Cities

December 27, 2011
The Beijing Travel Committee has announced an environmental protection plan aimed at saving water wasted by major hotels during hotel conferences, according to The Global Times.
December 23, 2011
Police fired teargas to break up demonstrations on Thursday over a proposed power plant in a southern China town, where protests have escalated into clashes with police this week and officials tried to calm tempers by suspending the project, according to a Reuters report.
December 23, 2011
China needs about 3.4 trillion yuan (USD536 billion) of investments for environmental protection in the five years through 2015, the State Council said in a blueprint on pollution reduction.
December 22, 2011
US-based ThermoEnergy is planning to break into the Chinese market with its waste-water recovery and power generation technologies. The company says its primary focus is the technology that recovers high value and often toxic chemicals and metals from waste-water produced during the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.
December 20, 2011
Dhaubadi, in remote Nepal has become the ADB's first 'renewable energy village',as the Times of India called it. Using money from the Asian Development Bank and in partnership with the local community and government, the pilot wind-solar hybrid power system brings power to the village. Other clean-tech solutions are being integrated into the pilot. The development allows villagers to work at night by light, recharge mobile phones and even watch television, but its key is local participation.
India biodiversity
December 20, 2011
Yet another bio-diversity hotspot in under threat according to a new report looking at India. Only recently a new WWF report identified the Greater Mekong as a biodiverse area also under imminent threat. Conducted by the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru, Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology in Bhuj, western India and the College of Environmental Sciences at Tajen University in Taiwan, the study will be published in the Journal for Natural Conservation.
Bhutan UN Green Economy Report
December 20, 2011
The United Nations has released a report outlining how its member agencies can work together to help countries move to a green economy. Its the organisation's first inter-agency report on the green economy and argues that to achieve these policies a 'people-centred economy' is crucial.
December 20, 2011
South Korea said conflicts between opposition and ruling party lawmakers are disrupting efforts to make polluters pay for their emissions starting in 2015, according a Bloomberg report yesterday.
December 20, 2011
Many potential buyers will hold off on purchases of electric vehicles (EVs) during 2012 due to the premium pricing of the vehicles, according to a new white paper from Pike Research.
December 19, 2011
China’s industries produce more than 65 percent of air pollutants and seriously impair people's health, says a report released last week by a Beijing-based environmental group.
December 16, 2011
A surge in mega-hydropower projects across the world in the coming decade will only be affected marginally by last week's decision to delay building a large dam across the Mekong, Southeast Asia's longest river, Reuters reported Wednesday.
December 15, 2011
China Southern Power Grid (CSG) and Better Place, a US provider of electric vehicle (EV) networks, opened China's first automated battery switching station for EVs at Guangzhou's Pearl River New Town earlier this week.
December 15, 2011
Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) is finally telling the truth about the capital's air quality, say residents, after a bureau spokesman said Beijing's PM10 level (particulate matter smaller than 10 microns) has never met the nationally accepted standards.
December 15, 2011
Vietnam will make environmental protection a priority when considering future foreign direct investment projects, said Nguyen The Phuong, deputy minister at the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
December 14, 2011
New regulations concerning the reduction or even the full exemption of taxes for green vehicles and ships released by China’s State Council last week do not go far enough to sustain a push to broaden their use, experts say,
December 14, 2011
A new report argues that Bangladesh can save up to USD150 million and 125 billion litres of water per year by cleaning up its textile wet processing units. South Asia Enterprise Development Facility, a business initiative managed by the International Finance Corporation, conducted the study at 12 factories since last year and concluded that efficiency improvements across the board at Bangladesh's 1,700 other textile factories could make huge economic and ecological improvements.
December 13, 2011
The Chinese Ministry of Finance (MOF) has approved an environmental tax and officials are now allowing the proposal to undergo scientific debate and evaluation, the Legal Mirror newspaper reported.
December 13, 2011
Five multilateral development banks, who are lending more than USD8 billion annually for climate action in cities, aim to better coordinate and deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change according to a report in Energy-enviro Finland.
December 08, 2011
Millions of people are under threat from melting of Himalayan glaciers, according to scientists carrying out the most comprehensive ever assessment of climate change in the region.
December 07, 2011
Asian cities need to change their urban transport systems to ensure a sustainable and ecologically-friendly environment. That's one conclusion from a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) book that notes the growing trend in motorized transport, a major producer of greenhouse gases.