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Asia in General-Indonesia: Bus rapid transit systems offer effective solution for Asian cities

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.

Global: Swedish agency receives award for improving air quality

Dec 15, 2006 | The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) today received an award as a 2006 Air Quality Management Champion.

Kathmandu: 2005 Ambient Air Quality of Kathmandu Valley

Dec 01, 2006 | Report released on December 2006 by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology to summarize ambient air quality information of Kathmandu Valley for 2005.

Philippines: Bicameral body approves biofuels bill

Nov 23, 2006 | by Veronica Uy (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Asia in General-USA: ADB Joins Methane to Markets Partnership

Nov 03, 2006 | ADB has joined the international Methane to Markets Partnership as a Project Network member.

Indonesia: Hotspots Drop in Indonesia but Some Haze Lingers

Nov 02, 2006 | by Diyan Jari (Reuters, Jakarta)

India-Delhi: Polluters to Tackle Energy-Intensive Industries

Nov 02, 2006 | Asia-Pacific Partnership favours a voluntary approach to reducing emissions instead following the Kyoto model of setting specific targets.

Asia in General: Today's Decisions Could Spell Climate Change for Future Generations, ADB Official Tells Carbon Expo

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.

Indonesia: MEDIA ADVISORY: First Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality in Asia

Oct 26, 2006 | 13-14 December, 2006 (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Malaysia: Bus Consortium To Take Over Kuching's Public Transport System

Oct 25, 2006 | Stakeholders expected to implement a management scheme based on a five-year programme to bring in new coaches and operate new routes.

Singapore: My other car's a bus: Drive to promote public transport as roads struggle to keep pace with cars

Oct 24, 2006 | by Derrick A. Paulo (

China: China 'methane to markets' project nears completion

Oct 23, 2006 | Project will produce 120 megawatts of electricity and reduce 40 million metric tons of carbon equivalent over 20 years.

Global: EPA Revamps Climate Change Web Site

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.

Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore: Indonesia apologises as WHO warns on air pollution

Oct 11, 2006 | By Sophie Hebden

Malaysia: Air quality improves in Malaysia

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.

Dhaka: Diesel-run vehicles cause 80 pc air pollution in city

Oct 11, 2006 | By Sheikh Arif Bulbon

Vietnam: Vietnam to eliminate ozone depletion chemicals by 2010

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.

Japan: Easier way to emissions cuts

Oct 09, 2006 | By Takamitsu Sawa

Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI: Environment plan on the back burner

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.

Global-Asia in General: WHO challenges world to improve air quality

Oct 05, 2006 | Stricter air pollution standards could reduce deaths in polluted cities by 15%

Malaysia: Malaysia air quality falls to unhealthy level

Oct 04, 2006 | By En-Lai Yeoh

Global-Asia in General: EPA, International Partners to Reduce Methane Emissions

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.

Global-Asia in General: NASA Study Tracks Global Sources, Transport of Air Pollution

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)

Indonesia: Indonesia Turns to Greener Motorised Rickshaws

Sep 25, 2006 | by Diyan Jari and Sugita Katyal (Reuters)

Indonesia: Bio-premium impresses industry, not scientist

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.

Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI: Need stressed to revamp public transport system

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.

Pune: Pune gets grant to reduce vehicular pollution

Sep 10, 2006 | Bureau Report

China: Hundreds of Chinese Villagers Suffer Lead Poisoning from Smelter

Sep 06, 2006 | by Audra Ang (Associated Press)

Delhi: Is it goodbye to Delhi's cycle rickshaws?

Sep 05, 2006 | The Financial Express

Asia in General: Pollutants May Curb Efficacy of Childhood Vaccines

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)

Indonesia: We must do more to educate people about open burning

Sep 04, 2006 | National News, Jakarta Post

Dhaka: Air pollution in the city

Sep 03, 2006 | by S A Karim (Financial Express)

Indonesia: Yogya promotes bicycle use

Sep 02, 2006 | Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Government to sue firms over forest fires

Sep 02, 2006 | by Arie Rukmantara (The Jakarta Post)

Pune: After bio-diesel, PMT buses to go for retro-fitted engines

Sep 01, 2006 | This will make Pune the first city to introduce retrofitted engines in its public transport vehicles.

