PIRE researchers conducted the first major urban environmental field study on waste burning in Indian cities. The study by dr. Ajay Nagpure, advised by prof Anu Ramaswami of the University of Minnesota and in collaboration with prof. Ted Russel of Georgia Institute of Technology, was published in Environmental Science and Technology.
The study results have has been widely circulated in newspapers (Wall Street Journal, The Times of India and the Hindi Language paper Nav Bharat Times). Of interest is the impact of waste burning on air pollution and health, as well as on discoloration of monuments like the Taj Mahal. We have been in conversation with the Commissioner of Agra on ways to address the issue.
Read the articles:
- Environmental Science and Technology – Characterizing the Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Open Burning of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in Indian Cities
- Times of India – Large-scale open burning of garbage damaging Taj: US study
- Wall Street Journal – How Trash Is Adding to Delhi’s Air Pollution Problems
- Times of India – Police lathicharge on colleagues’ kin for protesting against burning of garbage