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Pakistan-Islamabad: A city for people, not cars

Sep 20, 2008 | City governments should develop open public spaces, pedestrian streets, playgrounds, bicycle lanes and waterfronts


Global: Environment and industry plan to 'work in harmony'

Sep 18, 2008 | COMPETING interests between industry and the environment on the Cromarty Firth have prompted the launch of a new initiative. By John Ross


Global: Ice core studies confirm accuracy of climate models

Sep 15, 2008 | An analysis of the global carbon cycle and climate for a 70,000-year period in the most recent Ice Age shows a remarkable correlation between carbon dioxide levels and surprisingly abrupt changes in climate.


Global: Study finds even low levels of air pollution can impair lung function in healthy cyclists

Sep 14, 2008 | New research announced this week into the health effects of air pollution, has shown for the first time that poor air quality can significantly impair lung function even in healthy people.


Asia in General: ADB calls for environment-friendly and inclusive transport projects

Sep 10, 2008 | The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is urging its development partners to ensure that the environment is protected in transport and infrastructure projects.


Global: Dirty air brings rain -- then again, maybe not

Sep 08, 2008 | An international team of scientists, headed by Prof. Daniel Rosenfeld of the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has come up with a surprising finding to the disputed issue of whether air pollution increases or decreases rainfall.


Global: Wood pellets vs. oil pollution: Emission study faults wood, but findings debated

Sep 07, 2008 | The oil industry wasn't idle this year as New Hampshire and Maine homeowners increasingly traded oil furnaces for wood pellet stoves as oil prices soared.


Global: Green building

Sep 07, 2008 | Going green with energy recovery improves air quality as well as saves 50% of building energy costs.


Global: Flood or Drought: How Do Aerosols Affect Precipitation?

Sep 05, 2008 | Aerosols serve as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and thus have a substantial effect on cloud properties and the initiation of precipitation.


Global: Outpacing climate change with atmospheric research collaboration

Sep 05, 2008 | Tiny particles in air called aerosols create smog, seed clouds, and control how much of the sun's heat makes it through the atmosphere.


Global: Asian pollution could spur U.S. warming

Sep 05, 2008 | Asian pollution from Asian power plants, cooking and heating could create summer hot spots in the central United States and southern Europe by mid-century, U.S. climate scientists reported on Thursday. By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent


Global: Scientists identify aerosols making up smoggy haze over Mexico City

Sep 04, 2008 | U.S. scientists examining smog over the Mexico City have found that agricultural and cooking fires along with burning industrial waste contribute a surprising amount of pollution, according to a press release on Wednesday.


Global: Global warming greatest in past decade, say researchers

Sep 02, 2008 | Researchers confirm that surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere were warmer over the last 10 years than any time during the last 1300 years, and, if the climate scientists include the somewhat controversial data derived from tree-ring records, the warming is anomalous for at least 1700 years.


Global: Scientists track pollution -- Asia's monster export to U.S.

Aug 31, 2008 | From 500 miles in space, satellites track brown clouds of toxic pollutants from Asia as the machines stream across the Pacific and take aim at the western United States. By Les Blumenthal, Mcclatchy Newspapers


Global: Conference lays out strategies for fighting climate change

Aug 29, 2008 | As cities and counties strive to meet a California law aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they should mandate that new buildings conserve energy and water and find ways to reduce miles their residents and workers drive, said Cliff Rechtschaffen, special assistant to the state attorney general. By Jennifer Bowles, The Press-Enterprise


Asia in General: Cloud-sniffing drones soar over Asia

Aug 27, 2008 | Guiding a small squadron of robotic aircraft and fielding a network of ground stations, scientists from the United States, China, and South Korea this summer are putting vast plumes of Asian air pollution under some of the most exhaustive scrutiny ever. By Peter N. Spotts,|The Christian Science Monitor


Global: Megacities look at public transport traffic jams increase

Aug 20, 2008 | Chinese efforts at curbing smog during the Olympic Games by banning half of the 3 million vehicles from Beijing's roads has highlighted the problems caused by mass motorisation in the world's megacities.


Asia in General: Dirty Smoke from Ships Found to Degrade Air Quality in Coastal Cities

Aug 18, 2008 | Ah, nothing like breathing clean coastal air, right? Think again. By Kim McDonald


Global: 2007 Hurricane Forecasts Took Blow from Winds and Saharan Dry, Dusty Air

Aug 18, 2008 | A new analysis of environmental conditions over the Atlantic Ocean shows that hot, dry air associated with dust outbreaks from the Sahara desert was a likely contributor to the quieter-than-expected 2007 hurricane season.


Global: How real clouds respond to aerosols

Aug 13, 2008 | Aerosols have been increasing in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution.


Global: Air Pollution Can Damage Heart, Blood Vessels, Too

Aug 13, 2008 | Air pollution has short-term and long-term toxic effects on the heart and blood vessels, causing increased hospitalization for cardiac illness, and even cause death, a new report says.


Global: Highways affect newborns' health

Jul 31, 2008 | Pregnant women living near highways on the island of Montreal - particularly women from affluent neighbourhoods - are more likely to deliver preterm, low-weight or small babies, researchers say. By Julia Kilpatrick, The Gazette


Asia in General: Transport links key to SAARC prosperity

Jul 30, 2008 | The time has come for SAARC nations to give due emphasis to public transport for reducing fuel consumption as well as ensuring rural development, Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said. By Rajmi Manatunga


Global: Scraping the bottom of the oil barrel a significant new climate risk

Jul 29, 2008 | Exploitation of North America’s shale and tar-sand oil reserves could increase atmospheric CO2 levels by up to 15%, a new report from WWF-UK and the major UK financial group Co-Operative Financial Services (CFS) has warned.


Global: Acid soot' worsens smog

Jul 23, 2008 | Researchers in the US say soot particles in the atmosphere combine with other pollutants to pick up an acid coating that may worsen their influence on local smog and global warming.


Global: Fuel cell vehicles 15 years away, Research Council says

Jul 22, 2008 | Hydrogen fuel cells may be the best energy-saving alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles, and the technology could be economically competitive by 2023, a US National Research Council report announced Thursday.


Global: 1 billion people are to be supplied with solar electricity worldwide

Jul 22, 2008 | In the future, operators of new solar electricity facilities will obtain more money for self-produced electricity in Germany than so far.


China: Urban Thinker: GZ BRT Should be Integrated with Metro

Jul 17, 2008 | "I suggested that the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) in Guangzhou should be closely integrated with the metro." Former Mayor of Bogotá Shares New Way to Build Cities


Global: China Disputes Criticism of Its Air-Pollution Data

Jul 11, 2008 | Chinese officials defended the accuracy of pollution data and reaffirmed their ability to make the Beijing Games a "green Olympics," even as the capital remains mired in gray haze less than a month before the opening ceremony. By Shai Ooster


Global: World's most energy-efficient countries

Jul 10, 2008 | Next year in Copenhagen, world leaders will assemble and attempt to write the successor agreement to the 10-year-old Kyoto protocol. In order for countries to make dramatic reductions for a greener future, energy efficiency will likely be a big part of the equation. By Joshua Zumbrun, Forbes.com


Global: Study links global warming to more smog

Jul 10, 2008 | U.S. environmental regulators quietly published a draft study on Thursday that linked global warming to higher levels of smog that could harm human health, a report green groups said stood in contrast to the Bush Administration's slow movement on climate change.


Global: Study says tugboats are sootiest for amount of fuel used

Jul 10, 2008 | They may be relatively small, but tugboats puff out more soot for the amount of fuel used than other commercial vessels, according to a new study. By Gregory Richards, The Virginian-Pilot


Global: World ports tackle greenhouse gas emissions

Jul 10, 2008 | Ports authorities from around the world gathered in Rotterdam Wednesday to adopt a plan to cut CO2 emissions from the activities of some 100,000 large ships sailing global waters.


India: Carmakers cut production on rising inventory, slowing demand

Jul 10, 2008 | Carmakers are cutting production to check the huge build-up of inventories and slowing demand in Motown. By Chanchal Pal Chauhan, ET Bureau


Global: Coal-generated CO2 captured in Australia – a first

Jul 09, 2008 | CSIRO Energy Technology Chief, Dr David Brockway, said the milestone followed the Garnaut Report’s recognition that Australia has an important role to play in developing low emission coal technologies such as PCC.


Global: Dirty Driving: Top 10 Worst Polluters

Jul 09, 2008 | The Hummer H2 might be an obvious target for environmentalists, but unless it’s caked in mud, the hulking sport utility vehicle isn’t the filthiest ride on the road.


