Friday, December 31, 2010

Taming Traffic Congestion Problems in Beijing

See the news video from CNN on the traffic woes in Beijing, China.

Besides controlling the number licenses to 240,000 in the coming years, there are also plans to introduce a congestion fees for certain sections of the city.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Are we Adapting to Climate Change?

In press at Global Environment Change, an overview of the work along with the article published under the name title can be found here:

Are we adapting to Climate Change? from James Ford on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Peter Head on Urban Design (by Urban Vision)

Other parts in the series are here.

New Traffic Rules during the CWG 2010 in Delhi

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Air Pollution - A Concern for CWG Games

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TED Talks: Energy Innovation to Zero CO2 by Bill Gates

Net CO2 = People * Services per person * Energy per service * CO2 per energy unit

TED Talks: Debate on Nuclear Energy

An interesting debate between Prof. Mark Jacobson from Stanford University and Innovator Stewart Brand @ TED Talks

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where Can We Walk (Pune, India)

The film was conceptualised and shot by Susan Michet, an American student intern during her time in Pune in May 2009. The Alliance for Global Education funded Susan's stay and work in Pune, Janwani provided the office space and infrastructure, while Parisar provided the inputs regarding the content of the film. We also acknowledge Hema Gadgil's contribution of her voice-over to the film.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Black Lungs: Hidden Cost of Coal Mining in China

It is well established that the coal mining ravages the land and leads to immense ecological damage, estimated by some to coast china ~7% of GDP. There is yet another hidden toll: the health hazards suffered by millions of coal miners. At least a quarter million have died in the last six decades as result of mining. Here is a trailer and see the full video @ Asia Society.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Trees on Tap (Water Channel)

Every year we spend billions of dollars on pumping and purifying water for the world's ever-expanding cities. But why bother building a desalination plant, when a forest will do the same job for a fraction of the price? Nature Inc goes to New York, Ecuador and Jordan to see how the authorities are waking up to the potential: how they are protecting ecosystems, saving a fortune and safeguarding two of our most precious assets: water and biodiversity.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cities on Speed (Cairo, Mumbai, Bogota, and Shanghai)

Four excellent documentaries from cities on speed - (1) Shanghai Space (2) Mumbai Disconnected (3) Cairo Garbage and (4) Bogota Change.

It's not the destination, it's the voyage !!

A short film by Merci Christine. Follow some comments on the World Streets.

Think! Slow Down

How long does it take to stop with an extra 5 miles per hour speed on an urban road?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Environmental Programs in Ghana

Moving Toward Sustainability: best practice situations and useful lessons from the experiences of Ghana. Topics include measures introduced with the aim of reducing vehicular emissions by 20-30%.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Longing for Clean Air and Blue Skies in China

Clean the Air (Hong Kong)

A promotional video from the Government of Hong Kong to raise awareness on air pollution in the city and what the public can do.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Origami in the Pursuit of Perfection !!

The world wide corporate movie which tells the story of the Japanese sports brand ASICS has won numerous awards.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Clean Air Campaign in Hong Kong

Air Pollution in Hong Kong

Focus on Film... clips of public interviews on air pollution in Hong Kong

Why China, Why Climate?

As the world scrambles to deal with man's most daunting challenge of the current time, there are two countries in this game that are critically important, China and the United States. Asia Society Center on US-China Relations has been striving to provide reports on how China and U.S. can and should collaborate to confront this common challenge of our time.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Air Pollution in Ulaanbaatar

Air pollution in Ulaanbaatar is a critical issue - one for the geographical reasons and secondly the amount of coal used in the city for cooking and heating purposes. This is especially worse in the winter month. See the full report.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nano Particiles from Vehicles are More Harmful

UCLA Scientists find that air pollution is even worse than previously thought and this video explains, new research linking the ultrafine (Nano) particles from vehicle emissions that can cause heart disease and other problems.

Climate Change is a Global Challenge

This is an award winning animation on climate change from "Citizens for Global Solutions".

Oh la la, Something in the Air (Animation)

"Fresh Air" Music Video

Air Pollution - Photo Journalism

A series of photos and stats on the impacts of air pollution around the world.

Air Pollution in Chongqing, China

Chongqing is one of the populated, industrialized, and polluted cities in China. Situated in the the middle of the Acid-Rain domain of the "Two-Control-Zones" for sulfur pollution control, Chongqing burns coal for all purposes and received a lot of attention last decade.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Green Technology Revolution

New toys in town - Pico Watt - a remote control for a smart meter; a solar charger for many appliances; and a manual cell phone charger.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Biomass Stoves for Indian Businesses (TIDE, India)

Ms. Svati Bhogle, Managing Director, Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), Bangalore, India, is a TEDIndia Fellow. TIDE helps ~eight million small businesses in South India by providing improved woodstoves and kilns that burn biomass more efficiently and save at least 30 percent of fuel, and as a results provide for a better, healthier and safer environment to work.

Ethanol Stoves for Refugees in Ethiopia

The cookstoves burning bioethanol made from waste products was introduced by the Gaia Association and extensively used in refugee camps. Gaia Association won an Ashden Award in 2008.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Kamal Meattle on "How to Grow Fresh Air" (TED Talks)

Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

Amory Lovins on "Winning the Oil Endgame" (TED Talks)

In this energizing talk, Amory Lovins lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hope in a Changing Climate (Water Channel)

This film documents the uplifting story of how ecosystem restoration helps stabilize climate, reduce poverty, and support sustainable agriculture. The film is shot in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Anthony Kiedis Rapping about "Ocean Pollution"

Anthony Kiedis from "Red Hot Chilli Peppers" rapping about Ocean Pollution in a TV series in the 90's.