Join us at the Centre for Policy Research on July 16th as we dive into the environmental and health-related consequences of dust in the air. The panel will explore various aspects of the issue: what is the nature and scale of the dust problem? How do climatic factors and increasing desertification contribute to the problem? How can we address the various sources causing this problem? What changes need to be made to the regulatory environment? Finally, what are the policy challenges and solutions for a rapidly developing and urbanizing region?
About the Panellists
Dr Anuradha Shukla is the Chief Scientist at the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi. She has more than thirty years of experience and knowledge on urban emissions particles and transportation. Her research has covered the health impacts of suspended particulate matter, the measurement and characterization of urban dust, and a review of India’s transportation carbon footprint. Dr. Shukla currently serves on an Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) led by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. In the past, she has been the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program.
Mr Sunil Agarwal is the founder and managing director of Black Olive Ventures, a real estate valuation and Advisory company. He has over 23 years of experience in the real estate sector. Previously he was the co-founder and CEO of South Asian Real Estate (SARE), a private equity fund backed real estate developer. He has also served as the Vice President at Private Equity firm ICICI Ventures, and held senior positions with HSBC, DS Group, Colliers International Chesterton Meghraj (now JLL India) and School of Real Estate – RICS SBE as Director and Associate Dean. He has also served as a member of the board of studies of the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and of Center for Environment Planning and Technology.
About the Series
Public debate over the quality of Delhi's air spikes reliably every winter, along with cataclysmic readings from air quality monitors. However, public discussion tends to rapidly taper off, even as the air quality remains consistently bad.
Clearing the Air?, the CPR Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment’s seminar series on air pollution, is aimed at promoting a sustained and informed public dialogue around the data, impacts, and policy challenges involved in improving air quality. Each seminar in the series features a range of scientific and public policy experts and engages them in a lively discussion on what changes are needed, what is possible, and how to get them done. So far, we have examined four critical sources of air pollution: transportation, coal-based power plants, municipal solid waste, and crop residue burning. We have also discussed the challenge of public advocacy around clean air, and the health impacts of air pollution. You can find videos and other information of our previous events on our project page.