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Shanghai: Shanghai to Ban Smoke Belchers On Downtown Roads

Dec 30, 2005 | Shanghai Daily


Jakarta: Ambitious clean air bylaw lacks support provisions

Dec 29, 2005 | Tantri Yuliandini, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta


India: Villagers lock down iron factory

Dec 27, 2005 | Dharna staged in front of factory gate


Pakistan-Karachi: KARACHI : Environmental assessment stressed

Dec 27, 2005 | Sindh adviser says that EIAs are not being done


China: China: Auto production sets record

Dec 26, 2005 | from China Daily


Asia in General: Rolling Out Air Quality Management in Asia

Dec 21, 2005 | CAI-Asia to mainstream AQM in the Asian Development Bank


USA: EPA Proposes New Health-Based Soot Limits on Air Pollution

Dec 21, 2005 | John Heilprin, Associated Press


China: China firms, World Bank in $930 mln emissions deal

Dec 20, 2005 | Two private Chinese chemicals firms and the World Bank on Monday launched the world's biggest single project to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a deal worth nearly $1 billion


Asia in General: CAI-Asia Launches $5 Million Program to Promote Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia

Dec 20, 2005 | Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) program turns CAI-Asia into a grant-maker


Global: Bicycle Production Remains Strong Worldwide

Dec 13, 2005 | by Elizabeth Mygatt, Earth Policy Institute


Asia in General: In Asia, A Hot Market For Carbon

Dec 12, 2005 | The market for carbon credits is cutting pollution in developing countries (Businessweek)


Global: News Analysis: Emissions talks end with modest gains

Dec 11, 2005 | By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times (from iht.com)


Nepal-Kathmandu: Supreme Court orders brick kiln pollution check

Dec 10, 2005 | Kantipur Online


Asia in General: Hundreds treated over Tehran smog

Dec 10, 2005 | Traffic restrictions are being enforced in an attempt to reduce pollution (bbc.co.uk)


Malaysia: Rapid KL to revamp network

Dec 09, 2005 | By Leong Shen-Li (thestar.com)


Malaysia: Subsidy plan for public buses

Dec 09, 2005 | By Derrick Vinesh (thestar.com)


Malaysia: Pushing for better public transport

Dec 09, 2005 | By Bernard See (thestar.com)


Philippines: China envoy defends NorthRail plan

Dec 09, 2005 | By Tonette Orejas, Carmela Reyes (Inquirer)


Nepal: Global warming for the Himalaya

Dec 09, 2005 | Nepali Times, # 276, 9-15 December 2005


Jakarta: Pedicab drivers protest against restrictive bylaw

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)


Global: NASA satellite eyes atmosphere to improve pollution and climate forecasting

Dec 08, 2005 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center--EOS Project Science Office


Jakarta: In exhaust-choked Jakarta, maverick cyclists take a stand

Dec 07, 2005 | Article about Jakarta's Bike2Work community


Jakarta: Jakarta Monorail warned for sluggish progress

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)


Philippines: Green Architrends Indoor air pollution

Dec 03, 2005 | MANILA is one of the most polluted cities in the world, next to Mexico City, Shanghai and New Delhi. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)


Nepal-Kathmandu: Golden oldies are still shipshape, and how!

Dec 02, 2005 | The Himalayan Times, 02 December 2005


Asia in General: National freeway to launch e-toll system

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)


China: China vows cuts to greenhouse gases, laments U.S. absence at Kyoto Protocol

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.


Global: Velo Mondial has been awarded third prize in the Energy Globe 2005, Category Air

Nov 30, 2005 | Velo Mondial won the award with its Bicycle Friendly Community Program - a program executed in cooperation with the League of American Bicyclists and Velo.Info.


