Dec 08, 2005 | More than 300 pedicab drivers staged a protest on outside the Bandung municipal council building here, demanding that the government revoke a bylaw that bans pedicab drivers from operating in 15 areas in the city. (The Jakarta Post)
Dec 06, 2005 | Governor Sutiyoso chided PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) on Monday over its sluggish progress in the construction of two monorail lines in the capital, which are scheduled to be completed in the middle of 2007. (The Jakarta Post)
Dec 02, 2005 | The National Sun Yat-sen Freeway is a month away to launching its first electronic toll-collecting system, but six million commuters, potential users of the new system, are not happy because the Far Eastern Toll Collecting Company has no intention of lowering the retail price of its electronic sensors. (Taiwan News)
Dec 01, 2005 | The Chinese government said Wednesday that despite being one of the world's worst polluters, it was already cutting greenhouse gases and called on the United States to join the global community under the Kyoto Protocol to protect the earth's atmosphere.
Nov 29, 2005 | The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a new electric traffic management system that is expected to reduce congestion in the city and help drivers find faster routes. (Thai Day)
Nov 29, 2005 | Rising fuel demand in Asia, Europe and the United States and a shortage of pipelines are pushing liquefied natural gas prices to records, benefiting producers such as BP and hurting industrial firms from Spain to South Korea. (The Standard)
Nov 25, 2005 | At least 700 cyclists are expected to bike through five cities in Metro Manila on Saturday as part of a Clean Air Festival that is meant to dramatize November as Clean Air Month across the country. (ENS)
Nov 23, 2005 | Since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1999 and an estimated P200 million in fines collected from violators, the air in Metro Manila remains polluted. (Norman Bordadora Inquirer News Service )
Nov 23, 2005 | A team of U.S.-supported Chinese researchers have outlined strategies to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and local air pollutants in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics and afterward. (USEPA)
Nov 23, 2005 | Shui Tou calls itself the leather capital of the world with dozens of small factories processing pig skins, but CBS News Asia correspondent Barry Petersen reports the city also shows the high price China is paying for its economic success. (CBS)
Nov 21, 2005 | Bombardier Transportation, along with other representatives of the Yongin LRT Consortium, marked the start of construction of the EverLine Rapid Transit System in Yongin City, Republic of Korea.
Nov 21, 2005 | The Philippines was stepping up emission enforcement measures to comply with its clean air law, officials said, concerned over the choking levels of air pollution in Manila and three other major cities. (Manny Mogato, PlanetArk)
Nov 18, 2005 | India is unlikely to agree to any emission caps in the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol because of its expanding energy-hungry economy, but analysts say developed nations will continue to pile pressure on the nation. (Sugita Katyal, Planet Ark)
Nov 18, 2005 | An agreement aimed a making the summer Olympics of 2008 environmentally-friendly was signed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG).
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.
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)
Nov 09, 2005 | Hong Kong utility CLP Holdings Ltd. said it hoped to build a terminal for liquefied natural gas by 2010 to help meet a target of slashing air pollutants by up to 20 percent from 1997. (Nao Nakanishi, Planet Ark)
Nov 09, 2005 | Japanese industrial giant Marubeni Corp. plans to put up at least five ethanol-run co-generation/distillery plants in the Philippines, a lawmaker said yesterday. (Donnabelle L. Gatdula, The Philippine Star)
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)
Nov 02, 2005 | World's top polluting nations will meet in Australia in mid-January to try to work out ways of curbing greenhouse emissions without hurting their economies, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said. (Planet Ark)
Nov 01, 2005 | Nepal formally became a party of the Kyoto Protocol after Foreign Minister Mr. Ramesh Nath Pandey informed the UNFCCC about Nepal?s ratification last month. What will this make difference to Nepal? Haka Haki, News Magazine, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists, Volume 8, Issue 5, November 2005)
Oct 31, 2005 | Polluted air with fine particles, when inhaled, raises the risk of ischemic stroke - a type of stroke that is caused by a blood clot in the brain - according to a new study conducted at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). (Foodconsumer.org)
Oct 31, 2005 | As it gears up to host the 2008 Olympic Games Beijing has been awarded an unwelcome new accolade: the air pollution capital of the world.
Satellite data has revealed that the city is one of the worst environmental victims of China's spectacular economic growth, which has brought with it air pollution levels that are blamed for more than 400,000 premature deaths a year. (The Guardian)
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)
Oct 27, 2005 | India and the US today reviewed the progress on issues of infrastructure sector under the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in April this year at New Delhi and agreed to consider suggestions for setting up Working Groups to formulate the modalities for future course of action. (New Kerala)
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.
