Sunday, August 29, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - August 29th, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on August 22, 2010)

Reuters, August 29th, 2010
China coal drive will not end health risks.

Indian Express, August 29th, 2010
During Commonwealth Games, devices to measure pollution levels.

MSN India, August 28th, 2010
During Commonwealth Games, devices to measure pollution levels.

Energy Tribune, August 27th, 2010
Wind Energy Gets Huge Subsidies. So Where Are The CO2 Reductions?

AFP, August 27th, 2010
China urgently needs to reverse coal dependency: Greenpeace.

The Daily Star, August 27th, 2010
Take strict action against polluters, land grabbers in Dhaka.

Daily Monitor Uganda, August 27th, 2010
Western models cannot solve our traffic problem.

The Telegraph, August 27th, 2010
Dedicated cycle tracks to ease congestion in Kolkata.

City Fix, August 26th, 2010
Follow the Money for Sustainable Transport.

Times of India, August 25th, 2010
Delhi sees major traffic jam, water-logging.

India News, August 25th, 2010
CPCB can now access air quality data of NTPC power units via web.

Business Standard, August 25th, 2010
Indian Govt to soon notify fuel efficiency standards.

Los Angeles Times, August 25th, 2010
Traffic jam near Beijing stretches on for days.

Philippines Daily Enquirer, August 25th, 2010
DENR eyes 30% cut in Metro pollution.

Climate-L, August 25th, 2010
World Bank Presents Hands-on Energy Adaptation Toolkit.

Wall Street Journal, August 24th, 2010
China Traffic Jam Could Last Weeks.

eHow, August 24th, 2010
What Are the Causes of Air Pollution in Egypt?

Indian Express, August 24th, 2010
Colour code for air quality: meter designed in city is ready for CWG.

Press Information Bureau, August 24th, 2010
Emission Norms for Petrol & Diesel Vehicles in India.

Washington Post, August 24th, 2010
China's massive traffic jam could last for weeks.

Australia News, August 24th, 2010
Asia Expects a New Decade in Sustainable Transport.

Press India Bureau, August 24th, 2010
Effects of Introduction of Gaseous Fuels for Public Transport.

CNN, August 23rd, 2010
Solar energy brings power to rural Africa.

Daily Star, August 23rd, 2010
Congestion conundrum in Dhaka.

NY Times, August 23rd, 2010
EPA Delays Release of Final Ozone Standards.

Wall Street Journal, August 23rd, 2010
Wind Power Won't Cool Down the Planet.

Durango Herald, August 23rd, 2010
Public is invited to air-quality meetings.

Times of India, August 22nd, 2010
Electric vehicles for Sustainable Transport.

NY Times, August 20th, 2010
The Fire Down Below.

China Daily, August 20th, 2010
More old cars need to be junked.

Science Daily, August 18th, 2010
How to Reduce UK Transport Carbon Emissions by 76 Per Cent by 2050.

China Daily, August 17th, 2010
Athletes to get cleaner air in Guangzhou.

NASA, July 14th, 2010
NASA Wins Grant to Begin Multi-Year Air Quality Campaign.

Eurasia Review, June 23rd, 2010
Black carbon’s global warming role ‘still unproven’.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Car Control Options (Down to Earth)

An article in Down to Earth, August edition discusses options to control car movement and examples from the world cities, where problems were successfully implemented. Among the programs are
  • Congestion tax in London and Stockholm
  • Public transport in Berlin
  • Road pricing in Singapore
  • Limiting car ownership in China
The SIM-air working paper No.33 on the Singapore road pricing is referred in the article. This paper (with Prof. Gopnath Menon, NTU, Singapore) presents an overview of how ERP was implemented in, experiences and lessons from, Singapore.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - August 22nd, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on August 15, 2010)

Down to Earth, August, 2010
Car Control.

ACP, August, 2010
Air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: secondary pollutants and regional impact.

The Daily Star, August 22nd, 2010

The hidden costs of traffic.

Business Standard, August 22nd, 2010
Ahmedabad rapid bus system catches fancy of several countries.

IGREC, August 21st, 2010
Do Forests Provide Mitigation Benefits Twice Over?

Star Phoenix, August 21st, 2010
Blame British Columbia forest fires for hazy days.

Deccan Herald, August 21st, 2010
Charting a green future.

Sydney Morning Herald, August 20th, 2010
Growth undermining improved air quality.

Business Standard, August 19th, 2010
WB clears $430 million for Mumbai Urban Transport Project.

The Hindu, August 19th, 2010
See the building as a whole system.

The Hindu, August 19th, 2010
Maruti Suzuki launches new CNG models.

Green Bang, August 19th, 2010
How to make coal ‘clean(er)’.

Press Information Bureau of India, August 19th, 2010
528 Projects of Rs.27852.07 crore approved under JNNRUM.