Indonesia: Police to follow up on forest fire allegations

Sep 01, 2006 | The Jakarta Post

China: China Eyes Sulphur Dioxide Emissions Trading

Sep 01, 2006 | China is planning to launch an emissions trading scheme as early as next year that would require power plants to pay 7 billion yuan a year for the right to emit sulphur dioxide.

Indonesia: City considers revolving fund for CNG users

Sep 01, 2006 | by Adianto P. Simamora (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia: Government claims success in battling fires

Aug 31, 2006 | by Arie Rukmantara (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia: Rain forests on fire

Aug 31, 2006 | The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Phasing out leaded gasoline economic madness?

Aug 31, 2006 | by Bob Larbey (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia: Enclosed parking lots next target in pollution plan

Aug 30, 2006 | by Adianto P Simamora (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia: On haze pollution

Aug 30, 2006 | by Gusti Z. Anshari - Pontianak, West Kalimantan (The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia: Walhi blames 106 firms for causing forest fires

Aug 30, 2006 | by Arie Rukmantara (The Jakarta Post)

Bangladesh: Air pollution - severe environmental hazard

Aug 25, 2006 | by Khandoker Azizul Islam (The New Nation)

China: China Turns to Coalbed Methane Gas: Fueling GDP Growth, Reducing Pollution, Saving Lives

Aug 21, 2006 | More than 30,000 coal mines releasing methane gas are responsible for about 40 percent of China’s air pollution.

South Korea: Korea: Nation pressured to cap greenhouse gas emissions in 2013

Aug 16, 2006 | When the Kyoto Protocol took effect early last year, Washington bureaucrats and some experts doubted whether the measures to cap greenhouse gas emissions would work. (Korea Herald)

Asia in General: Factbox - Climate Change Predictions for Asia

Aug 14, 2006 |

China: Chinese government says global warming contributing to disastrous typhoon season

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)

Global: New Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: World Bank Group Exceeds Previous Year's Commitments By 48 Percent

Aug 14, 2006 | More than double the annual growth rate the World Bank Group committed to achieve two years ago in Bonn.

Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI: Centre urged to help fight fuel-based pollution

Aug 11, 2006 | City Nazim notes that fuel in Pakistan had the highest quantity of sulphur than any other country of the world.

China: Carbon Emission Deal Between Chinese Chemical Plant, World Bank Approved

Aug 10, 2006 | The United Nations has approved a Chinese chemical plant's sale of greenhouse gas emission credits to the World Bank in the largest-ever emission reductions deal. (Xinhua)

Vietnam: Switzerland-Vietnam Clean Air project makes debut

Aug 09, 2006 | Project to support the reduction of air pollution by helping define and implement an integral air quality management system, focusing on Hanoi and its surroundings.

Philippines: E-bikes Hit the Road

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)

Vietnam: New emission standards to be applied in major urban centres

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.

Sri Lanka: AirMAC to clear indoor air too!

Aug 03, 2006 | AirMAC and National Building Research Organization (NBRO) launches indoor air pollution pilot project (IAPP)

Indonesia: Most Jakarta air monitors not working

Aug 03, 2006 | Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI: Strategies to control air pollution in the offing

Jul 20, 2006 | City government considering ban on registration of more diesel buses and conversion of old public transport vehicles with CNG.

Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI: Pollution crosses tolerable limits

Jul 19, 2006 | SUPARCO airs SOS

Indonesia-Malaysia: KL to send high-level haze monitoring delegation to Indonesia

Jul 14, 2006 | Jakarta Post

Nepal: Air pollution affects rainfall in Indian Ocean region

Jul 10, 2006 | Pollution has reduced rainfall in South Asia

Asia in General: Asia Critical to Future of Climate Change, President Kuroda Tells ADB Clean Energy Week

Jun 20, 2006 | No region in the world is as critical to future climate change as Asia, ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda told the opening of ADB's Clean Energy Week today. (

Pakistan-Karachi: Karachi out of breath!

Jun 19, 2006 | Environmental assessment report blames smoke belching commercial vehicles, inappropriately tuned engines, and rickshaws

India: Indian Carpool Portal on Call as Fuel Prices Rise

Jun 08, 2006 | Reuters News Service

Global-Asia in General: FEATURE - Targeting Air Pollution, Poor Nations Aid Climate

Jun 08, 2006 | by Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, Reuters News Service

Asia in General: Clean and diesel wed in new fuel

Jun 06, 2006 | by Bruce Siceloff, Staff Writer (

China: Expert blames pollution on cement factories in China

Jun 06, 2006 | Cement factories in southern China have been blamed by an environmental expert for the choking pollution that blankets the region.