Bangkok: Genius signs brighten up city roads

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)


Asia in General: Pipeline crunch helps spur surge in LNG prices

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)


China-Beijing: Dying to breathe

Nov 29, 2005 | More than 400,000 people die from pollution-related illnesses in China every year, putting Beijing under pressure to develop renewable energy. Dinah Gardner investigates. (The Standard)


Dhaka: Rickshaw-free roads stuck on polls factor

Nov 28, 2005 | Rafiq Hasan, The Daily Star


India: Botanists to meet over Plants and Pollution

Nov 27, 2005 | Express News Service


Beijing: Bus stops to install TV screens in Shanghai

Nov 25, 2005 | Xinhuanet (25 Nov 2005)


Nepal: Unfolding Potentials - Nepal Carbon Fair 2005

Nov 25, 2005 | By Sanjaya Dhakal, Spotlight, November 2005


Philippines-Metro Manila: 700 Cyclists to Make Metro Manila Run for Clean Air Festival

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)


Philippines-Metro Manila: 6 years after Clean Air Act, Metro air still dirty

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 )


Beijing: Chinese-U.S. Study Outlines Steps to Cut Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas in Beijing

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)


China: Pollution Sickening Chinese Residents

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)


South Korea: Groundbreaking ceremony for rapid transit system in South Korea

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.


Philippines-Metro Manila: Smoggy Manila Speeds Compliance with Clean Air Law

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)


Philippines: ADB Grant Launched to Help Tricycle Drivers in Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Nov 18, 2005 | Scheme backed by an ADB grant of $240,000 to provide alternative livelihoods to tricycle operators and help cut down on pollution in Puerto Princesa City was launched.


India: India Unlikely to Agree to Kyoto Emission Caps

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)


China-Beijing: UNEP and Beijing Sign Green Games Agreement

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).


Global: New UNFCCC publication confirms decreases in greenhouse gas emissions from developed countries, highlights the challenges ahead

Nov 17, 2005 | In its new publication, the United Nations Climate Change secretariat confirms that developed countries, taken as a group, have achieved sizable emission reductions.


China: Deals signed to clean up atmosphere

Nov 16, 2005 | Da Shan, China Daily (16 November 2005)


China: Diesel Retrofit Project in China

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


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

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


Hong Kong: CLP to Build LNG Terminal to Cut Pollution

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)


Philippines: Marubeni eyes 5 RP ethanol plants

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)


Global: Greenhouse gas 'to rise by 52%'

Nov 07, 2005 | The IEA warns that energy consumption must be reduced. (BBC News)


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

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


Asia in General: Six-Nation Climate Change Meeting set for Mid-Jan

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)


Nepal: Climate Change in the Grips of Political Economy (in Nepali)

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)


Asia in General: Particulate air pollution raises ischemic stroke risk

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)


Beijing: Satellite data reveals Beijing as air pollution capital of world

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)


Global: Air pollution tied to increased risk of strokes

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


Asia in General: Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) in CHARTS

Oct 27, 2005 | Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)


Global: India, US discuss bilateral issues in shipping, road sectors

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)


China: Air pollution will affect investment

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


Asia in General: Asia's Cities Face Gridlock

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)


Mumbai: India Government says yes to monorail survey

Oct 25, 2005 | Popular form of transport in some cities like Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur—might be a reality in this city sooner rather than later. (India Times)


Global: Heavy Rains Can Make More Dust in Earth's Driest Spots

Oct 25, 2005 | Typically we think of rainfall as cleaning the air by removing dust as it falls through the atmosphere and helping plants grow that protect and hold the soil. (NASA)


China: Air pollution 'kills 400 000'

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


Philippines: EMB Temporarily Suspends Processing of Permits for Air and Water Technologies

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)


Europe and Central Asia: Road ahead clear for tax breaks on cleaner diesel

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)


Japan: Blue Planet winners urge more CO2-cutting efforts

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)


Japan: Japan CO2 emissions inch down, but far from target

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)


China: China to Intensify Pollution Control in Next Five Years

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)


Nepal-Kathmandu: Govt to upgrade 14 radial roads

Oct 20, 2005 | The Kathmandu Post, 20 October 2005


Metro Manila: New bus scheme gets mixed reviews

Oct 18, 2005 | The MMDA's Organized Bus Route (OBR) system, aimed at reducing traffic volume on Edsa by limiting bus trips based on commuter volume at a given time began. (Inquirer)


Indonesia: Indonesia: Imposing green taxes on oil fuel

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)


China: China May Emerge As World Top Wind Power

Oct 18, 2005 | China may overtake Germany, Spain, the United States and India as the top wind user


Thailand: Thailand moves to introduce pollution tax

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...