The Daily Star, August 19th, 2010
Failed drive against unfit vehicles in Bangladesh, why?

The Herald, August 19th, 2010
Sun answer to Zimbabwe’s energy challenges.

Energy Bangla, August 18th, 2010
ADB to Extend Loan to Boost Natural Gas Supply in Bangladesh.

Reuters, August 18th, 2010
How coal may fit with China's new energy plan.

UB Post, August 17th, 2010
MCA To Assist Fight with Air Pollution in UB City.

Newsweek, August 16th, 2010
China Can’t Keep Up With Its Cars.

New York Times, August 16th, 2010
China's Ticking Time Bomb.

Business Standard, August 16th, 2010
Transport us, Dr. Mohan (PM), India.

Hindustan Times, August 16th, 2010
Pollution alert system ready to be launched.

Daily Nation, August 15th, 2010
Mumbai: A throbbing, vibrant and crumbling mess of a metropolis.

Hindustan Times, August 13th, 2010
Capital's cold Bed & Breakfast.

MONRE, August 12th, 2010
Ha Noi anniversary projects polluting city.

MONRE, August 6th, 2010
Building dust chokes Da Nang. Hanoi.

MONRE, August 4th, 2010
HCM City buses, vans fail to meet emission standards.

MONRE, August 2nd, 2010
Chinese aluminum maker poisons air, waterways in Hai Duong.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pollution Alert System Ready for Launch in Delhi

Article from Hindustan Times on August 16th, 2010

Pollution Alert System Ready to be Launched in Delhi, India
The apex pollution watchdog is ready with the country’s first air-pollution forecast and alert system, meant to serve the organisers of the Commonwealth Games.

The system will issue alerts with focused information on all the stadium areas and the Games Village, 48 hours in advance. “We will use September as the trial month and commission the system right before the Games,” said D. Saha, senior scientist at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The program will cover all of the National Capital Region (NCR) — 50 km north to south and 50 km east to west — so that a forecast is available for every nook and corner, including transport, residential, and industrial hot spots.

“We have previously developed similar systems for Beijing Olympics in 2008 and are also developing one for Rio de Janeiro as part of Olympics 2016 preparations,” said Sarath Guttikunda, deputy programme manager of Aria Technologies, one of two French firms developing the system for the CPCB, with financial support from the French government.

“In Delhi, it is meant for the Commonwealth Games, to begin with and will continue to serve the city after that,” Guttikunda added.

For easy understanding of the degree of air-pollution risk as forecast in the alerts, the architects of the system have devised a simple 150-point scale to measure pollution, after computing the latest official standards for each air pollutant, like particulate matters, noxious gases etc.

And going by the present status, air at most places in Delhi crosses the 150 mark, around 76 per cent of the days in a year, architects of the system have found.

Along with data from the CPCB’s monitoring stations, the makers have also installed four — three stationary and one mobile — advanced pollution monitors called Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) machines for optical remote sensing, to measure pollutant concentrations and wind.

The system’s accuracy is designed to distinguish between biomass burning, dust, and other kinds of air pollution.

In the blog, on air pollution in Delhi

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - August 15th, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on August 08, 2010)

World Bank, August, 2010
Energy Outlook in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Guardian, August 15th, 2010
Climate scientists in race to predict where natural disaster will strike next.

Science Daily, August 14th, 2010
Ocean's Color Affects Hurricane Paths.

Scientific American, August 14th, 2010
Your Opinion Of Climate Change Depends On Your Social Psychology.

New York Times, August 14th, 2010
In Weather Chaos, a Case for Global Warming.

Andina News, August 13th, 2010
Peru opens air quality management forum today.

Durango Herald, August 13th, 2010

Air pollution - Obstacles to improvement harder to see.

Charcoal Project, August 13th, 2010
Stop Throwing Stoves at Black Carbon.

Reuters, August 13th, 2010
New systems needed to measure extreme weather - WMO.

Press Information Bureau, August 13th, 2010
National Urbanization Policy in India.

Nagaland Post, August 13th, 2010
Govt to phase out polluting vehicles.

The Guardian, August 13th, 2010
A changed climate on climate change.

Science Daily, August 13th, 2010
Fires Around Moscow: Satellite Perspective Reveals Startling Images of Massive Smoke Clouds.

Science Daily, August 12th, 2010
Greenhouse Gas Calculator Connects Farming Practices With Carbon Credits.

New York Times, August 12th, 2010
Despite Costs, ‘Clean Coal’ Remains Obama Priority.

New York Times, August 12th, 2010
Pakistani Site Tops Asian Heat Charts.

New York Times, August 12th, 2010
Think Globally, Compromise Locally.

Science Daily, August 12th, 2010
Charcoal Takes Some Heat Off Global Warming.