Global: G8 statement on climate change and environment

Jul 08, 2008 | The leaders of the G8 rich nations have agreed to adopt a goal of at least halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


Global: Coal operations focus on safety, environment

Jul 06, 2008 | If coal mining conjures up images of dark holes and blackened-face miners, you're not scratching the surface of East Texas mining. By Jimmy Isaac


China-Beijing: Beijing's Infernal Air Pollution Will Kill A Few Olympic Athletes; Most US Athletes Will Wear Masks While Preparing for Their Events

Jul 05, 2008 | Carbon Monoxide, Industrial Pollution,Lead,Particulate Matter: That's Just The Air! What Horrors Await Those Who Eat Beijing's Polluted Food?


Global: Carbon dioxide emissions associated with UK consumption increase

Jul 02, 2008 | Carbon dioxide emissions associated with UK consumption increased by 115 million tonnes (18%), between 1992 and 2004. Posted by Robert Watt, York


Global: UN Chief urges new climate deal by 2009

Jul 01, 2008 | The world must galvanize its will and reach a new agreement on measures to fight climate change by the end of 2009, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Japanese city where the Kyoto Protocol was finalized.


Global: Database Shows Effects Of Acid Rain On Microorganisms In Adirondack Lakes

Jun 27, 2008 | Prior to the federal Clean Air Act, unhindered industrial emissions were released into the air throughout the Midwestern and Eastern United States for decades.


Asia in General: ADB: Asia needs sustainable cities

Jun 25, 2008 | Asian countries need help to build cities that can cope with the region's "unprecedented" urban expansion of more than 100,000 people a day over the next two decades, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday. By Gillian Wong


Global: 1988 and 2008: Climate change turning points

Jun 25, 2008 | Exactly 20 years have passed since Dr. James E. Hansen of NASA first testified to Congress on June 23, 1988 that global temperatures had risen beyond the range of natural variability.


Global: What impact does traffic have on your health? Somerville subjects tested

Jun 23, 2008 | Somerville will be one focus of a new study that will look at the affect highway pollution has on local residents. By Lyle Moran


Global: Abu Dhabi considers congestion charges

Jun 22, 2008 | The Abu Dhabi Government is considering eliminating fuel subsidies, introducing congestion charges and levying new fees on motorists as part of its efforts to solve the capital’s transport woes, according to documents posted on a new Department of Transport website. By Ivan Gale and Matthew Chung


China: Odd-even rule to reduce traffic by 70%

Jun 21, 2008 | More than 2.3 million cars, up to 70 percent of the total, could be removed from Beijing's roads during the Olympics, as a result of new measures, the local transport authority said on Friday. By Cui Xiaohuo, China Daily


China: Global warming drives lifestyle changes

Jun 20, 2008 | According to the fourth assessment report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change--a body established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to evaluate the risk of climate change caused by human activities--scientific research confirms that average temperatures are increasing every year. By Allen Hsu


Global: For Italian Scientist, Tobacco Means Cleaner Air

Jun 16, 2008 | He might not smoke, but an Italian geneticist is convinced that tobacco can make the world a cleaner place by helping to reduce air pollution.


China: China contributing two thirds to increase in CO2 emissions

Jun 13, 2008 | With an 8% national increase, China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions accounted for two thirds of last year’s global carbon dioxide increase of 3.1%.


Global: Why Diesel Particulates Cause Cardiovascular Disease

Jun 09, 2008 | Hakan Tornqvist maps previously unknown mechanisms that may explain why air pollution in the form of particulates causes heart attacks, stroke, and increasing mortality in the dissertation he will be publicly defending at Umea University on June 5.


Asia in General: Asia powers, US voice 'serious concern' on oil spike

Jun 07, 2008 | The United States and Asia's four largest powers voiced "serious concerns" Saturday after the single biggest one-day hike in oil prices, warning that the global economy was at risk.


Asia in General: Soaring Energy Prices and Climate Change spurs calls for clean energy financing

Jun 06, 2008 | Energy experts, policymakers, financiers, and project developers from across Asia-Pacific called for massive new investments in clean energy amid spiraling costs for oil and coal and the growing threat of climate change.


Asia in General: Melting Asia

Jun 05, 2008 | China and India are increasingly keen to be seen to be tackling climate change; though it is dirtier, China is making a more convincing show of action.


Global: In the queue for clean air

Jun 01, 2008 | The National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NECD), adopted in 2001, defines the maximum emissions on a national level for four major air pollutants that have a high impact on human health and the environment.


Global: Children with asthma affected by `safe` levels of air pollution

May 30, 2008 | Children with asthma living in cities are especially vulnerable to urban pollution.


India: None for the road

May 29, 2008 | He is now a reformed character. Even a few months back, 25-year old Dinesh Guleria’s mind was a roadmap of parties. By Damayanti Datta


Global: Urban Air Pollution Profile Causes An Increased Airway Inflammatory Response

May 29, 2008 | Global increases in traffic, industrialisation, and expanding cities have all contributed to a rise in emissions and growing levels of air pollution, thus adding to an escalating concern surrounding their environmental and health-related impacts.


Global: Even Low Levels of Air Pollution May Pose Stroke Risk

May 29, 2008 | A new study investigated the association between short-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and the risk of stroke and found that even low pollutant levels may increase that risk.


Europe and Central Asia: EC launches campaign to promote energy efficient driving

May 27, 2008 | The European Commission, together with Europia, one of the partners of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, have launched a number of actions to promote energy efficient driving habits among European car users.


Global: Dirty air tied to deep-vein thrombosis

May 27, 2008 | Exposure to air pollution increases the risk for deep vein thrombosis, the blood clots that commonly occur in the leg veins. And the worse the air pollution, the higher the risk. By Nicholas Bakalar


Global: Human carbon emissions make oceans corrosive: study

May 22, 2008 | Carbon dioxide spewed by human activities has made ocean water so acidic that it is eating away at the shells and skeletons of starfish, coral, clams and other sea creatures, scientists said on Thursday. By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent


Global: Developing partnerships can help meet Garnaut's 2050 target

May 21, 2008 | After the recent UN Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in Bali, there is now great interest in how OECD countries, such as Australia, can assist developing countries to reduce their emissions significantly. By Mike Smith and Karlson Hargroves


Asia in General: Two Strokes and You're Out

May 21, 2008 | Impressive new tech reduces pollution from small engines by almost 90 percent. By David Kushner


Global: Biofuels vs. Food Crisis Underscores Need for New Climate Change Strategy

May 21, 2008 | The European Union's recent attempt to salve the wounds of rising food prices and social unrest caused by its rush to promote biofuels once again unveils the dangers of using traditional thinking to resolve global warming. By Bob Doppelt


Global: Particle air pollution worse for health than thought

May 21, 2008 | State air quality managers say pollution caused by tiny particles of soot, smoke and dust may be responsible for as many as 24,000 early deaths in California each year.


Global: Mr. Disruptor: Shai Agassi's Electric Car Plan

May 20, 2008 | Imagine your cellphone transforming into an electric car. Sound far-fetched? By Bill Moore


Global: New vision of climate change through Google Earth

May 19, 2008 | Millions of Google Earth users around the world will be able to see how climate change could affect the planet and its people over the next century, along with viewing the loss of Antarctic ice shelves over the last 50 years, thanks to a new project launched this week.


Global: A true bicycle culture remains elusive

May 18, 2008 | Scarcity of bike lanes and sparse political support stand in way of T.O. aping likes of Amsterdam. By Murray Whyte, Staff Reporter, The Star


Global: Facts back moving beyond oil

May 18, 2008 | Myths about the current world oil situation and rapid fuel price increases are causing confusion for consumers, businesses and government policymakers. By Charles Cresson Wood


Global: Kyoto carbon trade hits 1 million tonnes a day

May 15, 2008 | The European Climate Exchange (ECX) said on Thursday its futures trade in carbon emissions credits from developing countries based on a U.N.-scheme has hit a million tonnes a day after launching the contracts in March.


Global: Warming Climate Is Changing Life On Global Scale, Says New Study

May 15, 2008 | A vast array of physical and biological systems across the earth are being affected by warming temperatures caused by humans, says a new analysis of information not previously assembled all in one spot.


Global: NASA study links Earth impacts to human-caused climate change

May 15, 2008 | A new NASA-led study shows human-caused climate change has made an impact on a wide range of Earth's natural systems, including permafrost thawing, plants blooming earlier across Europe, and lakes declining in productivity in Africa.


Global: Driving down the cost of carbon capture

May 15, 2008 | Post-combustion carbon dioxide capture technologies can already be used under certain conditions and pre-combustion separation uses technologies that are well established in other industrial sectors, such as fertiliser generation and hydrogen production.


Global: Engines of change

May 14, 2008 | As the price of oil continues to rise, low-emission diesel cars are being seen as a cheaper, greener alternative, and demand is soaring. But there are fears that the fuel's health dangers are being ignored. By John Vidal, The Guardian


Global: Air pollution, smoking affect latent tuberculosis

May 14, 2008 | A toxic gas present in air pollution and tobacco smoke plays a significant role in triggering tuberculosis infection, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).


