by half in 2050 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7600 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/336008/aviation-industry-committed-reduce-emissions-half-2050" target="_blank">http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/336008/aviation-industry-committed-reduce-emissions-half-2050</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MANILA, Philippines — Airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and manufacturers committed to improve fuel efficiency by 1.5% annually to 2020 and cut CO2 emissions in half by 2050, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) pledged../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Hence, the association is inviting governments to join industry as committed partners in a global approach to reducing aviation’s carbon emissions that could also include a global Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) or other compensation measures../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Sustainable transport Global News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:32:47 +0000 kaye 7600 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Power shortages likely to hit S China this winter http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7611 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/29/content_13820748.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/29/content_13820748.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - A senior official from the National Energy Administration (NEA) warned Thursday that power supply shortages are likely to occur in China's southern and central regions this winter as demand for electricity increases../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Hao Weiping, vice director of the NEA's electric power department, said that while demand for electricity will likely grow at a slower rate this winter, overall power demands will remain at a high level../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Hao said that regions that rely on hydroelectric power will be particularly prone to supply crunch during the cold weather../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions P.R. China Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:18:46 +0000 edeleon 7611 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Aerosols Altered Asian monsoons http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7604 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/09/aerosols-altered-asian-monsoons.html?ref=hp" target="_blank">http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/09/aerosols-altered-asian-monsoons.html?ref=hp</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer monsoons provide much of the water for agriculture, forestry, wetlands, and fisheries on the Indian subcontinent. But the pattern of rain in the region has shifted dramatically during the last half of the 20th century: The fertile Ganges Valley in north-central India became drier, while northwestern India, southern India, and Pakistan got wetter. In a new study, researchers pin the blame on sulfate, soot, and other aerosol particles from human activities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Aerosols Climate change and global warming India South Asia News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:43:34 +0000 kaye 7604 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Lanzhou has worst air in nation: report http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7598 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7607367.html" target="_blank">http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7607367.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lanzhou was the city with the worst air pollution while Haikou had the best air quality in the country, according to an air pollution report conducted recently in about 1,100 cities in 91 nations by the World Health Organization (WHO). </p> <p>The report revealed the average annual PM10 (particulate matter smaller than 10 microns) level, an air quality representation index, in Lanzhou, Northwest China's Gansu Province, was 150 μg/m3 (microgram per cubic meter), 130 μg/m3 more than the recommended healthy index of the WHO. </p> News Air pollution P.R. China Haikou, P.R. China Lanzhou, P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:28:37 +0000 kaye 7598 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal The 10 Most Air-Polluted Cities in the U.S. http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7606 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2095471_2095472,00.html?iid=moreontime" target="_blank">Time</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>by Bryan Walsh</p> <p>The World Health Organization has ranked cities around the world on their amount of particulate pollution in the air. Here's the dirtiest of the dirty in the U.S../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>10 - 9. Pittsburgh/San Diego<br /> 8.Hanford-Corcoran, Calif../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> 7 to 4. Visalia-Porterville, Calif./Hilo, Hawaii/Modesto, Calif./Fairbanks, Alaska<br /> 3. Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario, Calif../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> 2. Fresno, Calif../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> 1. Bakersfield, Calif../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality monitoring USA Fri, 30 Sep 2011 05:06:30 +0000 may 7606 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Singapore's air is the cleanest in region but ... http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7588 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110928-0000394/Singapores-air-is-the-cleanest-in-region-but-,,," target="_blank">http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110928-0000394/Singapores-air-is-the-cleanest-in-region-but-,,,</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-09-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SINGAPORE - While the air in Singapore is cleaner than it is in other South-east Asian countries, the Republic's outdoor air pollution reading exceeds the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended air quality guidelines, according to a report on about 1,100 cities released by the global body yesterday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>However, in a press release, the WHO noted that "only a few cities currently meet the WHO guideline values" - only 10 countries made the cut. </p> <p>The report looked at how many tiny air pollutant particles - PM10 particles - were recorded floating in the air in each city. </p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health Singapore Global News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:04:01 +0000 kaye 7588 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China Opposes EU Aviation Emissions Plan - Ministry http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7605 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2011/09/28/china-opposes-eu-aviation-emissions-plan-ministry/" target="_blank">http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2011/09/28/china-opposes-eu-aviation-emissions-plan-ministry/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-09-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING -(Dow Jones)- China opposes the European Union's plan to include airlines in its system to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday, in one of the first public government statements of the country's position../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport P.R. China European Union News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:53:57 +0000 kaye 7605 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing Gallery Puts a Focus on Global Warming http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7602 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/arts/design/three-shadows-gallery-in-beijing-turns-focus-on-global-warming.html?_r=1" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/arts/design/three-shadows-gallery-in-beijing-turns-focus-on-global-warming.html?_r=1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-09-28</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING — When George Mallory made a reconnaissance trip to the gargantuan glaciers at the foot of Mount Everest in Tibet before his ill-fated attempt to climb the mountain, he took photographs and noted the splendor: “Here is a pure beauty of form, a kind of ultimate harmony,” he wrote../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming P.R. China Beijing, P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:37:55 +0000 kaye 7602 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Two million die of air pollution each year: WHO http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7586 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2011-09/27/c_131161257.htm" target="_blank">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2011-09/27/c_131161257.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-09-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GENEVA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Two million people worldwide are estimated to die from air pollution each year, the Geneva based World Health Organization (WHO) said in its air quality report published on Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to data collected by the WHO from nearly 1,100 cities across 91 countries, elevated level of fine particle pollution, which could cause heart diseases, lung cancer, asthma and acute lower reparatory infections, are common across many urban areas, with some cities registering fine particle pollution levels 15 times as much as the WHO guidelines../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health Global News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:02:25 +0000 kaye 7586 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Ludhiana most polluted, Amritsar least in India http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7591 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/ludhiana-most-polluted-amritsar-least-in-india/852177/" target="_blank">http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/ludhiana-most-polluted-amritsar-least-in-india/852177/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-09-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ludhiana has got another tag: Most polluted city in the country. With 251 micrograms per cubic meter of particulate matter (PM) 10, the city’s bad air has pitch-forked it into the top most national rank../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Following Ludhiana with 209 micrograms per cubic meter is Kanpur, while Delhi ranks third with 198 and Lucknow and Indore with 186 and 174 micrograms per cubic meter PM10, respectively, round off the top five list../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution India Amritsar, India Ludhiana, India News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:09:16 +0000 kaye 7591 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Delhi Metro hailed for boosting air quality http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7584 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.envirotech-online.com/news/air-monitoring/6/breaking_news/delhi_metro_hailed_for_boosting_air_quality/16909/" target="_blank">http://www.envirotech-online.com/news/air-monitoring/6/breaking_news/delhi_metro_hailed_for_boosting_air_quality/16909/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-09-27</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The metro system in the Indian city of Delhi has been praised for its positive impact on air quality in the area../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It is the first network in the world to be granted carbon credits by the United Nations (UN), as it continues to provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to cars../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Indeed, it is believed that up to 1.8 million people use the trams on a daily basis, many of whom would use their own vehicles if the public transport was not available../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Rails and metros India Delhi, India News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:54:04 +0000 kaye 7584 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Tackling the global clean air challenge http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7607 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2011/air_pollution_20110926/en/index.html" target="_blank">WHO Media Center</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>26 SEPTEMBER 2011 | GENEVA - In many cities air pollution is reaching levels that threaten people's health according to an unprecedented compilation of air quality data released today by WHO. The information includes data from nearly 1100 cities across 91 countries, including capital cities and cities with more than 100 000 residents../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Over 2 million people die from indoor and outdoor air pollution</p> News Air quality monitoring Fri, 30 Sep 2011 05:25:55 +0000 may 7607 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal WHO: Iran, South Asia worst for city air pollution http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7587 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/09/26/general-eu-who-air-pollution_8701559.html" target="_blank">http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/09/26/general-eu-who-air-pollution_8701559.