Blogs on air pollution

  • Smog covering the modern CCTV building in Beijing, PRC, as seen from the ADB Country Office.

    To meet emissions goal, PRC must scale up on carbon capture

    Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

    Now is the time for the PRC to make carbon capture storage the cornerstone of its policy to deliver on the government’s UNFCCC pledge of peaking emissions by 2030.

  • Urban smog in the People's Republic of China.

    Why we should care about Indonesian haze – for our own health

    Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

    The recent haze caused by forest fires in Indonesia is yet another form of air pollution we increasingly suffer in Asia, where many have come to accept this public health risk as a necessary evil of urban economic growth.

  • Freshly laid tracks on an ADB-financed new railway in Afghanistan.

    Time to scale up sustainable transport in Asia and the Pacific

    Published on Friday, 14 August 2015

    With the overall goal of scaling up sustainable transport by up to 50% of loans and grants by 2017, ADB plans to work more closely with its developing member countries on sustainable transport options that could fit their development master plans.

  • A view of smog, haze in the city’s skyline in People’s Republic of China.

    Pollute first, clean up later: Could we avoid this development model?

    Published on Thursday, 21 February 2013

    Resource depletion and environmental pollution are serious issues in developing Asia. This was well illustrated in January of this year when northern People’s Republic of China (PRC) suffered its worst air pollution on record. The level of pollution moved many to question the old development model of “pollute first, improve later”. 

  • Beijing’s smog-laden skies obscure the Forbidden City in a thick orange haze. Photo credit: iStockphoto.

    The price of breath in Beijing

    Published on Friday, 08 February 2013

    If a frog is placed in a boiling caldron, it will immediately jump out to safety.  If the same frog is placed in water, which is slowly heated to boiling, the frog will tranquilly remain and eventually die from overheating.

    This biological anecdote is frequently utilized as a metaphor for our political state of affairs over global climate change.  As the planet slowly heats and succumbs to gradual change we unwittingly accustomize without sensing the dangers that await us.  The lessons from this phenomenon also encompass the state of our cities and the transport sector.