Can India sweep up its soot challenge?

An increasing amount of research linking black carbon to global warming could bolster US efforts to make control of the pollutant part of the climate agenda. But with considerable scientific uncertainty persisting over the warming effects of soot, public health not climate change remains the main reason to clean up Asia’s dirty air. Click here to go to story.

Dengue under control

Although the monsoon rains have come late this year, the dengue outbreak in Lahore appears to have been controlled. Around this time last year, the city was gripped by fear with people largely staying indoors in the evening and each home reeking of the fumes of mosquito repellents. Dengue, which is usually not fatal unless you are bitten twice in the same season, is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, a day-biting insect that feeds on human blood.

The outbreak of dengue seems to have a link with climate change. http://dawn.com/2012/09/30/earthly-matters-dengue-under-control/

Air pollution still a major bugbear

Plans to improve Kathmandu’s deteriorating air quality by introducing new monitoring initiatives are unlikely to bear fruit, thanks to the government laxity in assessing the level of pollution in the air that is taking an increasing toll on public health every year. http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2012/09/10/development/air-pollution-still-a-major-bugbear/239468.html