Saturday, July 31, 2010

Black Carbon Dispersion - India's Perspective on a Global Scale

Some additional links to the data and articles on Black Carbon:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TED Talks: Energy Innovations for Zero CO2 - Bill Gates

Presentation by Bill Gates at TED

Net CO2 emissions = People * Services per person * Energy per service * CO2 per energy unit

TED Talks: Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?

An interesting debate between Prof. Mark Jacobson from Stanford University and Innovator Stewart Brand @ TED Talks

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - July 25th, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on July 18, 2010)

The Himalayan, July 24th, 2010
ADB to provide loan, grant for public transport in Kathmandu.

ADB, July 23rd, 2010
ADB to Help Improve Public Transport in Kathmandu.

Science Daily, July 23rd, 2010
'Super Socks' Help Stem Pollution Runoff.

Science Daily, July 23rd, 2010
Warmer Climate Could Increase Release of Carbon Dioxide by Inland Lakes.

NPR, July 23rd, 2010
Exploring The Geology Of Gulf Oil.

Science Daily, July 23rd, 2010
The Healing Effects of Forests.

Science Daily, July 23rd, 2010
Report Calls for Coordinated Information on Climate Change.

Deccan Chronicle, July 23rd, 2010
Bengaluru loses its stars to light pollution.

The Financial, July 22nd, 2010
World Bank study points to potential in emission reduction in China’s urban transport.

Sify News, July 22nd, 2010
Smog bad for your heart.

The Independent, July 22nd, 2010
Bike sharing not the healthy choice in large cities.

Science Daily, July 22nd, 2010
Smog Might Trigger Cell Death in the Heart.

Science Daily, July 22nd, 2010
Key Compound of Ozone Destruction Detected; Scientists Disprove Doubts in Ozone Hole Chemistry.

Science Daily, July 22nd, 2010
Military Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EPA Should Recognize Environmental Impact of Protecting Foreign Oil.

Science Daily, July 22nd, 2010
Final Instruments on NASA Climate/weather Satellite Integrated.

The Assam Tribune, July 22nd, 2010
Air pollution emerging as serious concern.

Environmental Research Web, July 22nd, 2010
Urban planning could cut air-pollution woes.

The Financial, July 22nd, 2010
World Bank calls for enhanced planning to ensure efficiency of urban rail development in China.

CSE, July 22nd, 2010
City Action: Citizens Report on Air Quality and Urban Mobility, Kanpur.

Pique, July 21st, 2010
The air up there.

Christian Science Monitor, July 21st, 2010
Five ways to cut China energy use.

IEA, July 21st, 2010
Gaps in Clean Energy Development.

Science Daily, July 21st, 2010
New Methodology Improves Winter Climate Forecasting.

Clean Air Network, Hong Kong, July 20th, 2010
Idling while air pollution goes through the roof.

Live Mint, July 20th, 2010
Urban transport debate: Is BRTS the answer?

The New Nation, July 19th, 2010
Climate change impacts increasingly visible in Bangladesh.

Georgia, July 19th, 2010
Georgia gets $300 Million from ADB for Traffic-Congested Cities.

Global Urbanist Planning, July 18th, 2010
Debating the liberalisation of public transport in Delhi.

Daily Me, July 18th, 2010
Study to gauge levels of air pollution caused by smoking in Amman, Jordan.

The Daily Green, July 18th, 2010
To Stop Global Warming ... Let Other Air Pollution Go?

Live Mint, July 18th, 2010
Ideology vs reality in transportation.

Doctors for the Environment Australia, July 18th, 2010
Election Manifesto on the Health Impacts of Coal Pollution and Renewable Energy.

Climate-L, July 18th, 2010
UNDP Nigeria Calculates its Carbon Footprint.

NY Times, July 16th, 2010
Chinese Cities Find Bus-Only Lanes an Alternative to Cars and Subways.

Reuters, July 16th, 2010
China's CO2 emissions need to peak by 2020: IEA.

CNN, July 15th, 2010
Air pollution, asthma linked to suicide.

Look at Vietnam, July 8th, 2010
Motorbikes used for over 10 years to be inspected for exhaust.