Global: Ozone's Effect on Semen

Oct 17, 2005 | New research suggests increased exposure to the ozone may play a role in infertility(Ivanhoe Newswire)


Vietnam: Air pollution ups sale of bottled oxygen

Oct 17, 2005 | Viet Nam News


Hong Kong: Hong Kong chief urges industry to clean up its act

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)


Philippines: US funds project aimed at improving Cebu air quality

Oct 16, 2005 | Dirty air is a serious problem – study (By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr., Manila Bulletin)


Delhi: High-capacity bus finally hits city roads

Oct 15, 2005 | High capacity bus undertook a 21-km journey on Delhi's roads. (India Times)


India: Festivals record steep rise in air pollution

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)


Global: World Temperatures Keep Rising With a Hot 2005

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


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

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


Malaysia: Malaysia to Make Biofuel Mandatory by 2008

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)


Indonesia: Expensive But Not Environmental Friendly

Oct 04, 2005 | Prices of gasoline in Indonesia double, but without improvement in fuel quality


Indonesia: Indonesia braces for fuel hikes

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


Hong Kong: Hong Kong Leader: Southern China Aims To Announce Air Quality Data Daily

Sep 30, 2005 | Authorities aim to announce daily air quality data on southern mainland China a major source of air pollution in Hong Kong by the end of the year, Hong Kong's leader said. (ENN)


Nepal: New Proofs of Effect of Climate Change in Nepal

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


Global: Arctic Ice Cap Shrank Sharply This Summer, Experts Say

Sep 28, 2005 | The floating cap of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean shrank this summer to what is probably its smallest size in a century. (New York Times)


Global: Air pollution raises risk of heart attack

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)


Malaysia: Malaysia Urges Neighbors to Do More on Haze

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


Global: Gov't: Effect of Greenhouse Gases Rising

Sep 27, 2005 | The effect of greenhouse gases on the Earth's atmosphere has increased 20 percent since 1990, a new government index says. (Yahoo.com/AP)


Global: Air pollution linked to sperm damage

Sep 27, 2005 | Alok Jha, science correspondent, The Guardian


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

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


Delhi: Cameras to update on traffic jams

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)


Nepal: Govt to implement Euro II emission standards

Sep 26, 2005 | By Razen Manandhar (The Himalayan Times)


Global: New IPCC Report Confirms That CO2 Storage Could Play A Major Role In Combating Climate Change – But Only If Key Constraints Are Addressed

Sep 26, 2005 | Carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies (known as CCS) could lower the costs of mitigating climate change over the next 100 years by 30% or more


India: City to get smart traffic system

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)


Global: Michael Walsh, recipient of 2005 MacArthur Fellowship Program

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


Philippines: Truck firms urged to use GPS

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)


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

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


Global: EU Tackles Air Pollution in Multi-Billion Euro Plan

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)


Asia in General: South Asian Gas Demand Strong Enough for Two Pipeline Schemes - ADB Expert

Sep 22, 2005 | Future demand for natural gas in South Asia is projected to be strong enough to require gas to be piped from both Turkmenistan and Iran, an ADB expert said today.


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

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


Asia in General: Global Warming Could Cause up to 10,000 Deaths Per Year in Asia-Pacific

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)


China: Misdirecting GPS maps

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)


Japan: Japan Government may buy Heavy CO2 Credit Volume from 2006

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)


India: Consultative commitee endorses national urban transport policy

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)


Metro Manila: QC to start issuing own traffic tickets

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)


China: China Railway to Deepen its Investment and Financing Reform

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)


Hong Kong: Air quality report rejected

Sep 21, 2005 | The Environmental Protection Department has refuted a newspaper report comparining of the results of seven local air quality monitoring locations and the US standard. (news.gov.hk)


Global: EU to Re-Launch Air Quality Initiative with Changes

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)


Philippines-Metro Manila: Cyclists ask for free parking spaces for bikes

Sep 20, 2005 | BIKERS ARE ASKING that bike racks provided for their transport should be free of charge. (By Tarra V. Quismundo, Edson C. Tandoc Jr. Inquirer News Service)


Nepal: Nepal accedes to Kyoto Protocol

Sep 19, 2005 | Nepal has become a party to the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, reports said. (NepalNews.com)


Global: NASA will reveal secrets of clouds and aerosols

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


Bangkok: High oil bills drive more people to skytrain, subway

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)


Metro Manila: Metro mayors to review MMDA plan for C5 traffic

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)


China: Smog Over China - Sattelite Images September 2005

Sep 10, 2005 | NASA


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

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


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

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


Dhaka: Fuel-Hungry Bangladesh Introduces Two-Day Weekend

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


Global-Asia in General: Do Your Town's Signs Pass the Safety Test?