Oct 25, 2005 | Motorists make their way on a Bangkok street during an afternoon rush hours
Transport analysts say the solution to easing congestion in Asia's huge cities lies with mass bus transport systems replacing private cars. (Voice of America)
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)
Oct 21, 2005 | The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the suspension of the processing of applications for air and water management-related technologies, pending the approval of a joint administrative order with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). (DENR)
Oct 21, 2005 | The Commission has unveiled a document giving EU member states guidance on tax incentives to reduce particle matter emissions from diesel cars. French and German plans helped trigger the initiative. (EuroActiv)
Oct 21, 2005 | Two scientists who won the 2005 Blue Planet Prize on Wednesday urged the governments of industrialized nations to increase their efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions and help build a sustainable environment. (Japan Times)
Oct 21, 2005 | Japan made some progress in cutting greenhouse gases last fiscal year mainly due to increased use of nuclear power, but the country fell well short of its target for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the government said. Japan's Environment Ministry said in a preliminary report that the country emitted 1.329 billion tonnes of gases blamed for global warming in the fiscal year to March 31, 2005, down 0.8 percent from the previous year. (Reuters)
Oct 20, 2005 | The Communist Party of China (CPC) has called for more efforts to prevent and control pollution with aim to reverse the deterioration of the environment and ecology in the coming five years, according to a document released. (Xinhuanet)
Oct 18, 2005 | Vice President Jusuf Kalla once told reporters that imposing taxes on oil products, to follow what other countries were doing, was not feasible in Indonesia because the government considered oil products "strategic", not commercial. (Eco Earth)
Oct 17, 2005 | Minister says industries, consumers who foul the air and water should pay. Finance Minister Thanong Bidaya said he had ordered the Excise Department to look at ways to slap a new “pollution” tax on four types of polluters...
Oct 17, 2005 | Hong Kong's political leader Donald Tsang told businessmen to reduce pollution emissions from their factories in southern China blamed for the choking smog which often hits the region. (Yahoo)
Oct 14, 2005 | New Delhi: With celebrations finally over, it's now time for Delhiites to deal with the after-effects of the festive season. The smoke emitted from burnt fire crackers has left Delhiites coughing as the pollution level once again has touched a high. (Times News Network)
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. (washingtonpost.com)
Oct 07, 2005 | Malaysia, the world's top palm oil producer, will make a palm oil-based fuel a mandatory additive at petrol pumps by 2008, part of government efforts to cut its diesel subsidy bill. (Planet Ark)
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. (BBC.co.uk)
Sep 28, 2005 | People living in areas of heavy air pollution may be at greater risk of heart attacks, European scientists have said in the leading medical journal devoted to advancing science related to thrombosis, bleeding disorders and vascular biology. (Times of India)
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. (PlanetArk.com)
Sep 26, 2005 | If this ambitious plan of the Delhi Police works out well, soon cameras positioned at strategic points in city will feed you live traffic updates. You could use this intelligent input to plan a hassle-free drive. The police has started a programme of putting cameras at various intersections across the city to monitor the movement of traffic. Real-time images from the cameras will also be made available on the Internet. So the next time you fear that you may be caught in a jam, you can simply browse the website on your computer or a GPRS-enabled mobile phone to know about the situation on your route. Initially, ten cameras will be installed at important traffic intersections close to the heart of the city including CP, ITO and Rajghat, an officer said. The system will be extended to almost all parts of the city with about 100 cameras. (Times of India)
Sep 25, 2005 | The Bangalore police will set up an intelligent traffic management system as a long-term plan to handle growing traffic. This includes installation of electronic surveillance, synchronised traffic signals and automation systems. Participating in the inaugural edition of Times Round Table on ‘Traffic: How To Decongest Bangalore' at the Windsor Sheraton Hotel and Towers on Saturday, police commissioner Ajay Kumar Singh said steps have been initiated in this direction. (Times of India)
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.