Global: When it Comes to Air Pollution, What You Can't See Can Hurt You

May 14, 2008 | Research presented at American Society of Hypertension's Twenty Third Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2008) shows that even a few hours of exposure to particulate matter (PM), which is not ozone but a component of air pollution emitted from power plants, factories and motor vehicles, among other sources, is responsible for rapidly raising blood pressure and can impair blood vessel function in certain situations within 24 hours.


Global: Not All Air Pollution Harms Equally

May 13, 2008 | Study Shows Larger Pollution Particles May Not Play Large Role in Hospital Admissions. By Kelley Colihan, WebMD Medical News and Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD


Asia in General: Investment in public transit can help save the world

May 12, 2008 | The sun rarely shines in Linfen. It rises in the morning, of course, but its rays barely make it past the thick cloud of smog that hangs over this northern Chinese city. By Craig and Marc Kielburger, Special to the Sun


Global: Pollution 'lifts blood clot risk'

May 12, 2008 | Breathing in air pollution from traffic fumes can raise the risk of potentially deadly blood clots, a US study says.


Global: Air Pollution May Raise Risks of Leg Blood Clots, Study Says

May 12, 2008 | Long-term exposure to air pollution raises risks of potentially fatal blood clots in the leg and thighs, increasing the number of known illnesses caused by bad air quality, a Harvard study says. By Elizabeth Lopatto


Global: Schneider reduces fleet speed to 60 mph; says environmentally right thing

May 12, 2008 | Schneider National Inc., a provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services and the nation’s largest truckload carrier, announced on May 12 its plans to operate the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry.


Global: Study links air pollution to blood clots in veins

May 12, 2008 | Air pollution heavy in small particles may cause blood clots in the legs, the same condition air travelers call "economy class syndrome" from immobility during flight, researchers said on Monday.


Global: EU official says car pollution targets unworkable: report

May 11, 2008 | A senior EU official said that a European Union deadline to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new cars by 2012 was unrealistic, according to an interview with a German newspaper.


Global: Renault seen investing up to $1 bln in electric car

May 11, 2008 | The head of an Israeli-backed electric car project estimated on Sunday that its partner, the Renault-Nissan alliance, would likely invest $500 million to $1 billion in the swappable-battery electric cars. By Tova Cohen


Global: Climate scientist out to change the world

May 11, 2008 | Veerabhadran Ramanathan tours the globe to conduct experiments and advise world leaders about climate change. By Mike Lee, Staff Writer, Union Tribune


Global: Broad climate fight best, not just gas cuts: study

May 08, 2008 | An assault on climate change on many fronts makes good economic sense but will be money badly spent if the world focuses exclusively on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, a study said on Thursday. By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent


Global: Ethanol and biodiesel under the spotlight at the Amsterdam Conference

May 08, 2008 | Ethanol and biodiesel were the central themes in the speech delivered this morning (05/07) by the executive manager for the Company’s Management System Development area, Antonio Sergio Oliveira Santana, during the event promoted by Petrobras at the Amsterdam Conference on Sustainability and Transparency. By La Société


USA: The greening of City of Light

May 08, 2008 | Traffic nightmare a thing of the past. By Michelle Lalonde, The Gazette


Global: Britain puts personal carbon trading plan on ice

May 08, 2008 | The British government has shelved plans to get people to reduce their carbon footprint by allowing them to trade personal emissions permits because it would be too expensive and ambitious.


Global: Koalas at risk from climate change, expert says

May 07, 2008 | Koalas are threatened by the rising level of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere because it saps nutrients from the eucalyptus leaves they feed on, a researcher said Wednesday.


Global: Watchdog calls for new UN agency to oversee transport emissions

May 07, 2008 | A newly formed watchdog of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is proposing that the UN establish a new authority to regulate emissions from high-carbon international activities such as aviation and shipping.


Asia in General: Asia launches climate change fund with US$40m

May 06, 2008 | The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is establishing a new fund to slow the onset of climate change and to help the Asia-Pacific region adapt to the expected devastating impact of global warming.


Global: How well is the UN`s approach to climate change working?

May 05, 2008 | Scientists in the UK have carried out a preliminary evaluation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to assess how effective it has been at stimulating sustainable development and a reduction in carbon emissions.


Asia in General: ADB President says Asia must attract clean energy investments

May 04, 2008 | With demand for energy in Asia soaring, governments urgently need to create the right environment to attract investments in clean energy, ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said today at a climate change seminar in Madrid.


China: China limits pollutant emissions from fertilizer producers

May 02, 2008 | A vice minister of China's Environmental Protection Ministry said here on Thursday it had adopted the first pollutant emissions limit on fertilizer producers nationwide.


Global: Global warming could starve oceans of oxygen: study

May 01, 2008 | Global warming could gradually starve parts of the tropical oceans of oxygen, damaging fisheries and coastal economies, a study showed on Thursday. By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent


Global: Bicycles pedaling into the spotlight

May 01, 2008 | The world produced an estimated 130 million bicycles in 2007—more than twice the 52 million cars produced. Bicycle and car production tracked each other closely in the mid-to-late 1960s, but bike output separated sharply from that of cars in 1970, beginning its steep climb to 105 million in 1988. By J. Matthew Roney


Global: Worldwide: Bangkok Global Climate Talks Off To Slow Start

Apr 30, 2008 | The momentum gained in December 2007 from the adoption of the "Bali Road Map" by Parties to both the Climate Convention and the Kyoto Protocol was not evident at the climate change talks held during the first week in April in Bangkok, Thailand. By David B. Finnegan


Global: Rockefeller kin urge Exxon to think beyond oil

Apr 30, 2008 | Members of the Rockefeller family, descended from the founder of what became Exxon Mobil Corp., challenged the oil giant Wednesday to focus more on renewable sources of energy.


China-Hong Kong: Hong Kong to introduce tax cuts for energy, waste & wastewater facilities

Apr 30, 2008 | Hong Kong will soon introduce one-off and accelerated tax cuts for environment-friendly machinery and installations, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Saturday.


Global: Climate change could force 1 billion from their homes by 2050

Apr 29, 2008 | As many as one billion people could lose their homes by 2050 because of the devastating impact of global warming, scientists and political leaders will be warned today. By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent


Global: Emissions Irrelevant To Future Climate Change?

Apr 28, 2008 | Climate change and the carbon emissions seem inextricably linked.


Global: Human warming hobbles ancient climate cycle

Apr 27, 2008 | Before humans began burning fossil fuels, there was an eons-long balance between carbon dioxide emissions and Earth's ability to absorb them, but now the planet can't keep up, scientists said on Sunday. By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent


Global: Plan to reverse global warming could backfire

Apr 24, 2008 | A proposed solution to reverse the effects of global warming by spraying sulfate particles into Earth's stratosphere could make matters much worse, climate researchers said on Thursday. By Julie Steenhuysen


Global: Link Between Ozone Air Pollution And Premature Death Confirmed

Apr 23, 2008 | Short-term exposure to current levels of ozone in many areas is likely to contribute to premature deaths, says a new National Research Council report, which adds that the evidence is strong enough that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should include ozone-related mortality in health-benefit analyses related to future ozone standards.


Bangkok: Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Hosting of Better Air Quality Workshop 2008 (BAQ 2008)

Apr 22, 2008 | Bangkok to host BAQ 2008


Global: Airbus, Boeing sign accord to cut air traffic impact on environment

Apr 22, 2008 | Rival aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing put aside their differences and signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to cut the impact of air traffic on the environment.


Abu Dhabi new city a blueprint for no carbon footprint

Apr 22, 2008 | Abu Dhabi is a tiny nation with huge reserves of oil and, as a result, a lot of wealth. But this Persian Gulf emirate is taking the long view, and planning right now for a future beyond oil.


USA: How air pollution hurts your kids' lungs

Apr 21, 2008 | Twice a day, 7-year-old Hannah Austin exhales all the air from her lungs. By Judy Fortin, CNN Medical Correspondent


China: China in driver's seat for global green autos

Apr 21, 2008 | China is a fast growing auto market that is still far from reaching its potential, granting Beijing powerful leverage in shaping the world's next generation of eco-friendly cars. By Kirby Chien


Global: Air pollution kills as many as the smogs of the 1950s, say scientists

Apr 15, 2008 | Traffic fumes could be killing people at similar rates to the smogs of the 1950s, scientists claimed.


Global: EU Nations Approve New Rules To Cut Air Pollution In Cities

Apr 14, 2008 | European Union governments approved rules Monday designed to cut air particle pollution in cities.


Global: Flowers' fragrance diminished by air pollution, University of Virginia study indicates

Apr 14, 2008 | Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source, a new University of Virginia study indicates.


Global: Flowers' Fragrance Diminished by Air Pollution, University of Virginia Study Indicates

Apr 10, 2008 | Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source, a new University of Virginia study indicates.


