CAI-Asia has been compiling air quality information for many years. In 2003, we started with only about 20 cities, now we have over 200 cities in our database.
CAI-Asia has just released AQ in Asia - Status and Trends, 2010 edition.
Let us know what you think.
Do you think the analysis is enough?
What kind of air quality information are you interested in?
Great efforts by the CAI-Asia team, it positions CAI-Asia Center very strongly as the knowledge manager on Air Quality in Asia.
I would suggest that you do a formal press release for the launch of report. There must be various lists of media contacts that can be used to launch this.
What I would like to see more/different:
1) I find the charts with colored dots hard to read - very difficult to judge the shading against the bar on the side;
2) More country specific analysis;
3) More trends.
But great job!
thanks for suggestions. we will consider your comments on analysis for next round. Also discussing press release with Mike
expect that the next ones will be better. If we get more data, we might release another edition in time for BAQ.
I hope you can collaborate soon your future activities with the newly-formed Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ) which has nearly 40 environmental journalists as of April 2010.
About our group, it was created to build a stronger, better-educated, and more closely connected network of environmental reporters and editors;
to stimulate more and better coverage of a range of critical environmental issue, as well as links to media sources;
to foster the creation of important new information resources and training opportunities;
and to increase knowledge on environment and environmental journalism amongst reporters and editors
We are very much interested in the CAI-Asia team's activities esp the BAQ.
Imelda V. Abano
Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ)
Great to hear that you have started this group of Environmental Journalist. Perhaps you could be a medium too in educating our so-called politicians with self-declared title of 'environmentalist" but do not actually understand the word. Reporting about the environment is not like reporting a celebrity... it requires a good technical understanding of the report and the schematics of the cause and effect of environmental degradation.. coupled to this is a good grasp also of the political side of the environmental issues and the lack of political will of our government to provide a long term solution to our environmental problems.
we will send you a press release on this report. appreciate it if you can disseminate to your network.
we would be happy to answer your questions on the report as well as on other questions relating to clean air issues.
Our Country Network Coordinator in Pakistan, Mr. Mohammad Aqib recently informed us that the draft ambient air quality standards for Pakistan
"were approved by Pakistan Environmental Protection Council (PEPC) in 11th PEPC meeting held on 29th March, 2010. But these standards have yet to be notified. Notification may take place within one or two months. These are the approved standards and we may refer to these. Legally, after notification, these standards will be applicable for all to comply."