Sep 23, 2005 | The Calabarzon police office has asked the association of trucking companies in the region to immediately install global positioning system (GPS) gadgets in their trucks to thwart hijacking and highway robberies, a police official said yesterday. Senior Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay, operations chief of the Calabarzon police, said that although the number of reported hijackings had declined in the past months, the threat was still high. Marlon Ramos (Inq7.net)
Sep 22, 2005 | Wide-ranging proposals to clean up Europe's polluted air won approval from the European Commission on Wednesday after a debate over the package's multi-billion euro price tag threatened to scupper it. (PlanetArk.com)
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)
Sep 22, 2005 | Up to 10,000 people in the Asia-Pacific region could be dying each year as a result of factors associated with global warming such as severe weather and mosquito-borne disease, a World Health Organization expert said. (Environment Network News)
Sep 22, 2005 | Yang Lifei, Shanghaidaily.com (22 Sep 2005) PR China: A NUMBER of people are having trouble with GPS navigation systems in their cars, because they are installed with counterfeit electronic maps, but authorities are doing nothing about the problem as there are no laws regulating the industry. Over the past six months, the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping has granted eight companies across the country a certificate allowing them to produce electronic navigation maps. Industry sources, however, say the number of fake maps on the market far exceed the number of genuine ones. (ShanghaiDaily.com)
Sep 22, 2005 | Japan's government said it might begin to buy carbon dioxide (CO2) credits from next April on fears that voluntary efforts by industries may not achieve the country's target to cut greenhouse gases. (PlanetArk.com)
Sep 21, 2005 | A meeting of the consultative committee attached to the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India was held at Srinagar under the Chairmanship of Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Urban Development. The subject of discussion was the draft National Urban Transport Policy. In his opening address, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad informed the members about various achievements and policy decisions taken during the intervening period and said that Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is actively involved in the construction/reconstruction activities in Afghanistan. He also referred to the approval given to Phase-II of Delhi MRTS project and also the finalizing of National Urban Renewal Mission and Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns and the National Urban Information System. (Press Information Bureau)
Sep 21, 2005 | THE implementation of Quezon City’s new traffic code.
Beginning Oct. 1, Quezon City’s “yellow boys” would be issuing the city’s own ordinance violation receipts (OVRs) to traffic violators, as the Traffic Management Code takes effect.
Approved by the City Council in June, the code is a copy of the uniform ordinance that Metro Manila cities and municipalities agreed to adopt, reverting the traffic ticketing role to the local governments from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). (DJ Yap, Inquirer News Service)
Sep 21, 2005 | With China's economy growing rapidly, the demands on rail transport also are increasing fast. To address the strains on the railways and clear bottlenecks in the system, the government is introducing further reforms in railway investment and financing so as to push forward railway construction. (ChinaBroadcast.cn)
Sep 21, 2005 | The European Commission will relaunch a package of measures on Wednesday aimed at improving air quality after cutting anticipated annual costs by about 5 billion euros ($6.08 billion), according to EU officials. (Planetark.com)
Sep 15, 2005 | Higher oil prices have prompted Bangkok commuters to get out of their cars and turn to mass transit, with ridership on both the subway and elevated skytrain up sharply in recent weeks. (by Charoen Kittikanya Bangkok Post)
Sep 15, 2005 | Metro Manila Council (MMC) will evaluate the traffic management plan of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the disputed C5-Kalayaan intersection in Makati City. (by Tarra V. Quismundo Inquirer News Service)
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. (noticias.info)
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)
Sep 05, 2005 | Ruth W. Stidger, (Better Roads Magazine) Street signs designed to increase safety can also present obstacles, doing away with just that goal when a vehicle hits them. Does your town use signs as safely as it can?
Sep 01, 2005 | China's spectacular economic growth during the last decade has brought many benefits – and some challenges. Global atmospheric mapping of nitrogen dioxide pollution performed by ERS-2's GOME and Envisat's SCIAMACHY reveals the world's largest amount of NO2 hanging above Beijing and northeast China, as reported in Nature this week.
Aug 26, 2005 | Emission of poisonous gases by motor vehicles that is far more excessive of the parameters set out by the World Health Organization and the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka causes serious health hazards for the people, specially for the urban and sub-urban dwellers that kills and makes a serious impact on the economy on the one hand on medical care and on the other fuel waste due to improper fuel combustion eats into the economy in a big way. (Q. Perera, Asian Tribune)
Aug 22, 2005 | A smoky haze that shrouded parts of Southeast Asia this month, forcing schools and businesses to close, is just one element of an air pollution problem that kills hundreds of thousands of people in the region annually, the World Health Organization said.
Aug 21, 2005 | Flying V has started selling Envirotek BioActiv BD 100+, a CME-based diesel fuel enhancer in liter packs, at all its stations at P31 a liter, or 60 centavos more expensive than ordinary diesel. (Macky M. Lopez, Inquirer News Service)
Aug 20, 2005 | With oil prices going through the roof and nations across the globe having to deal ith the problem of global warming, alternative fuels like compressed natural gas (CNG) are becoming a viable alternative to gasoline and diesel. (Charles Buban, Inquirer News Service)
Aug 19, 2005 | SEPA-VECC (19 Aug 2005) SHANXI, PRC: Recently, for the controlling of exhaust pollution, the environmental protection bureau carries out some new measures to control the production and use of gasoline with lead.
Aug 19, 2005 | Tarra V. Quismundo, Inquirer News Service (19 Aug 2005) METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES: SECONDARY roads in Metro Manila would play a primary role if and when plans for the creation of bicycle and pedestrian lanes push through.
