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Emerging role of bike (motorcycle) taxis in urban mobility

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Mineral auctions in India: Winner's curse or owner's pride?

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Food safety during Coronavirus: How to clean fruits and vegetables at home

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Publications

Why Green Ratings for Buildings Matter?

Article
| February 18, 2020

An exponential increase in the population over the past decade has led to the emergence of rapid urbanization as a key global trend of prominence and concern. It is expected that more than 40% of the Indian population will be dwelling in urban cities by 2030, and the total urban population of India is anticipated to hit the three quarters of a billion mark by 2050.

A family in Varanasi is turning garbage to gold

Article
| February 11, 2020

In an era where only a few want to treat waste in their backyard, Kuldeep Choudhary’s family developed it into an amusing custom at Varanasi. The waste generated in the kitchen of their house like fruit and vegetable peels, leftover food, tea leaves, garden trimmings, etc. doesn’t add load to their waste bin anymore. They simply manage their wet waste at home by recovering nutrients and creating black gold called manure.

Meeting the challenges of human-wildlife conflict reconciliation in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Policy brief
| February 6, 2020

Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) leads to the bearing of direct as well as indirect economic costs of conflict by the communities. Such losses can seriously dent the incomes of concerned community members and result in increased antagonism towards conservation in general.

Crop residue management: Solution to achieve better air quality

Policy brief
| January 30, 2020

Residents of different cities (probably villages too) of India breathe some of the least healthy air of the globe. During 2017, about 76.8% of the population of India were exposed to annual population-weighted mean PM2·5 greater than the limit recommended by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQ: 40 mg/m3) (Balakrishnan, Dey, Gupta, et al. 2019). Over last five years, the annual population-weighted mean ambient PM2·5 concentrations were significantly higher over the Indo- Gangetic Plain (IGP) region in comparison to other parts of the country.

Accelerating the uptake of energy-efficient air conditioners in India

Policy brief
| January 30, 2020

The energy demand for HVAC in India has been increasing continuously over the past years and is projected to grow even more as per ICAP. This policy brief assesses the issues associated with relatively low share of 5-star ACs in the total annual production and gives a detailed outline of various options to increase the market share for the energy-efficient 5-star room ACs in India. The comparative analysis of the options discussed in the policy brief is done by taking into account the factors such as cost, efficiency, political acceptability, net benefit and extent of uncertainty.

समुद्र में फैले प्लास्टिक प्रदूषण के खिलाफ एक पहल ''Rethink Plastic''

Article
| January 27, 2020

भारतीय कृषि अनुसंधान परिषद-केंद्रीय मत्स्य शिक्षा संस्थान (सीआईएफई), वर्सोवा के एक अध्ययन के अनुसार मुंबई के मछुवारे जब मछली पकड़ते हैं तो 17 किलोग्राम मछली के साथ 1 किलोग्राम प्लास्टिक भी साथ में आता है। ये वो प्लास्टिक है जो नदी, नालों और लोगों की लापरवाही की वजह से समुद्र में पहुँच रहा है।