Hong Kong: Air Pollution Everyone's Problem, Says U.S. Consul to Hong Kong

Jun 06, 2006 | Consul General Cunningham discusses environmentally friendly business practices (by Jane Morse, Washington File Staff Writer)

India: Tamil Nadu Air Samples Among The Most Polluted In The Country

Jun 05, 2006 | Two samples from Tamil Nadu were found to be among the three most polluted samples out of 21 air samples collected from all over the country.

Global: Study: Clean Air, Global Warming Mean More Hurricanes

Jun 05, 2006 | By Larry O'Hanlon, Discovery News

China: White paper issued on environment protection

Jun 05, 2006 | China published on Monday a white paper on environmental protection, illustrating the government's persistent efforts in this field in the past decade. (

Asia in General: CNN to report on Asia’s pollution crisis

Jun 04, 2006 | The special airs on 4 June at 4 30 pm and 11 30 pm. (

Global-North America: Air Pollution Goes Global

Jun 04, 2006 | by Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service (IPS)

Asia in General: Invisible enemy spurs health worries: Asia confronts growing problem of ultrafine particles

Jun 02, 2006 | by Grant Holloway, CNN

Global: France Introduces Compulsory Eco-Labels for New Cars

May 31, 2006 | Eco-labels reflecting CO2 emissions became a legal requirement for all new cars sold in France this week as part of the country's climate change policy.

China: Shenzhen: Bus Rapid Transit plan formulated

May 25, 2006 | by Sally Wang, Shenzhen Daily

Kathmandu: Clean Brick Making Technology - Success of VSBK in Kathmandu

May 24, 2006 | Satya Narayan Brick Industry - The VSBK Champion

Beijing: Beijing's pollution not just an 'official' problem

May 22, 2006 | by Emma Moore (

Hong Kong: Around Asia's Markets: New fund in Hong Kong to go green

May 22, 2006 | by Michele Batchelor, International Herald Tribune

India: Public transport system in a state of collapse in India: CSE

May 19, 2006 | Press Trust of India

Philippines: DOTC eyes E-payment for commuter trains

May 19, 2006 | by Daxim L. Lucas, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Lahore: Lingering issue of two-stroke rickshaws

May 19, 2006 | by Iqtidar Gilani (The Nation)

Pune: Bad air chokes Pune, Mumbai slightly better

May 18, 2006 | Lack of public transport leading to congestion, pollution in city, says CSE book to be released today. (Uma Karve Chakranarayan,

China: Polluters in China Face Public Scrutiny

May 17, 2006 | GreenWatch Program Exposes Environmental Scofflaws

Kathmandu: Relocating brick kilns from Valley not feasible: Study

May 13, 2006 | The Himalayan Times

Japan-USA: U.S. and Japan Partner to Promote Climate Change Actions and Co-benefits

May 10, 2006 | Workshop held from March 22 to 23, 2006.

Lahore: Lahore to complete CNG conversion in phases; banks offer easy loans for purchase of CNG rickshaws

May 09, 2006 | City District Government will implement the decision of imposing ban on two stroke rickshaws in the city in various phases till December 2007. (The Nation)

Lahore: DCO says no compromise on two-stroke rickshaw ban

May 08, 2006 | Buses and rickshaws in Lahore to be converted to CNG. (The Dawn)

Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI: We’ll not surrender to blackmailing, says city nazim

May 08, 2006 | City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that no leniency would be shown over the issue of smoke-emitting vehicles. (

Pakistan-Karachi: Snap strike by transporters in Karachi

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. (

Pakistan: Bad buses, thy days are numbered

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)

Asia in General: UNH Scientists Continue to Fly High As NASA Unlocks the Puzzle of Global Air Quality

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.

