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

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

New study on adoption and use of LPG in India

Clean cooking energy transitions are extremely challenging to achieve, but they offer enormous potential health, environmental, and societal benefits. A study by researchers from IIASA, the University of British Columbia, and the Stockholm Environment Institute provides new insights about an Indian program that aims to solve one of the most difficult developmental challenges of the … Continue reading New study on adoption and use of LPG in India

Study to measure pollution exposure of TB patients in India launched!

Dr. Scott Weichenthal at McGill University (Canada) is starting a new project with Dr. Madhukar Pai and Indian partners to measure personal air pollution exposures among TB patients in India. Given their disease status, the patients are likely to be more susceptible to air pollution health effects compared with the general population. At this time, … Continue reading Study to measure pollution exposure of TB patients in India launched!

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

What explains adoption of clean cooking fuel in India?

A new research study from ILK Consultancy (India), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and University of Washington (USA), and University of British Columbia (Canada) examined the relationship between LPG adoption/disadoption and household factors in India. The major conclusion from the study is that change in assets and women’s empowerment can explain some of the dynamics of … Continue reading What explains adoption of clean cooking fuel in India?

Newsletter_June/July 2017

Great news! You can now search for media stories at Air Quality in India's media database. Click here for details, and spread the word! Do you have any tips for finding regional media stories on air pollution? Share them with me, so I can expand the database. 🙂 The literature database is also slowly moving to the same … Continue reading Newsletter_June/July 2017