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Air pollution linked to 7% of deaths in Indian cities, BBC News

8 July 2024

“A daily exposure of 15ug/m3 PM2.5 is considered acceptable by the WHO. On a good day in Delhi, we see maybe 5 times that.” Bhargav Krishna was on BBC World to talk about a new study in The Lancet co-authored with Jeroen de Bont, Poornima Prabhakaran, Petter Ljungman, Joel Schwartz and others.

No One Knows Exactly How Many People Are Dying From Extreme Heat

Bloomberg | 8 July 2024

ndia has a fairly high threshold for what can be classified as a heat-related death, Bhargav Krishna in Bloomberg. Impacted families may be “eligible for certain compensation” which can result in physicians being “more conservative in declaring a heat death,” he added

Climate-proofing cities: Will Mumbai pilot offer lessons? (Hindustan Times)

7 July 2024

“Building a smog tower or a seawall will gain (immediate) political benefits, but will that seawall save a city during coastal floods in the future? That’s the political conundrum at the heart of climate adaptation.” Aditya Valiathan Pillai said.

Short-Term Exposure To Air Pollution Kills 33,000 Indians Annually: Report (NDTV)

5 July 2024

Watch: Bhargav Krishna on NDTV’s ‘Left, Right & Centre’ on his study in The Lancet – “India needs to set a long-term goal of aligning more closely with WHO air quality guidelines. Currently, even cities meeting national standards are seeing a significant number of deaths, underscoring the need to strengthen our standards and redouble action.”

Air pollution behind 7% of deaths in 10 cities: Lancet study (The Indian Express)

4 July 2024

Across 10 cities — Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Shimla and Varanasi — more than 33,000 deaths could be attributed to air pollution every year on an average, study, co-authored by Bhargav Krishna, said.

Air pollution exposure leading to deaths even when meeting Indian norms: Study (Hindustan Times)

4 July 2024

Report in The Lancet, co-authored by Bhargav Krishna, found that across 10 major cities in India — Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Shimla, and Varanasi – around 33,000 deaths every year are attributable to PM 2.5 pollution levels

Death rates from air pollution spikes vary across cities: Study, The Hindu

3 July 2024

Delhi had about 12,000 deaths per year, while the lowest rate among the 10 cities surveyed is Shimla, with 59 deaths per year between 2008-19 – a study in The Lancet Planetary Health, co-authored by Bhargav Krishna, found.

India Peak Heat Blunder Shows Data Challenge of Climate Extremes, Bloomberg

3 July 2024

Recording accurate and comprehensive information is the backbone of good climate policy. Without highly localized warnings, for example, people do not have the information that allows them to take precautions – Aditya Valiathan Pillai in Bloomberg.

Surviving a heat stroke, against all odds, Mongabay

1 July 2024

The work of effectively targeting vulnerable groups begins with making it a government mandate to compensate for the loss of work hours from heat stress, said Aditya Valiathan Pillai.

The rise of the truly cruel summer, The Economist

28 June 2024

“You need to sit down with three data sets—income, electricity and water provision—and see where those are lowest. That’s where you need to go.” Aditya Valiathan Pillai on planning responses to deaths due to heat in India.

Heat Is Killing Thousands, and Big Events Have Not Adjusted, NYT

25 June 2024

In the New York Times, Aditya Valiathan Pillai outlines how to ensure key elements of the democratic process such as election rallies and voting continue in a hotter, climate-stressed world : information on real-time local temperatures with color-coded risk levels, water stations, shade and cooling centers, and early warnings about heat.

Horror heatwaves are coming, how to prepare for it?, The Times of India

24 June 2024

“The nature, quantity, and intensity of the heat we experience today is going to change every year, and it seems we have underestimated how rapidly these changes will escalate. Ultimately, managing heat is a question about how we should structure our societies.” – Aditya Valiathan Pillai on The Times of India podcast.

How people in India’s capital city of New Delhi are coping with the heat, NPR

17 June 2024

“In India, there is a massive black hole in understanding heatwave deaths and illnesses.” – Aditya Valiathan Pillai on NPR’s Morning Edition program.

India scorching part 2: The acute need for better data solutions, The Economic Times

12 June 2024

“There is a long way to go in developing the next generation of heat action plans that are actually focused on implementability.” – Aditya Valiathan Pillai in part two of the Economic Times Morning Brief podcast on India’s extreme heat.

