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Hong Kong: The Air We Breathe II: a dialogue on road transportation

Nov 28, 2009 | Hong Kong SAR, China (28 Nov 2009)

Brakes applied to Lao student motorbike riding

Oct 23, 2009 | Luang Prabang, the first world heritage of Laos will be the second province in Laos to launch a project to prohibit secondary school students from riding motorbikes to school. By Panyasith Thammavongsa, Vientiane Times

Global: Traffic pollution may be to blame for miscarriages, say researchers

Oct 23, 2009 | Traffic pollution may be to blame for miscarriages, researchers believe. By David Rose, Health Correspondent

Global: How leaves could monitor pollution

Oct 22, 2009 | Foliage on trees lining traffic routes could serve as low-tech pollution sensors, a new analysis suggests. By Sid Perkins

Global: Polluted air may give you a headache

Oct 21, 2009 | Have a headache and don't know why? It could be high levels of air pollution. By Joene Hendry

Global: Health Effects of Air Pollution on Obese People Studied

Oct 19, 2009 | The health impact of fine particulate matter appears to be worse for obese people than their normal-weight counterparts, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Asia in General: Decline In Brunei's Road Accidents

Oct 10, 2009 | Authorities are hoping that road accidents in Brunei continue its declining trend as the Sultanate could be posting its lowest road accident counts over the last five years. By Izam Said Ya'akub

Global-Asia in General-Bangkok: CAI-Asia Center Joins Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

Sep 25, 2009 | SLoCaT aims to actively contribute options and advice on the development of sustainable transport systems worldwide to inform the international climate change negotiations.

Global: Carmakers Divided on CO2 Cuts

Sep 14, 2009 | Carmakers reduced carbon emissions by wildly varying degrees last year with the best performers achieving four to five times larger cuts than the worst.

Asia in General: ADB, S.Korea Support Cambodia to Improve Cross-Border Road Links

Aug 25, 2009 | The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Republic of Korea are supporting road and border improvements in Cambodia to help reduce poverty, increase economic opportunities, and boost ongoing efforts to strengthen trade and tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), a press release issued by ADB on Tuesday said.

Asia in General: New lease of life for creaky buses

Aug 24, 2009 | Buses carrying over 25 passengers are currently being introduced in Dar es Salaam as part of efforts to reduce congestion and improve public transport. By Edward Qorro

Asia in General: New standard proposed for nitrogen dioxide levels

Aug 22, 2009 | The Obama administration is proposing a guideline to limit short-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a troublesome air pollutant that is a particular risk for people with respiratory illnesses who live near freeways and other busy roads. By David Danelski, The Press-Enterprise

Asia in General: How 'Green' is Brunei's future?

Aug 20, 2009 | The chilling and irrefutable effects of climate can no longer be ignored.

Asia in General: Plans for Trans-Asia Railway snagged at Mekong crossing

Aug 18, 2009 | A new study suggests the cost to build the Cambodian portion of a key rail line connecting Kunming, China, to Singapore may present hurdle to completion. By Luke Hunt

China-Guangzhou: SmartWay is now participating with the CAI-Asia Center on a World Bank funded pilot project in Guangzhou, China

Aug 12, 2009 | Cascade Sierra Solutions was recently asked to participate in a World Bank pilot project that will help China introduce a SmartWay style Green Truck Program in the city of Guangzhou near Hong Kong.

Global: Experts say electric cars are on the way

Aug 08, 2009 | Automakers, biofuel companies and battery makers are rushing to bring two new technologies to the nation's auto fleet: plug-in electric hybrids and cellulosic ethanol. By David Shepardson, Detroit News Washington Bureau

Asia in General: Hanoi, Seoul to promote cooperation in urban planning

Jul 30, 2009 | Hanoi and Seoul authorities have inked a cooperation agreement that focuses on the latter’s assistance for Hanoian urban developers to go ahead with a master plan to expand the city’s areas bounded by the Red River.

Global: Abu Dhabi Department of Transport announces public parking management strategy

Jul 29, 2009 | The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) today announced details of its Public Parking Management Strategy – a multi-phased approach to reducing congestion in Abu Dhabi.

Asia in General: Cost of Kuwait traffic jams could hit KD27b in 10 years

Jul 29, 2009 | Cost of traffic jams in Kuwait could reach KD 27 billion within the next 10 years if the problem is not dealt with immediately, Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Dr. Fadhel Safar said Wednesday.

Cambodia: Cambodian gov't increases budgets for maintaining, repairing roads

Jul 17, 2009 | Cambodian government has decided to increase a budget of 62.5 billion riel (about 15.63 million U.S. dollars) for a regular road-repairing program, in addition to 244.5 billion riel (about 60 million U.S. dollars) provided for road repair and construction project in 2009, official news agency AKP (Agence Kampuchea Presse) reported on Friday.