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GENEVA -- Cities in Iran, India, Pakistan and the capital of Mongolia rank among the worst on the planet for air pollution, while those in the U.S. and Canada are among the best, according to the first global survey released Monday by the World Health Organization../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz walked away with the unfortunate distinction of having the highest measured level of airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health Global News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:03:13 +0000 kaye 7587 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal WHO Ranks Air Pollution By City http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7585 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/who-ranks-air-pollution-by-city_n_980842.html" target="_blank">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/who-ranks-air-pollution-by-city_n_980842.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GENEVA — Cities in Iran, India, Pakistan and the capital of Mongolia rank among the worst on the planet for air pollution, while those in the U.S. and Canada are among the best, according to the first global survey by the World Health Organization../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz walked away with the unfortunate distinction of having the highest measured level of airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Asia Global News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:59:07 +0000 kaye 7585 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pakistan: Air pollution major factor to CVDs http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7589 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=116704" target="_blank">http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=116704</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-26</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Karachi—Particulate matter air pollution is fast emerging as a major factor contributory to cardiovascular (heart) diseases (CVD) in the country, said senior cardiologist, Prof. Asadullah Kundi here on Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>In his presentation on Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, during a seminar organized by National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) to commemorate World Heart Day, he said people inhaling toxic fumes are at grave risk to develop coronary complications../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Health Pakistan News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:04:57 +0000 kaye 7589 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environmental quality standards under change http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7573 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/23/content_13774917.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/23/content_13774917.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>EIJING - China will reevaluate and revise a series of environmental quality standards, including those for air, water, soil and noise, in the next five years, to improve the country's environmental quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Zhou Jian, vice minister of environmental protection, made the remarks Thursday at the seventh China International Forum on Environment and Development../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The country will set up or revise standards for pollutant emission limits in some key industry sectors with the major target of protecting people's health, Zhou said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Mon, 26 Sep 2011 02:31:53 +0000 edeleon 7573 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Editorial: Wrapping our brains around sustainability http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7572 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/opinion/2011/09/22/editorial-wrapping-our-brains-around-sustainability-180881" target="_blank">http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/opinion/2011/09/22/editorial-wrapping-our-brains-around-sustainability-180881</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thursday, September 22, 2011</p> <p>HERE are some fast facts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that would give you a picture of what the near future holds for our part of the world../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Sixty percent of world's population lives in Asia and the Pacific. The region's population density is 1.5 times higher than global average. Ten of the World's 25 largest and fastest-growing cities are in Asia../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Have something to report? Tell us in text, photos or videos../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Philippines Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:56:27 +0000 edeleon 7572 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China to reevaluate, revise environmental quality standards in next five years http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7582 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-09/23/c_131154684.htm" target="_blank">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-09/23/c_131154684.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>From the CAI-Asia China Office Newsletter Issue No.32. (Air Quality, Energy, Transport and Climate Change in China). To subscribe (free of charge), please send an email to mingming.liu@cai-asia.org</strong></p> <p>BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- China will reevaluate and revise a series of environmental quality standards, including those for air, water, soil and noise, in the next five years, to improve the country's environmental quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:49:18 +0000 kaye 7582 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Emission rules on power plants get tougher http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7574 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2011-09/22/content_13764129.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2011-09/22/content_13764129.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Thermal power plants will soon operate under tighter emission controls, with mercury output monitored for the first time, under new standards released on Sept 21 to tackle worsening pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The rules, to take effect on Jan 1, 2012, place tougher restrictions on pollutants and will replace standards that were introduced in 2003../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Pollutants targeted include sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and soot, major contributors to acid rain../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Air quality standards P.R. China Mon, 26 Sep 2011 02:33:35 +0000 edeleon 7574 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Car Free Day fails to get traffic off roads http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7575 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/22/content_13774265.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/22/content_13774265.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - Traffic congestion in major Chinese cities showed little signs of easing during morning rush hours on Thursday, as more than 142 Chinese cities marked the country's fifth Car Free Day../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The only notable change in Beijing took place on the streets near the National Stadium -- also known as the Bird's Nest -- in the northern part of the city, where the municipal government banned private cars from being driven../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The transport authorities added 300 bus shuttles to deal with residents' traffic needs../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality standards Transport demand management (TDM) Vehicle emissions P.R. China Mon, 26 Sep 2011 02:35:04 +0000 edeleon 7575 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal MEP Released the Emission Standard of Air Pollutants for Thermal Power Plants—Higher Environmental Access to Thermal Power Industry http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7583 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.mep.gov.cn/News_service/news_release/201109/t20110927_217785.htm" target="_blank">http://english.mep.gov.cn/News_service/news_release/201109/t20110927_217785.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-09-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>From the CAI-Asia China Office Newsletter Issue No.32. (Air Quality, Energy, Transport and Climate Change in China). To subscribe (free of charge), please send an email to mingming.liu@cai-asia.org</strong></p> <p>Ministry of Environmental Protection and General Administration of Quality Supervision,Inspection and Quarantine jointly released the newly revised Emission Standard of Air Pollutants for Thermal Power Plants not long ago, which will be put into effect as of January 1, 2012. </p> News Air quality standards Energy and industry emissions P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:51:04 +0000 kaye 7583 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Smart public transport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7569 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/09/20/oped/smart-public-transport/341074.html" target="_blank">http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/09/20/oped/smart-public-transport/341074.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-09-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am far away from Kathmandu but I don’t know from where Kathmandu’s city officials have gotten the idea of introducing double decker buses for city transportation. I am sure they have good intentions and Kathmandu does badly need a good public transportation system in place. But anybody who has been to Kathmandu, even for a short visit, can quickly see how ludicrous the double decker idea is. The idea is bad not because double decker buses are bad. In fact, they are cute things to ride. Except, where would we ride them? On what kind of roads?</p> News Public transport Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal News from around the world Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:41:10 +0000 kaye 7569 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China Shuts Solar Panel Factory After Antipollution Protests http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7590 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/world/asia/china-shuts-solar-panel-factory-after-anti-pollution-protests.html?_r=1" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/world/asia/china-shuts-solar-panel-factory-after-anti-pollution-protests.html?_r=1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have suspended production at a solar panel factory after protests by residents who blame the plant for fouling the air and water, a government Web site said Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Since Thursday, the Zhejiang JinkoSolar Company factory has drawn hundreds of protesters, some of whom overturned vehicles and ransacked offices inside the plant in the city of Haining, in Zhejiang Province../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Energy and industry emissions P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:06:52 +0000 kaye 7590 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Smart phone apps help cyclists explore the world http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7560 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/article2464696.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/article2464696.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-09-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bulky distance gauges on bicycles are history../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Nowadays, cyclists want to log their distance with a smart phone or satellite navigation device that can also help them if they get lost../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Thus, no detail remains unknown. For example, a bike ride from Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie to Westend takes 30 minutes and 38 seconds, assuming an average speed of 19.7 kilometres for the 10-kilometre stretch. And all that information is registered on a smart phone app../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Cycling Non-motorized transport (NMT) Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:50:00 +0000 edeleon 7560 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Namma Metro launch may be delayed again http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7561 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article2462852.