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?


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

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


Global-China: Impact of economic growth on China's air quality

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.


Sri Lanka: Vehicle Emission health hazard carves inroads to country's economy

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)


Metro Manila: Gov’t planning MRT-3 takeover by next year

Aug 24, 2005 | by Kerlyn G. Bautista, Reporter (Business World)


Asia in General: WHO: Dirty air a regular killer in Asia

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.


Philippines: Running on Biofuels

Aug 21, 2005 | BIOFUELS are becoming a viable alternative to petroleum products because of surging oil prices. (Inquirer News Service)


Philippines: Flying V First to Market Biodiesel

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)


Philippines: Alternative fuels will help country save on dollars

Aug 21, 2005 | THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DOE) is promoting the use of indigenous alternative fuels to reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil. (Department of Energy, Inquirer News Service)


Philippines: NATURAL GAS: RP's future energy source?

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)


China: Shanxi Province Strengthen the Management of Vehicle Fuel

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.


China: Jiaozhou Environmental Protection Bureau Controls Buses Emission in many Ways

Aug 19, 2005 | SEPA-VECC (16 Aug 2005) JIAOZHOU, PRC: Recently, The Environmental Protection Bureau of Jiaozhou City carried out a series of measures to strengthen the administrating of bus emission


Metro Manila: Secondary roads eyed for bike, pedestrian lanes

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.


India: Pillion-riding eves needn't wear helmets

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.


Malaysia: Malaysian Firms Set No Fires in Sumatra -Minister

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.


Asia in General-Japan: Gov't to set up climate change monitoring network with Asian nations

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)


Malaysia: Haze eases in Malaysia's capital

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)


India: Computers to police traffic in Bangalore

Aug 16, 2005 | B.R. SRIKANTH, The Telegraph (16 Aug 2005) BANGALORE, INDIA: Bangalore’s pride technology is bringing order to its streets.


Metro Manila: Bike lanes planned for Metro Manila

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.”


Philippines: DENR Sets Criteria For Environmental Projects Eligible For Air Quality Management Funding

Aug 15, 2005 | Projects or activities that are related to air quality management may now be eligible for funding from the Air Quality Management Fund. (DENR.gov.ph)


Makati: Makati Pilot Testing Coco Fuel

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).


Nepal-Kathmandu: Impending 'oil crisis'

Aug 15, 2005 | By Megesh Tiwari, Kathmandu Post


Kathmandu: Government gives the bicycle a boost

Aug 13, 2005 | Approves KMC plans to build cycle tracks along Ring Road.


China: Subway Put Into Trial Operation in East China City

Aug 12, 2005 | Xinhua, People's Daily Online (12 Aug 2005) NANJING, PRC: The first subway in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, began trial operation August 12, 2005.


Malaysia: Malaysians pray for rain over haze

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)


Malaysia: Malaysia haze triggers emergency

Aug 11, 2005 | Malaysia has announced a state of emergency in two towns after air pollution reached dangerous levels. (BBC News)


Malaysia: Air Pollution Hits Emergency Level in Malaysian Port Town from Indonesian Forest Haze

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)


Global: Saving the World With Cell Phones

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)


Hong Kong: Hong Kong Redesigned transport webpage to launch

Aug 10, 2005 | The new site www.td.gov.hk will reinforce channels in traffic and transport information dissemination.


Malaysia: New Transport System Under Study

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.


Hanoi: Hanoi on track for elevated railway

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.


Philippines: Gov't Pushes LPG Use in 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.


Philippines: Clean Air Awareness Materials Launched

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.


Asia in General: ADB Calls for Development of Sustainable Transport in Asia

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.


China: Survey reveals just how mobile Chinese are

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.


Asia in General: Emerging Asia Drives World Energy Use in the International Energy Outlook 2005

Jul 29, 2005 | Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases report


Asia in General: Asia-Pacific Countries Join U.S., Austalia to Control Climate

Jul 28, 2005 | Austalia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and United States have founded a partnership to address energy security, climate change and air pollution issues. (ENS)


Asia in General: Air quality in northern Taiwan on the decline, EPA warns

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).


