EPoD News

India's air pollution is so bad it's reducing life expectancy by 3.2 years

India's air pollution is so bad it's reducing life expectancy by 3.2 years

February 24, 2015

By Brad Plumer - Vox

"The loss of more than two billion life years is a substantial price to pay for air pollution," Rohini Pande, director of Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design and a co-author of the study, said in a statement. "It is in India’s power to change this in cost effective ways that allow hundreds of millions of its citizens to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives."

Support for seven from president’s climate fund

Support for seven from president’s climate fund

February 11, 2015

By Colin Durrant - The Harvard Gazette

A collaborative research project in three Indian states led by Professor Rohini Pande and colleagues at the University of Chicago and Yale University is laying the foundation for improved monitoring and the possibility of tradable markets for particulate matter emissions from the industrial sector, which can have key climate co-benefits.

Measuring the Value of Robots in the Operating Room

Measuring the Value of Robots in the Operating Room

February 2, 2015

By Doug Gavel - Harvard Kennedy School

Rapidly evolving medical technologies are providing effective, if not very expensive, new treatment options for Americans suffering from a variety of health ailments. Robot assisted surgeries are becoming more commonplace for a number of procedures, but administrators remain unclear as to whether or not the health care benefits are worth the costs.

Gujarat’s Pollution Control authority adopts environmental audit reforms after impact study shows they reduce pollution

January 28, 2015

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Gujarat’s Pollution Control authority approved the reforms after collaborating with leading academics on a pilot experiment that showed more accurate audit reports and lower pollution emissions. 

Propaganda and conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan genocide

Propaganda and conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan genocide

December 3, 2014

HKS Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

A 2014 paper [by David Yanagizawa-Drott] published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, “Propaganda and Conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan Genocide,” looks at the impact of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM), a key media outlet for the Hutu-led government, on violence and killings of the Tutsi minority.