The role of regulatory innovation in reversing India’s environmental degradation
In the Yale Environmental Performance Index, India ranked last out of 180 countries. Anant Sudarshan examines the broader economic and developmental costs of environmental degradation. Based on the li...
- Anant Sudarshan
- 17 June, 2022
Economic dynamics of natural disasters: Evidence from the Kerala floods
To understand the economic impact of natural disasters, this article uses the 2018 floods in Kerala – a time when it received higher rainfall than the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu...
- Robert C M Beyer Gogol Mitra Thakur Abhinav Narayanan
- 13 February, 2023
Reducing information barriers to solar adoption: Experimental evidence from India
A large number of people lack access to reliable and high-quality electricity supply. Off-grid solar technologies can fill this gap, but adoption remains low. This article looks at the role of informa...
- Meera Mahadevan Robyn Meeks Takashi Yamano
- 13 July, 2022
Covid-19, population, and pollution: A roadmap for the future
The impact of the ongoing Covid pandemic is turning out to be multidimensional, and among the long-run considerations that it has brought to the fore are population and pollution. In the run up to Wor...
- Shweta Gupta Rishabh Mahendra
- 03 June, 2020
Covid-19: Green stimulus to revive a comatose economy
The economic impacts of Covid-19 in India are likely to be quite steep. Singh and Mohan contend that any stimulus package to restart the economy has to be ‘green’; it must encourage an economic pa...
- Aniruddh Mohan Madalsa Singh
- 06 May, 2020
Impacts of water loss on low-income farmers in Karnataka
Worsening environmental conditions threaten to undermine progress in reducing rural poverty. This article studies the effects of increasing water scarcity in India. It finds that drying up of wells re...
- David Blakeslee Ram Fishman Veena Srinivasan
- 20 March, 2020
Delhi’s air: Parikshit Ghosh speaks with Mohan P George
Edited excerpts from an in-depth interview with Dr. Mohan P George (Senior Scientist, Delhi Pollution Control Committee), conducted by Parikshit Ghosh (Member of the I4I Editorial Board; Associate Pro...
- Parikshit Ghosh Mohan P. George
- 11 March, 2020
The child health impacts of coal: Evidence from India’s coal expansion
In recent years, electricity generation from coal has rapidly increased in India. This article explores the consequences of India’s large and ongoing coal plant expansion on child health and human c...
- Sangita Vyas
- 28 February, 2020
IGC Panel Discussion: Pollution, climate change, and growth in India
In September 2019, the International Growth Centre (IGC) organised a panel discussion in New Delhi to bring together experts to deliberate on issues related to pollution, climate change, and growth in...
- Manish Kumar Prasad
- 24 February, 2020
Climate migration frightens... climate poverty is frightening!
There has been much discourse on how long-term climate change will affect human mobility in the 21st century. This article estimates the long-term welfare and mobility responses to climate change. Dep...
- Michał Burzyński Jaime de Melo Christoph Deuster Frédéric Docquier
- 14 February, 2020
IGC Panel Discussion: Should electricity be a right?
In September 2019, the International Growth Centre (IGC) hosted a panel discussion in New Delhi to bring together experts to discuss whether a basic minimum quantity of electricity should be available...
- Shivani Chowdhry Rishabh Mahendra
- 10 February, 2020
Is adaptation to climate damages a blessing or curse for developing nations?
Pathways reflecting current climate action commitments by different nations mean a global warming level much higher than the level at which the world will be faced with manageable climate damages. Fur...
- Ingmar Schumacher
- 22 January, 2020
Usharmukti project: A confluence of institutions for rejuvenating rivers
Usharmukti, a project of the Government of West Bengal, is being carried out in collaboration with civil society organisations in the western part of the state, to carry out watershed activities under...
- Ashwini Kulkarni
- 20 January, 2020
- Notes from the Field
Early-life exposure to air pollution: Effect on child health in India
More than half of Indian population gets exposed to PM2·5 greater than the annual limit recommended by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This article examines the effect of outdoor air poll...
- Kunal Bali Sourangsu Chowdhury Sagnik Dey Prachi Singh
- 02 January, 2020
How much do households contribute to ambient air pollution in India?
Burning solid fuels like firewood in homes for cooking, heating, and other energy services is the single largest source of air pollution exposure in India. In this post, Chowdhury, Chafe, Pillarisetti...
- Zoë Chafe Sourangsu Chowdhury Sagnik Dey Sarath Guttikunda Jos Lelieveld Ajay Pillarisetti
- 19 August, 2019
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Happy Seeder: A solution to agricultural fires in north India
It is believed that much of the pollution in Delhi in November every year originates in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana where farmers burn their fields to dispose of crop residue. This ...
- Ridhima Gupta E. Somanathan
- 12 November, 2016
Has environmental regulation been successful in India?
India has an impressive number of environmental regulations – but have they been a success? This column presents evidence that while initiatives such as catalytic converters for cars have reduced ai...
- Michael Greenstone Rema Hanna
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Learnings from emissions trade in India
India, and many developing nations in other parts of the world take solace in the U-shaped Kuznets curve: a belief in this inverse relationship between income and environmental quality results in not ...
- Michael Greenstone Anant Sudarshan
- 20 September, 2022