Philippines: Lawmaker wants traffic education in elementary, high schools

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.


Hanoi: Ha Noi's air quality falls short of standards

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.


India: Plan for bicycle riders

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.


Jakarta: Impose progressive taxes on private transport: Experts

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.


Nepal: Cowdung takes the cake: Nepal’s biogas program bags coveted award

Jul 22, 2005 | Nepali Times # 257, By Kunda Dixit


Bangladesh: US co keen to construct sky rail line in Bangladesh

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.


Japan: Japan Seeks Better Way to Introduce Bio-Gasoline

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.


Vietnam: Viet Nam to apply European standards for vehicle emission in 2007

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.


Metro Manila: Final Integrated Environmental Strategies (IES) Program-Philippines Project Report Available

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.


Global: Working Together to Beat the Heat

Jul 19, 2005 | At the close of the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, leaders called on the World Bank Group to work on financing a new framework for climate change.


Malaysia: Snap a picture of a traffic offender

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.


Hong Kong: Air quality readings available soon

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.


Mumbai: Bidding starts for traffic system

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.


Asia in General: ASEAN Avoids Tough Issues, Touts Biofuel as Oil Fix

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.


Nepal: Hillary wants Everest in UN endangered sites’ list

Jul 11, 2005 | Says climate changes could destroy Everest’s unique environment.


Delhi: Sheila wants to tax your second car

Jun 30, 2005 | From Times News Network (30 Jun 2005) NEW DELHI, INDIA: Planning to buy a second car? You may have to pay much more than the market price, if Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has her way.


India: Mass rapid transit system sought for Shimla

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.


China: Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (Beijing EPB) clarifies rumors: July 1, this year will only implement Phase III vehicle fuels quality standard

Jun 29, 2005 | Not vehicle emissions standards as reported by media.


Japan: Tokyo's Clean Air Policy Found To Be Paying Off

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.


Metro Manila: Decongesting EDSA

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


Metro Manila: New bicycle lane opens in Marikina

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.


Metro Manila: Bike lanes proposed in Manila

Jun 27, 2005 | METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Bike lanes may be what Manila residents need to ease the burden of the P2 fare increase. From Evelyn Macairan, The Philippine Star, 27 Jun 2005


China: China Mulls Smog Tax for Big Cars, Report Says

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


Asia in General: Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles More Economical to Operate than Diesel

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.


India: MMT finally banished

Jun 24, 2005 | by Anumita Roychowdhury, CSE


India: Go multi-modal

Jun 24, 2005 | From VINITA A SHETTY, TIMES NEWS NETWORK (24 Jun 2005) INDIA: Which is the better mass-transport system for the city? Experts say a multi-modal system will work best...


Vietnam: World Bank funds road safety project

Jun 24, 2005 | HA NOI, VIET NAM: The World Bank on Wednesday approved a US$31.7 million loan to support a project to boost safety on Viet Nam’s roads. From: Vietnam News (11 Jun 2005)


Malaysia: Malaysia Biofuel to Get Green Light Soon

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)


Asia in General: Taiwan Takes Tentative Steps on CO2 Emissions

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.


South Korea: Republic of Korea Joins Methane to Markets Partnership

Jun 23, 2005 | Aims to advance the cost-effective, near-term recovery and use of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – as a clean energy source.


Global: Carmakers must do more to cut CO2 pollution - EU

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)


Bangkok: Siemens, Alstom Vie for $14.6 Bln in Thai Transport Contracts

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)


Delhi: Urban transit: The challenges

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.


Delhi: Delhi metro's safety system will ensure 'no collisions'

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)


India: Time to step on the gas

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


Global: Fuel from corn an alternative to gasoline

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)


Malaysia: A danger to pedestrians

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)


Metro Manila: RP pushing multi-billion nationwide railway project

Jun 13, 2005 | PHILIPPINES: The Philippines is pushing an ambitious 6,500 kilometer railway project that will connect the entire archipelago by train. From: Manila Bulletin (13 Jun 2005)


India: Gowda cries halt to Metro

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)


Vietnam: Vietnam: $32 Million Investment Aims to Improve Safety on Roads

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)


Global: Soil emissions contribute more to air pollution than we thought

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.