Global: Sea Salt Worsens Coastal Air Pollution: Study

Apr 09, 2008 | Air pollution in the world's busiest ports and shipping regions may be markedly worse than previously suspected, according to a new study showing that industrial and shipping pollution is exacerbated when it combines with sunshine and salty sea air.


Global: Air Pollution Eyed as Raw Material for Plastics

Apr 08, 2008 | In the future, all those DVDs you buy could be made from air pollution. By Andrea Thompson, Staff Writer, LiveScience


Asia in General: Dust plays huge role in climate change (2008)

Apr 03, 2008 | Tiny particles heat up the atmosphere faster than scientist once believed. The good news is this dust can be cleaned up fairly quickly. By Robert C. Cowen


Global: Flameless Combustion Could Allow Power Generation From Gas Without Pollution, Researchers Suggest

Apr 02, 2008 | Could combustion without flames be used to build industrial gas turbines for power generation that are much more efficient than current models and produce almost no polluting emissions?


Global: Indigenous Peoples Hardest Hit By Climate Change Describe Impacts

Apr 02, 2008 | Biofuel production, renewable energy expansion, other mitigation measures uprooting indigenous peoples in many regions. Indigenous peoples have contributed the least to world greenhouse gas emissions and have the smallest ecological footprints on Earth.


Global: NASA Launches Airborne Study of Arctic Atmosphere, Air Pollution

Apr 01, 2008 | This month, NASA begins the most extensive field campaign ever to investigate the chemistry of the Arctic's lower atmosphere.


Global: Gore launches $300 million green ad campaign

Apr 01, 2008 | Al Gore is launching one of the biggest public advocacy ad campaigns in history to convince Americans that the government needs to act on climate change.


Global: CO2 tax on cars widespread in West European member states

Mar 28, 2008 | Almost all West-European countries now levy some form of CO2 tax on passenger cars. A survey done by ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, shows that over the past 15 months, France, Spain, Finland and Ireland introduced CO2-related car taxation.


Guangzhou: Guangzhou swamped by acid rain

Mar 28, 2008 | By Chen Hong (China Daily)


Asia in General: Climate change might leave 120 million Indian and Bangladeshi people homeless

Mar 26, 2008 | A new report has determined that increasing climate change could lead to a major human crisis for South Asia, with more than 120 million people from India and Bangladesh likely to become homeless by the end of this century.


Ho Chi Minh City: Air Pollution Blamed as Study Finds Respiratory Illness Hitting HCMC’s Children

Mar 26, 2008 | More than 90% of children under 5 were found to be suffering from respiratory illness in the past year


Global: Scientists warn of soot effect on climate

Mar 24, 2008 | Soot produced by burning coal, diesel, wood and dung causes significantly more damage to the environment than previously thought, according to research published today. So-called "black carbon" could cause up to 60% of the current warming effect of carbon dioxide, according to the US researchers, making it an important target for efforts to slow global warming. By James Randerson, Science Correspondent, The Guardian


Global: EU environment chief backs green tax plan: report

Mar 23, 2008 | The European Union's environment chief on Friday backed a Franco-British proposal to cut sales tax on green products to fight climate change, despite opposition from some countries and within the EU executive.


Global: Black carbon pollution emerges as major player in global warming

Mar 23, 2008 | Black carbon, a form of particulate air pollution most often produced from biomass burning, cooking with solid fuels and diesel exhaust, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than prevailing estimates, according to scientists in an upcoming review article in the journal Nature Geoscience.


China: China’s SUV Culture: Flaunting Fat Wallets While Choking on Dirty Air

Mar 21, 2008 | As sport utility vehicles (SUVs) become increasingly unpopular in Europe and the United States, the gas-guzzling wagons are capturing the attention of an expanding class of Chinese consumers: the new rich. By Yingling Liu


Global: Simple, Low-cost Carbon Filter Removes 90 Percent Of Carbon Dioxide From Smokestack Gases

Mar 20, 2008 | Researchers in Wyoming report development of a low-cost carbon filter that can remove 90 percent of carbon dioxide gas from the smokestacks of electric power plants that burn coal and other fossil fuels.


Global: X Prize dangles $10 mln for fuel-efficient car

Mar 20, 2008 | More than 60 teams from nine countries have lined up to chase a $10 million prize for making a green supercar that smashes records for fuel efficiency, organizers of the competition said on Thursday. By Karey Wutkowski


Global: Battery-powered car on the cards for BMW in bid to cut emissions

Mar 19, 2008 | BMW, the world's leading premium car-maker, may launch an all-electric car as part of its strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions and combat growing restrictions on urban traffic within big cities. By David Gow


Global: NASA Study: 15% Of America's Air Pollution Is From Asia

Mar 19, 2008 | Is poor air quality in America the fault of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan?


Global: Arctic Pollution Dates to 1800s

Mar 19, 2008 | Today's Arctic explorers are well-acquainted with the ugly haze that hangs over the North Pole, created by air pollution that drifts up from cities in lower latitudes. But a new study suggests this veil of pollution has been present since the late 1800s. By Andrea Thompson, LiveScience Staff Writer


Philippines: DOTC and CAI-Asia Center signs agreement on environmentally sustainable transportation (EST)

Mar 18, 2008 | Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications signs agreement with CAI-Asia Center to work closely in achieving environmentally sustainable transportation (EST) and better air quality at the 3rd Regional EST Forum of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development in Singapore, 18 March 2008.


China: Beijing shrouded in dust as sandstorm besieges capital

Mar 18, 2008 | Air pollution in Beijing reached its highest level on Tuesday as a sandstorm from the north shrouded the capital in dust, choking pedestrians and delaying flights, the government and reports said.


Global: Study on indoor air pollution coincides with smoking debate

Mar 18, 2008 | The Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control is releasing a new study today - just in time for a Statehouse debate on whether to ban smoking in public places.


Global: EU says targets needed to fight climate change

Mar 18, 2008 | A senior European Commission official on Tuesday called again for numerical targets to effectively fight climate change.


USA: EPA Orders Air Pollution Reductions For Locomotives, Ships, Ferries

Mar 15, 2008 | The nation's locomotives, cargo ships, tugboats and passenger ferries will become much cleaner under new air pollution requirements announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency. By H. Joseh Hebert


Global: Climate-friendly diesel cars pollute more

Mar 14, 2008 | Although cars running on diesel fuel are considered more energy and climate-friendly than traditional petrol-fueled cars, the result is increased air pollution due to lack of particle filters


Global: Clean Diesel Possible With New Diesel Particulate Filter Technology

Mar 14, 2008 | Most diggers and construction machines discharge unfiltered exhaust fumes into the air.


Global: Transportation experts issue warming warning

Mar 11, 2008 | Expect flooded roads and runways, twisted railroad tracks and weakened bridges brought on by rising sea levels and more intense storms tied to global warming, leading U.S. experts warned in a report released Tuesday.


Global: Diesel fumes produce stress response in brain, study shows

Mar 11, 2008 | Half an hour of sniffing diesel fumes in a busy city street is enough to induce a "stress response" in the brain, according to scientists who measured volunteers. By James Randerson, Science Correspondent, The Guardian


China: Growth in China's CO2 Emissions Double Previous Estimates

Mar 11, 2008 | The growth in China's emissions of the primary greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, is far greater than previous estimates, making the goal of stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gases much more difficult, finds a new analysis by economists at the University of California.


Global: Transportation experts issue warming warning

Mar 11, 2008 | Expect flooded roads and runways, twisted railroad tracks and weakened bridges brought on by rising sea levels and more intense storms tied to global warming, leading U.S. experts warned in a report released Tuesday.


China: China, Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

Mar 10, 2008 | Two of the world's largest coal producing nations - Australia and China - signed a formal agreement for research and testing of clean coal technology Thursday in Beijing.


Global: Green Passport Introduced at Berlin Tourism Fair

Mar 10, 2008 | A Green Passport campaign launched at the Berlin Tourism Fair aims to shrink the environmental footprint of vacation travellers, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP.


Europe and Central Asia: EU leaders to endorse deeper greenhouse gas cuts

Mar 10, 2008 | European Union leaders will call on the EU Commission to draw up a road map for deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions at a summit this week, going beyond a unilateral target agreed in the fight against climate change.


China: China's Drivers Have A Green Future

Mar 07, 2008 | At first glance, the potential of the green car industry in China is as obvious as a Hummer trying to crash a clean-energy convention. By Chris O'Brien


Global: Dubai's traffic pollution among world's worst

Mar 07, 2008 | Dubai's choking traffic jams are contributing to some of the world's worst air pollution, according to an study by Dubai Municipality. By Rob Corder


Global: The Gold In Automotive Green

Mar 07, 2008 | For decades Forbes has chronicled the auto industry's efforts to build cleaner machines. By Steve Kichen


Global-USA: Greener cars in spotlight as carmakers change gear

Mar 07, 2008 | When Lamborghini and Hummer try getting in on the action, you know greener cars have come of age. By Marcel Michelson


Global: Guess who's joining electric car industry? GE

Mar 06, 2008 | Giant invests $24 million in Norwegian Think vehicles, U.S. battery maker


Global: Automakers hopeful for new CO2 limit deadline

Mar 05, 2008 | Car makers are becoming more optimistic that European authorities will grant them more time to meet proposed limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their vehicles -- a major point of contention between them. By Gilles Castonguay


Global: Carbon Dioxide Tied To Air Pollution Mortality

Mar 04, 2008 | Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels from burning fossil fuels have been linked to sea level changes, snowmelt, disease, heat stress, severe weather, and ocean acidification.


