Treating electricity as a right is detrimental to expanding access

It is a widespread belief in developing countries that electricity is a right to be enjoyed by all citizens. In practice, this social norm regularly results in customers not paying their electricity bills, stealing electricity, and bribing bill collectors—behaviors the government often tolerates. Consequently, power utilities lose money on every unit of electricity sold, leading … Continue reading Treating electricity as a right is detrimental to expanding access

To meet air quality standards, Delhi needs a 65 % cut in pollution levels

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has released new results from its on-going analysis of air quality trends in Delhi to highlight Delhi’s struggle with air pollution and what it takes to tame and control pollution. After the initiation of comprehensive clean air action plan and graded response action plan,there are early signs of stabilisation … Continue reading To meet air quality standards, Delhi needs a 65 % cut in pollution levels

Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in Northern India

A new research publication entitled Fields on fire: Alternatives to crop residue burning in India has synthesized information on alternatives to crop burning (e.g. happy seeder) and analysed opportunities for adoption. The study included a range of co-authors including The Nature Conservancy, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Borlaug Institute for South … Continue reading Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in Northern India

Policy brief on household air pollution

The Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre (CCAPC) has released a policy brief on household air pollution entitled The Contribution of Household Fuels to Ambient Air Pollution in India- A Comparison of Recent Estimates. (details) An article in The Wire by Dr. Santosh Harish and Dr. Sarath Guttikunda, both involved in creation of the policy brief, … Continue reading Policy brief on household air pollution

New report : Pathways to Achieve NAAQS in India

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have released results from a new analysis which shows that aligning sustainable development policies to the implementation of advanced emission control technologies could provide National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)-compliant air quality to about 85% of the Indian … Continue reading New report : Pathways to Achieve NAAQS in India

Researchers Provide a Roadmap to Clean Up India’s Air

More than 660 million Indians live in areas that exceed the country’s standard for what is considered safe exposure to fine particulate pollution (PM2.5). To help improve India’s air quality, researchers from the University of Chicago and Harvard Kennedy School have laid out five key evidence-based policy recommendations in a new report titled “A Roadmap … Continue reading Researchers Provide a Roadmap to Clean Up India’s Air

Niti Aayog’s Action Plan on Air Pollution

NITI Aayog has released a 15 point action plan to combat air pollution in Indian cities entitled Breathe India: An Action Plan for Combating Air Pollution. Measures discussed in the plan include introduction of low sulphur fuel, promoting the use of electric vehicles, cleaner construction, waste and dust management and behavioural change, among a longer … Continue reading Niti Aayog’s Action Plan on Air Pollution

Guidebook on urban air quality

New open-access resource on urban air quality The Guidebook presents the results of the AIRUSE LIFE Project (LIFE11 ENV/ES/584) offering a state-of-the-art compilation of measures to improve air quality in cities (www.airuse.eu). The primary goal is to assess Southern European environments, although many of the suggested measures can be applied to other regions. The Guidebook, … Continue reading Guidebook on urban air quality