Asia in General: Clean Air for Asia Training Programme

Jun 08, 2005 | Please complete the questionnaire survey by 30 June 2005


Beijing: China Launches Energy Efficiency Programme

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.


Pakistan: Millions crying for cleaner environment

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.


China: Environmental problems "unchanged" 2004

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).


China: Cars in China: Dream Machines

Jun 02, 2005 | China is not yet an auto-culture in the mould of the United States. But it may only be a matter of time (from the Economist.com)


China: World Bank Assists South China City to Improve Environment

Jun 02, 2005 | from China Daily: The World Bank approved Wednesday a loan of 100 million US dollars to finance an environment protection project in South China`s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.


China: Chinese centre to study 'creeping' environment issues

Jun 01, 2005 | The world's first international research centre dedicated to 'creeping environmental problems' was established last week (23 May) in the northwestern Chinese city of Lanzhou.


India: India, US launch energy dialogue

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.


Lahore: Charter and Action Plan for Bicycle Friendly Communities

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.


India: $700,000 to help India cut Greenhouse gas emissions

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.


China: SEPA Issues Production Conformity Rules for New Motorcycle

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.


Vietnam: Dalat on the Bike

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.


Beijing: Conference on Clean Vehicle Fuel

May 27, 2005 | SEPA convened a starting conference of the program on 16 May 2005 based on memorandum of understanding signed by SEPA and Asian Clean Fuel Association.


Assessment of CAI-Asia’s Institutional Structure and Its Medium and Long-term Future

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).


Nepal-Kathmandu: Life Affected by Dust (in Nepali)

May 24, 2005 | Kantipur Daily: Road dust and vehicular air pollution is affecting normal life in Kathmandu. A news report.


Vietnam-Hanoi: Car’s parking fee in Hanoi can be increased up to VND 1 Million/month

May 24, 2005 | News article translated from Vietnamese by Khuat Viet Hung


India: Integrated Environmental Strategies (IES) Analysis in India

May 22, 2005 | IES study shows how to make a positive impact on air quality and public health with the suggested mitigation measures


Philippines: Commuters’ group seeks to block P2 jeepney fare hike

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.


Philippines: Romblon leads way in producing cheap diesel fuel

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.


Philippines: Gov’t owes Sobrepeña-led rail contractor P2 billion in arrears

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.


Shanghai: Shanghai seeks clean energy rather than coal

May 19, 2005 | Facing an increasing power shortage, the city is seeing an urgent need to optimize its coal-based energy structure and is encouraging the development and use of clean energy.


China: Chinese auto makers pursue clean energy sources

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.


Philippines: Toll hike seen in 2007

May 18, 2005 | Iris Cecilia C. Gonzales, Business World: The North Luzon Expressway toll rates may be increased in 2007 depending on inflation.


Philippines: Malacañang rejects proposed increase in LRT, MRT fares

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.


Beijing: Price of China Phase III gasoline will rise RMB 200 per ton in Beijing (in Chinese)

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.


Beijing: Beijing encourages municipal public transportation enterprises to accelerate scrappage of old diesel buses (in Chinese)

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.


India: West Bengal Bans Pre-1990 Commercial Vehicles from Calcutta

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.


China: Environmental protection has high priority at China’s provincial governor and mayors (in Chinese)

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.


China: NDRC to establish integrated wind power generation systems by 2010

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.


Nepal-Kathmandu: Valley air has more heavy metals: Study

May 16, 2005 | The Himalayan Times


Global: NREL: Rethinking Biodiesel and NOx

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.


India-Kolkata: 25 yrs after pollution control Act, govt wakes up to burning leaves

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.


China: High rise of fuel price promotes sale of low engine capacity fuel-economic cars in China (in Chinese)

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.


China: Oil demand pressure on China and the US is alleviated, says IEA

May 16, 2005 | Oil demand pressure on the United States and China has already been alleviated while the forecast for European Union petroleum requirement has been lowered.


Malaysia: DRB-Hicom’s RM4.6bil rail contract terminated

May 15, 2005 | The Star: The Government will take over the Rawang to Ipoh electrified railway double tracking project from DRB-Hicom, the Transport Ministry said.