Aug 18, 2005 | IMES NEWS NETWORK (18 Aug 2005) AHMEDABAD, INDIA: In an interim order, the Gujarat High Court exempted women and children riding pillion from wearing helmets. Moreover, those riding vehicles with engines of 50 cc capacity or below were also exempted.
Aug 17, 2005 | REUTERS, PLANET ARK (17 Aug 2005) KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Malaysian plantation firms operating in Indonesia say they had no role in starting forest fires that wafted a choking haze over peninsular Malaysia on August 2005.
Aug 16, 2005 | The Environment Ministry will set up a climate change monitoring and assessment network in cooperation with other Asian countries to study how global warming affects developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, ministry officials said Monday. (Kyodo News)
Aug 16, 2005 | Indonesia will prosecute 10 companies eight of them Malaysian for illegally lighting fires on Sumatra Island that have enveloped much of Malaysia with smoke. (MICHAEL CASEY, Seattle Times)
Aug 16, 2005 | Tarra V. Quismundo, Edson Castro Tandoc Jr., Inquirer News Service (16 Aug 2005) METRO MANILA, PHIIPPINES: BICYCLE lanes in the metropolis?
Why not, if it means big savings on fare or fuel expenses, says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
In the midst of soaring oil prices, the MMDA Tuesday said it has begun mapping out a network of bike lanes and pedestrian walkways throughout the metropolis.
“We are in the planning stage right now, identifying locations where it would be viable to create the bike lanes,” said MMDA General Manager Robert Nacianceno. “The idea is to create lanes where people can both walk and bike to short distances, instead of taking their cars.”
Aug 15, 2005 | Tarra V. Quismundo, Inquirer News Service (15 Aug 2005) Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the August 16, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
THE COUNTRY'S financial center, Makati City, is introducing the use of alternative fuel in both private and public vehicles to cope with the rising cost of oil.
In partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), the United States Department of Energy (USDOE), and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Aug 12, 2005 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Reuters) -- Malaysians prayed for rain on Friday and a quick end to the country's worst pollution crisis in eight years as residents choked on acrid forest-fire smoke blowing in from neighboring Indonesia. (from CNN.com)
Aug 11, 2005 | Air pollution exceeded emergency levels in two Malaysian towns Thursday as a smoky haze from forest fires in Indonesia shrouded Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs in a pall of noxious fumes in the country's worst environmental crisis since 1997. (ENN)
Aug 11, 2005 | Scientists work to turn mobile phones into a distributed network capable of measuring pollution levels -- and possibly detecting biological weapons before they can be launched. By Rachel Metz. (Wired)
Aug 10, 2005 | A. LETCHUMANAN, The Star (10 Aug 2005) MALAYSIA: THE Government is looking at an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) master plan to develop a comprehensive “roadmap” for the country over a 10-year period, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
Aug 09, 2005 | VIR, VNECONOMY (09 Aug 2005) HANOI, VIETNAM: The initial study for setting up the first elevated railway system between Hanoi, Yen Vien (Gia Lam) and Ngoc Hoi (Thanh Tri) was finalised last week, according to a statement from the Ministry of Transport.
Aug 09, 2005 | Abigail L. Ho, Inquirer News Service (09 Aug 2005) PHILIPPINES: THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) is working on a policy framework to expand the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), used chiefly for cooking, as a transport fuel, a department official said.
Aug 05, 2005 | August 5 - 31, 2005 PHILIPPINES: US-AEP's clean air campaign has started running radio and TV public service advertisements and jingles, and distributing comics to raise awareness of air quality issues in Lucena City.
Aug 04, 2005 | Tokyo (VNA) (04 Aug 2005) - The rapid urbanisation and motorisation have high economic, social and environmental costs for Asia's cities, and therefore the cities must adopt measures to make transport more sustainable, said Bindu Lohani, Director General of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Regional and Sustainable Development Department at the international conference on environment and transport, being held in Aichi prefecture, Japan.
Jul 29, 2005 | Xinhua (29 July 2005) BEIJING, CHINA: The past several years have seen more and more Chinese people buy cars and go on outings as China expands its highway networks and public transport, while promoting tourism. What it all boils down is the increased mobility of the population.
Jul 28, 2005 | The China Post (28 July 2005) The air quality in northern Taiwan is worsening significantly, with the ozone density shooting up to 120 PPB yesterday from the normal level of 0 to 40 PPB, according to the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
Jul 27, 2005 | Business World (27 July 2005) METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Alarmed by an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study showing that the Philippine economy is being set back by the growing number of motor vehicle traffic-related deaths and injuries, a lawmaker is pushing new legislation that would require the teaching of road safety rules in all elementary and high schools.
