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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. In a 21013 study, researchers found large air quality and associated health benefits accruing to the residents of Dhaka (the capital of Bangladesh) as a result of the rapid conversion of the motor vehicle fleet to CNG.

Could CNG conversions be good for our health?

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There may be significant health benefits to converting our motoring fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG): as an analysis of CNG conversions in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has revealed.

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., The value of the global three-wheeler market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% during 2014-19, according to a recently published report by TechSci Research, “Global Three Wheeler Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2019”.

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. National benefits of the CH 4 plus BC measures versus the reference scenario.

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

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An analysis by a team in Bangladesh found large air quality and associated health benefits accruing to the residents of Dhaka (the capital of Bangladesh) as a result of the rapid conversion of the motor vehicle fleet to CNG.

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). After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the airplane entered European air space at Santiago, Spain, and proceeded down the Mediterranean, across Egypt to Luxor, across the Middle East and over India to Bangladesh.

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

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Its sector loans are around $3 billion a year and growing, including assistance for bus rapid transit systems in Bangladesh and People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as metro rail lines in Viet Nam.

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.

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 European Parliament is calling for fast action to reduce non-CO 2 climate forcers including black carbon soot, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane, and ground-level ozone, which together are responsible for nearly half of climate forcing.

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

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The marketing rights of the joint venture company will extend to all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The AVEC axial engine technology in a 60 hp (45 kW) application targeted at UAVs.

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. Led by the tiny Pacific island of the Federated States of Micronesia, a growing group of low-lying islands and other vulnerable countries are calling for fast action on the approximately 50% of global warming that is caused by pollutants other than carbon dioxide (CO 2 ).

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.

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). The draft report says that as the global economy’s center of gravity shifts toward Asia, the region could account for about half of global output in 2050, up from the current 27%, as well as half of global trade and investment.

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. The study, led by scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo.,

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. A team of researchers from the US and India has found that airborne black carbon aerosols, or soot, from India is a major contributor to the decline in snow and ice cover on the glaciers in the Himalayan mountains.

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. Temperature increases between 1961-1990 and 2090-2099, averaged over all high-end members. Source: Met Office. Click to enlarge.