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The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) promotes and demonstrates innovative ways to improve the air quality of Asian cities through partnerships and sharing experiences.

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Top national and local government representatives sign agreement to jointly organize BAQ 2006

With over 800 participants BAQ 2006 workshop is expected to be the biggest regional event on air quality management in Asia in 2006. BAQ 2006 will bring together air quality policymakers, experts, and scientists from Asia and the rest of the world to explore new ways to prevent and reduce air pollution in their respective cities and countries. read more >>

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- Call for Abstracts
- Art for Air (A4A)
- Indonesia page

Main topics covered in the CAI-Asia website:

* Monitoring
* Modeling
* Emissions Inventories
* Measuring Impacts
* Climate Change
* Transboundary Air Pollution

* Policies and Instruments
* Mobile Sources
* Stationary Sources
* Indoor Air Pollution
* Area Sources
* Education and Awareness

CAI-Asia's most popular web pages:

- CAI-Asia 2004 Evaluation Report
- Compendium of AQM Projects in Asia
- Oil dialogue and the "Singapore Statement"
- Benchmarking AQM Capability in Asian Cities
- Draft CAI-Asia Strategy (2005-2007)
- Kong Ha named new CAI-Asia chairman
- Dialogue with Japanese Organizations
- Related Initiatives/Programs in Asia
- Keeping track of clean air commitments

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- Calendar of Events
- CAI News
- PAPA Update

What's New - Documents, Events, News Links
China: Diesel Retrofit Project in China

Nov 14, 2005 | The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) and China's State Environmental Protection, Administration (SEPA), kicked off a diesel retrofit demonstration project in Beijing on November 10, 2005.

China-Beijing: Clean Diesel Retrofit Demonstration Project Underway in Beijing

Nov 10, 2005 | Work began today on retrofitting 30 buses in Beijing with clean diesel technology, under a collaboration between EPA, China's State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and industry partners. (USEPA)

Philippines: November is Clean Air Month

Nov 10, 2005 | DENR Spearheads Clean Air Drive

Europe and Central Asia: Commission launches innovative air pollution monitoring station

Nov 03, 2005 | The European Commission and the Italian Shipping Line “Costa Crociere” have launched a new way of monitoring man-made pollution of the atmosphere - essential to improving our understanding of climate change. (European Commission)

Global: Air pollution tied to increased risk of strokes

Oct 28, 2005 | Increases in particles polluting the air are associated with an increase in the number of strokes caused by a blood clot in the brain but not the type caused by an artery rupture in the brain new research shows. (Reuters)

Global: Analysing countries’ contribution to climate change: scientific and policy-related choices

Oct 26, 2005 | Environmental Science and Policy

China: Air pollution will affect investment

Oct 26, 2005 | "If the air conditions in all areas reached the nation's second level, 178, 000 deaths would be avoided every year," said Zhang Lijun, deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), at an international symposium on air quality management in Beijing on Oct. 24.

China: Air pollution 'kills 400 000'

Oct 25, 2005 | Beijing - More than 400 000 people in China die prematurely annually from air pollution, reveals an unpublished study by the research arm of the government's environmental protection agency. (News24)

Global: World Temperatures Keep Rising With a Hot 2005

Oct 13, 2005 | New international climate data show that 2005 is on track to be the hottest year on record, continuing a 25-year trend of rising global temperatures. Climatologists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies calculated the record-breaking global average temperature, which now surpasses 1998's record by a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, from readings taken at 7,200 weather stations scattered around the world. (

Global-Asia in General: Asia Carbon Exchange and New Values Announce the World's First online CDM trading model of CERs

Oct 12, 2005 | 5 million tons of forward CERs contracts from CDM Projects in Asia can be offered for sale

Pakistan: Government of Karachi establishes the 'Clean Air Coordination Committee'

Oct 11, 2005 | by Ahmad Saeed, IUCN Pakistan

Nepal: New Proofs of Effect of Climate Change in Nepal

Sep 30, 2005 | New study in the Nepalese Himalayas suggests that the glaciers are retreating at a faster rate in recent years due to the increased temperature. (by Rijan Bhakta Kayastha)

Indonesia: Indonesia braces for fuel hikes

Sep 30, 2005 | Protests have so far been noisy by largely peaceful Indonesians are bracing for the government's announcement late on Friday of new fuel prices, which are set to rise sharply. (

Malaysia: Malaysia Urges Neighbors to Do More on Haze

Sep 28, 2005 | Malaysia urged its neighbours on Tuesday to ratify an agreement to control air pollution in southeast Asia, a month after forest fires in Indonesia caused some of the worst haze in the region in eight years. (

Global: New IPCC Report Confirms That CO2 Storage Could Play A Major Role In Combating Climate Change

Sep 27, 2005 | Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Asia in General: Indonesia MoE Formally Announces BAQ 2006 and Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality

Sep 27, 2005 | MoE Exectutive Secretary Arief Yuwono speaks at 9th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment

Global: Analysing countries’ contribution to climate change: scientific and policy-related choices

Sep 26, 2005 | Michel den Elzen, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (associated with RIVM), Bilthoven, Global Sustainability and Climate

Nepal: Nepal player in world carbon trade, courtesy Kyoto Protocol

Sep 23, 2005 | By Razen Manandhar, The Himalayan Times

Global: Michael Walsh, recipient of 2005 MacArthur Fellowship Program

Sep 23, 2005 | Michael Walsh is an independent engineer and policy analyst committed to improving regional public health and the global environment by reducing the impact of internal combustion engines on air quality.

China: Beijing Officials to Use Remote Sensing Technology to help Clean Air for 2008 Olympics

Sep 22, 2005 | Officials with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (BEPB) will be using advanced Remote Sensing technology to target polluting vehicles and help clean the air as Beijing prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2008. Environmental Systems Products Holdings (ESP) has delivered 5 Remote Sensing Devices (RSDs) the BEPB will deploy throughout Beijing in the coming weeks. The RSDs will identify motor vehicles that are polluting the air. When those vehicles are repaired, tailpipe pollution drops dramatically. (Environmental News Network)

Thailand: Fundamentals of Emission Inventory Development

Sep 20, 2005 | 20-22 September 2005, Bangkok, Thailand

Indonesia: Urban Air Quality Management (UAQM) Training of Trainers

Sep 19, 2005 | 19-23 September 2005, Bandung, Indonesia

Global: NASA will reveal secrets of clouds and aerosols

Sep 15, 2005 | Taken from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

India: Climate Change Set to Affect Indian Agriculture, Health and Infrastructure, Study Reveals

Sep 08, 2005 | Results from a three year UK/India climate change research programme were today unveiled at the EU-India Summit in Delhi. The £450,000 study, which looked at the impacts of climate change, found that India was likely to face significant adverse effects in a range of sectors, including agriculture, health, forestry and infrastructure. (

Dhaka: Fuel-Hungry Bangladesh Introduces Two-Day Weekend

Sep 07, 2005 | The working week in Bangladesh has been reduced to five days, in line with most other countries, as a result of an austerity drive to save fuel. (Reuters, PlanetArk)

Malaysia: Malaysia to Roll Out Biofuel by October 2006 - Official

Sep 07, 2005 | Malaysia, the world's top producer of palm oil, will be ready to sell a green fuel made from the commodity at domestic pumps and also export it by October 2006, an industry official said. (Barani Krishnan, Reuters, Planet Ark)

Philippines: Commute and share a ride to cut air pollution — Klima

Sep 02, 2005 | Transport groups and stakeholders favor public transport and car sharing to address the worsening air pollution caused by motor vehicle emission. (Elizabeth Zambarrano, Manila Bulletin)

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