Jul 27, 2005 | VNA (27 July 2005) Ha Noi, Viet Nam - Air pollution indicators in Ha Noi surpassed the standard levels several times, the Centre for Environmental Engineering in Towns and Industrial Areas (CEETIA) announced at a workshop in Ha Noi on July 26.
Jul 25, 2005 | The Tribune (25 July 2005) Chandigarh, India: The Municipal Corporation, today, initiated a significant step to make the city bicycle-friendly. Ms Anu Chatrath, Mayor, signed the Velo Mondial (London, Amsterdam) charter and action plan for bicycle-friendly communities, on behalf of the city today. Mr Christopher Huggins countersigned the charter on behalf of Velo Mondial.
Jul 22, 2005 | Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post, (July 22, 2005) Jakarta, Indonesia: Transportation experts on Thursday welcomed the city's plan to impose progressive taxes on cars and motorcycles and urged the administration to use the funds collected from higher taxes to expedite the development of a public transportation system in the capital.
Jul 21, 2005 | BSS, The New Nation (21 July 2005) DHAKA, BANGLADESH: A US private transport company has Expressed its keen interest to set up sky rail lines from Narayanganj to Joydevpur and Sadarghat to Savar to facilitate transportation system of the country.
American Transport System Corporation (ATSC) has already talked to the authorities of Equalizer, a local private company, to implement the project in a partnership basis, said Chairman of Equalizer Md. Younusuzzaman here on Thursday.
Jul 20, 2005 | Ikuko Kao, Reuters (20 Jul 2005) TOKYO, JAPAN - After a delayed attempt, Japan's government is seeking a better way to blend gasoline with environmentally friendly ethanol and put such fuel on the retail market in as early as 2008 to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Jul 20, 2005 | VNECONOMY (20 July 2005) VIETNAM: Vietnamese policy makers and managers put forward an itinerary for the application of European standards for vehicle emission in 2007 at a seminar held by the Viet Nam Registration Department on July 19.
The emission standards will be applied to cars, motorbikes, and light and heavy vehicles, with the aim to alleviate air pollution caused by motorised vehicles.
Jul 20, 2005 | This project quantified and assessed the public health benefits of different mitigation measures with special focus on transport issues, common to both controlling ambient air pollution and greenhouse gases emissions and made use of health and economic impact as parameters in evaluating the benefits of the mitigation measures.
Jul 19, 2005 | The Star (19 July 2005) PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA: The next time you see a traffic offence being committed, snap it on your handphone or camera and send it to the Hall of Shame section of a newly launched road safety website.
Jul 18, 2005 | News.gov.hk (July 18, 2005) Hong Kong Air quality readings for the Pearl River Delta may be released regularly within the year. The move is pending the evaluation of technical competence of the Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network. This was the message from Guangdong Environmental Protection Bureau Director Li Qing who met Secretary for the Environment, Transport & Works Dr Sarah Liao today.
Jul 15, 2005 | ASHLEY D'MELLO, TIMES NEWS NETWORK (25 JULY 2005) MUMBAI, INDIA: The city's efforts to give itself a modern traffic-control system looks to have hit the expressway. Several multinational firms have bid for the Rs 60-crore advanced traffic control system (ATCS) that is being planned to improve traffic movement in the city. World Bank officials in Delhi are going through the bids made by Siemens, Telement CMS (Spain), Tyco (Singapore), CET Technologies (Malaysia) and others.
Jul 13, 2005 | Reuters, Planet Ark (13 July 2005) SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - Southeast Asian nations pledged on Wednesday to pursue alternative energy to blunt the future impact of $60 oil, but sidestepped any political measures that might provide more immediate relief.
Jun 29, 2005 | From webindia123.com (29 Jun 2005) New Delhi, India: Himachal Pradesh has urged the central government to consider a suitable mass rapid transit system for Shimla to reduce traffic congestion in the popular hill resort.
Jun 28, 2005 | From ENN.com June 28, 2005 — By The Yomiuri Shimbun TOKYO, JAPAN: Regulations governing diesel exhaust emissions have reduced air pollution in Tokyo significantly, according to a Tokyo metropolitan government survey.
Jun 27, 2005 | METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES: The country is finally inching closer to what could be the biggest foreign investment in recent years that will not only rid EDSA of its mammoth traffic jams but also decongest the metropolis. From Mary Ann Reyes, The Philippine Star, 27 Jun 2005
Jun 27, 2005 | From Edson Castro Tandoc Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer (27 Jun 2005) MARIKINA CITY, PHILIPPINES: FINDING the price of oil too high? Get a bicycle, especially if you live in Marikina City.