Japan: Port calls increase air pollution

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.


Delhi: Delhi Considering Fleet of Solar/Electric Buses

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.


Asia in General: Partnership Initiated to Help Improve Human Health, Environmental Quality in Asian Cities

May 13, 2005 | EPA and the Asian Development Bank will work together to improve human health and environmental quality in major urban areas of Asia.


Hong Kong: Lack of finance choking region's pollution efforts

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.


Pakistan: Air Quality in Pakistani Cities Deteriorating

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.


Beijing: Beijing hopes to see 30 electricity-powered public buses on road (in Chinese)

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.


Jakarta: Police offer free emission testing

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.


India: Extending the Infrastructure for Natural Gas Vehicles in India

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.


Japan: Japan should share expertise

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.


Thailand: Thai NGV Programs Entering Next Stage: PTT plans to increase CNG station numbers to 120 by 2008

May 11, 2005 | NGV Global: Thailand’s NGV programs are to receive a major boost in the next three years following a series of announcements from government and industry stakeholders.


Global: Gamble in the Desert -- 'Green' Diesel from Natural Gas Could Cut City Smog

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.


China: China's Environmental Agency Warns Local Officials Against Shielding Pollutors

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.


Indonesia: Blood Lead Level Tests in Bandung, Indonesia Show Encouraging Results

May 11, 2005 | Suzanne Billharz, USAID/US-AEP Indonesia, provides several news articles covering this positive development


China: $1.4b wasted in pollution battle

May 10, 2005 | Chester Yung, The Standard


Asia in General: Myanmar Conversions and CNG Infrastructure Increasing

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).


Philippines: Jeepney fare up by P2

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).


China: The filthy truth about diesel 'mules'

May 09, 2005 | Survey reveals that "Chinese Rural Vehicles" are becoming a serious environmental concern (New Scientist)


Hyderabad: ITDP`s roadmap to cool traffic

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.


Global: Cleaner air makes brighter skies

May 06, 2005 | By Richard Black , BBC News environment correspondent: The amount of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface is increasing, two new studies in Science magazine suggest.


Jakarta: Getting more polluted

May 06, 2005 | The Jakarta Post, Opinion and Editorial - May 06, 2005


South Korea: South Korea Aims to Curb Pollution with Diesel Tax Hike in July

May 03, 2005 | South Korea, the world's fourth-biggest crude oil buyer, plans to raise a domestic transport tax on diesel by 14.4 percent in July as part of efforts to curb air pollution


Delhi: Govt to unveil grand metro rail policy

May 02, 2005 | Murali Krishnan and Arvind Padmanabhan (Indo-Asian News Service) (2 May 2005)


India: Metro to travel around country

May 02, 2005 | India Times, 2 May 2005


Bhutan: Fuel efficient stoves

Apr 29, 2005 | Japanese firm donated 45 stoves to 15 schools around the country last year through the World Food Programme (WFP)


Global: Scientists Confirm Earth's Energy is Out of Balance

Apr 29, 2005 | NASA press release, 29 April 2005


Asia in General: ANALYSIS - Asia Oil Trade to See Clean Fuel Turmoil For Years

Apr 29, 2005 | Mia Shanley, PLANET ARK (29 April 2005)


Bangladesh: Brick kilns polluting environment

Apr 28, 2005 | The Independent, 28 Apr 2005


Mumbai: In six years, Mumbai will Metromorphose

Apr 28, 2005 | Ashley D’Mello, Times News Network (28 April 2005)


India: Pollution level exceeds limit on many city roads with high vehicle density

Apr 28, 2005 | B.S. Ramesh, Hindu.com (28 Apr 2005)


Beijing: Beijing experiences worst dusty day

Apr 28, 2005 | Chinadaily.com (Xinhua)


Beijing: China targets car exhaust in bid to clean up its air

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)


China: Standards May Reduce Pollutants by 60%

Apr 28, 2005 | Wu Yixue, China Daily, 28 April 2005


Hyderabad: Suspend traffic blues, the Sky Bus technology is here

Apr 27, 2005 | New mode of road transport cheaper than metrorail (from newindpress.com)


Malaysia: Bid to reduce road deaths

Apr 27, 2005 | Malaysia to study ways to establish nationwide surveillance system


Global: Climate change poses threat to food supply, scientists say

Apr 27, 2005 | By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor, The Independent


Malaysia: Malaysia may revive rail modernisation plan

Apr 27, 2005 | By John Burton


Asia in General: HFCs and PFCs contributing in global warming

Apr 27, 2005 | Business Recorder (27 Apr 2005)


China: China releases Five New National Vehicle Emission Standards Today

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.


