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City-to-City Cooperation on air quality recognized in Washington DC
Posted : August 27, 2015

The first set of partnering cities from both Asia and the US, was presented on 11 August 2015 in Washington DC during the Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) Workshop hosted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). CCAP is a Clean Air Asia led initiative that aims to set 200 Asian cities on . . Read More


Indoor and Outdoor Pollution Cannot be Dealt in Silos
Posted : August 25, 2015

The Breathe Clean Conclave panelists discuss measures people can adopt to fight pollution. “Our activities like cleaning and cooking release a lot of fumes that need to make their way outside our homes. The house must be well-ventilated”, Parthaa Bosu, India Director and South Asia Liaison of Clean Air Asia. Anumita Roy Chowdhury, the Executive . . Read More


The Strange Cause of Air Pollution Decline in the Middle East
Posted : August 21, 2015

The Arab Spring may have brought a literal breath of fresh air to the Middle East, according to new research. Instability in the Middle East in 2010-11 can be linked to a decline in air pollution, reports a study published in the journal Science Advances. The findings suggest that short-term societal changes can disrupt climate trends . . Read More


Clean Air Network Nepal Newsletter
Posted : August 19, 2015

To contribute articles, news items, or event announcements for the next issue, send an email with the complete details and URL source to info@cen.org.np or rassu@cen.org.np 2015 January2015 Issue February2015 Issue March2015 Issue 2014 January2014 Issue February2014 Issue March2014 Issue April2014 Issue May2014 Issue June2014 Issue July2014 Issue August2014 Issue September2014 Issue October2014 Issue November2014 . . Read More


Mapping the invisible scourge
Posted : August 15, 2015

Beijing–THE capital’s “airpocalypse”, the choking smog that descended on Beijing in the winter of 2012-13, galvanised public opinion and spooked the government. The strange thing is, though, that information about air pollution—how extensive it is, how much damage it does—has long been sketchy, based mostly on satellite data or computer models. Until now. Responding to . . Read More


CLEAN AIR ASIA IN THE NEWS

Indoor and Outdoor Pollution Cannot be Dealt in Silos
Posted : August 25, 2015

The Breathe Clean Conclave panelists discuss measures people can adopt to fight pollution. “Our activities like cleaning and cooking release a lot of fumes that need to make their way outside our homes. The house must be well-ventilated”, Parthaa Bosu, India Director and South Asia Liaison of Clean Air Asia. Anumita Roy Chowdhury, the Executive . . Read More


ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT OF JAPAN
Posted : August 24, 2015

Tokyo, Japan–On August 24th, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, and the Minister of Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), Yoshio Mochizuki, met in Tokyo, Japan for a high-level bilateral dialogue. At the conclusion of the dialogue, Administrator McCarthy and Minister Mochizuki announced a common view to enhance bilateral . . Read More