Global: Carbon Dioxide Tied To Air Pollution Mortality

Mar 04, 2008 | Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels from burning fossil fuels have been linked to sea level changes, snowmelt, disease, heat stress, severe weather, and ocean acidification.


Global: Congestion charge 'boosts health'

Feb 28, 2008 | London's congestion charge may have delivered a small, unexpected health boost to the capital, say researchers.


Global: True scale of C02 emissions from shipping revealed

Feb 13, 2008 | The true scale of climate change emissions from shipping is almost three times higher than previously believed, according to a leaked UN study seen by the Guardian. By John Vidal, Environment Editor, The Guardian


India: India Wants Better Public Transport to Cut Emission Levels

Feb 08, 2008 | India is working on a policy that will encourage the biggest cities and towns to build up their public transport systems as an alternative to cars to curb emissions in the nation's polluted urban areas. By Subramaniam Sharma


Global: Air Pollution May Be Causing More Rainy Summer Days In The Southeast US

Feb 07, 2008 | Rainfall data from a NASA satellite show that summertime storms in the southeastern United States shed more rainfall midweek than on weekends.


Asia in General: Asia’s air quality, energy and climate programs agree to closer cooperation

Feb 06, 2008 | Fourth Regional Dialogue of AQM Initiatives and Programs in Asia, 30-31 January 2008


Global: Switzerland Rated the Greenest

Jan 23, 2008 | U.S. tumbles from 28th to 39th in Yale-Columbia environmental index


Nepal: Petro price hike fuels nationwide protests

Jan 22, 2008 | The hike in the price of petro products sparked nationwide protests today, including in different parts of the Valley.


Global-Asia in General: The need for an international moratorium on coal power

Jan 22, 2008 | Over the past year, it's become clear that the way the political and environmental communities are approaching global warming isn't going to solve it. By James E. Hansen


Global: IPCC chief: Lifestyle changes can curb climate change

Jan 16, 2008 | Don't eat meat, ride a bike, and be a frugal shopper -- that's how you can help brake global warming, the head of the United Nation's Nobel Prize-winning scientific panel on climate change said Tuesday.


China-Hong Kong: Air pollution at historic highs in China's Guangdong

Jan 16, 2008 | China's industrial heartland recorded an average of 75.7 days of haze in 2007 (by James Pomfret and Guo Shipeng, Reuters)


Global: London, Paris Win 2008 Sustainable Transport Award

Jan 14, 2008 | Finalists honored for cutting traffic and air pollution, fighting climate change to create high-quality public spaces.


India: The environmental impact of India's Nano car

Jan 11, 2008 | Catherine Brahic, online environment reporter for New Scientist, blogs about India's cheapest car - whether it conforms to European emission standards, its fuel efficiency, and the effect it will have on emisions.


India: India's Tata Motors unveils $2,500 car, bringing car ownership into millions' reach

Jan 11, 2008 | Critics say Tata Nano will add to mounting air and noise pollution problems (Story by Gavin Rabinowitz, AP)


Global-Asia in General: Germany begins ban on polluting cars in city centers

Jan 02, 2008 | Three German cities, including the capital Berlin, began implementing a new air pollution system on Tuesday that bans the dirtiest vehicles from their centers.


India: Will the Rs 1 lakh car be an environmental nightmare?

Dec 26, 2007 | The proliferation of small cars with higher incomes will result in a nightmarish situation on both emission levels and congestion in and between cities


Global: How Green is Your Neighborhood?

Dec 19, 2007 | Technology has gotten us into the climate change mess, and we assume that technology will get us out of it. Hybrid cars, wind turbines, algae biofuel — businesses and policymakers alike are searching for the technological fixes that will decarbonize our lives. By Bryan Walsh


China-: Public transport must be a priority

Dec 09, 2007 | The demand for public transport in southern Taiwan has decreased. At a time when oil prices are rising, 250 remote bus routes will be axed by the end of this month. By Lee Ker-tsung


Asia in General: CAI-Asia Center and Local Networks Set 2008 Program in Manila Summit

Dec 07, 2007 | Representatives from China, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam met to share their achievements in 2007 and plan activities for 2008.


India: High capacity bus system and the road beyond

Dec 05, 2007 | Bus Rapid Transit systems, like those being implemented in Delhi and other cities, can carry significantly far more people than conventional bus systems, and indeed, as many as some rail systems. By using road space efficiently and with minimal conflicts between modes, these systems can help meet mass mobility needs cost-effectively, safely, and equitably. By Madhav G. Badami


Asia in General: Does building new roads help or hurt global warming?

Dec 05, 2007 | Seeking a place in the vanguard of the battle against global warming, France last month unveiled a package of ambitious pledges that included a particularly bold proposition: An end to new highway construction. By James Kanter


Global: Fuel efficiency and the American driver

Dec 01, 2007 | Congress is poised to finally make cars get better gas mileage. Consumers can expect to pay more for their vehicles but save on their gas bills. By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer


Delhi: Delhi to curb diesel pollution

Dec 01, 2007 | The Delhi government has announced plans to cut diesel emissions in the national capital region in the wake of strong public concerns about rising numbers of diesel vehicles and diesel related pollutants in the city's ambient air. The plan recently approved by the Cabinet proposes an Environment Cess on diesel fuel. The revenue from this cess will be used to create a fund to finance Delhi's clean air action plan. Delhi Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has also written to the Union government to introduce Euro IV diesel fuels and standards in the National Capital Region by 2008-09.


Vietnam: Consultation workshop for the national state of air quality protection report

Nov 29, 2007 | By Nguyen Hoang Yen, VCAP


Global: Transport for London trials Oyster mobile phones among passengers

Nov 28, 2007 | Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with O2 and Nokia to trial a mobile handset that incorporates the Oyster smartcard ticketing technology. By Antony Savvas, ComputerWeekly.com


Global: Energy Dept. says greenhouse gases have declined

Nov 28, 2007 | In the past year, greenhouse gases have actually declined. The decline was 1.5 percent nationwide. The energy department did not break down the results by state or by cities. By David Louie, MONEYScope Reporter


India: Look Before Taking the Leap

Nov 22, 2007 | Commentarao - S.L. Rao, The author is former director-general, National Council for Applied Economic Research


Asia in General: Japan to unveil emissions proposal at ASEAN summit

Nov 19, 2007 | Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda plans to unveil a major environmental initiative at a summit in Singapore on Wednesday that will aim for drastic emissions cuts and incentives for developing-nation polluters.


Global: UN report describes risks of inaction on climate change

Nov 17, 2007 | In its final and most powerful report, a United Nations panel of scientists meeting here describes the mounting risks of climate change in language that is both more specific and forceful than its previous assessments, according to scientists here. By Elisabeth Rosenthal


Global: Study reveals increasing climate divide between Europe's carmakers

Nov 15, 2007 | Figures obtained from official EU monitoring data


Global: Global Agreement on Mercury Pollution Focus of International Meeting

Nov 12, 2007 | Governments need to accelerate the effort to deliver an international agreement on the poisonous heavy metal mercury Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.


China: Beijing brings in bus rapid transit system quickly and efficiently

Nov 09, 2007 | Nearly two years since the first line of Beijing's bus rapid transit (BRT) system began operation, the rapid passenger transport system is contributing to the reduction of the city's severely congested roads and associated air pollution for which the city is infamous. By Laura Tyrer


China: World's growing dependence on coal leaving a trail of environmental devastation

Nov 04, 2007 | It takes five to 10 days for the pollution from China's coal-fired plants to make its way to the United States, like a slow-moving storm.