Japan: Dust Over Japan: First dust storm in Tokyo after six year (satellite image)

Apr 20, 2006 | from Earth Observatory (NASA)

Asia in General: Research Consortium Studies Air Quality over Indian Ocean

Apr 19, 2006 | Unmanned aerial vehicles track pollutants that dim Earth atmosphere

Philippines: Reducing Tricycle Noise in the Philippines' Puerto Princesa City

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)

Lahore: Rickshaws and traffic police play cat and mouse

Apr 18, 2006 | 75% decrease in rickshaws cause noticeable decrease in noise and air pollution in Lahore. (Daily Times)

Lahore: 12 rickshaws impounded for violating Mall ban

Apr 18, 2006 | Special squads comprising Transport Department officials and Traffic Police on Monday impounded 12 two-stroke rickshaws for violating ban on entering The Mall. (The Nation)

Beijing: Beijing is covered by desert sandstorm

Apr 18, 2006 | by Richard Spencer (

Beijing: Sandstorms frustrate Beijing's efforts for azure sky

Apr 18, 2006 | The city government sent more than 300 sprinklers to clean at least 500 urban roads, covering an area of 30 million square meters. (

Lahore: No more two-stroke rickshaws on The Mall

Apr 16, 2006 | Lahore bans two stroke auto rickshaw from major and most polluting roads. (Daily Times)

India: Manjunath Effect: Crackdown gets a deadline

Apr 11, 2006 | Adulteration: Calling for an "aggressive roadmap," Govt orders use of technology, staff incentives to clean up pumps (Amitav Ranjan,

Pakistan: Caltex launches new gasoline with Techron

Apr 05, 2006 | Techron is now available in all grades of Supreme and HOBC gasoline at Caltex service stations in Pakistan

Pune: City to cut down diesel vehicles’ bad air with USAID

Apr 04, 2006 | Pilot Project: 20 PMT Buses to be fitted with emission control devices

Malaysia: Road users warm up to transport info system

Apr 04, 2006 | by Chow How Ban (The Star)

Pakistan: 6.5m hospitalised annually with air pollution related illnesses

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)

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s air pollution cuts its appeal

Apr 03, 2006 | by Victor Mallet (Financial Times)

India: Cabinet clears multi-modal transit system

Apr 03, 2006 | The Delhi Cabinet today cleared an Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System — having 43 corridors over a 575 km route — for public transport. (Express News Service)

China: Air Quality Inside Taxis Tested

Apr 03, 2006 | Environmental safety campaign was formally launched on April 2 in Shenyang (from

Malaysia: CAP: Costly mega projects may not solve Penang's traffic woes

Apr 03, 2006 | by Regina William (

Vietnam: Government plans to develop urban railways

Apr 03, 2006 | Interview with Chief of the Viet Nam Railway Department (Vietnam Economic Times)

Bangladesh: Body on cards for subway in capital

Apr 02, 2006 | The government is considering setting up an independent Metro Rail Authority (MRA) to install an underground railway system in the capital. (Rafiq Hasan, The Daily Star )

Asia in General: Grad student judges walkability of cities

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)

Malaysia: 9MP Report: Transport hubs to ease travel woes

Apr 01, 2006 | by Minderjeet Kaur (New Straits Times)

Malaysia: Putting public transport system on the right track

Apr 01, 2006 | by Chow How Ban (The Star)

Global: Top global companies join with WBCSD to make energy self-sufficient buildings a reality

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.

Jakarta: Monorail's future is bleak: Experts

Mar 27, 2006 | The Jakarta Post

Vietnam: Vietnam to Cut Diesel, Gasoline Sulphur Content

Mar 27, 2006 | by Ho Binh Minh (Planet Ark)

Global: New distillation method fuels interest in ethanol

Mar 26, 2006 | by Norm Alster (The New York Times/IHT)

Nepal: Indoor smoke fourth largest cause of death

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.

Global: Climate change 'harms world poor'

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)

Hong Kong: Satellite pictures show Hong Kong as pollution blackspot

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

Indonesia: Activists seek phase out of leaded petrol

Mar 24, 2006 | The Jakarta Post

Hong Kong: SAR climbs the pollution ranks

Mar 24, 2006 | by Leslie Kwoh (The Standard)

Jakarta: No impact analysis done on monorail

Mar 24, 2006 | The Jakarta Post

Japan: U.S. EPA News Release: U.S., Japan Partner to Promote Clean Development and Reduce Emissions

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.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong convicts for pollution as air worsens

Mar 22, 2006 | Environmental Protection Department reported 23 pollution convictions recorded in February. (Shanghai Daily)