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article2462852.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-09-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The inauguration of the 6.7-km Reach I of Namma Metro is likely to be delayed again as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had agreed to dedicate the service to Bangaloreans, will not be in the country between September 21 and 27 as he is visiting New York to participate in the United Nations General Assembly meeting../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Originally, the Union Urban Development Ministry, which is funding the project, had sought Dr. Singh's nod for inaugurating the project on September 26. Even the Karnataka Government had agreed to the date../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport Rails and metros India Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:51:47 +0000 edeleon 7561 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality improves, wet weather ahead http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7557 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thesundaily.my/news/143773" target="_blank">http://www.thesundaily.my/news/143773</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-09-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PETALING JAYA (Sept 14, 2011): Air quality across the peninsula improved today with no Air Pollutant Index (API) readings exceeding 80 toward the evening, despite heavy smog in some areas hampering visibility../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to the Department of Environment (DOE) website, Alor Setar had the poorest air quality with a moderate API reading of 76 at 5pm, followed by Seberang Jaya 2 (69), Seri Manjung (68) and Ipoh (65). Twenty three areas had good air quality and 29 recorded moderate air quality at 5pm../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Malaysia haze News from around the world Thu, 15 Sep 2011 06:28:43 +0000 kaye 7557 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Urbanisation's varying impacts on ecosystem services http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7555 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14804551" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14804551</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-09-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Different urbanisation policies have varying impacts on a region's ecosystem services, researchers report../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Dense housing leads to an increase in concrete and asphalt, reducing areas' flood mitigation services, they say../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>And low density housing does not affect flood mitigation services but does reduce land availability for food and carbon storage, the UK team adds../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The study was presented at the British Ecological Society's (BES) annual meeting at the University of Sheffield../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:14:02 +0000 edeleon 7555 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 22 areas record good air quality, 28 moderate http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7556 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/09/13/22-areas-record-good-air-quality-28-moderate/" target="_blank">http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/09/13/22-areas-record-good-air-quality-28-moderate/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-09-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KUALA LUMPUR: The Air Pollution Index (API) reading showed that 22 areas in the country have good air quality while 28 more areas recorded moderate quality as at 11am yesterday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Department of Environment (DOE) also reported that no area had recorded unhealthy API../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to the DOE website, five areas with the lowest API readings were Bintulu, Sarawak (17), Langkawi, Kedah (18), Miri, Sarawak (20), Limbang, Sarawak (23) and Kangar, Perlis (23)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Malaysia News from around the world Thu, 15 Sep 2011 06:27:44 +0000 kaye 7556 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Organizers downplay haze threat at Games http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7550 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/09/13/organizers-downplay-haze-threat-games.html" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/09/13/organizers-downplay-haze-threat-games.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-09-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PALEMBANG: Local organizers of the 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) say haze and smoke from burning peatlands in South Sumatra’s forests will not hamper the event, despite the potential for health-related problems../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Indonesian Sports Council’s (KONI) South Sumatra chief, Muddai Maddang, said that he was confident that the smoke problems that have lasted for a month would soon be overcome../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Indonesia Asia Jakarta, Indonesia Palembang, Indonesia News from around the world Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:09:38 +0000 kaye 7550 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Iran nuclear plant gets official launch http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7551 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/09/12/iran.nuclear.plant/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/09/12/iran.nuclear.plant/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Iran plans a ceremony to launch a controversial nuclear power plant Monday, the country's government-backed Press TV reported, making it the first nation in the Middle East to put a civilian nuclear power plant online../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> The Bushehr nuclear plant was connected to the national energy grid on September 3, the country's Atomic Energy Organization announced the following day../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> Iran's Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Sunday that Iran was committed to nuclear non-proliferation and international atomic energy standards, Press TV reported../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels Energy and industry emissions Iran Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:23:28 +0000 edeleon 7551 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Indonesia Smokes Up its Neighbors http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7548 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3738&Itemid=226" target="_blank">http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3738&Itemid=226</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite numerous promises by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that it would stop, the burning of Indonesia’s rainforest is continuing, to the point where the haze is so thick that schools are closing, airplanes are being diverted and has reached the point where 60 percent of Malaysia is experiencing moderate pollution. </p> News Transboundary pollution Indonesia Malaysia Singapore haze News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:57:38 +0000 kaye 7548 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Motorists may face traffic jams today http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7552 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/article2446549.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/article2446549.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorists are likely to face severe traffic jams on the arterial roads with the immersion of Ganesh idols expected to continue till at least 10 a.m. on Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The earlier plans of completing the immersion by 7 a.m. on Monday went awry and the authorities are preparing themselves to tackle traffic jams as the general traffic would not be allowed on NTR Ghat road and Tank Bund till the immersion is completed. The procession was delayed due to non-availability of vehicles and cranes to lift the idols and place them in lorries../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) Two and three wheelers Vehicle emissions India Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:24:35 +0000 edeleon 7552 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality in Tanjung Malim reaches unhealthy level http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7549 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thesundaily.my/news/140559" target="_blank">http://www.thesundaily.my/news/140559</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PETALING JAYA (Sept 12, 2011): Hazy conditions continued to beset parts of West Malaysia today with several areas recording a drop in air quality while others suffered poor visibility../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Tanjung Malim recorded the poorest air quality with an unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) reading of 107 at 5pm, Bukit Rambai (89), Nilai (89) and Larkin Lama (86), followed according to the Department of Environment website../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution Indonesia Malaysia Asia haze News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:42:21 +0000 kaye 7549 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Poor air quality, visibility in several parts of Singapore http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7539 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/Singaporeinbrief/EDC110912-0000230/Poor-air-quality,-visibility-in-several-parts-of-Singapore" target="_blank">http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/Singaporeinbrief/EDC110912-0000230/Poor-air-quality,-visibility-in-several-parts-of-Singapore</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-12</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Residents in several parts of Singapore - including Chinatown and Marina Bay - reported hazy skies and the smell of smoke in the air yesterday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The 24-hour PSI reading as at 4pm yesterday was 55, slipping to the moderate range from the previous 41, which was in the good range../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution Singapore haze News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:57:51 +0000 kaye 7539 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Davao transport study done; Will Cebu City plan need flyovers? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7542 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/56941/davao-transport-study-done-will-cebu-city-plan-need-flyovers" target="_blank">http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/56941/davao-transport-study-done-will-cebu-city-plan-need-flyovers</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-09-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>While a debate swirls in Cebu City over the wisdom of building two new flyovers and how to plan a “liveable city,” Davao City has wrapped up a wide-ranging study for urban transportation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The study was done by a consultancy firm of Dr. Primitivo Cal, the Cebuano urban planner whom some local businessmen hope to tap to update a transportation master plan for Metro Cebu up to 2030../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“Davao is already ahead of us in making its master plan,” lamented businessman Bunny Pages, in a meeting earlier this week with a newly formed citizens movement called “Stop Cebu Flyovers.”</p> News Sustainable transport Philippines Cebu, Philippines Davao, Philippines News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:07:15 +0000 kaye 7542 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Poor air quality and visibility in several parts of S'pore http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7543 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1152409/1/.html" target="_blank">http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1152409/1/.