Spotlight: Dr. Nipun Batra

Dr. Nipun Batra is an Assistant Professor at IIT-Gandinagar. He has a PhD. from IIIT Delhi and completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Virginia. His group broadly works on machine learning/artificial intelligence/sensors/IoT for computational sustainability problems like smart buildings and air quality. We recently spoke with Dr. Batra about his work. Can you … Continue reading Spotlight: Dr. Nipun Batra

Early Career Perspective: Abhiir Bhalla

Abhiir is a youth environmentalist and sustainability consultant. Currently a second year student at Ashoka University, he is pursuing a degree in Political Science and International Relations and is currently working as the Director - Operations and Community Engagement at Care for Air, a non-profit working on air pollution. He has over 7 years of … Continue reading Early Career Perspective: Abhiir Bhalla

Spotlight: Dr. Arindam Roy

Dr. Arindam Roy has worked on air pollution and climate change for more than seven years. He has worked on a range of projects and has collaborated with International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), GIZ, IUCN etc. Currently, he is working at EPFL as a as scientist in Laboratory of atmospheric processes and their impacts (LAPI) group. … Continue reading Spotlight: Dr. Arindam Roy

Why are Pollution Control Boards missing the mark?

What are the institutional and informational barriers in the way of India meeting the National Ambient Ait Quality Standards (NAAQS)? To address this all important question, the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) conducted a review of the literature and also spoke with members of the Central Pollution Control … Continue reading Why are Pollution Control Boards missing the mark?

Satellite-Derived PM2.5 Data Across India

Dr. Sagnik Dey and Dr. Dilip Ganguly at IIT-Delhi have been working on the a new project entitled- Satellite-Based Application For Air Quality Monitoring and Management at National Scale (SAANS). The project is supported by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Can you tell us … Continue reading Satellite-Derived PM2.5 Data Across India

CPCB assessment on impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on air quality

On September 23, the 46th Foundation day of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), a report on the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on ambient (outdoor) air quality was released. The report notes that under the lockdown, all transport services (road, air and rail) and activities under sectors including industrial establishments, construction , commercial and hospitality services, … Continue reading CPCB assessment on impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on air quality

Clean Air Reports for Cities in Bihar

Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) and Centre for Environment, Energy and Climate Change at the Asian Development Research Institute (CEECC, ADRI) have released two reports on Comprehensive Clean Air Action Plans for Gaya and Muzaffarpur . Gaya and Muzaffarpur are among the non-attainment cities identified by the Central Pollution Control Board. … Continue reading Clean Air Reports for Cities in Bihar

New report on crop residue management

Between 2019 and 2020, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) ran a project on crop residue management under its Cleaner Air Better Life initiative. The programme ran in 102 villages across six districts in Punjab and Haryana; the programme's objective was to scale cost-effective and actionable solutions with farming communities. Last week, a report on learning … Continue reading New report on crop residue management