Vietnam: Experts fume over Vietnam emission standards

Mar 22, 2006 | Reported by Manh Quan, Xuan Toan – Translated by Ngoc Hanh

Jakarta: Loan gets monorail off the ground

Mar 22, 2006 | The Jakarta Post

Colombo: Too many vehicles in Colombo

Mar 21, 2006 | Worse traffic jams are expected in city roads by the end of this year. (

Ho Chi Minh City: ADB pledges to help HCMC develop subway

Mar 20, 2006 | by Song Nguyen (Saigon Times)

Hong Kong: HK govt pledges to upgrade air quality

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. (

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s pollution choking a key industry

Mar 20, 2006 | Multi-billion dollar tourism industry at risk

Sri Lanka: Call for improvement in public transport

Mar 19, 2006 | by Shanika Sriyananda (Sunday Observer)

Global: Study Links 'Smog' To Arctic Warming

Mar 19, 2006 | NASA scientists have found that a major form of global air pollution involved in summertime "smog" has also played a significant role in warming the Arctic.

Indonesia: Emission testing facilities insufficient

Mar 17, 2006 | Jakarta Post

Pakistan: Pollution in Peshawar

Mar 17, 2006 | Peshawar, once considered to be quite good, has reached an alarming level of deterioration.

Nepal-Kathmandu: Clean and green and electric

Mar 17, 2006 | by Kunda Dixit, Issue #290 (17 March 06 - 23 March 06)

Pakistan: Pakistan ranks third in global CNG use

Mar 16, 2006 | Pakistan ranks third in the world and first in Asia in terms of using compressed natural gas in transport.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong issues health warning due to high-level air pollution

Mar 16, 2006 | AFX News Limited

Indonesia: Pollution data useless: Survey

Mar 16, 2006 | by Adianto Simamora (The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)

South Korea: Universities to Train Climate Change Experts

Mar 15, 2006 | by Lee Hyo-sik (The Korea Times)

Pakistan: Environment problem linked to expansion of refugee settlements

Mar 15, 2006 | by Ashfaq Yusufzai (The Dawn)

Jakarta: Antismoking fines start April 6

Mar 13, 2006 | by Adianto P. Simamora (The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)

India: CMDA to issue orders for multi-storeyed parking lots

Mar 13, 2006 | Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority to issue orders on setting up multi-storeyed parking lots at three locations in the city.

Pakistan: President inaugurates CNG pilot project

Mar 12, 2006 | The CNG project is for areas where the supply of natural gas through pipelines is not currently feasible.

Nepal: Villagers Frightened by Dust Problem (In Nepali)

Mar 12, 2006 | Nepal Weekly: More than 10 thousand people living around Udayapur Cement Factory are now being suffered by the dust from the factory. A News Report.

Hong Kong: Asia’s world city attempts to become smoke free

Mar 11, 2006 | from Asia Calling

Pakistan: Finding out causes of pollution in air and water

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.

Shanghai: Power plants to slash sulfur discharge

Mar 10, 2006 | by Ning Bo (Shanghai Daily)

China: U.S., China Launch New Wind Power Tool

Mar 10, 2006 | The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Wind Technology Partnership rolled out a new tool to aid energy planners and wind developers in China's Hebei province.

China: Dust Storm over Eastern China

Mar 10, 2006 | According to Chinese news reports, a dust storm had been predicted for northern and central China, and the prediction proved correct

China: Sandstorm hits North China over weekend

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)

India: Study lifts haze on thermal power plants

Mar 10, 2006 | by Rao Jaswant Singh (

Ho Chi Minh City: Ho Chi Minh City to improve air quality

Mar 09, 2006 | HCMC drawing an air pollution map as part of Master Plan on Improvement of Air Quality

India: Tata Motors and ATFCAN of Canada join hands for advanced CNG technology for buses

Mar 09, 2006 | from Vaishnavi Corporate Communications

Asia in General: NASA Scientists Study Pollution's Origins and Air Quality Impact

Mar 09, 2006 | NASA and its partners will carry out the Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment (INTEX-B)

Asia in General: CAI-Asia Invites Private Sector to Contribute to 3-Year Air Quality Management and Sustainable Urban Transport Program

Mar 08, 2006 | CAI-Asia has launched its 2006 private sector membership drive.