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-09-11</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SINGAPORE: Residents in several parts of Singapore reported hazy skies and the smell of smoke in the air. They include areas such as Chinatown and Marina Bay../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The 24-hour PSI reading as at 4pm on Sunday was 55, slipping to the moderate range from the previous 41, which was in the good range../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>NEA said on its website that the Southwest Monsoon season from June to September is the traditional dry season for the southern ASEAN region../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution Singapore haze News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:08:00 +0000 kaye 7543 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Aircraft Take to Skies to Thwart Fires http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7545 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/aircraft-take-to-skies-to-thwart-fires/464538" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/aircraft-take-to-skies-to-thwart-fires/464538</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-09-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>An alarming rise in the number of high-temperature hot spots and haze-causing fires has prompted the deployment of aircraft for rain-making operations. </p> <p>South Sumatra, which will co-host the Southeast Asian Games in November, topped the list of regions with the highest number of hot spots, spots of high temperatures detected in satellite imaging that could indicate ground or forest fires. </p> News Air pollution Indonesia News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:15:45 +0000 kaye 7545 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal US targets more trade in green energy sector http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7553 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/10/content_13663045.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/10/content_13663045.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-09-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>XIAMEN, Fujian - The United States is seeking to expand bilateral trade and investment with China in energy market and energy efficiency technologies, as the US government plans to direct its economy toward clean energy, Brian L. Goldbeck, US consul general in Guangzhou, said on Friday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;br /> He made the remarks during the US-China Enterprises Investment Cooperation Forum on Energy Efficiency 2011 held in Xiamen, Fujian province, which is part of the five-day 15th China International Fair for Investment and Trade that opened on Wednesday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels Energy and industry emissions P.R. China USA Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:26:04 +0000 edeleon 7553 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Vietnam: Vehicle fumes to be cut from 2017 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7540 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Social-Isssues/215214/Vehicle-fumes-to-be-cut-from-2017.html" target="_blank">http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Social-Isssues/215214/Vehicle-fumes-to-be-cut-from-2017.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>HA NOI — The Government has set the time frame for stricter emission standards to be applied in an effort to mitigate air pollution caused by motor vehicles../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Only newly manufactured, assembled or importe../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/d motor vehicles will be required to comply with the tightened emission limits which will come into effect in 2017._lt.css;/p> <p>Automobiles will be required to increase standards from Euro 2 to Euro 4, and five years later, Euro 5../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Motorbikes will also have to comply with Euro 3 by the 2017 deadline../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Vehicle emissions Vietnam News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:59:19 +0000 kaye 7540 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Nilai records worst air quality http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7544 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/11three3/Article/" target="_blank">http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/11three3/Article/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KUALA LUMPUR: The Nilai area in Negri Sembilan recorded an unhealthy air quality, with an air pollutant index (API) reading of 101 at 11am yesterday, the Department of Environment said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Thirty-five other areas recorded a moderate air quality while the air quality in 15 other areas was good../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The reading in Bukit Rambai, Malacca was 96 at 11am while Petaling Jaya was at 94, Shah Alam (93) and Port Klang and Batu Muda at 88../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Malaysia News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:09:28 +0000 kaye 7544 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hazy conditons ahead with hotspots detected in Sumatra http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7537 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_710724.html" target="_blank">http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_710724.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Singapore may experience hazy conditions in the next two weeks as winds from the south are expected to blow smoke over from Sumatra../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The National Environment Agency said in an air quality update that hotspots with slight to moderate smoke haze had been detected in the central and southern parts of Sumatra../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The months of June to September is the traditional dry season for the southern Asean region when farmers and logging companies in Sumatra and Kalimantan take to razing the land../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution Indonesia Singapore haze News from around the world Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:15:25 +0000 kaye 7537 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Malaysia 'complains over haze' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7541 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/255948/malaysia-complains-to-indonesia-over-haze" target="_blank">http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/255948/malaysia-complains-to-indonesia-over-haze</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Malaysia has complained to Indonesia about land-clearing fires in the neighbouring country that have led to a blanket of pollution and poor air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Environment Minister Douglas Uggah Embas sent a letter to his Indonesian counterpart Friday about hundreds of suspected fires on Sumatra island, national news agency Bernama reported../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Indonesia's government has outlawed land-clearing by fire but weak law enforcement means the ban is largely ignored, and pollution regularly blankets the region../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transboundary pollution Indonesia Malaysia haze News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:02:12 +0000 kaye 7541 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Diesel Emissions Conference 2011, India http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7547 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.zigwheels.com/news-features/news/diesel-emissions-conference-2011-india/9495/1" target="_blank">http://www.zigwheels.com/news-features/news/diesel-emissions-conference-2011-india/9495/1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-09-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2011 Diesel Emissions Conference in India was a structured event that discussed a movement to bring down the pollution levels from diesel vehicles on the road and non-road diesel engines used in various industries. Read on to know more about the proceedings of the conference</p> <p>The three day Diesel Emissions Conference was an exhaustive event which discussed every aspect of reducing emissions from the diesel internal combustion engine taking into consideration all possible variables influencing the movement. </p> News Fuel quality Fuels-Coal Fuels-Diesel Fuels-Gasoline Fuels-General India Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:48:24 +0000 edeleon 7547 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal PakEPA’s pollution monitoring system dysfunctional http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7532 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/09/epa%E2%80%99s-pollution-monitoring-system-dysfunctional/" target="_blank">http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/09/epa%E2%80%99s-pollution-monitoring-system-dysfunctional/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ISLAMABAD - Online pollution monitoring system of Environment Protection Agency (EPA), responsible for monitoring air pollution of the capital, has become dysfunctional due to non-release of funds after the devolution of the Environment Ministry while machinery worth millions of rupees is lying un-utilized../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>An official in EPA told Pakistan Today that the machinery installed for the programme with the collaboration of Japan had become dysfunctional several months ago, so they had not conducted air quality monitoring of the capital city. </p> News Air quality monitoring Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan News from around the world Thu, 08 Sep 2011 01:34:33 +0000 kaye 7532 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality and visibility worsen in most parts of country http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7533 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/9/8/nation/9446763&sec=nation" target="_blank">http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/9/8/nation/9446763&sec=nation</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-09-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PETALING JAYA: People with respiratory problems have been advised to stay indoors and take precautions after air quality worsened in most parts of the county, with Klang Valley recording poor visibility and moderately bad air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The haze caused by the overnight increase of hotspots from 62 to 120 in Sumatra, Indonesia, caused the sky in the Klang Valley and other cities and towns to be overcast../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Most areas around the city as well as certain northern states also recorded a drop in visibility levels../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Transboundary pollution Malaysia haze News from around the world Thu, 08 Sep 2011 01:39:02 +0000 kaye 7533 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal As environment agency gasps for funds: Air pollution rises in city http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7538 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/08/as-environment-agency-gasps-for-funds-air-pollution-rises-in-city.html" target="_blank">http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/08/as-environment-agency-gasps-for-funds-air-pollution-rises-in-city.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-09-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ISLAMABAD, Sept 7: Air pollution is rising in the city`s I-9 industrial area but the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) can do little because its Environment Monitoring System (EMS) has been gasping for funds for months../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Environmentalists say that the EPA is out on a limb since the Federal Ministry of Environment was devolved to the provinces and funds to the EMS blocked../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality monitoring Pakistan News from around the world Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:49:48 +0000 kaye 7538 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal New Study: Indian Cities Score Low in Walkability Ratings http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7536 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://thecityfix.com/blog/new-study-indian-cities-score-low-in-walkability-ratings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-study-indian-cities-score-low-in-walkability-ratings" target="_blank">http://thecityfix.com/blog/new-study-indian-cities-score-low-in-walkability-ratings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-study-indian-cities-score-low-in-walkability-ratings</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-09-07</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) released a study that benchmarks the pedestrian infrastructure of six Indian cities. The publication, “Walkability in Indian Cities,” looks at walkability in Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Indore, Pune, Rajkot and Surat. The study also contains pedestrian preference interviews from these cities and an assessment of current policies on pedestrians and walking environments, which includes discussions with stakeholders. Finally, the study also compares walkability across other Asian cities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to