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

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

APnA City Program for India

Launched in December 2017, the APnA city program is designed to provide a starting point for understanding air pollution in Indian cities. The program currently includes reports on emissions and dispersion modeling results for 50 one-million plus cities in the census. The main focus is on non-Delhi cities, putting together stories for cities with limited information, and … Continue reading APnA City Program for 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

New report on global air pollution

The Health Effects Institute has released the latest version of the State of Global Air Report with data on air pollution for 195 countries around the world. Results indicate that South Asian countries- India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal- are experiencing significant health impacts due to exposure to air pollution. In 2017, more than 1.5 million … Continue reading New report on global air pollution

Report on the air pollution-related health impacts of transportation emissions

A team of researchers from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the University of Colorado, Boulder have published a report on the impacts of transportation sector emissions on ambient PM2.5 and ozone and associated health impacts in 2010 and 2015. Access the full report … Continue reading Report on the air pollution-related health impacts of transportation emissions

New report on energy access in India

CEEW India has released a new report entitled Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity. The Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity – Survey of States (ACCESS) is India’s largest multidimensional survey on energy access. The largest panel-data on energy access in India, the survey is conducted across six of the major energy-access-deprived states in the country … Continue reading New report on energy access in India

New report on Household Air Pollution and Noncommunicable Disease

HEI has published a new report on Household Air Pollution and Noncommunicable Disease, which provides a critical assessment of the state of the science examining the linkages between household air pollution formed by the burning of solid fuels and noncommunicable diseases. The report updates previous systematic reviews with the most recent studies and answers fundamental questions … Continue reading New report on Household Air Pollution and Noncommunicable Disease

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