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Climate Change and Health in Indian Cities: Modelling the Impacts of Heat and Air Pollution and Potential Co-Benefits From Mitigation and Adaptation

12th Nov, Marrakesh:

Indian cities are among the most polluted areas globally, yet assessments of short term mortality impacts due to pollution have been limited. Furthermore, studies examining temperature and pollution interactions on mortality are largely absent.

Prof Ranjan briefed about the technology vision 2035 targets on health sector and covered the recent NGT initiative on health and air pollution.

Dr. Pallav Purohit covered an initial perspective on management options that could efficiently improve Delhi’s air quality and associated co-benefits in terms of health and greenhouse gas emissions. Employing the newly developed GAINS‐Delhi policy analysis model, it reveals innovative insights into the current sources of pollution that threaten the health of Delhi’s citizens.

It emerged out of the presentation of Dr. Anjali Srivastava that exposure due to VOCs and ozone to human being supplements the adverse health impacts due to exposure to PM2.5 and particulate. Further VOC s in air due to its atmospheric chemistry, contribute considerably to Ozone production and thus Climate Change. It was also stressed that policies to mitigate air pollution should also address adaptation policies also so as to be effective.

Dr Aditya Ramji mentioned about the gaps in providing research evidence to better link health outcomes and air quality standards for India. Research by CEEW and its partners finds that the relative health benefits of reducing pollution are higher for cleaner cities (Shimla) as opposed to dirtier cities (Mumbai).

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