India scorching part 1: Is there a food crisis looming large?, The Economic Times

11 June 2024

Heat is something that affects every social group in this country and every part of this country in terms of geography – Aditya Valiathan Pillai talked to The Economic Times Morning Brief podcast on the impacts of heatwaves. (Part one of a two-part series)

India’s climate dilemma will hang over Modi’s next five years, Deccan Herald

9 June 2024

“There is a real opportunity for the new government to radically rethink its strategy by doubling down on renewable energy and storage rather than on investments in new, uneconomic and unreliable coal plants.” Ashwini Swain is quoted.

What’s the best way to tackle climate change? An ‘evidence bank’ could help scientists find answers, Nature

6 June 2024

“Focusing through evidence syntheses on narrow and concrete climate policies may crowd out attention to broader policies that are harder to categorize but may be used more in developing countries”. Navroz K Dubash is quoted.

Heat action plan promises succour, but remains on paper as city sweats, The Times of India

3 June 2024

“The heat action plan (HAP) is a guidance document. However, it needs to be financed and monitored to ensure effective implementation. The plan also needs to be notified under some act or law so that it has more weight and measures recommended are implemented properly” – Aditya Valiathan Pillai on Delhi’s HAP.

The Right to Save our Future, The India Energy Hour

25 May 2024

Shibani Ghosh talks about her experience as an environmental lawyer, the significance of the right against adverse effects of climate change, the need for an umbrella climate law for India, and more. “How do we make a climate law that is more enabling than regulatory?” – she discussed.

Q&A: What do India’s elections mean for coal communities and climate change?, Carbon Brief

22 May 2024

Suravee Nayak talks about on the need to address the larger developmental problem of coal geographies by building communities’ capacities – from education to employment – so they can have alternative, sustainable livelihoods.

Far from easing, India’s coal addiction worsens, The Morning Context

1 May 2024

“Policy emphasis on ‘resource adequacy’ comes from a long history of scarcity in Indian electricity and leads to a perception that to meet higher demand we need to add more.” – Ashwini Swain says in the article.

A bird, A bureaucrat, and A big Judgement, Economic Times

16 April 2024

In Economic Times Morning Brief podcast, Shibani Ghosh spoke about the Supreme Court recognising the right against the adverse effects of climate change as a fundamental right and on climate litigation in India.

How Extreme Heat Will Impact India’s Election, Time

10 April 2024

Aditya Valiathan Pillai on elections in extreme heat: Having the right infrastructure (cooling centers, shade provision, etc.) is important, but it must be integrated into India’s long-term heat planning so that come election time, “it doesn’t take away the possibility of political life and prevent democratic participation.”

Is India ready for an election in extreme heat?, Scroll

7 April 2024

“It is important for political parties and district administration to know the localised temperature within a maidan or a polling centre and communicate that to local residents instead of relying on the nearest weather station which could be several kilometres away,” Aditya Valiathan Pillai said.

‘Heatwaves are invisible yet pervade every aspect of society’: Aditya Valiathan in ThePrint

11 March 2024

Aditya Valiathan Pillai discussed the impacts of extreme heat on various vulnerable groups, why heatwaves are a public policy concern, and how we can combat them effectively.

South By Southeast: Dirty Air – What Can S Asia Learn From SE Asia?, The Free Press Journal

21 February 2024

“Restarting a knowledge sharing platform across South Asia would be a useful first step in acknowledging and addressing transboundary air pollution” – Bhargav Krishna is quoted.

Connecting the dots: Systems thinking for climate solutions, IDR

13 February 2024

There are two perspectives to consider when approaching systems thinking in the context of the climate emergency—the physical perspective and the transition perspective, Aman Srivastava said.

Landmark Deal Struck In Dubai To Reduce Fossil Fuel Use, NDTV

14 December 2023

Navroz K Dubash discussed the COP28 declaration, which calls on countries to “transition away” from fossil fuels.

Can anything stop the toxic smog of New Delhi?, NPR

9 December 2023

The commission to help manage air quality in New Delhi and the surrounding regions can direct states to take very specific actions that reduce pollution. But it’s chosen not to utilize the full range of its powers, Bhargav Krishna said.

Indian Diplomacy: International Climate Talks, DD India

3 December 2023

Navroz K Dubash talked about international climate talks and COP28 as well as India’s role in it.

What are the public health consequences of India’s smog?, BBC Newshour

6 November 2023

Bhargav Krishna talked about the impact air pollution in India is having on people’s health.