the study:</p> News NMT-Walking Non-motorized transport (NMT) Sustainable transport Vehicle emissions India Fri, 09 Sep 2011 08:13:50 +0000 edeleon 7536 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Bolivia bans cars for 'Day of the Pedestrian' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7554 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14783305" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14783305</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-09-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Empty of cars, the streets were turned into playgrounds for street artists, performers and exercise instructors<br /> Continue reading the main story<br /> Related Stories</p> <p>Bolivia Indians in road protest<br /> New highway sparks anger in Bolivia<br /> Bolivians look to ancient farming<br /> Cars and buses were taken off the streets of Bolivia as the country held its first "National Day of the Pedestrian"../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>All motorised vehicles, including public transport, were banned in cities across the country on Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Bolivia's government says it wants to raise awareness about the environment../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking Non-motorized transport (NMT) Bolivia Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:27:41 +0000 edeleon 7554 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Back to Incinerators? MMDA favors burning of trash http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7546 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/53079/mmda-favors-burning-of-trash" target="_blank">http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/53079/mmda-favors-burning-of-trash</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-09-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Will incinerators, which were banned with the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1999, soon be making a comeback?</p> <p>Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said Sunday that this was one of the options being eyed by the agency to deal with the garbage problem in Metro Manila../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“I spoke with Environment Secretary [Ramon] Paje the other night and the use of incinerators to address our garbage problem was among the things we talked about,” he stressed. “We have to deal with this problem immediately because our landfills are filling up fast.”</p> News Area sources Philippines News from around the world Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:21:35 +0000 kaye 7546 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Puneites don't want skywalks: NGO survey http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7520 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MAH-PUN-puneites-dont-want-skywalks-ngo-survey-2400134.html" target="_blank">http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MAH-PUN-puneites-dont-want-skywalks-ngo-survey-2400134.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-09-03</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pune: Although the controversial proposal to build skywalks from Shivajinagar to Swargate is pending before the general body (GB) of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), a survey by an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) has suggested that pedestrians in the city have clearly rejected this proposal. </p> News NMT-Walking Sustainable transport Vehicle emissions India Pune, India Tue, 06 Sep 2011 02:42:43 +0000 edeleon 7520 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Nuclear industry's growth set to slow http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7492 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-08/31/content_13226929.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-08/31/content_13226929.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-08-31</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - The expansion of China's nuclear power industry will slow from the rapid rate of the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010), but the country should avoid drastic changes in nuclear development policies, said a former head of the National Energy Administration../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"China's nuclear industry base is still weak and we must ensure development stability and consistency," Zhang Guobao, who also serves on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said in a speech posted on Tuesday on the website of the China Nuclear Energy Association../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels P.R. China Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:37:00 +0000 edeleon 7492 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Nation set to auction shale gas blocks http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7493 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-08/31/content_13226933.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-08/31/content_13226933.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-08-31</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - China may hold a second and possibly a third auction of shale-gas blocks by the end of this year in an bid to accelerate the pace of exploration and development of the fuel, Pan Jiping, a researcher at the Ministry of Land and Resources, said recently../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions P.R. China Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:38:45 +0000 edeleon 7493 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Nitrogen pollution harming environment and human health http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7494 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article2409164.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article2409164.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-29</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A scientist has revealed that nitrogen pollution from fertilizers and other sources has become a major environmental problem that threatens human health and welfare in multiple ways../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Billions of people owe their lives to nitrogen fertilizers — a pillar of the fabled Green Revolution in agriculture that averted global famine in the 20th century— but according to Alan Townsend it can have detrimental affect on health and environment../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>"It’s been said that nitrogen pollution is the biggest environmental disaster that nobody has heard of,” said Townsend../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Impacts-Economic Impacts-Environmental Impacts-Health Global Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:47:00 +0000 edeleon 7494 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Land issues hit road work http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7487 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/article2378988.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/article2378988.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-08-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The delay in land acquisition in certain stretches for road development is affecting work under the City Roads Improvement Project (CRIP)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Work being taken up on a total of 18.62 km, in various road corridors, is scheduled for completion by September../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“We have completed even bitumen works in 16 km (of the 18.62 km) taken up under the second phase. But the authorities have not handed over land in some critical areas, though the matter was taken up at the highest level,” an official of Trivandrum Road Development Company Ltd. (TRDCL), the implementing agency of CRIP, told The Hindu../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) Two and three wheelers Vehicle emissions Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:58:23 +0000 edeleon 7487 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Daredevils on roads http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7485 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/article2373407.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/article2373407.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-08-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A fortnight ago, following complaints from the public of rash driving by some two-wheeler riders on select road stretches, a special team of traffic personnel swung into action. Based on the information, the police intercepted about 10 to 20 two-wheeler riders on a weekend on KK Nagar-Melur Road, New New Natham Road, Alagarkoil Road along Tallakulam among other roads../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Transport demand management (TDM) Two and three wheelers Vehicle emissions India Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:55:18 +0000 edeleon 7485 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Bus strike withdrawn http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7486 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article2375646.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article2375646.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-08-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The bus strike called by the trade unions of bus crew on Saturday has been withdrawn../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>CONCILIATORY MEETING</p> <p>The decision was taken at a conciliatory meeting convened by the Ernakulam District Collector Sheik Pareeth on Friday evening. The meeting was attended by the representatives of various trade unions../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>REVISED SALARY</p> <p>It was also decided to revise the salary of the crew../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Public transport India Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:56:51 +0000 edeleon 7486 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Bangalore: ‘Garden city is risky to walk’ http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7484 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bangaloremirror.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bangaloremirror.com/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-08-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bangalore has been categorised as “risky to walk”. This is what Sudhir Gota and Sameera Kumar found out when they did the study — Pedestrian at Crossroads:A case study of Bangalore. “There is a lack of pedestrian policies and political support that cater to the needs of pedestrians at the national, state and local levels. Only few cities have a pedestrian policy or even pedestrian master plan. A city like Bangalore has drafted a policy paper for pedestrian movement in the Bangalore metropolitan region../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking India Bangalore, India CAI-Asia in the news Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:14:22 +0000 kaye 7484 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Five private companies to set up thermal power plants in TN http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7478 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article2361452.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article2361452.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Tamil Nadu government has decided to encourage the private sector to set up units in the state to address the acute power shortage and as part of this, five private companies have “cleared formalities” to establish thermal power plants../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Electricity Minister R Viswanathan had recently announced that the private sector would be encouraged to set up units for active power generation to address the growing demand-supply gap../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“Five companies have cleared the formalities to set up their units in Tamil Nadu”, a Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation official said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Energy and industry emissions India Wed, 17 Aug 2011 03:36:11 +0000 edeleon 7478 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Don't hold your breath -- Seoul's air gets cleaner http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7483 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.cnngo.com/seoul/life/dont-hold-your-breath-seouls-air-gets-cleaner-987513" target="_blank">http://www.cnngo.com/seoul/life/dont-hold-your-breath-seouls-air-gets-cleaner-987513</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seoul is resorting to cuter measures to relay daily air quality information to its residents. </p> <p>Starting last week, 2,500 buses around the city have begun sporting little blue flags that read “Today’s air is as fine as Jeju’s,” thereby sneaking insome additional publicity for Jeju Island, which is one of Korea's special environmental conservation areas../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Apparently, the city has been receiving enough air-related inquiries to deem this measure necessary. </p> News Air pollution Korea (South) Seoul, South Korea News from around the world Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:15:46 +0000 kaye 7483 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Speeds, prices cut on high-speed trains [Photo Essay] http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7480 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-08/16/content_13124259.