美台环保减排项目初见成效
Posted : August 14, 2015

华盛顿— 美国总统奥巴马新出台的减排政策可能导致很多煤炭发电厂关闭。同时,美国环署和台湾环保署共同成立的一个名为国际环境伙伴项目的环保计划初见成效。已与亚洲、拉丁美洲、北美洲、非洲等地区的多个国家建立合作关系。 这个项目致力于监理并强化与国际伙伴的合作,共同改善全球环境污染的问题。美国智库威尔逊中心请来项目的主要发起和落实者—台湾环保署署长魏国彦和美国环保署代理助理局长简·西田(Jane Nishida)共同讲述他们这一年里的经验和收获。 魏国彦说:“这场抗击气候变化的战争是关乎于人类可持续发展的,我们会发挥我们的作用。” 简·西田说:“我们已经资助了10几个国际和地区合作伙伴,共同解决一些重要问题,比如清洁空气,气候变化,污染地区清理,水银检测,电子垃圾,环境执法和节能教育等。” 去年8月,项目主办方与国际环保非赢利组织亚洲清洁空气中心在旧金山建立了“城市清洁空气伙伴“这个兄弟项目。通过建立兄弟城市关系从而达到互相借鉴方案技术,共同达到减排目标的目的。 比亚内·佩德森是亚洲清洁空气中心的执行董事,他表示在本周一的第一届国际环境伙伴会议上,他们已经得到了25个城市的支持。 他说:“我们想要以城市为基准,在亚洲范围内提高空气质量。我们有一个宏伟的目标,就是在2020年之前吸纳200个参与城市。” 城市清洁空气伙伴项目最大的障碍在于,如何针对一些亚洲城市不环保的物质欲望和生活方式,帮助他们量身定做空气治理方案。 佩德森说:“亚洲各地方的文化差异确实存在,只要我们采取多种方式去理解他们的诉求,我们的项目完全可以做到。” 中国尚未参与这个项目,一些致力于中国能源问题的研究者认为以城市为单位的环境伙伴项目固然有效,而中国的污染问题更要从国家级政策入手。 美国气候战略中心的张帆说:“对于中国来说,更多的政策问题还是至上而下的。很多政策可能会搞一些试点,这些试点可能是先从小地方出发,所以我认为这些城市之间的合作是一个很好的出发点。 中美双方都曾表示,面对日渐严重的全球变暖和能源短缺,将减排这场硬仗打到底或许才是维持可持续发展,为后代着想的唯一出路。 Reposted from http://www.voachinese.com, see original article here. 


Take a walk or not? Here’s an app that’ll help decide
Posted : August 10, 2015

Bengaluru, India–It’s a pleasant day. You’re taking a quiet stroll till a broken pavement mars the experience. In a city of defunct streetlights, unsafe crossings and uneven footpaths, the pedestrian often gets a raw deal. However, here’s an app that may come in handy for the avid walker. Armed with it, you could find out . . Read More


FreightBazaar Launches Integrated e-Transportation Platform
Posted : July 30, 2015

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India–Are you finding it difficult to manage transportation in the current fast-paced and dynamic environment? If you are like many small and medium businesses that ship their material across states or cities, spend a lot of time either worrying about or following up to get status of their shipment after hiring a . . Read More


NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Strange Cause of Air Pollution Decline in the Middle East
Posted : August 21, 2015

The Arab Spring may have brought a literal breath of fresh air to the Middle East, according to new research. Instability in the Middle East in 2010-11 can be linked to a decline in air pollution, reports a study published in the journal Science Advances. The findings suggest that short-term societal changes can disrupt climate trends . . Read More


Mapping the invisible scourge
Posted : August 15, 2015

Beijing–THE capital’s “airpocalypse”, the choking smog that descended on Beijing in the winter of 2012-13, galvanised public opinion and spooked the government. The strange thing is, though, that information about air pollution—how extensive it is, how much damage it does—has long been sketchy, based mostly on satellite data or computer models. Until now. Responding to . . Read More


Beijing’s Traffic Restrictions are Not a Long-term Solution
Posted : August 10, 2015

Beijing’s Traffic Restrictions are Not a Long-term Solution Date: Wed, 2010-03-24 As the expiry date of the policy which limits the number of cars that can take to the Chinese capital’s roads nears, it’s time for the Beijing government to decide whether the current traffic restrictions should continue to be implemented. An “odd and even” . . Read More


Hong Kong pollution nearly on par with Beijing’s as typhoon’s effect brings hot, windless weather
Posted : August 7, 2015

Hong Kong issued “very high” pollution warnings across the city as severe Typhoon Soudelor pulled in a mass of high pressure over the city, with the air quality index pointing to health risks. At 1pm today, the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) at some general stations and all roadside stations reached 8 or above, corresponding to the . . Read More


7 tourist-friendly bike sharing systems across the world
Posted : August 3, 2015

They’re more affordable than a taxi. And unlike public transportation, you need not worry about missing your stop in a language you don’t speak. So what better way to explore a new city on your next vacation than by bike? You can rent a bike on-the-fly from any station’s automatic kiosk, and most offer on-screen . . Read More