Science Daily, July 7th, 2010
Researchers Calculate the Cost of CO2 Emissions, Call for Carbon Tax.

Xinhua Net, July 6th, 2010
Pollution fight slow going.

Live Mint, July 5th, 2010
The liberalization fix to Delhi’s demonic traffic.

VietnamNet, July 5th, 2010
Ha Noi cracks down on polluting brick kilns.

Look at Vietnam, July 3rd, 2010
Hanoi’s traffic disease needs holistic remedy.

MNRE, Vietnam, July 1st, 2010
Cleaner Production in Industry: dual-benefit procedure.

Times of India, June 5th, 2010
Indians most frequent users of public transport.

Rediff Business, June 3rd, 2010
Indians most concerned about air pollution.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Composting Wet Household Waste for Green Surroundings !!

Among many sources of air pollution in the growing number of cities, an important non-traditional source is burning of household (and industrial) waste, though prohibited by law. There are regular incidences of waste burning (following road sweeping or in residential corridors where waste gets accumulated, but not collected in full, or even at the landfills). This is a common sight among the developing country cities and growing nuisance, in part due to an inefficient waste collection system.

A direct impact of this waste burning is emissions of particulate matter (most harmful of the criteria ambient pollutants), carbon monoxide, and toxins (depending on the mix of the waste). Given the uncertainty in knowing what and how much is burnt, it is very difficult to estimate these emissions and linked health impacts.

As part of the cartoon series @, here is an edition on fool-proof methods to composting household wet waste. Download the full document as a pdf or view as images HERE

For more details on the methodologies, send an email. Also see a note from the daily dump, which was first featured on urbanemissions under "what a waste", discussing why we need to compost wet waste at home. This means less waste ending up on the curbside (and at the landfills), meaning less contribution to illegal burning, less air pollution, and more for the green gardens.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - July 18th, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on July 04, 2010)

Bloomberg Business Week, Junly 17th, 2010
Traffic Pollution Linked to Risk Factor for Sudden Cardiac Death.

Huffington Post, July 17th, 2010
The Oil Spill No One's Talking About.

Express India, July 15th, 2010
Rain clears air, Delhi hopes trick works for Games too.

The WIP, July 15th, 2010
Health in China: The Environmental Toll on Children.

Science Daily, July 15th, 2010
Scientists Assess Impact of Icelandic Volcanic Ash on Ocean Biology.

The Economist, July 15th, 2010
Cycling in cities - Shifting up a gear.

Science Daily, July 15th, 2010
Hot Town, Summer in the City: Heat Wave Impact Differs Between Countries.

Science Daily, July 14th, 2010
NASA's 3-D Animation of Typhoon Conson's Heavy Rainfall and Strong Thunderstorms.

Science Daily, July 13th, 2010
Sea Levels Rising in Parts of Indian Ocean; Greenhouse Gases Play Role.

Indian Express, July 13th, 2010
Trucks to be kept out of Delhi during Games.

Science Daily, July 13th, 2010
New System to Reduce Heating Costs in Cold Climates.

Scientific American, July 12th, 2010
Scientists Quantify Global Warming's Threat to Public Health.

NJ spotlight, July 12th, 2010
NJ Coal Plants Face Cleanups and Closures.

Wall Street Journal, July 12th, 2010
Cap and No More Trade.

India Today, July 12th, 2010
Vehicles revving up Delhi flyovers double noise pollution level.

CGD, July 12th, 2010
Concentrating Solar Power in China and India.

Clime-L, July 8th, 2010
World Bank Project Deploys 5.5 Million Energy Efficient Light Bulbs.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Overview of Oil Spills !!

A post from fellow TED fellow, Cesar Harada on the Oil Spills and damages.

An independently organized TED event - TEDxOilSpill in Washington DC.

Related movie

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - July 11th, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on July 04, 2010)

Daily Press, July 11th, 2010
NASA to monitor ozone from the sky, space.

CNN, July 10th, 2010
Bad air day? Here's how to survive.

NASA, July 9th, 2010
NASA Langley Campaign to Improve Air Quality Monitoring by Satellites.

Hindustan Times, July 9th, 2010
Let’s get the basics right.