The city inaugurates Tuesday a new 377-meter bicycle lane in Barangay Sto. Niño, connecting Sumulong Highway and the Katipunan Access Road near Cainta, Rizal.
Jun 27, 2005 | BEIJING — China is considering imposing new taxes on buyers of big cars to persuade drivers to buy environmentally friendly vehicles, a news report said Monday. From Associated Press, 27 Jun 2005
Jun 26, 2005 | Heavy-duty natural gas powered vehicles (NGVs) that meet strict emissions standards are more cost-effective to own, operate and maintain over their lifetime than comparable diesel powered vehicles when the price of crude oil is more than $31 per barrel, according to a national report prepared by TIAX LLC, a leading product and technology development firm, for the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership. Oil prices have been well above $31 per barrel for some time.
Jun 24, 2005 | Reuters KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Malaysia, the world's largest palm oil producer, could announce by the end of this month a green scheme to blend the commodity with diesel sold at pumps, a minister said on Thursday.
From: Barani Krishnan, PlanetArk.com (24 Jun 2005)
Jun 23, 2005 | From Planetark.com (23 Jun 2005) REUTERS, TAIPEI - Taiwan has taken a first step this week towards reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), posing potential stumbling blocks for the future development of major industrial investment projects.
Jun 23, 2005 | BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Car manufacturers need to step up efforts to meet their pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution from vehicles by 2008, the European Commission said Thursday.
From: Reuters (Jun 23, 2005)
Jun 22, 2005 | Siemens, Alstom Vie for $14.6 Bln in Thai Transport Contracts
BANGKOK, THAILAND: Siemens AG, the supplier of $1 billion in trains and equipment to Bangkok in the past decade, is facing competition from Alstom SA to win 601 billion baht ($14.6 billion) in contracts from Thailand for subways, railroads and highways by 2010.
From: Arijit Ghosh , Bloomberg (22 Jun 2005)
Jun 21, 2005 | from Deccan Herald (21 Jun 2005) The third of the five part series on Mass Urban Transit, puts under the microscope financial aspects like fixing costs and meeting expenses. N P Singh explains.
Jun 20, 2005 | NEW DELHI, INDIA: The latest "frontline technology" used in the Delhi metro system will "ensure complete security" and make it collision-free, assure top officials.
From: Webindia123.com (20 Jun 2005)
Jun 19, 2005 | INDIA: Ongoing reforms in transport have substantially augmented public resources and created opportunities for public-private partnerships in developing transport infrastructure. These innovations, however, will have limited effect unless there is a more fundamental shift in the way the government does business.
From: Indianexpress.com (19 Jun 2005) By: N K SINGH
Jun 16, 2005 | SINGAPORE/LONDON :Traders pondering how the world’s growing number of motorists will fill up their tanks in the coming decades may want to focus a bit less on fields of oil and more on those of corn.
From: Business World (16 Jun 2005)
Jun 13, 2005 | PENANG. MALAYSIA: CROSSING the road near the Macalister Road-Perak Road junction in Penang is a nightmare for many pedestrians due to the heavy traffic flow there.
From: Penang The Star (13 Jun 2005)
Jun 11, 2005 | BANGALORE, INDIA: Former PM H.D.Deve Gowda has now trained his guns on the Rs 6,207-crore Bangalore Metro Rail project and has opposed stating it would land Karnataka "into a total financial, environmental and social chaos".
From: TIMES NEWS NETWORK (11 June 2005)
Jun 10, 2005 | On June 8 2005, the World Bank approved a credit of US$31.73 million to support Vietnam’s Road Safety Project to reduce the rate of accidents, injury and death associated with road transport.
From: Worldbank.org (June 10, 2005)
Jun 09, 2005 | Nitrogen oxides produced by huge fires and fossil fuel combustion are a major component of air pollution. They are the primary ingredients in ground-level ozone, a pollutant harmful to human health and vegetation.
Jun 07, 2005 | from planetark.com: China, the world's second-largest energy consumer, has launched an $80 million programme with the United Nations to promote efficient use of energy and cut pollution, UN and government officials said on Monday.
Jun 06, 2005 | from Pakistan Observer: Islamabad—Despite pledges every year on the World Environment Day - cleaner environment remains an uphill task for the governments, particularly in the developing countries.
Jun 02, 2005 | from China Daily: The environmental quality in China "basically remained the same" in 2004 as compared with the previous year, says a report published June 2, 2005 by the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).
Jun 01, 2005 | from WebIndia123.com: In a sign of their "transformed strategic relationship", India and the
US have launched an energy dialogue, which will take in its sweep
bilateral cooperation in civil nuclear power. US Secretary for Energy
Samuel W. Bodman and Indian Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek
Singh Ahluwalia met here Tuesday to launch the dialogue which "reflects
the transformed strategic relationship" between the two countries, a
joint statement issued by the two sides said.