Indonesia: Railway to add more cars in bid to get rid of roof riders

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)

Pakistan: Adil Calls for Increased Use of CNG (in Pakistan)

Mar 07, 2006 | Provincial Transport Minister, Muhammed Adil Siddiqi, has stressed the need for increased use of CNG in view of rising fuel prices in the international market. (APP)

Philippines: Biodiesel group refutes Chevron claim on product testing

Mar 07, 2006 | by Donnabelle L. Gatdula (Philippine Star)

Hong Kong: When exercise runs up against pollution

Mar 07, 2006 | by John Hanc (Newsday)

Pakistan: ADB-funded projects to overcome traffic pollution

Mar 06, 2006 | The Punjab government is launching a number of mega projects with the help of the Asian Development Bank to counter escalating traffic pressure and reduce environmental pollution.

Global-Asia in General: Cutting methane emissions 'will save 370,000 lives'

Mar 06, 2006 | Reducing methane emissions by 20 per cent could prevent 370,000 deaths worldwide between 2010 and 2030

Philippines: Gov't to set up biofuel testing facility

Mar 06, 2006 | by Alexander Villafania (

Pakistan: Use of CNG in vehicles helping curb pollution

Mar 04, 2006 | Use of CNG in vehicles is playing a vital role in reducing environmental pollution in the country.

Indonesia: Indonesia to promote gas fuel

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)

India: Can cheaper cars move faster?

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)

Pakistan: PSO to launch high performance CNG oil

Mar 02, 2006 | Pakistan State Oil (PSO) is launching new CNG oil, PSO CNG Plus, that can withstand very high temperature found in CNG engine’s combustion chamber.

India: U.S. and India Reach Historic Agreement on FutureGen Project: India becomes the first nation to accept U.S. invitation to participate in new clean coal project

Mar 02, 2006 | Indian government will contribute $10 million to the FutureGen Initiative and Indian companies will also be invited to participate in the private sector segment.

Asia in General-USA: NASA Embarks on International Study of Air Pollution Flowing into U.S. from Abroad

Mar 02, 2006 | from NASA Earth Observatory

Pakistan: Japan grants Rs.1 billion to improve environmental monitoring system

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.

Nepal: Highest atmospheric pollution monitoring station comes into operation

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. (

Indonesia: Purnomo Rejects Pertamina Proposal

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)

Sri Lanka-Colombo: Air pollution is killing us

Feb 22, 2006 | by Munza Mushtaq (Asian Tribune)

Sri Lanka: Air pollution is killing us

Feb 22, 2006 | by Munza Mushtaq – Reporting to Asian Tribune

Bangladesh: Power crisis acute: Air pollution forces Tongi plant shutdown

Feb 21, 2006 | by Sheikh Mohiuddin

China-India: India, China push demand for gas

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)

Bangladesh: Eviction of over 20-yr-old vehicles begins in March (Dhaka)

Feb 20, 2006 | Staff Correspondent (Daily Star)

Malaysia: Highest number of vehicles registered

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)

Indonesia: New 'bajaj' powered with natural gas

Feb 17, 2006 | The sputtering sound of an engine seemingly in its death throes is a sure sign that a bajaj (motorized three-wheeler) is around the corner (The Jakarta Post)

Asia in General: Lessons learned from Asia's three MRT systems

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)

Philippines: DOE welcomes CAMPI statement, says CME blend conforms to int’l biofuels standards

Feb 16, 2006 | Department of Energy (DOE) welcomes the recent statement of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) on the use of bio-fuels in the country.

China: China Issues Guidelines to Tackle Pollution

Feb 16, 2006 | by Lindsay Beck (Reuters, Planet Ark)

India: India launches high-speed train service

Feb 15, 2006 | A new high-speed train service between New Delhi and Agra was launched Wednesday as part of an effort to boost tourism. (

Pakistan: CNG sales up by 30 percent in Pakistan

Feb 14, 2006 | CNG sales during the first half-yearly of the current fiscal year has shot up by about 30 percent.

Pakistan: Transporters, traders hit by LPG price-hikes

Feb 14, 2006 | Small transporters and traders have said that the whopping prices of LPG were hitting hard their businesses.

