Dec 16, 2006 | Congestion, pollution and the lack of an efficient public transport system in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, prompted Governor Sutiyoso to establish a US$49 million bus rapid transit (BRT) system in 2004. It has been so successful that, two years later, it is being rapidly expanded.
Oct 26, 2006 | "We have to make smart choices for the infrastructure investments today that have climate change consequences that future generations will have to live with," a senior ADB official told a meeting on Asia and Pacific's carbon market potential today.
Oct 19, 2006 | Site provides the latest scientific information and highlights a wide range of U.S. government programs that are actively addressing climate change at the local, state, national and international levels.
Oct 11, 2006 | Air quality in Malaysia improved Wednesday, helped by rain and changing winds that pushed a choking haze sparked by open burning in neighboring Indonesia away from urban centers in the peninsula.
Oct 10, 2006 | Vietnam targets to eliminate all imports and use of CFC chemicals by 2010 as part of the country's efforts to protect the ozone layer, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Cong Thanh at a seminar held in Hanoi on Oct. 9.
Oct 08, 2006 | In spite of the clear directives by the Sindh High Court in April this year about phasing out the faulty and smoke-emitting public transport vehicles in Karachi within three months to protect environment, no concrete measures in this regard are being taken.
Sep 26, 2006 | Seven oil and gas companies are signing on as charter members of the Natural Gas Star International program, an expansion of the successful Environmental Protection Agency domestic program to reduce methane emissions.
Sep 25, 2006 | A NASA and university study of ozone and carbon monoxide pollution in Earth's atmosphere is providing unique insights into the sources of these pollutants and how they are transported around the world. (NASA)
Sep 14, 2006 | To promote the use of environmentally friendly bio-ethanol fuel, the State Ministry for the Environment organized a road trip from Jakarta to West Java's Cirebon and Bandung from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8. The Jakarta Post's Adianto P. Simamora went along for the ride.
Sep 13, 2006 | Speakers at a workshop here on Wednesday urged the government to formulate policies afresh on environment and transport so as to give Karachi an efficient and environment-friendly public transport system.
Sep 04, 2006 | Exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) -- chemicals widely used in industry -- apparently reduces children's immune response to vaccinations, according to a report.
(by Will Boggs, MD, Reuters Health)
Aug 14, 2006 | Global warming is contributing to an unusually harsh typhoon season in China that started about a month early and has left thousands dead or missing, government officials and experts say. (AFP)
Aug 05, 2006 | Electric bikes, now a popular means of transport in China replacing the good old bicycle, have arrived in the Philippines, ready to serve Filipino riders in short trips around the neighborhood. (Manila Bulletin)
Aug 04, 2006 | A new set of standards on car and motorbike exhaust fumes will be applied under a new Government regulation in five big cities of Ha Noi, Hai Phong, HCM City, Da Nang and Can Tho from July 1, 2007.
May 08, 2006 | Karachi Transport Ittihad (KTI), taking traffic sleuths’ actions against smoke-emitting vehicles as an affront, went on an undeclared protest strike here today, wrongly overtaking Karachiites all by surprise to brave the ordeals for no fault of their own. (Pakistanlink.com)
May 05, 2006 | The traffic police have impounded more than 35 buses and 40 rickshaws that were emitting excessive smoke on the first day of an anti-pollution crackdown in the city Thursday. (Daily Times)
Apr 27, 2006 | Researchers from the University of New Hampshire aim to understand the transport and transformation of gases and aerosols on transcontinental and intercontinental scales and assessing their impact on global air quality and climate.
Apr 18, 2006 | This city, a popular tourist destination, prides itself as the cleanest and greenest in the country. But it may well be one of the noisiest cities too because of its tricycles. (by Rita Festin, Asian Development Bank)
Apr 03, 2006 | Studies conducted by health experts revealed that approximately 6.5 million people were hospitalised annually for air pollution related illnesses and if remedial measures were not taken (Daily Times)
Apr 02, 2006 | Developing cities need to do more to address the needs of pedestrians, according to MIT graduate student Holly Krambeck, who is working on a walkability ranking system for cities. (MIT News Office)
Mar 29, 2006 | The World Business Council for Sustainable Development will form an alliance of leading global companies to determine how buildings can be designed and constructed so that they use no energy from external power grids, are carbon neutral, and can be built and operated at fair market values.
Mar 26, 2006 | Although indoor pollution has been responsible for causing many diseases being the fourth largest cause of death in Nepal, which relies on 86 per cent of traditional resources out of the total energy consumption, it has not been included in the country's priority.
Mar 24, 2006 | The poorest people in the world in Asia and Africa will be worst hit by climate change, a UK government report says. It says droughts and floods fuelled partly by carbon emissions from countries such as the UK will hurt the same people targeted by overseas aid. (by Roger Harrabin, BBC NEWS)
Mar 24, 2006 | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has teamed up with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration to give researchers access to daily satellite images of the region and the world
Mar 23, 2006 | Representatives of two of the world's largest economies met this week to discuss ways to improve air quality and promote clean energy, energy security, and economic opportunities at home and abroad.
Mar 20, 2006 | The Hong Kong government is determined to achieve the emission targets agreed with Guangdong province for 2010, through reduction measures and cooperation with the province. (xinhuanet.com)
Mar 10, 2006 | Governor Sindh said efforts be made for finding out causes of pollution in air and water and take steps for their removal so that people are made aware of their harmful effects and could take preventive steps at collective level.
