Cities

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.
March 12, 2014
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has launched the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building.
March 12, 2014
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will, from this year, include a corporate social responsibility (CSR) category in the annual PATA Gold Awards.
March 11, 2014
It’s a truism to say things can change quickly in China, especially when there’s a shift in the political winds. The proposal to introduce hourly updates on the concentration of all major air pollutants in Shanghai is a case in point.
March 10, 2014
China is expected to invest more than 5 trillion yuan (USD817 billion) in environmental protection during the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015), an environmental protection official said on Saturday.
March 10, 2014
The Chinese government has reiterated, albeit in a more powerful forum than previously, its vow to tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, Zhang Dejiang, the nation's top legislator said yesterday.
On-shore power for ships
March 10, 2014
The Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR Government has recently released the 2012 air pollutant emission inventory. Just as with the prior three years, ship emissions remain Hong Kong’s largest source of sulphur dioxide (SO2), respirable suspended particulates (RSP or PM10) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The contribution of ships to air pollution has prompted the Government to take action in cleaning up the shipping sector.
March 07, 2014
A panel of six environmental experts has started bidding for Chinese governmental and private funding to help build a waste water treatment plant designed to showcase the best practice in the field and set the stage for further development as China struggles to improve its water treatment infrastructure.
March 05, 2014
India’s leading technology hub, Bangalore, has become the first city in the country to add an all-electric bus to its public transport fleet.
February 28, 2014
The Philippines is about to make good on its deal with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to transform 100,000 of its noisy, fume-spewing public tricycles into environmentally friendly e-trikes.
February 28, 2014
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) headquarters in Manila is now meeting all of its energy needs from renewable sources, following a geothermal power supply agreement with electricity distributor AdventEnergy, a unit of the Aboitiz Power Group which operates two geothermal plants with a combined 467-MW of capacity.