China-Beijing: City participants greatly appreciated the Integrated Air Quality Management Training Course held in Beijing

Nov 02, 2007 | By Yan Peng, CAI-Asia China Project


China-Beijing: Air Quality Management Training Course held in Beijing

Oct 31, 2007 | 31 October - 2 November 2007, Beijing, China


China: Clean-air scheme to extend reach beyond capital

Oct 30, 2007 | The traffic-control measures aimed at ridding the air of pollution during the Olympic Games could end up affecting people in Beijing's neighboring provinces, a source familiar with the plans said. By Liu Weifeng, China Daily


Europe and Central Asia: An environmental warning proposed for cars in Europe

Oct 28, 2007 | The advertising business has jumped on the environmental bandwagon, finding ways to give all sorts of industries a "green" tuneup and profiting in the process. But is it about to backfire? By Eric Pfanner, International Herald Tribune


Global: Progress comes at a cost, but all is not lost yet

Oct 26, 2007 | Climate change, extinction of species and the challenge of sustaining a fast growing population are among the major factors threatening humanity's survival. By Wang Zhuoqiong, China Daily


Asia in General: International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy Meeting

Oct 23, 2007 | 23 October 2007, Shanghai, China


Global: California ready to sue EPA to enact greenhouse-gas rules

Oct 19, 2007 | California officials from Sacramento to Washington say that law, history, politics and even the Nobel Peace Prize are on their side in one of the state's signature environmental ventures - claiming the right to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases from cars and light trucks. By Frank Davies, Mercury News Washington Bureau


Global: Air pollution: Commission takes action over levels of sulphur dioxide and PM10 in member states

Oct 17, 2007 | France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and the UK cited


China-Beijing: Beijing subway fares cut to boost public transport

Oct 15, 2007 | The Beijing government has finally decided to cut subway fares by about 30 percent amid efforts to boost public transport, ease road congestion and improve air quality ahead of the Olympics.


Asia in General: OECD Asia ultra low sulphur fuel demand to rise - IEA

Oct 11, 2007 | Demand for ultra-low sulphur oil products will grow next year in OECD Asia Pacific countries due to tighter environmental regulations, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.


Asia in General: Tuk-tuks to be off the streets by 2010

Sep 27, 2007 | A move to ban tuk-tuks and jumbos in Vientiane is scheduled to take effect in 2010, but drivers have expressed dismay at the proposal, fearing they will lose their livelihood. By Somsack Pongkhao


Global: Roadside Diesel Pollution Poses Heart Danger - Study

Sep 14, 2007 | Air pollution reduces blood flow and interferes with the body's natural ability to break up blood clots, researchers said on Wednesday in a finding that may help explain why pollution can cause heart attacks.


Global: Haze of Confusion Over Most-Polluted City List

Sep 14, 2007 | A US group's report naming the Chinese city of Tianjin as one of the world's most polluted places apparently confused the large northern port with a notorious lead-processing town in the country's east.


Global: Shipping Must Act on Air Emissions

Sep 14, 2007 | Aviation has borne the brunt of environmentalists' ire for causing climate change but the global maritime industry could face similar pressure if it can't agree to curbs in greenhouse gases, industry experts warn.


Global: Oil giant agrees to fight greenhouse gases

Sep 13, 2007 | In a settlement with California, ConocoPhillips must spend $10 million on mitigation measures to offset emissions from a proposed expansion of its East Bay refinery. By Tim Reiterman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer


Global: Zeppelin Mountain, With an Air Pollution Monitoring Centre is Seen Behind Ny Alesund

Sep 11, 2007 | Zeppelin Mountain, with an air pollution monitoring centre on a 474 metre (1,555 ft) high ridge to the left of the summit, is seen behind Ny Alesund, a research centre where between 30 and 130 people live in the Norwegian Arctic.


China: $14.6b boosts public transport system

Sep 11, 2007 | The municipal government is earmarking 110 billion yuan ($14.6 billion) to improve its public transportation system, reduce the price of tickets and ease congestion.


China: Lung disease: passive smoking to kill millions in China

Aug 31, 2007 | Chronic bronchitis and emphysema caused by passive smoking are set to kill nearly two million people in China who today are aged over 50, according to a study published Friday.


Global-Asia in General: FACTBOX: Germany plans energy savings measures

Aug 27, 2007 | The German government is due to discuss some 30 energy saving measures as it implements a drive by Chancellor Angela Merkel to battle climate change.


China: As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes

Aug 26, 2007 | No country in history has emerged as a major industrial power without creating a legacy of environmental damage that can take decades and big dollops of public wealth to undo. By Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley


Global: Nissan Cars Fuel 'Greener' Drives

Aug 22, 2007 | Reuters: If pushing the pedal makes the environmentalist in you cringe, Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor said on Monday it will equip all new cars with a device that could help improve fuel efficiency.


Southern Africa: Biofuel blamed for rocketing food prices

Aug 21, 2007 | Growing world demand for "environmentally friendly" biofuels is partly to blame for the rocketing price of food in South Africa, analysts at the National Agricultural Marketing Council have warned. By Tony Carnie


Global: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks To Record Low

Aug 17, 2007 | Scientists say Arctic Sea ice levels are at a record low and still dropping. By Randolph E. Schmid


India: EPA, India-Based Corporation Join Forces to Reduce Greenhouse Gas

Aug 14, 2007 | EPA and India's largest oil producer last week signed an agreement to work together to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.


Global: EPA, India-Based Corporation Join Forces to Reduce Greenhouse Gas

Aug 14, 2007 | EPA and India's largest oil producer last week signed an agreement to work together to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.


China: Reward Offered for China Cities Curbing Pollution

Aug 13, 2007 | China's top coal producing province has offered rewards of up to 2 million yuan ($263,800) to cities dropping off a list of the country's 10 worst polluters, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.


India: Intelligent bus station in Chennai

Aug 12, 2007 | Chennai will soon have India's first "intelligent" bus station with a Centre-sponsored group already started working on the project.


India: MTC to try out GPS on two routes

Aug 12, 2007 | The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) will begin trial run of a global positioning system for buses on two routes, 21G (Tambaram - Broadway) and 70 (Tambaram - Avadi). By Karthik Subramanian, The Hindu


China: Enterprises urged to play part in air quality drill

Aug 11, 2007 | Beijing yesterday urged enterprises, factories and construction sites to reduce their pollutants and emissions during the upcoming vehicle-reduction drill. By Wang Zhuoqiong, China Daily


Global: Experts predict record high temperature

Aug 11, 2007 | British scientists are predicting a succession of record-breaking high temperatures in the most detailed forecast of global warming’s impact on weather around the world. By Ian Sample


United Kingdom: London eyes Paris-style bike hire scheme

Aug 10, 2007 | London Mayor Ken Livingstone is looking into the possibility of introducing a public bike hire scheme along the lines of one in Paris to promote more sustainable forms of transport, he said Thursday.


Global: GM to Begin Testing Volt Electric Car by Spring

Aug 09, 2007 | General Motors Corp. will begin road testing its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in the spring of next year and remains on track to produce the rechargeable car by late 2010, a senior executive said on Thursday. By Jui Chakravorty


Asia in General: Asian Countries Pledge To Tackle Health Problems Linked To Environment

Aug 09, 2007 | Fourteen Asian countries pledged Thursday to tackle health problems related to everything from climate change to air pollution that cause the deaths of nearly 7 million people each year. By Michael Casey, Associated Press


Global: Experts debate ‘congestion pricing’ as NYC plan stalls

Aug 08, 2007 | New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to charge hefty tolls for motorists entering Lower Manhattan stirred a national debate over so-called congestion pricing as a tool for thinning traffic and cleaning polluted air. By Katherine Boyle


India: Naik for making CNG must in public vehicles

Aug 07, 2007 | To control the rising pollution levels in the state, the environment minister, Ganesh Naik had proposed to make Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) mandatory for public transport vehicles in Navi Mumbai, Thane, Mira-Bhayander municipal corporation area, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Kalyan, Dombivali and Solapur in the recently concluded monsoon session of the assembly. Accordingly, talks are on with the transport department to implement the proposal. By Swapnil Rawal, Indian Express Newspapers


China: Beijing Air Pollution Could Cause Events To Be Delayed During 2008 Olympics

Aug 07, 2007 | Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, acknowledged Wednesday that Beijing's air pollution could force the postponement of outdoor events during next year's Olympics.


China: 20 Countries, 600 Groups, Will Meet in China to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Aug 07, 2007 | Over 20 Methane Reduction Project Opportunities at Beijing Expo


Asia in General: Pollution Drying Up Glaciers In South Asia, Says Report

Aug 04, 2007 | A latest report authored by a team of scientists has warned that the “haze of pollution over southern Asia was now accelerating the loss of glaciers in the Himalayan region.” By Damaru Lal Bhandari


Global: Bush Calls Meeting on Global Warming for September

Aug 03, 2007 | U.S. President George W. Bush unveiled plans on Friday for global warming talks next month that will bring together the world's biggest polluters to seek agreement on reducing greenhouse gases. By Matt Spetalnick


Global: Fuel Cell Technology to Help Clean Up Shipping

Aug 03, 2007 | A group of north European companies aims to show how fuel cells can clean up ship engines, which now use filthy fuels such as oil refinery residues and can spew out hundreds of times more pollutants than automobiles. By Wojciech Moskwa


Global: UN Climate Chief Skeptical about Global Carbon Tax

Aug 02, 2007 | A top U.N. climate change official voiced doubt on Wednesday about a global tax on carbon, but said national taxes were possible and laws to cap global warming emissions were better for business. By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent


Asia in General: US Scientists Say Asian Pollution Haze Accelerates Melting of Himalayan Glaciers

Aug 02, 2007 | .S. scientists say clouds of man-made haze that blanket southern and eastern Asia are helping accelerate the melting of the Himalayan glaciers. VOA's Heda Bayron reports from our Asia News Center in Hong Kong on the effect of these so-called "brown clouds" on the region's climate. By Heda Bayron


Bhutan-China-India-Nepal-Pakistan: Pollution Adds to Greenhouse Gases Melting Himalayan Glaciers – Un-Backed Study

Aug 02, 2007 | A new study of the role played by pollution-filled “brown clouds” over South Asia offers hope that the region may be able to arrest some of the alarming retreat of Himalayan glaciers which provide a lifeline for billions of people by feeding the major rivers in the region, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.