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2011-08/16/content_13124259.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Passengers board a high-speed train at Tianjin railway station on Tuesday. The high-speed trains from Beijing to Tianjin will slow from 350 kilometers per hour to 300km/h, accompanied by a 5 percent decrease in ticket prices, from Aug 16. A one-way run between the two municipalities is thus cut from 33 minutes to 30 and a second-class ticket is sold at 55 yuan ($8.61) from 58 yuan. The State Council has made the decision to slow the speed of high-speed trains on tracks across the country after a severe train crash in Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on July 23. [Photo/Xinhua]</p> News Public transport Rails and metros Sustainable transport Transport demand management (TDM) Vehicle emissions P.R. China Wed, 17 Aug 2011 03:40:12 +0000 edeleon 7480 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal People over cars http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7477 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://opinion.inquirer.net/10041/people-over-cars" target="_blank">http://opinion.inquirer.net/10041/people-over-cars</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-16</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Some 30 years ago, I rode my trusty bicycle to my classes here, and like other bikers, had to do so on the sidewalks as the motor vehicle traffic along the main thoroughfare, Massachusetts Avenue, was too scary to compete with. I am now delighted to see clearly demarcated bicycle lanes right on the street exclusively for cyclists’ use; motorists encroaching on this space are subject to a steep $100 fine../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Non-motorized transport (NMT) Sustainable transport Philippines Asia News from around the world Tue, 16 Aug 2011 03:04:48 +0000 bert 7477 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hydrogen made by enzyme is faster and Cheaper http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7482 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14494972" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14494972</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Scientists have shown how an enzyme from a microbe can produce hydrogen from water more quickly and cheaply../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Hydrogen is seen as vital to future energy systems, but a major problem has been making this reaction fast and cheap enough to be viable../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The new research published in Science takes us a step closer to this vision by avoiding the use of rare and costly chemicals to extract it from water../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>It hijacks nature's own tricks to produce hydrogen - but far faster../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels Wed, 17 Aug 2011 03:47:52 +0000 edeleon 7482 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Environmental assessment authority to be set up: Manmohan http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7479 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article2358746.ece" target="_blank">http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article2358746.ece</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amid growing debate over environment protection and fate of mega projects, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said government will constitute an environmental assessment and monitoring authority to streamline the process for giving green clearances../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“In the coming months, we will constitute an environmental assessment and monitoring authority to streamline the process of environmental clearances,” he said in his Independence Day address to the nation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Wed, 17 Aug 2011 03:39:03 +0000 edeleon 7479 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Sustainable solutions to urban future http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7481 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=20734" target="_blank">http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=20734</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-08-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>As China's population shifts more and more into the cities, existing infrastructure is being taxed to the limit. But the country is already looking ahead to solutions that are sustainable, and replicable. Liu Yujie looks into the future and examines how the eco-city concept may provide a clean, green solution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Asia Wed, 17 Aug 2011 03:42:04 +0000 edeleon 7481 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal ‘Jakarta gets 27 days of clean air per year’ http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7470 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/08/10/%E2%80%98jakarta-gets-27-days-clean-air-year%E2%80%99.html" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/08/10/%E2%80%98jakarta-gets-27-days-clean-air-year%E2%80%99.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-08-10</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Environmental group Committee for Leaded Gasoline Phase-out (KPBB) says that Jakarta has the worst air quality in the country, with residents getting only 27 days of clean air per year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>KPBB chairman Achmad Safruddin said the air quality in Jakarta was worse than in Semarang and Bandung, two of Java’s largest cities, which get more than a month of clean air per year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Safrudin said that vehicle emissions were to blame for the low air quality. “Around 70 percent of air pollution is caused by motorized vehicle emission,” he said../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia News from around the world Wed, 10 Aug 2011 01:28:19 +0000 kaye 7470 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Hong Kong Airport Runway May Cause Pollution to Exceed Limit http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7471 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-09/hong-kong-airport-runway-may-cause-pollution-to-exceed-limit-1-.html" target="_blank">http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-09/hong-kong-airport-runway-may-cause-pollution-to-exceed-limit-1-.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-09</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hong Kong airport’s proposed HK$136 billion ($17 billion) third runway may cause the level of pollutant nitrogen dioxide in the facility’s vicinity to exceed the limit set by the city’s government, according to a study../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China News from around the world Wed, 10 Aug 2011 01:29:28 +0000 kaye 7471 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Scientist urges Ilonggos to draft action on clean air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7468 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sunstar.com.ph/iloilo/local-news/2011/08/08/scientist-urges-ilonggos-draft-action-clean-air-171726" target="_blank">http://www.sunstar.com.ph/iloilo/local-news/2011/08/08/scientist-urges-ilonggos-draft-action-clean-air-171726</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A VISITING Indonesian scientist and academician has urged Iloilo city residents to get involved on public policy formulation as vital stakeholders in the city’s clean air activities../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Ahmad “Puput” Safrudin said rapid urbanization and industrialization caused chronic air pollution problems, thus there is an urgent need for a public and private partnership involving air quality improvement../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Indonesia Asia Iloilo, Philippines Jakarta, Indonesia CAI-Asia in the news Tue, 09 Aug 2011 01:42:43 +0000 kaye 7468 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air quality companies 'lying to customers' http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7465 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.eastday.com/e/110808/u1a6040715.html" target="_blank">http://english.eastday.com/e/110808/u1a6040715.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>COMPANIES offering air quality tests in newly decorated homes are lying to customers to con them into paying for unnecessary work, an industry association chief claimed yesterday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Rogue companies falsely claim to have found problems in order to charge more to "improve" the air quality, Li Wei, secretary general of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Association told Shanghai Daily../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>And more than 90 percent of the companies have no professional inspection facilities or laboratories, according to an association investigation../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Indoor air pollution P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Mon, 08 Aug 2011 06:04:41 +0000 kaye 7465 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Go, take a walk... http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7467 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.deccanherald.com/content/181971/go-take-walk.html" target="_blank">http://www.deccanherald.com/content/181971/go-take-walk.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-08</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The startling numbers make Bangalore the City with the highest vehicular density in the country. Gone are the days when people would enjoy taking a stroll on the wide footpaths dotted with lush green trees in the Pensioners’ Paradise. Bangalore becoming the ‘fastest growing city’ has taken a toll on pedestrian space. The development activities in the City have resulted in shrinking footpaths and loss of greenery. Adding to the pedestrians’ woes are the street vendors who take up whatever is left of the footpaths../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking India Bangalore, India CAI-Asia in the news Mon, 08 Aug 2011 06:08:52 +0000 kaye 7467 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Sri Lanka: New Type of Bi-Directional Pedestrian Road Crossings in Galle Road http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/8445 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://srilankanewsonline.com/new-type-of-bi-directional-pedestrian-road-crossings-in-galle-road/" target="_blank">http://srilankanewsonline.com/new-type-of-bi-directional-pedestrian-road-crossings-in-galle-road/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-08-05</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new improved and efficient, bi-directional type of pedestrian road crossing has being painted in Galle Road recently. Here is a photo of that zebra crossing. I saw this new pedestrian zebra crossing in Galle Road and other byroads in Colombo, Kollupitiya area../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>This pedestrian crossing is more broad than the normal zebra crossings in Sri lanka and is marked with bi-directional arrows. According to the markings, pedestrians should keep to the left zebra lines when crossing so allowing the right side zebra lines for pedestrians coming from the opposite side../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Walking Sri Lanka News from around the world Mon, 21 May 2012 00:54:25 +0000 kaye 8445 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Fires Causing Haze in Riau May Close Airport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7462 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/nvironment/fires-causing-haze-in-riau-may-close-airport/457064" target="_blank">http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/nvironment/fires-causing-haze-in-riau-may-close-airport/457064</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-08-04</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thick haze from forest and ground fires has once again blanketed parts of Riau, especially the city of Dumai, drastically reducing visibility, an official said Wednesday. </p> <p>The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency or BMKG said on Wednesday that a total of 131 “hotspots”— areas in satellite images indicating high temperature and most likely the presence of fire — were found in the province, reducing visibility to as little as 800 meters. </p> News Impacts-Economic Indonesia haze News from around the world Fri, 05 Aug 2011 02:05:20 +0000 kaye 7462 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal City air takes unhealthy turn: Shanghai http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7457 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.eastday.com/e/110802/u1a6029810.html" target="_blank">http://english.eastday.com/e/110802/u1a6029810.