Asia in General: Regional Railway Links Aim to Boost Trade, Cooperation

Jun 20, 2009 | A train journey from Singapore to Shanghai may not be the stuff of dreams anymore. So too the prospect of travel by rail from Seoul to Samarkand. By Marwaan Macan-Markar

Global: Commentary: "Smart" and "green" right direction for future urban public transport

Jun 13, 2009 | The development of "smart" and "green" urban public transport and the promotion of its market share were the underlying messages from the 58th World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition held in Vienna from June 7-11 by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). By Liu Gang, Xinhua Writer

Malaysia: Time to stop the reckless bus drivers

Jun 11, 2009 | It has been observed that in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, many bus drivers are reckless and negligent, almost indifferent to the safety of their passengers and other road users. By Yip Yoke Teng

Philippines-Metro Manila: Walk the Talk: CAI-Asia Center's Walkability Experiment (part 2)

Jun 10, 2009 | On World Environment Day, the CAI-Asia Center took four student volunteers for a stroll around Bonifacio Global City to survey its walkability and accessibility.

Philippines-Metro Manila: Walk the Talk: CAI-Asia Center's Walkability Experiment

Jun 08, 2009 | Two British School Manila (BSM) students volunteer to conduct a modified version of the World Bank's walkability survey in selected Metro Manila areas

Global: Urban planning: How to deal with too many people in too little space

Apr 24, 2009 | As the world’s population moves to teeming cities, ‘sustainable urbanization’ a key issue for planners. By Dan Emerson Special to Finance and Commerce

Philippines: Biking with the Fireflies

Apr 19, 2009 | by Mike Co, CAI-Asia Center

Asia in General: ASEAN to set up transport infrastructure fund

Apr 08, 2009 | How best to co-ordinate fiscal stimulus programmes and set the foundations for sustainable economic growth will be high on the agenda for Asean finance ministers meeting this week in the seaside resort of Pattaya. By Wichit Chantanusornsiri

Philippines: President of the Philippines endorses BRT for Cebu City

Mar 14, 2009 | President Arroyo gives go signal (

Global: Green Advocates launch E-Jeepneys

Mar 09, 2009 | The Philippine Utility Vehicle Inc. (PhUV) and Green Renewable Independent Power Producer, Inc launched an electric powered utility vehicle, dubbed E-jeepney, which can carry up to 14 passengers . By Marjorie Gorospe,

Global: Speed limit may be cut to 50mph on rural roads

Mar 09, 2009 | The speed limit may be cut from 60mph to 50mph on thousands of rural roads without any change to signs, leaving unsuspecting drivers at risk of prosecution. By Ben Webster, Transport Correspondent

Global: Indoor air can be risk for kids with asthma

Mar 02, 2009 | Air they breathe at home can be worse than pollution, pollen outdoors. By Stephanie Desmon

Global: International Agencies Launch 50% Global Fuel Economy Plan at Geneva Motor Show

Feb 28, 2009 | Global automobile fuel use is projected to more than double by 2050.

Global: Going Green, Saving Green: Cutting Air Pollution Equals Long-term Savings

Feb 26, 2009 | Possilbly cutting air pollution can help save consumers in the long run. By Antwan Harris

Global: Researchers Link Asthma Severity To Indoor Air Quality

Feb 20, 2009 | A group of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have determined that poor indoor air quality can lead to more severe asthma symptoms among young children.

Asia in General: ADB funds study to develop clean, inclusive transport system for Asian cities

Feb 20, 2009 | The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today said it is to fund a pilot project that will help cities in the region develop transport systems that are better for the environment and are affordable to the poor.

Global: Eight cruise ships cited for air quality violations

Feb 18, 2009 | Eight large cruise ships that sailed to Alaska in 2008 were cited for air quality violations.

Global: Health Dangers Lurking in Laser Printers, Study Finds

Feb 17, 2009 | The laser printer on that desk near you could be making you sick.

Global: Air quality 'linked to poverty'

Feb 16, 2009 | A large area of Sheffield and parts of Doncaster, Hatfield and Mosborough are suffering the worst environmental conditions in South Yorkshire, a study has found.

Global: Pollution link to asthma in womb

Feb 15, 2009 | Traffic pollution causes genetic changes in the womb which increase a child's risk of developing asthma, research suggests.

Global: Study: Cleaner air adds 5 months to U.S. life span

Jan 30, 2009 | Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to average life expectancy in the United States, according to a federally funded study.

Global: Prescription for Arctic Melting: Clear the Air Down South

Jan 29, 2009 | The quickest way to curb Arctic melting now underway may be to turn off the tap of short-lived pollutants swirling north from cities and industry far to the south. By Elizabeth Grossman

Global: Road Deaths Predicted to Rise in Developing Countries

Jan 14, 2009 | Two men and a young child share a motorcycle seat in urban Brazil. They aren’t wearing helmets.

India: Four-stroke autos easier on the pocket

Jan 06, 2009 | Four-stroke green autos not only meet stricter emission norms, but also consume less fuel and, hence, record better mileage. By Krishnendu Bandyopadhyay, TNN

India: Violence in Kolkata over auto ban

Jan 04, 2009 | There was violence in some parts of the city on Saturday during a 12-hour taxi and autorickshaw strike called by Trinamool Congress-backed unions to protest against the seizure of autos and arrest of 18 people during Friday’s agitation against the ban imposed by the Calcutta High Court from January 1 on two-stroke autorickshaws on pollution grounds.

Global: Soot reduction 'could help to stop global warming'

Jan 04, 2009 | Cutting one of humanity's most common pollutants would have immediate cooling effect, NASA claims. By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor

Asia in General: Sophie Punte, Executive Director of the CAI-Asia Center

Jan 01, 2009 | Began new role on January 1, 2009


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