Environmental Regulation

Closing India’s Implementation Gap on Pollution Control

Closing India’s Implementation Gap on Pollution Control

August 24, 2015

By Rohini Pande, Robert Rosenbaum, and Kevin Rowe - Fair Observer

In the course of two years, India has claimed from China the dubious distinction as the world’s most polluted country. Whether India deserves this title or not depends on how, when and where one chooses to measure pollution—questions that are often debated in the media. All this attention has increased awareness in India about the costs of air pollution, not least in New Delhi, where the country’s lawmakers breathe (what the BBC calls) the world’s most polluted air.

Dodgy fertiliser is keeping Uganda hungry

Dodgy fertiliser is keeping Uganda hungry

August 5, 2015

By Francisco Toro - The Guardian

For agricultural development practitioners, it’s one of the great unanswered questions: why has farm productivity in Africa lagged so far behind the rest of the developing world? A new study [by David Yanagizawa-Drott and others] suggests part of the reason is that the planting materials available to African farmers are just terrible.

Do Higher Incomes Result in Cleaner Fuel Choices?

Do Higher Incomes Result in Cleaner Fuel Choices?

June 15, 2015

By Doug Gavel - Harvard Kennedy School

On the macro level, developing countries have historically burned so-called “dirty” fuels to grow their economics, but then subsequently spearheaded efforts to burn cleaner fuels – both to help clean up their own air, and to align with international norms for combating global climate change.

Make the polluter pay

Make the polluter pay

April 13, 2015

By Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan and Anant Sudarshan - The Indian Express

London was once known as “the big smoke”. Osaka, Japan, was the “smoke capital.” Los Angeles was the “smog capital of the world”. And most recently, Beijing gained notice as a major pollution capital. While cities are hotbeds for vibrant culture, economic activity and growth, they too often become air pollution capitals during times of rapid development. Delhi, like many of India’s cities, is no different.

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.

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.