NPR, July 8th, 2010
Taking The Sizzle Out Of Summer In The City.

Economist, July 8th, 2010
Climate Science behind closed doors.

Science Daily, July 8th, 2010
Why Some Communities Embrace Environmental Conservation and Others Don't.

Bloomberg Business Week, July 8th, 2010
China Air Travelers May Double to 700 Million by 2020.

Los Angeles Times, July 8th, 2010
Breathing the filth.

New York Times, July 8th, 2010
Pollution? What Pollution?

The Nation, July 8th, 2010
World Bank wary of existing environmental laws in Pakistan.

New York Times, July 7th, 2010
EPA Agrees to Review Air Pollution Rules for 28 Industries.

Discover, July 7th, 2010
EPA’s New Air Pollution Rules Crack Down on the Dirtiest Power Plants.

NPR, July 6th, 2010
New Vessel Readied To Soak Up Gulf Oil.

Star Tribune, July 6th, 2010
EPA says new air pollution rule would cut smog from coal-fired power plants.

Science Daily, July 6th, 2010
Road Surface Purifies Air by Removing Nitrogen Oxides.

Guardian, July 6th, 2010
10:10 Climate change campaign - the story so far.

Manila Bulletin, July 6th, 2010
Taiwan News, July 5th, 2010
Revised rules on air pollution from ships enter into force.

Times of India, July 4th, 2010
Blame game at seminar on polluting units in Howrah.

Business Week, July 4th, 2010
City Cycling Seems to Have More Upsides Than Down.

Science Daily, July 2nd, 2010
Economist, July 1st, 2010
Xinhua Net, June 30th, 2010
Beijing reports less "blue sky" days for first half of year.

Mumbai Mirror, May 22nd, 2010

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - July 4th, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on June 20, 2010), July 4th, 2010
Air pollution in Islamabad touches dangerous levels.

Straits Times, July 3rd, 2010
Smog disrupts Manilla flights.

Bernama, July 3rd, 2010
China Exploring New Approaches To Protect Environment.

Times of India, July 2nd, 2010
Delhi world's 5th most painful city for drivers.

Hindustan Times, July 2nd, 2010
Air, water pollution rising near Taj Mahal.

The Hindu, June 30th, 2010
World Bank approves $430 million to Mumbai Urban Transport Project.

The News International, June 30th, 2010
Lahore air pollution worsens.

Straits Times, June 30th, 2010
Call for new ERP proposals in Singapore.

Sify Sports, June 30th, 2010
Air quality monitoring system for Commonwealth Games by July-end.

Tree Hugger, June 30th, 2010
German Airports Use Bees To Monitor Air Pollution.

MN Daily, June 30th, 2010
U students win 2010 Acara Challenge.

Science Daily, June 30th, 2010
Switching Off Your Lights Has a Bigger Impact Than You Might Think.

Science Daily, June 29th, 2010
NASA Satellite Adds Carbon Dioxide to Its Repertoire.

Taipei Times, June 27th, 2010
Britain faces fines over City of London air pollution.

AP, June 27th, 2010
Hong Kong air pollution blamed on political system.

Hindustan Times, June 27th, 2010
Tiny but deadly, this pollutant is filling your lungs.

Vietnam Net, June 25th, 2010
Air pollution hits alarming levels.

The Guardian, June 25th, 2010
London air pollution 'worst in Europe'.

The Guardian, June 25th, 2010
Where's his air pollution study?

Washington Post, June 25th, 2010
Beyond the BP spill, a case of chronic oil pollution.

Hindustan Times, June 24th, 2010
100 days left, Delhi gets its act together for Commonwealth Games.

China Daily, June 23rd, 2010
Wan Chai's Hennessy Road air is worst in Hong Kong.

China Daily, June 21st, 2010
China's energy consumption to top the world.

Press Bureau of India, June 21st, 2010
Ministry of Urban Development Ropes in IIT Delhi and IIT Chennai in Urban Transport Planning.

China Daily, June 20th, 2010
China to double natural gas energy.

China Daily, June 7th, 2010
Stormy times predicted for city pollution this year.

The Economist, May 27th, 2010
Two into three won't go - The European Commission suggests even deeper cuts in emissions.