Asia in General: Australia Says Clean Electricity Key to Greenhouse Cuts

Aug 01, 2007 | The world's electricity must be generated from zero or near zero-emission power plants by 2050 if a 50 percent cut in global greenhouse gas emissions is to be achieved by mid-century, Australia's Environment Minister said on Wednesday. By Michael Perry


China: China Blames Climate Change for Extreme Weather

Aug 01, 2007 | Global warming is partly to blame for this year's weather extremes in China, which have led to more than 700 deaths from flooding and left millions of others without water, an official said on Wednesday.


Malaysia: Penangites to take to public transport in a big way

Aug 01, 2007 | At least 60% of Penangites are expected to use public transport within the next five years, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. By Christina Chin, The Star (Nation)


Global: Chairman Says APEC Finance Ministers Need Climate Change Consensus

Jul 31, 2007 | International agreement on managing climate change will be a goal of Asia-Pacific finance ministers meeting in Australia this week, the chairman of the gathering said Tuesday. By Associated Press


Europe and Central Asia: Paris Woos Cyclists as Free Bike Scheme Takes Off

Jul 31, 2007 | This year's Tour de France may have been ruined by doping scandals but a new city bike scheme has ensured two-wheeled transport has rarely been more popular on the streets of the French capital. By James Mackenzie


Singapore: Shipping feels the heat over dirty fuel fumes

Jul 31, 2007 | The shipping industry is starting to sweat over global warming after it was revealed recently that it is guilty of producing twice as much harmful emissions as the aviation sector. By Donald Urquhart, The Business Times


Japan: Japan To Launch First Hybrid Trains

Jul 29, 2007 | Winding through rice paddies and lazily blowing its whistle along bubbly creeks, a two-car train in rural northern Japan is the latest entrant in the battle against global warming.


USA: Study Blames Climate Change for Rise in Hurricanes

Jul 29, 2007 | The number of Atlantic hurricanes in an average season has doubled in the last century due in part to warmer seas and changing wind patterns caused by global warming, according to a study released on Sunday. By Jim Loney


Pakistan: Faisal discusses cooperation with US Environment Protection Agency Chief

Jul 27, 2007 | Environment Minister Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat met with the Chief Administrator US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) here on Thursday and briefed him about the role of EPA in Pakistan in particular the process of issuing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for all development projects in Pakistan.


Global: Diesel pollution 'clogs arteries'

Jul 26, 2007 | Diesel fumes appear to combine with artery-clogging fats to raise the risk of heart disease, research suggests.


Global: Ozone Cuts Plant Growth, Spurs Global Warming - Study

Jul 25, 2007 | The affects of greenhouse gas ozone, which has been increasing near Earth's surface since 1850, could seriously cut into crop yields and spur global warming this century, scientists reported on Wednesday. By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent


Global: Ozone has 'strong climate effect'

Jul 25, 2007 | Ozone could be a much more important driver of climate change than scientists had previously predicted, according to a study in Nature journal. By Paul Rincon, Science reporter, BBC News


China: Fuel development hinders China's progress in cutting emissions

Jul 25, 2007 | Because of a lag in fuel development, the implementation of the China 3 vehicle emission standards has been postponed for two and a half years, from this July originally to December 31, 2009.


Japan: Toyota develops plug-in hybrid car for public road tests

Jul 24, 2007 | Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has developed a plug-in hybrid vehicle for public road tests in Japan and plans tests for the U.S. and Europe.


Global: US Fines Du Pont US$4.125 Mln Over Plant Emissions

Jul 23, 2007 | Chemical company E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co has settled with the government and agreed to pay a US$4.125 million civil penalty for harmful emissions at four of its plants, the Department of Justice said Friday.


Global: Milan to Impose "Pollution Charge" on Cars

Jul 21, 2007 | Milan will impose a "pollution charge" on vehicles entering its historic centre to try to halve exhaust emissions, the mayor's office said on its Web site.


Global: Planet Gets a Lemon as Global Car Industry Revs Up

Jul 18, 2007 | The world’s auto manufacturers produced a record 67 million vehicles in 2006, putting more cars on the road than ever before, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute.


Asia in General: Honda expands global production

Jul 18, 2007 | Honda, Japan's second biggest carmaker, has announced a major global expansion to meet fast-growing overseas demand.


Kolkata: Pollution Turns Famous India Raj Monument Yellow

Jul 17, 2007 | Poisonous fumes, dust and smog are staining the white-marbled Queen Victoria Memorial, one of India's best-known landmarks from the days of the British empire, a leading environmental agency warned on Monday. By Bappa Majumdar


South Korea: Asia: Reborn river brings back some urban cool to Seoul

Jul 12, 2007 | In 2005, a river was reborn in downtown Seoul. After years of life as a drain stuck underneath a road and an elevated highway, a 6-kilometer stretch of the Cheonggyecheon river once again saw the light of day. By Shigeko Segawa, The Asahi Shimbun


Asia in General: CAI-Asia Center signs agreement worth US$2 million with the Asian Development Bank

Jul 12, 2007 | Letter of agreement (LoA) paves the way for improved air quality management and sustainable urban transport in Asia.


Global: Air pollution holds risks for athletes who exercise outdoors

Jul 12, 2007 | Air pollution is increasingly on the minds of many athletes, especially those with outdoor workouts. By Gretchen Reynolds


India: Stakeholders in India Deliberate the Establishment of CAI-Asia India Local Network

Jul 11, 2007 | Weeklong discussions were held to share ideas about the India Clean Air Network (ICAN)


USA: The New Science of Parking

Jul 09, 2007 | If you live in a city and drive a car, chances are you know the hassles of looking for a place to park. Studies of traffic congestion in New York and Los Angeles have found that cruising for parking is, in fact, a major source of gridlock. By Ceri Au


India: Govt okays bus rapid transit system for 4 cities

Jul 06, 2007 | The central government has approved the operation of bus rapid transit system (BRTS) in four cities -- Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Indore -- in an effort to improve urban transportation. Business Standard Reporter, Bangalore


China-Guangzhou: Date set for LPG-fueled buses, taxis

Jul 06, 2007 | All buses and taxis will be LPG-fueled in this southern city by 2010.


Brazil: EU Warns Brazil on Environmental Impact of Biofuels (Update3)

Jul 05, 2007 | The European Union said Brazil must protect farms and forests at home to pry open biofuel markets abroad, seeking to prevent a clean-air campaign from causing land damage. By Jonathan Stearns


Thailand: Thai real estate goes green

Jul 05, 2007 | Thailand’s real estate developers are increasingly taking on hues of green, as a traditionally conservative industry begins to embrace eco-friendly practices. By Newley Purnell


Beijing: Beijing to ban a million cars in clean air test

Jul 04, 2007 | Beijing is planning to ban a million cars from the city's streets for two weeks next month as a test-run to ensure clean air at next year's Olympics, officials said here Wednesday.


Global: Models underestimate global warming impacts

Jul 01, 2007 | It used to be that climate scientists worried about how to make the public care about changes that might not happen for a century. Today they have a bigger problem: some of the changes aren’t waiting around that long. By Erika Engelhaupt, p4488 Environmental Science & Technology Vol. 41, No. 13: July 1, 2007; Published by the American Chemical Society


China: Pollution clouds Hong Kong's future

Jun 26, 2007 | Disappointment was the overriding emotion on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. By Samanthi Dissanayake, BBC News, Hong Kong


USA: US Senate seeks fuel efficiency

Jun 22, 2007 | The US Senate has approved a bill that would require vehicles sold in the US to burn 30% less fuel by the year 2020.


Asia in General: Envirofit Honored in Switzerland with World Clean Energy Award

Jun 21, 2007 | Envirofit International Ltd. has received one of the inaugural World Clean Energy Awards in Basel, Switzerland, recognizing its innovative practices and leadership in implementing broad-based energy solutions.


