Bhargav Krishna

Fellow and Coordinator, Environmental Governance and Policy

Dr Bhargav Krishna is a Fellow and Coordinator of the Environmental Governance and Policy vertical at the Sustainable Futures Collaborative. His research interests span areas of health policy, environmental policy, and environmental epidemiology, with a focus on the impact of air quality and climate change on health. Previously, Bhargav was a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, and earlier set up and managed the Centre for Environmental Health at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), where he led work on air quality, climate, and health. In this capacity, he served on Union and State government expert committees on air pollution, biomedical waste, and critically polluted areas. He has also carried out work on health systems and sustainable development across several states. Bhargav holds a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Change from King's College London and an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the PHFI.

Publications

Journal articles

Environmental Governance and Policy

Ambient air pollution and daily mortality in ten cities of India: a causal modelling study

Jeroen de Bont, Bhargav Krishna et al.

4 July 2024

Even levels of air pollution below current Indian air quality standards lead to increased daily mortality rates in India. It finds that across 10 cities in the country (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Shimla and Varanasi), ~33,000 deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution levels that are above the WHO guidelines. Significant number of deaths were observed even in cities not considered to have high air pollution, such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai.

Reports

Environmental Governance and Policy

Sustainable Solutions to Crop Residue Burning and Air Pollution Cycle in India and Pakistan

Bhargav Krishna, Babar Shahbaz and Annanya Mahajan

22 April 2024

The chapter in the report 'The Air We Share: Towards Reduced Transboundary Air Pollution across India and Pakistan' looks at crop residue burning in India and Pakistan, presenting several sustainable solutions - shifting focus away from paddy and wheat towards other crops, coordinating across multiple stakeholders, etc.

SFC Perspectives

Adaptation and Resilience

Climate Policy

Energy Transitions

Environmental Governance and Policy

SFC Perspectives on Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Policy, Energy Transitions, and Environmental Governance and Policy

SFC

19 March 2024

SFC Perspectives are intended to stimulate discussion by providing an overview of key issues and avenues for action to inform India's sustainable development trajectory.

SFC Perspectives

Environmental Governance and Policy

Perspectives on Environmental Governance and Policy: Systemic transformations to limit the health burden of air pollution

Bhargav Krishna, Shibani Ghosh, Arunesh Karkun and Annanya Mahajan

18 March 2024

We, at SFC, view reducing air pollution not only as a technical challenge, but also as a structural one that requires re-thinking our approach and the institutions that are tasked with addressing it.

Journal articles

Adaptation and Resilience

Environmental Governance and Policy

Impact of heatwaves on all-cause mortality in India: A comprehensive multi-city study

Jeroen de Bont, Amruta Nori-Sarma et al.

22 February 2024

The authors found strong evidence of heatwave impacts on daily mortality. Longer and more intense heatwaves were linked to an increased mortality risk, however, resulted in a lower burden of heatwave-related deaths.

Journal articles

Environmental Governance and Policy

What Is Polluting Delhi’s Air? A Review from 1990 to 2022

Sarath K Guttikunda, Sai Krishna Dammalapati et al.

26 February 2023

The paper reviews the influence of Delhi’s urban growth since 1990 on pollution levels and sources and the evolution of technical, institutional, and legal measures to control emissions in the National Capital Region of Delhi.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Anti-smog guns, sprinklers, dust suppressants: How effective are these quick-fixes to air pollution?

Abinaya Sekar and Bhargav Krishna

10 January 2023

With high water usage, questionable water quality and health risks, these methods have, at best, limited effects.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Health as the focus of air pollution policy

Bhargav Krishna and Sagnik Dey

16 November 2022

Health must be turned into a feature and eventually a function of air pollution policy

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

The weakest link in the air pollution fight

Shibani Ghosh and Bhargav Krishna

2 November 2022

As key environmental indicators worsen across India, it is clear that State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution Control Committees are falling short in meeting their statutory mandate

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