Beijing air pollution ‘as bad as it can get,’ official says

Beijingers were warned to stay indoors on Thursday as pollution levels across the capital hit the top of the scale, despite repeated assurances by the government that air quality was improving.

“This is as bad as it can get,” a spokeswoman for the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau told AFP.

“Level five is the worst level of air pollution. This is as bad as it has been all year.”

According to the bureau’s website, 15 out of the 16 pollution monitoring stations in urban Beijing registered a “five” for air quality rating.

AFP: Beijing air pollution ‘as bad as it can get,’ official says.

Small-Scale Businesses Forestall a Green India

With one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, India is expected in the coming years to produce ever more of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. But many business owners in small industries either fail to understand the relevance of climate change or are unable to afford the changes necessary to become more energy-efficient. According to a World Bank study, India’s 4.5 million small and medium enterprises, with their obsolete technology, produce 70 percent of India’s industrial pollution.

Small-Scale Businesses Forestall a Green India – washingtonpost.com.

Ho Chi Minh City University to open Urban Faculty

The Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Science and Humanities is about to open an Urban Faculty to meet increasing demand for urban management. Professor Dr Vo Van Sen, a deputy to HCM City People’s Council and Rector of the university, spoke to Thoi bao Kinh te Sai Gon (Sai Gon Economic Times).

Viet Nam News.

New Year’s resolutions for better cities – Pakistan

Ahmad Rafay Alam looks at the how Pakistan can create better cities as the urban areas increase to 50% in the next ten years. The writer looks at a wide range of issues such as water, public transport and urban planning & building regulations.

New Year’s resolutions for better cities – The International News

VietNamNet – Southern hub knocking over its growth targets

Ho Chi Minh City gross domestic product (GDP) in 11 months increased nearly 12 per cent in comparison with the 11.5 per cent gained last year. The report anticipates that the city’s GDP by year’s end will reach 12.6 per cent, a record for the past decade.
Experts have said the city’s economic growth saw equal contributions from its key sectors: services, industry and development investment.

At a session to review the city’s socio-economic situation in 2007, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that economic restructuring remained problematic, skilled and specialised human resources were still far less than demand and administrative reforms had yet to be fully implemented.

“The city’s traffic jams, flooding and social evils are escalating and need to be resolved,” he said.
VietNamNet – Southern hub knocking over its growth targets.

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