Mar 10, 2006 | Many areas in the northern and central parts of China are being hit by sandstorms, which are expected to last over the weekend and bring falling temperatures and strong winds, according to a local meteorological station. (from Xinhuanet)
Mar 07, 2006 | The state railway company hopes that adding more trains to its aging fleet and taking strict measures against roof riders will put an end to the sight of passengers perched precariously on speeding vehicles. (Jakarta Post)
Mar 04, 2006 | Indonesia's government has set aside Rp 40 billion (US$434 million) for the promotion of the use of gas by public transport vehicles, Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa said. (ANTARA/Asia Pulse)
Mar 03, 2006 | The car may appear to be more affordable now. However, restrictions on its use such as congestion charging, costlier parking, and reduced right of way in favour of buses, pedestrians, and cyclists may be inevitable. G. Ananthakrishnan (The Hindu)
Feb 28, 2006 | The Japanese government will provide Rs.1,080 million grant to Pakistan for replacement of environmental monitoring system in the country. Under the project, five air and water monitoring stations would be established.
Feb 24, 2006 | The highest atmospheric pollution monitoring station in the world (Ev-K²-CNR Committee’s ABC-Pyramid station) located in Khumbu Valley at a height of 5,079 m has begun to collect data on the composition of the atmosphere over the Himalayas and the Asian plateau. (Nepalnews.com)
Feb 23, 2006 | With time ticking away on the one-week deadline to resolve the Cepu oil block operatorship dispute, the government has rejected state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina's proposal for alternating management every five years. (Jakarta Post)
Feb 21, 2006 | Higher growth of energy consumption in China and India, increasing demand for natural gas to fire power plants in North America, and gas-to-liquid (GTL) fuel production reaching a million barrels per day over the next few years were some of the major issues discussed at the Gas Summit during the last two days. (Peninsula)
Feb 19, 2006 | A total of 1.02 million new vehicles were registered last year, making it an all-time high for the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the first time it breached the million figure mark. (The Star Online)
Feb 17, 2006 | The experiences of three major Asian cities indicate a mass rapid transit (MRT) system will not work effectively unless there is great political will to integrate the system on a level playing field with cars, buses and other rail projects. (The Jakarta Post)
Feb 13, 2006 | The government has introduced emission rules for vehicles in Bangladesh as per European standards and adopted a road map to improve the air purity of the capital and other cities. (The Daily Star)
Feb 13, 2006 | Increasing vehicle population (7,49,830 as per ITRC survey in March 2005) has led to exceptionally high concentrations of air pollutants in Lucknow. This causes respiratory ailments, heart diseases, cancer and premature deaths among the people.
Feb 13, 2006 | The government has introduced Bangladesh-1 and Bangladesh-2 in line with Euro emission norms and adopted a roadmap for improving the air quality of Dhaka and other cities badly afflicted with vehicular pollution. (The Bangladesh Journal)
Feb 08, 2006 | Electro-Magnetic Display boards (EMDs) were installed in the city to display air pollution levels by the public sector unit Gail (India) Limited and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board. (Express News Service)
Jan 26, 2006 | A US private transport company has expressed its eagerness to set up sky rail lines from Narayanganj to Joydevpur and Sadarghat to Savar at a cost of over Taka 50 billion to facilitate transportation system of the country. (The Nation)
Jan 24, 2006 | Finally, an end to never-ending tales of traffic woes. To cope with traffic-related problems in Surat, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has embarked on a unique project called Traffic Academy where citizens, especially schoolchildren, will be educated on the traffic management. (Express News Service)
Jan 24, 2006 | City bureaucrats have promised much of the monorail, including cleaner air and fewer traffic jams, but others are calling for its construction to be halted pending an environmental impact analysis. (Jakarta Post)
Jan 20, 2006 | Jakarta Environmental Caucus urges the Jakarta administration to issue additional regulations to enforce a bylaw on air pollution control that comes into effect in February. (The Jakarta Post)
Jan 19, 2006 | With 2010 Commonwealth Games in mind, traffic management in Delhi is in for a major overhaul with plans to equip it with the state-of-the-art Intelligent Transport System besides training of students to handle increased traffic flow.
Jan 19, 2006 | A sign has been placed at a strategic spot near the entrance of an auto workshop on Jl. Buncit Raya in South Jakarta to catch the attention of pedestrians and passing motorists. (Adianto P Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)
Jan 19, 2006 | The Jakarta administration's independent auditing team may still be in the pipeline, but non-governmental organization Generasi Peduli Udara Bersih (GPUB) said it would monitor the 80 auto workshops authorized to perform emissions tests and issue certificates. (Tantri Yuliandini, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)
Jan 17, 2006 | In another bid to clean up Jakarta's notoriously polluted air, the city administration is looking to clear the streets of fume-spewing vehicles. (Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)
Jan 16, 2006 | Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso did the honors on Sunday at City Hall on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, sounding a siren to launch the opening of two more busway corridors in the capital.
Jan 04, 2006 | Despite the technical problems during the trial run last year, Governor Sutiyoso insists the new busway corridors will start limited operations on Jan. 15. (Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)
Jan 04, 2006 | The internal rift in monorail construction consortium PT Jakarta Monorail has (JM) been mended, easing the way for it to finalize financial backing for the project. (Bambang Nurbianto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)