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Study finds CNG conversion policy in Bangladesh did result in more travel; congestion costs still half the health benefits

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Several years ago, the government of Bangladesh took took various policies to convert the petroleum vehicles on road to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), which allows both air quality improvements and energy security benefits. Earlier post.) Total vehicle travel increased by 4.4%, congestion costs increased by 9.6%. Resources. Brief

Could CNG conversions be good for our health?

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There has been a rapid conversion in the Bangladeshi capital following the introduction of a CNG conversion policy in 2010[.]. Latest News Green cars

Forecast: global 3-wheeler market to grow at CAGR of 13% through 2019

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Underdeveloped countries in Africa like Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique and Egypt and their Asian counter parts like Nepal, Bangladesh, etc., TechSci categorizes the three-wheeler industry into two segments: passenger carriers and load carriers. cannot effectively penetrate. through predefined routes called spokes. Brief

International study identifies 14 key measures to reduce methane and black carbon emissions; reduction in projected global mean warming of ~0.5 °C by 2050

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The south Asian countries of India, Bangladesh and Nepal would see the biggest reductions in premature deaths. Source: Shindell et al. C (~0.9

Analysis finds air-quality justification for CNG vehicle conversion in developing cities, despite negative climate impact

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Vehicle ownership in Bangladesh is small, which puts Bangladesh among the top five countries in the world in CNG penetration (?18% g/m 3.

787 Dreamliner sets speed and distance records for its weight class; 20% more fuel efficient

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and set the distance record for its class (440,000-550,000 lbs) with a 10,710 nmi (19,835 km) flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with credit for 10,337 nmi (19,144 km). Boeing has established two world records with the 787 Dreamliner, setting new marks for both speed and distance for the airplane’s weight class. on 6 Dec. on Dec. Brief

GSMA study indicates Bangkok could gain US$1B per year in benefits through ITS; reduced travel time, CO2 emissions and accidents

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In addition, CO 2 emissions contributed by road traffic could be reduced by 10-20%, or 3 to 5 million metric tonnes per year.

ADB Transport Forum: shift to greener transport in Asia key to global sustainability; investment of $2.5T needed by 2020

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Booming cities and rising incomes are fueling a surge in vehicle fleets across Asia. However, Asia’s needs are vast, with estimated investments of $2.5

8 development banks commit to provide more than $175B to scale up support for sustainable transport

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ADB is already supporting green transportation solutions across Asia, including low-cost electric vehicles in the Philippines, urban metrorail systems in Viet Nam, bus rapid transit systems in Mongolia and Bangladesh, and inland waterway transport in the People’s Republic of China. —ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda. Brief

European Parliament calls for fast action to cut non-CO2 climate forcers

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A follow-up technical meeting will be hosted by Bangladesh in October, with further ministerial meetings likely in the future. The Parliament’s call for action came in a Resolution passed today by an overwhelming majority (578 to 51 with 22 abstentions). Brief

Axial Vector and Kirloskar Oil Engines Forming JV for Mass Production of Axial-Type Engines

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The AVEC axial engine technology in a 60 hp (45 kW) application targeted at UAVs. Source: AVEC. Click to enlarge. engine and 100 kW generator—in 2009.

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Low-lying and other vulnerable countries calling for fast action on non-CO2 global warming pollutants

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The Parties included Micronesia and other small island nations, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Congo, Nigeria, the 27 countries of the EU, as well as Japan, the US, Canada, and Mexico. Among the non-CO 2 pollutants are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane, tropospheric ozone, and black carbon soot.

Northern India Rapidly Depleting its Groundwater Due to Excessive Irrigation; Major Water Crisis Looms If Trend Continues

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It is of immediate concern to recharge the aquifers of north India, Nepal and Bangladesh through suitable management of surface water for the sustainable availability of water and the preservation of ecosystems. A) Rate of change of terrestrial water storage, in cm/yr of water thickness, determined from GRACE gravity solutions. Tiwari et al.

ADB draft report says 3B Asians could become affluent by 2050; significant challenges

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An additional 3 billion Asians could enjoy higher living standards by 2050, but only if Asia sustains its present growth momentum and addresses significant multigenerational challenges and risks, according to a new report commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). —Haruhiko Kuroda. Energy consumption. —Asia 2050. Resources.

Study Finds Indian Ocean Sea-Level Rise Threatens Coastal Areas; Climate Change Partly Responsible

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The rise—which may aggravate monsoon flooding in Bangladesh and India—could have future impacts on both regional and global climate. Indian Ocean sea levels are rising unevenly and threatening residents in some densely populated coastal areas and islands, a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience concludes. Credit: NASA.

Study Finds Black Carbon a Significant Factor in Melting of Himalayan Glaciers

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Menon’s study also found that black carbon affects precipitation and is a major factor in triggering extreme weather in eastern India and Bangladesh, where cyclones, hurricanes and flooding are common. Our simulations showed greenhouse gases alone are not nearly enough to be responsible for the snow melt. Menon et al. Click to enlarge. Atmos.

Hadley Centre: Average 4 C Warming Could Happen Within a Human Lifetime, With Even Greater Warming in Many Regions

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Regional case studies will include Amazonia; Australia; Bangladesh; Brazil; Ethiopia; Finland; Mauritius; Siberia; Vietnam; and the monsoon region. Comparison of surface temperature projections from the high-end emissions scenario, without carbon cycle feedbacks. Source: Met Office. Click to enlarge. Betts.