What environmental policies would be most effective in preserving the Taj Mahal? PIRE researchers Raj Lal (Georgia Institute of Technology), Ajay Nagpure (University of Minnesota), led by PIs Ted Russell and Anu Ramaswami, teamed up with colleagues IIT-Kanpur to solve this puzzle, published in Municipal Solid Waste and Dung Cake Burning: discoloring the Taj Mahal and Human Health Impacts in Agra Lal et al.Environ. Res. Lett. 11 104009. Read the full news story here.
Indian & U.S. news media feature PIRE research
- “Is burning of municipal waste darkening the Taj Mahal?”
- “International collaboration compares the impact of dung cake burning versus the burning of municipal solid waste on browning of world heritage monument and on the health of people living nearby.”
- “HL: Indo-US study finds trash burnt in Agra kills 713 a year, discolours Taj”
- “Open mass burning of garbage in Agra discolouring Taj Mahal, causing 713 premature deaths annually”