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>SHANGHAI'S air quality deteriorated significantly in the first half of this year, said a report released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. </p> <p>Densities of the three main atmospheric pollutants - sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and suspended particulates - rose at least 16 percent each, compared with the same period last year../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China Shanghai, P.R. China News from around the world Thu, 04 Aug 2011 02:55:59 +0000 kaye 7457 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Beijing to scrap old cars through subsidy http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7458 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-08/02/content_13028664.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-08/02/content_13028664.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING - As part of a campaign to improve the capital's air quality, drivers who scrap old cars or sell them to buyers outside Beijing can receive subsidies and cash to put toward a new vehicle../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The campaign, which started on Monday and will last until Dec 31, is also aimed at boosting the local car market, which has been stagnant in recent times../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport P.R. China Beijing News from around the world Thu, 04 Aug 2011 02:58:17 +0000 kaye 7458 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal MOEF: Improving Air Quality in the Major Cities http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7459 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=73683" target="_blank">http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=73683</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2011-08-02</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ozone has been included as one of the pollutants in National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in November, 2009 so as to ascertain the ambient air quality. The ambient air quality standards for Ozone are prescribed as 180 microgramme/cubic metre (hourly average) and 100 microgramme/cubic metre (eight hourly average)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution India News from around the world Thu, 04 Aug 2011 02:59:44 +0000 kaye 7459 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Ambient air quality in mining areas polluted: GSPCB http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7445 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/pollution/Ambient-air-quality-in-mining-areas-polluted-GSPCB/articleshow/9437116.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/pollution/Ambient-air-quality-in-mining-areas-polluted-GSPCB/articleshow/9437116.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PANAJI: Ambient air at all seven locations where the Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) has set up its monitoring stations is polluted beyond permissible limits. </p> News Air quality monitoring Energy and industry emissions India News from around the world Tue, 02 Aug 2011 01:17:19 +0000 kaye 7445 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air in 45 Chinese cities polluted in first half of 2011 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7446 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-08/01/c_131023155.htm" target="_blank">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-08/01/c_131023155.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Monitoring indicated that air in 45 Chinese cities was polluted during the first half year, according to the latest semi-annual report on air quality in 113 cities released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Among the 45 cities are the national capital Beijing, provincial capital cities of Nanjing, Changchun, Hefei, Jinan, Wuhan, Chengdu, Xi'an, Lanzhou, and energy industrial cities like Tangshan, Taiyuan, Baotou, Anshan and Benxi../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution P.R. China News from around the world Tue, 02 Aug 2011 01:18:08 +0000 kaye 7446 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Ranchi to get real-time ambient air quality monitoring station http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7447 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Ranchi-to-get-real-time-ambient-air-quality-monitoring-station/articleshow/9441481.cms" target="_blank">http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Ranchi-to-get-real-time-ambient-air-quality-monitoring-station/articleshow/9441481.cms</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-08-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>RANCHI: The state government has decided to start a real time continuous ambient air quality monitoring station in the state. In the first phase, the system will be set up in Ranchi and Dhanbad. </p> <p>Sources in Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board said one station will be set up in the state capital and the second one will come up at Jharia in Dhanbad district. </p> News Air quality monitoring India Ranchi, India News from around the world Tue, 02 Aug 2011 01:19:03 +0000 kaye 7447 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal QC ready to start 5-yr clean air program http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7438 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/metro/10020-qc-ready-to-start-5-yr-clean-air-program" target="_blank">http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/metro/10020-qc-ready-to-start-5-yr-clean-air-program</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-07-25</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Quezon City government will soon start its five-year clean air program that will provide the city residents with a quality of life anchored on cleaner and healthier initiatives../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The QC government led by Mayor Herbert Baustita, together with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, launched on Friday QC’s clean air initiatives with the theme, “Strengthening Air Quality Management in Quezon City” through partnerships, capacity building, legislative measures and enforcement strategy.”</p> News Air quality management (AQM) Philippines Quezon City, Philippines News from around the world Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:22:01 +0000 kaye 7438 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal MIT study says high RSPMs in Delhi's air poses threat to residents http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7437 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/mit-study-high-rspm-in-delhi-air-pollution/1/145975.html" target="_blank">http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/mit-study-high-rspm-in-delhi-air-pollution/1/145975.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-07-24</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found that the concentration of hazardous Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) in Delhi's air is double the national limit and six times the threshold set by the World Health Organisation (WHO)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>RSPMs are more dangerous to health because they are much smaller than Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM), an umbrella term for all such substances with deleterious consequences, that are less than 100 micrometers in diameter../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) India Delhi, India News from around the world Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:18:54 +0000 kaye 7437 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Pasig officials push plans to make city biker-friendly http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7439 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/27863/pasig-officials-push-plans-to-make-city-biker-friendly" target="_blank">http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/27863/pasig-officials-push-plans-to-make-city-biker-friendly</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-07-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>THERE’S nothing to lose but calories../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>This, among the many selling points of biking, is the what Pasig government officials are pitching to residents who are not yet convinced about using bicycles as an alternate mode of transport in the city../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>“One can save P640 monthly if you use bike for two kilometers in going to work,” said Raquel Naciongayo, head of the city environment and natural resources office (Cenro)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Naciongayo heads the bicycle promotion committee which was convened recently to iron out plans to turn Pasig into a city of bikers../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News NMT-Cycling Philippines Pasig, Philippines News from around the world Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:25:13 +0000 kaye 7439 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Rajkot to get green public transport http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7440 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-23/rajkot/29807020_1_transport-sector-public-transport-feasibility" target="_blank">http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-23/rajkot/29807020_1_transport-sector-public-transport-feasibility</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 2011-07-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>RAJKOT: The Rajkot Municipal Corporation intends to develop an environment and people-friendly transport system for the city. With this objective in view, the RMC had assigned a pre-feasibility study on urban transport in the city to Gopa Worldwide Consultants. The study, funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), done between May and December 2010 under the auspices of the Cites Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), demonstrates the benefits of a coordinated approach to public transport planning../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport India Rajkot, India News from around the world Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:25:56 +0000 kaye 7440 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 3 universities join LGU in drawing up clean-air plan http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7435 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/327844/3-universities-join-lgu-drawing-cleanair-plan" target="_blank">http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/327844/3-universities-join-lgu-drawing-cleanair-plan</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-07-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ILOILO CITY, Philippines (PNA) — Three big universities in this city have joined the city government in an air emissions inventory and data gathering on air pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Philippines Iloilo, Philippines News from around the world Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:12:57 +0000 kaye 7435 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Ona says: Smoking, pollution factors in rise of respiratory problems http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7436 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/327861/ona-says-smoking-pollution-factors-rise-respiratory-problems" target="_blank">http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/327861/ona-says-smoking-pollution-factors-rise-respiratory-problems</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-07-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MANILA, Philippines — Tobacco smoke is not the only culprit in the respiratory health problems of the Filipinos. Air pollution is also a factor../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona Friday said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) should go after other sources of harmful air pollution aside from smokers in its no-smoking drive in public places../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Impacts-Health Philippines News from around the world Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:15:55 +0000 kaye 7436 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal 3 universities join city to clean air http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7519 