Jun 01, 2005 | Nazim (Mayor), Mian Amir Mahmood, signed the "Charter and Action Plan for Bicycle Friendly Communities" on behalf of the City to check increasing pollution being spread by vehicles and to promote environment-friendly transport.
Jun 01, 2005 | from WebIndia123.com: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide India a technical assistance grant of $700,000 for projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which have been linked to climate change. The grant will help India efficiently undertake clean development mechanism (CDM) projects to cut down greenhouse gas emissions.
May 30, 2005 | To enhance supervision and management of conformity of production for new motorcycle, and ensure emission from new motorcycle to meet national pollutant emission standards, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) issued an announcement on supervision and management of environmental conformity of production for motorcycle (Announcement No.19 in 2005) by the law of the People's Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Pollution from Environmental Noise and the law of the People's Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution.
May 27, 2005 | Translated by Khuat Viet Hung. A very interesting article on the Vietnamese online newpaper, Tuoitre online (27 May 2005). This article describes a cycling revolution in Dalat, a small touristic Town in the Central High Land of Vietnam. The founder of this revolution is not a sustainable transport expert or businessman, but a schoolgirl who started the idea with 15 couple bikes in order to save her family life.
May 24, 2005 | An assessment of CAI-Asia's present institutional structure and its medium and long-term future was conducted by Elisea Gozun, former Environment Secretary of the Philippines in the first quarter of this year. This assessment complements the survey conducted among the CAI-Asia members in October-November 2004 to evaluate CAI-Asia's effectiveness and impact and to guide its strategy for the second phase (2005-2007).
May 20, 2005 | Beverly T. Natividad, Business World: The expected implementation of a P2.00 fare increase starting May 26, which should bring jeepney fares to P7.50 from P5.50, may be held in abeyance as a commuters’ group is seeking to block the effectivity of the new fares.
May 20, 2005 | David Dizon, abs-cbnNEWS.com, Tablas Island, Romblon: Romblon province, the second biggest coconut producer and exporter in the country, leads the way in providing poor provinces alternative fuel to fight-off rising oil prices through the inaugural of its first-ever 'coco diesel' or coconut methyl ester (CME) plant in Tablas Island.
May 19, 2005 | Kerlyn G. Bautista, Business World: The Transportation department has stacked up P2 billion in arrears to the Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC), the Sobrepeña-led consortium that built Line 3 of the railway network.
May 19, 2005 | Hu Maoyuan, president of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC), China's biggest car producer, said Tuesday that Chinese auto makers will introduce more clean energy sources, instead of more expensive and shrinking petrol. The new clean auto energy will include hydrogen, mixed fuel and liquefied natural gas (LNG), said Hu at the 2005 Fortune Global Forum held in Beijing from May 16 to 18.
May 18, 2005 | Judy T. Gulane, Business World: Malacañang has decided to freeze a proposal to increase fares in both the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), in consideration of commuters who will pay higher jeepney and bus fares starting May 26.
May 18, 2005 | According to Fengyin Liang, Chief Engineer General of Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Co., Ltd. under Sinopec, the company will start to produce China Phase III gasoline from next month. The monthly production could be 80,000-100,000 ton and the cost per ton will rise RMB 200. The price rise will not transfer to consumers until government price authority approves it.
May 18, 2005 | The Finance Bureau of Beijing worked out measures to support faster upgrading of public transportation bus fleets. The Beijing public transportation enterprises will receive financial subsidy and discount of loan interest for their upgrading cost. This will involve 4070 old diesel buses currently running in Beijing.
May 17, 2005 | The state government of West Bengal in India is ordering all commercial vehicles manufactured before 1990 off the roads of the Calcutta (Kolkata) Metropolitan Area unless they convert to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) by the end of the year.
May 17, 2005 | Interviewed by CNN at Fortune Global Forum, mayors from Beijing, Tianjin and governor of Shaanxi Province expressed, if there is something that keeps them from falling asleep easily, that will be safety and environmental protection. They all emphasized environmental protection and sustainable development.
May 17, 2005 | The National Development and Reform Commission of China announced on May 17, 2005 during the pre-meeting of National Conference on Wind Power Generation Conference, China will establish complete wind power generation system, by 2010, the technologies and installed capacity will meet international level.
May 16, 2005 | from Green Car Congress: Martin Tobias, a venture partner at Ignition Partners, private investor and consultant who has a strong affinity for biodiesel and biodiesel projects, posts a report that a current NREL research project indicates that biodiesel may not increase NOx emissions compared to petroleum diesel.