CNN, August 12th, 2010
What's behind the weather chaos?

Economist, August 12th, 2010
How the heatwave in Russia is connected to floods in Pakistan?

New York Times, August 12th, 2010
To Cut Demand for Electricity, Some Customers Agree to Unplug.

BBC, August 12th, 2010
Bangladesh to shut gas stations amid power crisis.

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 12th, 2010
China Solar Projects Draw Interest From 50 Companies.

Times of India, August 12th, 2010
Marred by delays, Delhi comes clean on air.

The Guardian, August 12th, 2010
Dream kitchen of the future is green., August 11th, 2010
A purple, smog-eating skycraper.

Worldwatch Institute, August 11th, 2010
China Prepares to Steal United States’ Thunder, May Launch Cap-and-Trade within Five Years.

The Business Times, August 11th, 2010
Steps for reporting carbon emissions.

China Dialogue, August 11th, 2010
Dangers of the deep.

iGovernment, August 10th, 2010
JNNURM buses for two more Jharkhand cities ready.

India Infoline, August 10th, 2010
Shiela Dikshit flags-off E-rick in New Delhi.

Daily Commercial News, August 10th, 2010
Alternative Fuel Systems announces project for India's Bajaj Auto Limited.

AlterNet, August 10th, 2010
Burning Coal + Hot Days = Unhealthy Air Warnings.

Reuters, August 10th, 2010
Indonesian SMART gets mixed score in green audit.

Reuters, August 10th, 2010
Russia's fires cause "brown cloud," may hit Arctic.

Reuters, August 10th, 2010
Rising temperatures threaten rice yield growth.

New York Times, August 9th, 2010
Portugal Gives Itself a Clean-Energy Makeover.

CNN, August 9th, 2010
Heat and smog double death rate in Moscow.

Science Daily, August 8th, 2010
NASA Instrument Tracks Pollution from Russian Fires.

Scientific American, August 8th, 2010
Can Charcoal Slow Climate Change and Improve Agriculture?

Guardian, August 6th, 2010
Coal: The cheap, dirty and direct route to irreversible climate change.

Worldwatch Institute, August 6th, 2010
Sanitation Too Often Overlooked in Developing Nations.

Guardian, August 5th, 2010
Do environmentalists hold back sustainable lifestyles?

The Guardian, August 5th, 2010
Can Brazil become the world's first environmental superpower?

New York Times, August 2nd, 2010
Gulf Spill Is the Largest of Its Kind.

New York Times, July 31st, 2010
Is It Hot in Here? Must Be Global Warming.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - August 8th, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on August 01, 2010)

CNN, August 7th, 2010
Muscovites struggle to breathe as acrid smoke grips city.

Mother Jones, August 6th, 2010
The Smog of War.

Reuters, August 6th, 2010
'Desert dust' days may worsen kids' asthma.

PhysOrg, August 6th, 2010
Increasing 'Bad' Ozone Threatens Human and Plant Health.

New York Times, August 6th, 2010
A ‘Small’ Spill: China’s Environmental Tango.

Times of India, August 6th, 2010
What your car costs the city.

Times of India, August 6th, 2010
Crackdown on polluting vehicles.

Bloomberg, August 5th, 2010
Proposed Law Would Fine Engine Idlers as Hong Kong Pollution `Very High'.

Economist, August 5th, 2010
Pollution in China: Raising a stink.

Global Times, August 5th, 2010
Energy efficiency drops despite new green regulations in China.

Times of India, August 5th, 2010
Pune 69th among 91 most-polluted cities.

Daily Times, August 4th, 2010
Dream of a mass transit system inching into reality in Islamabad.

Science Daily, August 4th, 2010
New Inexpensive Solar Cell Design.

Straits Times, August 4th, 2010
Getting it half-right in China.

The New Nation, August 4th, 2010
Urban air pollution three to four times higher than standard level' in Dhaka.

Science Daily, August 3rd, 2010
New Carbon Dioxide Emissions Model.

Science Daily, August 3rd, 2010
Travelling by Car Increases Global Temperatures More Than Travelling by Plane, but Only in the Long Term.

Borne Post, August 3rd, 2010
‘Green’ transport: Bye-bye fuel price hike, traffic congestion, limited parking space, pollution.

BBC, August 3rd, 2010
Shanghai gets back in the saddle.

New York Times, August 1st, 2010
In India, Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers.

China Daily, July 31st, 2010
New plan targets more pollutants.

The Economist, July 29th, 2010
Mexico's environment - A breath of fresh air.

The Economist, July 29th, 2010
Efficiency drive - Cutting carbon is appallingly complex as well as costly.

Bloomberg, July 29th, 2010
Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are 12 Times Support for Renewables.

China Daily, July 27th, 2010
Air quality drops in first half of year.

