What goes around comes around: Why India urgently needs a resource efficiency policy

August 28, 2019

India is second only to China in material consumption. However, compared to the rest of the world, its recycling rates are low and resource extraction very high. With a growing economy, India's resource use would reach unsustainable levels with high import dependence, material extraction, and waste generation. An integrated resource efficiency policy can help address these issues.

Parched India needs to produce water neutral thermal electricity

July 19, 2019

With a total installed capacity of 226 GW, thermal power plants in India produce about two thirds of the electricity. These plants consume about 14 to 16 million cubic metres of water per day. India's per capita water availability is less than 1700 m3, making the country already water stressed. An increase in water consumption for electricity generation limits water availability for other consumers in agriculture and domestic sectors.

10 things the Budget can do to clean the air

July 4, 2019

The Union Budget 2019 is expected to take forward its commitment of cleaning the air in Indian cities as spelt in the Interim Budget. The air issue of air quality management requires a multi-pronged approach through both short term and long term measures. While an effective plan requires a city specific action approach based on its source apportionment, here is a general summary of key things that should receive focus in this Budget.

Know the sources of air pollution in India, and what we can do

June 19, 2019

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State of air in Delhi NCR – pollution and solution

June 13, 2019

TERI and Automotive Research Association of India have conducted an exhaustive scientific study of source apportionment of PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations in Delhi NCR to derive sectoral contributions. The modelling was based on comprehensive air quality monitoring which was carried out at twenty representative locations for 10 days at each location for two seasons (in 2016-17) in Delhi and NCR. Both PM10 and PM2.5 average concentrations were found to be more than the prescribed National Ambient Air Quality Standards by CPCB [Central Pollution Control Board].

Air pollution: sources, future & solutions

February 1, 2019

TERI and ARAI's study report of the source apportionment of PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations in Delhi NCR takes a detailed look at the sources of pollution, their sub-sectoral break up. It also projects the future sectoral emissions and air quality, and tests several interventions that can reduce pollution in the region. This will enable development and testing of appropriate strategies for control of air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

Child health status and climate related agricultural variability: case study India

January 16, 2019

The poster was presented at 50th Annual National Conference of Nutrition Society of India (NSI), ICMR- National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, India.

What are the key factors affecting children's health in India?

January 15, 2019

The poster was presented at Global Environmental Health Day 2017 Global Community Empowerment Through Community- Engaged Research Friday; September 15, 2017; NIEHS Building 101; Research Triangle Park; North Carolina, USA.

5 reasons and solutions for air pollution in India

December 28, 2018

Air pollution emissions arise from many sectors, including power, transport, industry, residential, construction, and agriculture. The resulting air pollution affects health, food production, water, and regional climate. Furthermore, since air pollution from one location travels within days to areas as far away as 1,000 km, coordination across cities and states is required, in addition to multi-sectoral coordination.

How climate change impacts health

November 28, 2018

Many populations in India currently suffer from high burden of vector borne diseases, heat stress-related diseases, and malnutrition. These health problems are all sensitive to seasonal variations in temperatures and precipitation patterns. These short-term variations in temperature and precipitation as well as extreme storms have been observed to be increasing in intensity due to global climate change and thus are a challenge. The major Indian states affected by these climate- sensitive conditions (i.e.