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The simple economics of clean air

One of the main reasons why north-western India chokes on smog every November is the burning of residue from the rice crop by farmers. In this article, Somanathan and Gupta contend that public auctio...

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Understanding India’s energy and emissions future

India is an important player in global climate change mitigation, and it is crucial to understand its energy and emissions future. Projections for India’s 2030 CO2 emissions from energy range from 9...

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Temperature and human capital in India

A large proportion of the population in India has agrarian livelihoods that remain climate-exposed. The number of hot days per year in the country are expected to double by the end of this century. T...

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In pursuit of low-carbon electricity

The policy debate on low-carbon energy often tends to focus solely on setting targets. This column argues that the State’s capacity to meet targets and the strategies followed to build the required ...

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Did the metro help reduce air pollution in Delhi?

The Delhi metro has been operational for over a decade now. Has it helped reduce the high levels of air pollution? This column presents initial findings from research that suggests that the metro has...

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Information and Fuel Choices in Unequal Rural Households

The project studies the factors that affect household’s choice of fuels and associated devices. It attempts to determine how these choices are made when additional information about the costs and be...

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The unsustainability of fossil fuel use in India

India’s dependence on fossil fuel is widely regarded as unsustainable. This column highlights that this unsustainability is not just environmental in character, but is emerging as a macroeconomic o...

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Low-carbon development in Indian agriculture: A missed opportunity?

The agricultural sector is the largest contributor of Greenhouse Gases in India. Yet, it has not received due importance in India’s climate change mitigation strategy. This column says that India m...

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India's energy consumption: The next 20 years

The environment is a concern the world over – and India is no exception. This column plots India’s energy consumption through to 2032, asking where the challenges lie and where policy reform might...

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US-China relations: Role reversal will slow climate change

This column proposes a new approach to climate change that involves China, and eventually other developing countries, offering inducements to the West to take steps to foster a private-sector led gree...

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Eliminating Delhi's November smog

Around this time every year, the air in Delhi becomes almost unbearable. As politicians and the press point fingers, this column offers up a happy solution.

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The Clean Development Mechanism in India – is it working?

The Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol allows developing countries to profit from climate friendly projects, and India is second only to China in using the mechanism to help reduce its ...

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Climate Volatility Change and Precautionary Behaviour

Climate change has generated much attention. Upward trends in average temperature are well documented facts. Relatively less studies have been undertaken on the impact of the increase in climate volat...

  • IGC Research on India

Rapid Response on institutional reform of minor irrigation department in conjunction with CEEW

The project was carried out on the request of Principal Secretary, Minor Water Resource Department (MWRD), Government of Bihar on how to reform the MWRD. The study used different parmeters to assess t...

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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 a...

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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 ...

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Ganga pollution cases: Impact on infant mortality

In response to a writ petition against pollution of the river Ganga due to industrial waste, the Supreme Court of India in 1987 mandated the tanneries in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh to either clean up or sh...

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Has environmental regulation been successful in India?

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