Pakistan: CDGK, IUCN working on Environment-friendly public transport

Feb 14, 2006 | by Aroosa Masroor Khan (The News)

Bangladesh: Euro standard rules to better air quality introduced

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)

India: Air pollution high in Lucknow

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.

Bangladesh: Bangladesh Government adopts plan for reducing air pollution

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)

Global: New Yorkers' Work Week Clouds Air With Tiny Particles, Study Finds

Feb 13, 2006 |

Philippines: DENR Issues First Letter of Approval, Unveils CDM Helpdesk

Feb 12, 2006 | LoA issued to NorthWind Power Development Corporation for its 33-megawatt wind turbine power plant located on the foreshores of Bangui Bay in the province of Ilocos Norte.

Pakistan: PM forms committee to ensure adequate sugar supply

Feb 11, 2006 | Prime Minister approved the LPG policy to improve and streamline the supply of LPG in the country.

Global: Clouds gather over polluting ships

Feb 11, 2006 |

Philippines: Gore here for meet on global warming

Feb 10, 2006 | by Rainier Allan Ronda, The Philippine Star

Pakistan: Environment awareness campaign launched in Peshawar

Feb 08, 2006 | Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday said that lack of political will to implement environment laws in the province had resulted in the degradation of environment.

Kolkata: Now, gizmos to display air pollution level

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)

Dhaka: Dhaka needs mass transit system

Feb 08, 2006 | Opinion by Tanwir Nawaz

Islamabad: Islamabad Plans to introduce CNG Buses

Feb 07, 2006 | Pakistan plans to introduce new passenger buses that will run on compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of diesel fuel as the government seeks to lower the country’s oil-import bill.

China: China Increasing Its Use Of Renewable Energy As Power Demand Grows

Feb 07, 2006 | The World Bank today approved an $86.33 million loan to scale up China’s use of renewable energy as the country’s demand for power increases.

Pakistan: CNG buses to save Pakistan US dollars 700m

Feb 06, 2006 | Pakistan has decided to introduce compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which would cut down annually US dollars 700 million from diesel import bill.

Jakarta: City smokers confused about puffing ban

Feb 05, 2006 | Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Jakarta: Smokers get breathing space as buildings take softly-softly approach

Feb 04, 2006 | Adianto P Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Pakistan: LPG production can be doubled in 18 months

Feb 03, 2006 | Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector could grab about $400 million in investment and double its annual production from 16,000 to 32,000 tonnes in next one and half years.

Lahore: Lahore to breathe unmonitored air for another year

Feb 02, 2006 | Lahore’s citizens will breathe unmonitored air until the end of this year because the completion of the Suspended Particulate Matter (SMP) monitoring systems project has been delayed.

Asia in General-Delhi: Partnerships Vital to Ensuring Region's Sustainable Development, Delhi Summit Told

Feb 02, 2006 | Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)

Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI: Govt allocates Rs5bn for city transport

Feb 02, 2006 | Announcement made during workshop on ‘Public Partnership Based Environment Friendly Public Transport System for Karachi’

China: China‘s pollution galvanizes peasants to action

Feb 02, 2006 | By Lindsay Beck, Herald News Daily

USA: Austin Leads Charge for Plug-in Hybrids

Feb 01, 2006 | Reporting by Roddy Scheer, MSNBC

Pakistan: Pact signed with US firm for LNG import

Jan 31, 2006 | Pakistan's Associated Group has signed an agreement with Excelerate Energy of the US to jointly develop an LNG import option for Pakistan. (

China: China's Highways Go the Distance

Jan 31, 2006 | by Calum MacLeod, USA Today

Bangladesh: Hospital waste (Bangladesh)

Jan 30, 2006 | The Independent

Global: Met Office Launches Climate Change Report: Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change

Jan 30, 2006 | The official findings from an international conference on climate change.

Malaysia: Malaysia Wants to be World's Biggest Biodiesel Producer

Jan 30, 2006 | Malaysia already a major producer of palm oil

China: Capital's New Year Sees Firecrackers

Jan 30, 2006 | The Chinese Lunar New Year's eve was misty in Beijing, but the national capital did not lack shining decorations for the most ceremonious traditional festival.