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sunstar.com.ph/iloilo/local-news/2011/07/21/3-universities-join-city-clean-air-168149" target="_blank">http://www.sunstar.com.ph/iloilo/local-news/2011/07/21/3-universities-join-city-clean-air-168149</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-07-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>THREE big universities in Iloilo City have joined the City Government in an air emissions inventory and data gathering on air pollution../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and officials of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), Central Philippine University (CPU), and University of San Agustin (USA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday to implement the Asean-GIZ "Clean Air for Smaller Cities" Project financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Have something to report? Tell us in text, photos or videos../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Air quality monitoring Philippines Tue, 06 Sep 2011 02:31:18 +0000 edeleon 7519 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Could the moon provide clean energy for Earth? http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7432 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/innovation/07/21/mining.moon.helium3/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/innovation/07/21/mining.moon.helium3/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-07-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>(CNN) -- Gerald Kulcinski has a big problem../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The nuclear engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin needs a rare element to fuel his research into a fusion reactor../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But the cost of the isotope -- helium-3 -- is rising faster than a rocket headed to space. A few years ago it was $1,000 a gram, this year it is $7,000 and next year, well, he assumes it will be tens of thousands of dollars../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>There are only about 30 kilograms of 3He on Earth, Kulcinski said. Most helium-3 comes as a byproduct of tritium, used in nuclear weapons, so the exact figure is secret../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Alternative fuels Mon, 25 Jul 2011 02:55:20 +0000 edeleon 7432 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal QC to launch clean air initiatives http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7434 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=44670" target="_blank">http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=44670</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-07-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>QUEZON CITY, July 21 (PIA) -- The Quezon City Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) will hold a grand launching of Quezon City Clean Air Initiatives on Friday, July 22, at the Sky Dome of SM City North, Edsa../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>With the theme “Strengthening Air Quality Management in Quezon City thru partnerships, capacity building, legislative measures and enforcement strategy,” the launch is in support of the Clean Air Act of 1999../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air quality management (AQM) Philippines Quezon City, Philippines News from around the world Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:00:58 +0000 kaye 7434 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Climate: Fractures in the lobby http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7431 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14219508" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14219508</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-07-20</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the oddest things about the UN climate process is the way it virtually forces countries with diametrically opposed interests to huddle close and pretend to be friends../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>EU nations, most of which officially want to press ahead with tying up a binding new global agreement, tend through reasons of history and expediency to stay close by the US, which does not../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>But nowhere is the issue more starkly illustrated than in the G77/China bloc of developing countries, which - despite its name - now encompasses 131 countries../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Climate change and global warming Global Mon, 25 Jul 2011 02:49:24 +0000 edeleon 7431 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Modern Super highways eliminate people and only vehicle oriented http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7443 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/07/18/modern-super-highways-eliminate-people-and-only-vehicle-oriented" target="_blank">http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/07/18/modern-super-highways-eliminate-people-and-only-vehicle-oriented</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-07-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colombo, 18 July, (Asiantribune.com): Large scale development projects appear to be least people oriented and may be mooted on vested interests of investors and politicians. No people oriented as equity of benefits, no shifting down to the lowest rung of the people and are not reflected in the cost of living and living condition../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Society and community service based organizations are now increasingly concerned of the political down-play of the people how the benefits by the vested interest parties../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Sustainable transport Sri Lanka Asia Colombo, Sri Lanka News from around the world Wed, 27 Jul 2011 02:20:03 +0000 bert 7443 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal China to pilot carbon emissions trading project http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7419 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-07/18/content_12919746.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-07/18/content_12919746.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2011-07-18</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GUIYANG - China will start a pilot carbon emissions trading project, and gradually set up a carbon emissions trading market, said a top cofficial at a major international conference on Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Carbon dioxide (CO2) Climate change and global warming P.R. China Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:32:37 +0000 edeleon 7419 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Locomotives improve Qinghai-Tibet rail http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7420 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-07/17/content_12919396.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-07/17/content_12919396.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 2011-07-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>GUIYANG - China, the world's second largest economy, is stepping up its efforts to achieve "ecological civilization," officials and experts said at a world eco-forum that ended Sunday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Altogether 14 Chinese provinces are striving to build themselves into "eco-provinces," where local governments seek to promote sustainable development with respect to environmental protection, said Li Ganjie, China's vice environment minister, at the Eco-Forum Global (EFG) 2011 in Guiyang, capital city of southwest China's Guizhou province../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Air quality management (AQM) P.R. China Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:34:22 +0000 edeleon 7420 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Xiamen sees 97.5% days of good air quality in 2010 http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7416 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news20137.html" target="_blank">http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news20137.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2011-07-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Blue Sky campaign in Xiamen has secured 156 days of good air quality and 200 days of ‘fairly’ good for the city in 2010, reports Xiamen Daily. </p> <p>The achievements were publicized in the 2010 Report on the State of Environment in Xiamen released on June 3, 2011 by the Xiamen Bureau of Environmental Protection. </p> <p>And the report gave credits to: </p> <p>Xiamen Municipal government’s efforts to improve the connection between Xiamen Island and its mainland districts with the Jimei Bridge, Xinglin Bridge, Xiamen BRT and Xiang’an Tunnel being put into service in the past 4 years. </p> News Air pollution P.R. China Xiamen, P.R. China News from around the world Fri, 15 Jul 2011 01:26:05 +0000 kaye 7416 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal DOE Monitoring Air Quality Although Condition has Improved http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7411 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=601180" target="_blank">http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=601180</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-07-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>DOE continues to monitor the air quality nationwide although the condition has improved today. However, the DOE is still activating the Open Burning Prevention Action Plan in all states and implementing the Standing Operating Procedure for the Prevention of Peat Soil Fires to control and check factors that impact air quality../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry in a statement today said that enforcement on smoke emissions from vehicles and industries would be intensified../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Transboundary pollution Malaysia haze News from around the world Fri, 15 Jul 2011 01:06:06 +0000 kaye 7411 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Iloilo City’s ambient air quality still good--CENRO http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7412 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=43473" target="_blank">http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=43473</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-07-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ILOILO CITY, July 14 (PIA) -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Chief Noel Hechanova said that Iloilo City’s ambient air quality is still good../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Engr. Hechanova said that this is based on the DENR’s monitoring for the last five years, and still the air quality remains good as monitored by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Philippines Iloilo, Philippines CAI-Asia in the news Fri, 15 Jul 2011 01:07:48 +0000 kaye 7412 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Ipoh air quality worsens http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7410 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/7/14/nation/9096496&sec=nation" target="_blank">http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/7/14/nation/9096496&sec=nation</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2011-07-14</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>PETALING JAYA: Ipoh is the first location in the country to register unhealthy air quality levels, with its air pollutant index tripling in two days as the haze lingers on../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>According to the Department of Environment, the API for its Jalan Tasek station was at 139 at 5pm yesterday compared to 43 at 5pm on Monday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>Two other areas in Perak - SK Jalan Pegoh in Ipoh and Seri Manjung - recorded near unhealthy levels at 96 and 90 respectively at 5pm yesterday../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> <p>(A good API reading is from 0-50, moderate 51-100, unhealthy 101-200, very unhealthy 201-299 and hazardous from 300 and above)../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Transboundary pollution Malaysia haze News from around the world Fri, 15 Jul 2011 01:00:31 +0000 kaye 7410 at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal Air in Ipoh's Jalan Tasek Recorded As Unhealthy http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7409 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-submitted-link"> <div class="field-label">Link (URL): </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=600988" target="_blank">http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=600988</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-link-date"> <div class="field-label">Date: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2011-07-13</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Jalan Tasek area in Ipoh, Perak recorded unhealthy air with a reading of 136 on the API up to 11am Wednesday. Thirty-one areas reported moderate air quality as of 11am, compared to 33 as of 7am../../../portal_2Frss_2Fnewslinks/._lt.css;/p> News Air pollution Transboundary pollution