China: Buses help environment, but Chinese want cars

Jun 18, 2007 | On a smoggy spring evening, Zhang Min took a small step for a cleaner planet. The 21-year-old in designer jeans boarded a low-emissions bus, part of a system that functions like an above-ground subway with its own lane - enabling the retail clerk to glide past bumper-to-bumper traffic on her way home. By John Boudreau, Mercury News


Asia in General: ADB Supports Establishment of Clean Air Center

Jun 11, 2007 | ADB is supporting the establishment of the CAI-Asia Center, the first regional nongovernment organization in Asia dedicated to urban air quality, to help further accelerate action on the region's air pollution problem.


Asia in General: CAI-Asia Center Aims to Accelerate Air Quality Management (AQM) Progress in the Region

Jun 11, 2007 | The signing of the incorporation papers at ADB Headquarters establishes the Center as an independent legal entity. Through its new status as an independent organization, we expect that the CAI-Asia Center will be well placed to continue playing a lead role in the air quality management community in Asia. Thank you to all the organizations and inviduals who have supported CAI-Asia since 2001.


Europe and Central Asia: Review confirms the need to reduce pollution from industrial installations (2007)

Jun 07, 2007 | A review of emissions data for industrial pollutants in 25 EU Member States and Norway reveals decrease in emissions for some pollutants but an increase in some others.


Hong Kong: EDP consultant to clear the air

Jun 06, 2007 | Tough measures are being taken to fight Hong Kong's worsening air pollution which has been blamed for a dramatic exodus of senior executives of multinational companies from the territory, and made headlines in international news magazines. By Una So, The Standard


Asia in General: Japan to revamp aid plans to cut pollution (2007)

Jun 05, 2007 | Japan will promote new aid programs to help developing countries take steps that not only cut greenhouse gas emissions but also address development issues such as pollution and poverty, government officials said Monday. Japan Times


Global: UN-HABITAT signs new public transport agreement

Jun 05, 2007 | UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka has signed a comprehensive memorandum with the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) to give new impetus to research and monitoring of global urban transport trends.


China: CAI-Asia and SEPA Agree to Design National AQM Training Program in China

Jun 05, 2007 | By Glynda Bathan, CAI-Asia Local Network Coordinator


Global: UN Agencies Highlight Climate Change’s Impact on Human Security, Health

Jun 05, 2007 | The heads of two United Nations agencies today marked World Environment Day with calls for decisive action to address climate change, warning of its potential risks on human security and health.


China: China urges rich nations to lead on climate

Jun 04, 2007 | China has promised to put climate change at the heart of its energy policies but says developed countries have an “unshirkable responsibility” to take the lead on the issue by cutting emissions. By Richard McGregor


China: China puts growth ahead of climate change

Jun 04, 2007 | China will put climate change at the heart of its economic and energy policies but without committing itself to “quantified emissions-reduction targets”, according to Beijing’s first comprehensive policy document on the issue. By Richard McGregor


Pakistan: Smoking causes over 90% chronic obstructive lung disease cases

Jun 01, 2007 | Speakers at a seminar on World No-Tobacco Day Thursday, organised by the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) unanimously demanded the strict enforcement of the prohibition of smoking and protection of non-smoker ordinance of 2002.


Philippines: A mother station being built and 200 methane buses getting ready in Philippines

Jun 01, 2007 | Shell Group of Companies is constructing a CNG mother-daughter refuelling station in the Batangas, Philippines, after deferring the construction for one year due to safety consideration.


Beijing: Beijing to Invest More than $3 Billion in Pollution Control in 2007

May 31, 2007 | Beijing will continue huge investment in pollution control one year before the Olympic Games opens in the Chinese capital, a government official said here on Thursday.


Japan: World's First Fuel-Cell-Powered Hired-Car Service Begins

May 31, 2007 | Nissan Motor Co. announced on February 20, 2007, that it has delivered to Kanagawa Toshi Kotsu, a taxi company in Japan, a fuel-cell vehicle tobe used as part of their chauffer-driven hired-car fleet.


USA: Satellites Track Human Exposure to Fine Particle Pollution (2007)

May 31, 2007 | Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory set out to compare the capabilities of aerosol measurements from two instruments on NASA's Earth-looking Terra satellite in predicting PM 2.5 exposure.


India: India Says Emissions Will Fall by 25 percent by 2020

May 29, 2007 | India said on Monday its existing energy policy would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by over 25 percent by 2020, but warned pressure to set mandatory targets to curb global warming would hurt economic growth. By Nita Bhalla


Asia in General: Nuclear scientists from the Asia Pacific region undergoes advanced training on source apportionment of particulate matter

May 28, 2007 | Over twenty nuclear scientists from the Asia Pacific Region participated in a 3-day training course on 23-25 May that aimed to further improve the quality of their air quality measurements and source apportionment results. By CAI-Asia Secretariat


Pakistan: Vroom with a view

May 27, 2007 | In 2005, under the Green Punjab Scheme, the City District Government of Lahore imposed a phase-wise ban on two-stroke rickshaws. By Dr Zafar Iqbal Shams


Indonesia: Connections: Fixing our urban failures

May 24, 2007 | It is time for us to re-examine our principles of urban planning. Our cities, just like the majority of modern cities worldwide, should be planned based on the vision to create an ideal urban environment. By Yandi Andri Yatmo, Jakarta, The Jakarta Post, Opinion and Editorial


Indonesia: Indonesia must modernize railway development, says VP

May 24, 2007 | Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that Indonesia must modernize its railway development in the near future.


Beijing: Facelift For Beijing's Public Transport

May 24, 2007 | Since the start of this year, Angela Ru rides an air-conditioned bus to work. Her colleague, who owns a car, also takes the bus on most days. By Tham Choy Lin


Vietnam: Vietnam may switch to 0.05% gas oil from July

May 24, 2007 | Vietnam may switch to lower-sulphur gas oil (diesel) for transport use from July 2007 in an attempt to combat air pollution, an official from the country’s top fuel importer said Thursday.


Global: London's Low Emission Zone

May 21, 2007 | The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has confirmed his plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone across London. The aim of the Low Emission Zone is to improve air quality in London by deterring the most polluting vehicles from driving in the area.


Lahore: Absence of two-stroke rickshaws reduce pollution

May 18, 2007 | Absence of two stroke rickshaws from the city roads during their recent strike resulted in a considerable decrease in the pollution level, reveals comparative study of air monitoring data. By Iqtidar Gilani


Lahore: City govt to send modified rickshaw engine for approval

May 18, 2007 | District Nazim Mian Amer Mehmood said that the government would send the specifications of the four-stroke rickshaw engine the Auto Rickshaw Dealers Association (ARDA) had converted from a two-stroke engine to the Quality Control Board (QCB), the district coordination officer (DCO) told Daily Times.


Kolkata: Autorickshaws to switch to LPG, orders state govt

May 17, 2007 | The state Environment Department has asked autorickshaw owners to immediately switch over to eco friendly fuels like LPG to curb vehicular pollution in the city. The department has already asked its transport counterpart to implement the “conversion”, at least with regard to the autorickshaws plying the city’s roads.


Bangkok: Congestion charge for downtown Bangkok still a dream

May 17, 2007 | "Get cars off the streets" is the strongest piece of advice leaders of some of the world's greenest capitals can give to their counterparts from cities plagued by pollution and congestion. By Nantiya Tangwisutijit, The Nation, New York City


Lahore: Rickshaw strike successful, says MRTU chairman

May 17, 2007 | Protesters demand government withdraw plan to ban two-stroke rickshaws in Lahore. By Rana Kashif


Pakistan-Karachi: Clinton Foundation to help Karachi with green technology for buildings

May 17, 2007 | Sixteen cities around the world, including Karachi, will begin cutting carbon emissions by renovating city-owned buildings with green technology under a programme spearheaded by former US president Clinton's foundation. By Masood Haider


Islamabad: Islamabad air found heavily polluted

May 16, 2007 | Regular air quality monitoring in the city’s industrial area began on Wednesday and initial readings showed the air contained pollutants four times more than the internationally accepted level. By Khawar Ghumman


Global: Scientists Predict Asian Dust Plume Might Sway U.S. Climate

May 16, 2007 | Asian desert dust and city pollution is swirling in vast plumes across the Pacific to North America, interacting with storms and possibly spurring climate change, an airborne scientist said Tuesday. By Deborah Zabarenko


India: Wheels with the license to poison

May 16, 2007 | The air we breathe is going from foul to fatal. The people who govern us couldn’t be bothered. So, hope rests with the courts, where the air pollution case rests.


China: ADB Promoting Road Safety in PRC

May 15, 2007 | ADB is supporting efforts to promote road safety in the People’s Republic of China through a two-week training program on road accident investigation and prevention measures to help police officers familiarize themselves with the use of modern techniques, special equipment and better technology on traffic management.


USA: Researchers at the Mailman School Analyze Possible Air Quality and Weather Changes in the NY Metropolitan Area by Year 2050 (2007)

May 14, 2007 | In a first of its kind study, a research team based at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health found that changes in urban sprawl and climate that are projected to occur in the New York City metropolitan area by the 2050s could significantly affect air quality and health in the region.

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