Colombo: Breathing unsafe in Colombo

Jan 29, 2006 | by Shanika Sriyananda, Sunday Observer

China: Heating custom in northern China today seen as environmental risk

Jan 29, 2006 | by Joe McDonald, Associated Press

China: Law drafted to regulate energy sector

Jan 27, 2006 | Also to improve safety in its deadly coal mining industry ((Shenzhen Daily/Agencies)

China: Researcher: Pollution Limiting Sunny Days in China; Skies Have Darkened in Past 50 Years

Jan 27, 2006 | By Michael Casey, The Associated Press

Bangladesh: US pvt co keen to build sky rail line in Bangladesh

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)

Beijing: Beijing rolls out steps to improve traffic

Jan 26, 2006 | by Zhang Liuhao (Shanghai Daily)

Malaysia: Malaysia ninth in environment index

Jan 26, 2006 | Malaysia has been ranked the ninth best in the world at tackling domestic and global environmental problems, according to an international index of 133 countries.

Lahore: Commuter transport poisoning Lahore

Jan 26, 2006 | by Noshad Ali, Daily Times

India: PMK suggests bus rapid transit system for Chennai

Jan 25, 2006 | Ramadoss demands scrapping of the proposed monorail project (The Hindu)

China: Pollution Harms Grottoes

Jan 24, 2006 | The China Daily reports weathering triggered by air pollution is the number one "killer" of Yungang Grottoes in North China's Shanxi Province.

Indonesia: Drivers daunted by emissions test

Jan 24, 2006 | by Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

India: Stop, look, go: academy to end traffic travails

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)

Jakarta: Monorail developer asked to be up front on environment

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)

Asia in General: UN Meeting Touts New Ideas For Industry, Energy, Climate Change and Pollution

Jan 23, 2006 | Report on the UN Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) for Asia and the Pacific

Lahore: 'Deadly particles' killing 1,250 Lahoris each year

Jan 21, 2006 | by Noshad Ali, Daily Times

Vietnam: France spells out three top areas of assistance

Jan 20, 2006 | Thanh Nien News

Jakarta: Jakarta urged to focus on air pollution bylaw

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)

Delhi: Commonwealth Games to usher in advanced traffic management in Delhi

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.

Jakarta: Garages recruited for clean-air drive in Jakarta

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)

Jakarta: NGO to monitor emission tests, certificate issuance

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)

Jakarta: Vehicle emission rule to take effect on Feb. 4

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)

Jakarta: City on course for fleet of vehicles run on natural fuel

Jan 17, 2006 | The Jakarta administration says all public transportation and government vehicles will run on natural gas by April.

Jakarta: New busway routes up and running

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.

Big hopes ride on new busway routes

Jan 16, 2006 | It was launched to the pride of the city governor but not everyone was convinced.(Tantri Yuliandini, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)

China-India: China, India seen setting stage for greener world

Jan 12, 2006 | Agence France-Presse

Global: Taxi travel pollution "highest"

Jan 10, 2006 | Taking a taxi may be a relatively luxurious form of transport - but it might also increase your exposure to common pollutants. (from BBC)

Indonesia: Open green spaces in city eaten up by development

Jan 09, 2006 | Bambang Parlupi, Contributor, Jakarta Post

India: IT companies change working hours to ease traffic congesition

Jan 08, 2006 | Many IT and Biotech companies have decided to begin office hours from 0830 hrs instead of traditional 1000 hrs

China: Getting in early as China cleans up

Jan 08, 2006 | By Matthew Saltmarsh International Herald Tribune

Mumbai-Pune: City will have more centres to check air pollution (Mumbai)

Jan 07, 2006 | Mumbai and Pune would be part of a pilot project initiated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

Indonesia: Medan tightens seat belt rule

Jan 05, 2006 | In an unannounced operation, Medan traffic police have started ticketing drivers not wearing seat belts. (Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta)

Sutiyoso set on busway launch, ignores backseat drivers

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)

Jakarta: Jakarta Monorail ends rift, starts work

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)

Jakarta: Eateries, pubs cater to smokers as Jakarta enforces a bylaw

Jan 04, 2006 | Tantri Yuliandini, The Jakarta Post

Malaysia: KL bus and rail overhaul

Jan 03, 2006 | The public transport system here and in Petaling Jaya will be overhauled at a cost of RM2 billion and work will commence this year. (Minderjeet Kaur, New Straits Times)

Nepal: Carbon credit: Two projects registered

Jan 01, 2006 | By Razen Manandhar, The Himalayan Times


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