May 16, 2005 | Jayanth Jacob, Express India (16 May 2005) Kolkata, India: Though the state government has failed to put brakes on its own polluting fleet of state-run buses, it has come up with a new order that bans burning of leaves and debris in the open. Dry leaves is the first ever item the state government has identified under list of non-fuel substances that need to be banned.
May 16, 2005 | According to statistics from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the top 5 best sellers are all fuel-economic cars, counting for 1/4 of the total sale of passenger cars for the first quarter 2005.
May 13, 2005 | The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo: Ships anchoring at Tokyo Port emit about eight times more sulfur oxides a year than the total amount emitted by automobiles in six Tokyo wards along Tokyo Bay, the Tokyo metropolitan government's Bureau of Environment said Thursday.
May 13, 2005 | The Delhi government is studying a proposal to introduce a fleet of solar-powered battery electric buses in the city prior to hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Reva Electric Car Company (earlier post) is developing a 16-seat prototype.
May 13, 2005 | Sylvia Hui, The Standard, Hong Kong: A lack of regional financial backing and the unwillingness of Hong Kong's environmental protection officials to initiate cross-border projects are the major constraints to improving air pollution in the Pearl River Delta region, academics say.
May 12, 2005 | A study carried out by the environment ministry in Pakistan has found that the air quality in six major Pakistani cities is deteriorating rapidly. The number of vehicles in those cities has increased by some 300 percent in five years.
May 12, 2005 | One charge drives 220 kilometers with average electricity consumption 0.68 kwh/km, Beijing plans to put in 30 electricity-powered public buses, it is expected the number will increase to 200 next year, said Boyuan Fan, vice mayor Beijing.
May 12, 2005 | The Jakarta Post, Jakarta: In an effort to raise public awareness of the need for clean air, Jakarta Police together with the Clean Emission Foundation will conduct free emission tests on cars passing through the police headquarters on Jl. Gatot Subroto every Friday.
May 12, 2005 | GAIL (Gas Authority of India Ltd.) and IndianOil Corp are forming a joint venture to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles and piped natural gas (PNG) for homes and businesses in Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) and Lucknow.
May 12, 2005 | Tadayoshi Sakaguchi, Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer: The growing number of vehicles in use in Asia and the rapid industrialization of the region are posing serious environmental risks, highlighting the need for Japan and the nation's automakers to extend technical assistance to maintain clean air.
May 11, 2005 | Jim Krane, Associated Press, Qatar: The rat's nest of pipes and columns snaking across the desert harbors a secret process that will use cobalt to turn natural gas into a powerful, clean-burning diesel fuel.
May 11, 2005 | Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press: China's environmental watchdog has singled out nine major pollution cases involving dozens of companies, and in a rare move has warned local authorities not to interfere.
May 10, 2005 | NGV Global: Myanmar's natural gas vehicle programs are progressing, following the opening last week of the ninth CNG station of Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise in Yangon and the delivery of 500 CNG conversion kits from Omnitek Engineering (USA).
May 10, 2005 | Clarissa Batino, Gil C. Cabacungan Jr., Inquirer News Service: Starting May 26, the minimum fare in Metro Manila will go up by P2 to P7.50 for jeepneys and to P8 for non-airconditioned buses, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
May 07, 2005 | Business Standard: A pre-feasibility study on Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) for Hyderabad conducted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a non-government organisation, with the financial support from USAID, has observed that any new mode of public transport to be added will not be effective enough in controlling the traffic problem unless it is accompanied by restraining private vehicle use and improving conditions for cycling and walking.
Apr 28, 2005 | China plans to clean up its air by raising vehicle emission standards over the next two years, the State Environmental Protection Administration said, just in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Reuters)
Apr 27, 2005 | The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) promulgated five new national standards on vehicle pollution on April 27th, 2005. It is the ultimate choice and effective measure to solve vehicle emission pollution problems by formulating and implementing stricter emission standards and reducing emission, said LuoYi, deputy head, Department of Science, Technology and Standards of SEPA. New standards were formulated according to China's vehicle emission pollution conditions, and the demand of development and environmental protection.
Apr 26, 2005 | The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it will appeal the Supreme Court (SC) ruling clipping its powers to issue traffic-violation receipts and confiscate drivers' licenses
Apr 26, 2005 | Asia-Pacific countries are facing huge environmental challenges caused by rapid urbanization, fast economic growth, and inadequate infrastructure, World Bank experts said in two recent reports released ahead of Earth Day 2005.
Apr 21, 2005 | City News, The Jakarta Post: Three of 12 women recruited to drive busway buses will report to work Thursday, the day the country celebrates the anniversary of the birth of national heroine Kartini on April 21.