Metro Manila: Bus reduction on EDSA seen

Apr 26, 2005 | Inquirer News Service


Metro Manila: MMDA to appeal SC ruling; BF unaware of the case

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


India: 95 billion cigarettes smoked every year

Apr 26, 2005 | The Hindu (26 Apr 2005)


Hong Kong: Pollution: A High Price For Growth

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.


Nepal: Studies on local effects of global warming

Apr 25, 2005 | Damaru Lal Bhandari, The Himalayan Times, 25 April 2005


Nepal: Organic pollutants harmful to crops

Apr 24, 2005 | The Rising Nepal (24 Apr 2005)


Jakarta: Women drivers join TransJakarta buses

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.


Hangzhou-Shanghai: Rail system to link Delta

Apr 20, 2005 | Jane Chen, Shanghai Daily news (20 April 2005)


Chongqing: Chongqing road accident kills 27

Apr 19, 2005 | Xinhuanet (19 April 2005)


India: Urban transport may go Bangalore style

Apr 19, 2005 | TIMES NEWS NETWORK (19 APRIL 2005)


Global: Air Pollution Takes Seven Months Off Your Life ... 33,000 A Year Killed

Apr 19, 2005 | by Gary Jones, Mirror.co.uk


Malaysia: State to act fast on bus terminal woes

Apr 18, 2005 | Penang, The Star (18 April 2005)


Hyderabad: State gets 4 months to reduce air pollution

Apr 17, 2005 | The Supreme Court appointed Environment Protection and Control Authority (EPCA) has set a four-month deadline to the Hyderabad state government on Friday. (Times News Network)


Kolkata: Koizumi has funds key to skybus plan

Apr 16, 2005 | ARYA RUDRA, TIMES NEWS NETWORK (16 APRIL 2005)


Nepal-Kathmandu: Traffic Police Gear Up to Control Kathmandu's Streets

Apr 16, 2005 | Nepal Samacharpatra, 16 April 2005 (Translated and Summarized by CE News)


Pakistan-Karachi: Karachi Chokes

Apr 15, 2005 | Down to Earth (15 Apr 2005)


Jakarta: CNG use not feasible next year

Apr 14, 2005 | Bambang Nurbianto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta


Global: European Union can save up to 161 billion euro a year by reducing air-pollution deaths

Apr 14, 2005 | Press Release EURO/08/05, Berlin, Copenhagen, Rome, 14 April 2005


Nepal-Kathmandu: Slight improvement in Kathmandu valley’s air quality

Apr 14, 2005 | There has been some improvement on air quality of Kathmandu valley in the last two years (translated from Nepali)


Pune: PMC to set up air quality monitoring cell

Apr 13, 2005 | Pune Municipal Council to set up air quality management cell


Philippines: Cost-saving, cleaner technology for diesel

Apr 13, 2005 | by Marietta Velasco Giron, Philippine Daily Inquirer


Global: Crop archive shows pollution link

Apr 12, 2005 | Scientists have used the world's oldest, continually running field experiment to show how air pollution affects fungal diseases in wheat. (BBC News)


Hanoi: Ha Noi to implement $170m transport plan

Apr 11, 2005 | Vietnam News, VNECONOMY


Global: New Report Shows How to Save Ozone Layer While Combating Climate Change

Apr 11, 2005 | UN Environment Programme


Philippines: Street Smart : Technology for cleaner air

Apr 09, 2005 | by Mandy Navasero, Philippine Daily Inquirer


Thailand: Thai NGV Fleets to Advance with Australian Technology

Apr 07, 2005 | by NGV Global


Philippines: Ethanol as gas alternative being pushed by House

Apr 07, 2005 | by MAX V. DE LEON AND JONATHAN VICENTEM, The Manila Times Reporters


Japan: Japanese Gov't to promote 'idling stop' drive campaign

Apr 07, 2005 | by Masayoshi Minato, Kyodo News

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