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Author(s): Mario
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2001
The Chilean government has banned the use of asbestos in the construction and transportation sectors. This has been done in view of the adverse effects of asbestos on health. "Production, importation, distribution and sale of construction materials containing any type of asbestos is illegal," stated officials of the country's health ministry. However, asbestos can be used for other applications. In 2000, the country's housing and urban development ministry had stopped using asbestos products in its housing projects.

Deadline to stay

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2001
the Supreme Court on January 31, 2001 said that it would not extend the March 31, 2001 deadline for the conversion of all commercial vehicles in Delhi into single fuel compressed natural gas (cng) mode.


Issue Date: Jan 31, 2001
The Chilean government has objected to the passage of a ship carrying French-processed nuclear waste to Japan through Cape Horn. The vessel 'Pacific Swan' -- owned by a unit of British Nuclear Fuels -- is loaded with 76.8 tonnes of vitrified spent fuel, a highly radioactive product. The ship is expected to arrive in Chile in the middle of January.

Car-free smog-free!

Author(s): Pamela Wentick
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2000
september 22 was declared "European car-free day". Over 800 cities decided to take part. The truly pan-European event was aimed at emphasising the importance of improving air quality, highlighting the adverse effects of unlimited car use in city centres and the importance of cycling and other forms of transportation. While reports from some cities said the call was not very effective, some cities registered better air quality on the day.

A breath of fresh air

Pollutant levels in the ambient air for 1998 were within the World Health Organisation and US Environmental Protection Agency permissible limits

Overcoming auto dependence: the Singapore way

Overcoming auto dependence: the Singapore way TRAFFIC CALMING FAVORING ALTERNATE MODES

Price to pay

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
Before buying a car in Singapore, it is mandatory to first buy a right to own a car. The "Certificate of Entitlement" system introduced in 1994 requires would-be car owners to bid for the right to buy a vehicle. The prospective owner will first have to buy the certificate. The price varies, but in early 1994 it was as high as US. This is paid over and above the price of the car.

Seamless transport

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
There is now a growing recognition that cities can become sustainable only if auto dependence can be reduced. Says Newman, "Rapidly developing cities that have not put in place any physical or economic restraints on traffic, have not built high quality transit system, and have not protected their traditional forms of non-motorised mobility from the onslaught of motorised traffic, now have huge traffic problems as well as associated environmental and social problems."

Weather unwise

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
Global warming is all set to play havoc with the world’s transport systems. In the coming years, it will lead to traffic jams and delay train services, says Anthony Astbury, a scientist at Britain’s meteorological office.

Mass movement

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
Mass movement The number of mass rapid transit (MRT) stations in Singapore has done away with the need to own a vehicle PARTICULARS
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