Cities

March 27, 2014
Beijing’s air pollution problem is all too well known but Delhi’s is generally considered to be more lethal, and caused primarily by vehicle emissions rather than industrial activities as in the case in China’s capital.
China dense cities
March 27, 2014
A new report by The World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council has recommended the country tackle environmental degradation and other strains of rapid urbanization by systematically changing how it allocates land, people and capital across the nation. Building denser, rather than larger, cities – in the style of Hong Kong - will help China cut down on traffic congestion, air and water pollution and the maintenance costs for infrastructure services, according to the report.
March 26, 2014
Along with the enormous risks global warming poses for humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world, scientists gathered in Yokohama for a climate change conference said Tuesday.
March 26, 2014
China's central government will relocate 20 state-owned enterprises headquartered in Beijing to other localities, which is expected to result in 500,000 residents leaving the capital, the Shenzhen-based Securities Times reported, citing an unnamed official.
ASEAN climate action now
March 26, 2014
Spurred on by “climate departure” impacts on many Asian locations from 2020 onwards, delegates to this month's Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Conference recommended 10 urgent actions to be taken in on energy, consumption and cities. The APO Conference communique, which has been delivered to the United Nations and its agencies, is a wake-up call to all countries, as among the clearly-articulated calls-for-action, four relate to “Creating an Energy Future Sustainable for All”.
March 26, 2014
Despite intense efforts by the government to get a grip on China’s stifling pollution problem, the Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday that the country’s high-polluting industries continued their fast-track growth last year.
Flooded Bangkok industrial estate
March 24, 2014
Although it should come as no great surprise, given the number of warnings issued by other bodies in recent years, a new report from the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due to be published this week will say coastal Asia is very vulnerable to climate change. The final draft of the report – Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – is being reviewed at a scientific meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, and will form a key part of the IPCC's fifth assessment report on global warming, whose other sections will be published later this year.
March 24, 2014
In a bid to motivate consumers to be less wasteful, Singapore will soon start supplying households with information on average household water consumption in their neighborhood.
March 24, 2014
It appears China’s chronic pollution problems are a great leveler, removing rancor and hubris from diplomatic exchanges with South Korea and Japan. It is by no means all peace and harmony but working-level officials from the three countries put discord aside in Beijing last week during their first policy dialogue session on the pressing pollution problem.
March 20, 2014
As part of its ongoing plans to provide 100,000 solar lanterns to off-grid communities, Panasonic India has announced that it will provide 4000 solar lanterns to people based in areas with no power access, adding to the 5000 lanterns company gave away last year.
March 20, 2014
China's Fujian province on Wednesday began releasing the first ever "fresh air index" to promote eco-tourism, in sharp contrast to air quality indexes in major cities which often instill fear.
March 20, 2014
China's smog is making it harder for foreign firms to convince top executives to work in the country, the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing said on Wednesday, offering some of the strongest evidence yet on how pollution is hurting recruitment.
March 19, 2014
Asia Pacific cities are facing a host of problems including rapid urbanization, stressed city finances, inadequate infrastructure, rising energy costs, congested transportation, climate change, and competition for global investment and skilled labor, all of which place unprecedented demands on city dwellers and officials.
March 18, 2014
According to a new report by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), China is now the biggest source of emigrants to the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than two thirds surveyed say pollution is their top reason for leaving.
March 18, 2014
The Peoples Insurance Company of China yesterday started offering the country’s first individual insurance plan for severe air pollution.
March 17, 2014
China says it will have 60 percent of its cities cleaned up within the next six years in its latest broadside against its mounting air and water pollution problems and the resulting public discord.
March 14, 2014
A new mangrove forest is to be planted along the lower reaches of the Thi Vai River near Ho Chi Minh City as part of effort to stop industrial pollution being discharged into Dong Nai Delta, a critical wetland environment.
March 13, 2014
China may be back peddling on its ambitious plans for a carbon tax as local air pollution concerns bump climate change off the center stage and some developed nations also reconsider plans to tax greenhouse gas emissions, a top Chinese official said yesterday.
March 13, 2014
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic announced today that it would give it China-based expatriate employees compensation for having to deal with the country's hazardous air pollution.
HK Waste Incineration
March 12, 2014
Reporting back on a (yet another) fact-finding trip to Europe, Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kam-sing, says the advice given about establishing the territory’s first waste-to-energy incinerator was to stick to the choice of a moving-grate system. "We are told reliability is the top priority when it comes to the first incinerator," Wong told a news conference.