China.Org, July 24th, 2010
6 firms punished for violating emission reduction rules.

Xinhua Net, July 20th, 2010
China's reliance on coal to drop 7% by 2015.

The Economist, July 15th, 2010
Budding greens - A new generation of climate-change activists in China.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Air Pollution in China !!

An article published in The Economist on August 5th, "Pollution in China" is very intriguing, especially the image published below.

The picture presents the percentage of clean air days in Beijing, accounted in terms of air quality index.

Residents of Beijing, who hoped the clear skies they enjoyed during the 2008 Olympic Games would persist, have also resumed their grumbling. Smog is back with a vengeance. A stimulus-encouraged car-buying spree has further clogged city streets. Provinces around Beijing account for much of China’s recent record levels of (air-fouling) steel and coke production.

Definitely, during the Olympic Games, the city experienced the best of the clean air days, for a number of reasons, including stringent regulations for multiple sectors to ensure the same (see UNEP Assessment report), but since then it has deteriorated gradually.

The impact of air pollution on the human health and the ecosystem is increasingly being linked to the growing transport sector.

Another article in the Economist, praised the efforts of China in promoting the electric motor cycles, which provide 30-50 kilometers for a fraction of the cost of the fuel spent in the regular motorcycle. The charging takes 5-8 hours, depending on the battery power, but the travel is safer and faster than the regular bicycles, and the environment is clean.

In 2008, 21 million electric bicycles were sold in China. Were there any subsides involved? Chinese makers are also in the business plug-in hybrids, expecting to sell at least 400,000 in 2009.

Henry Li, the head of BYD Auto's export and trade division (China) says, "We are not trying to save the world, we are making money. Our strategy aims to give value to shareholders. If we can help the planet at the same time, all the better" and well positioned to be the World's Leader in electric cars (NY Times).

Yes, we need to find ways to power these vehicles. Power plants are an option (in spite of Dr. Hansen saying no to them). As far as the air pollution is concerned, emissions of PM, SO2, NOx, and the likes are easy to control at a power plant than emitted at the ground level and into our noses on a road (and causing more health damage). The pollution out of a power plant stack disperses farther than the emissions out of a car or a bus.

There is silver bullet to cure air pollution.. more awareness is required on the sources and mitigation at the source is the best solution !!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Air Pollution Alerts - August 1st, 2010

News & Information; Every Sunday
(Last on July 25, 2010)

Press Information Bureau, August 1st, 2010
Various Steps to Check Air Pollution.

Express India, August 1st, 2010

Mayor to do rounds of city roads in Pune.

NPR, July 31st, 2010
Alternative Energy And Ideas For The Auto Industry.

Science Daily, July 30th, 2010
Black Carbon Implicated in Global Warming.

Times of India, July 30th, 2010
Pune's task on hand is to clear the air.

Reuters, July 30th, 2010
U.N. panel to probe further Kyoto CO2-cut projects.

Science Daily, July 29th, 2010
A Future With or Without Trees: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Brazilian Amazon State.

Bank Information Center, July 29th, 2010
Inspection Panel to investigate the Bank's controversial Eskom coal loan.

Christian Science Monitor, July 29th, 2010
Is urban air pollution in China rising?

CNN, July 29th, 2010
Climate change 'undeniable'.

NY Times, July 28th, 2010
In China, Pollution Worsens Despite New Efforts.

CNN, July 28th, 2010
London launches ambitious bike sharing scheme.

Independent Media Australia, July 28th, 2010
Coal is hazardous to health: Residents Blockade Coal trains in North Queensland.

The Pioneer, July 28th, 2010
Sheila’s cracker fatwa on Games eve.

Hindustan Times, July 28th, 2010
Congested cities struggle to clear the air.

Go UP State, July 27th, 2010
County retrofitting trucks to reduce diesel emissions.

The Boston, July 27th, 2010
The power of cap-and- trade.

Bank Information Center, July 27th, 2010
Renewable energy projects in Indonesia.

Science Daily, July 27th. 2010
NASA Satellite Improves Pollution Monitoring.

Scientific American, July 26th, 2010
Urban Air Pollutants Can Damage IQs before Baby's First Breath.

Bloomberg Business Week, July 26th, 2010
China Air Quality Deteriorates in First Half.

World Watch Institute, July 26th, 2010
Renewable Energy at the Tipping Point.

Vietnam Net, July 26th, 2010
HCM City population pressures housing, traffic, environment.

The New Nation, July 26th, 2010
Addressing Dhaka's problems.

Daily Times, July 26th, 2010
Environmental pollution plagues city residents of Lahore, Pakistan.

Scientific American, July 25th, 2010
China Surpasses U.S. in Energy Use?

IEA, July 23rd, 2010
IEA Publishes Review of Turkish Energy Sector.