Berkeley and Prof. Smith partner with top Indian and global institutions to launch Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre

Top Indian and global institutes, including TERI, announce the launch of Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre with UC Berkeley

New Delhi, 3 November 2017:  Along with its partners, TERI proudly announces the inception of Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre (CCAPC), a new partnership among the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Sri Ramachandra University Chennai, University of California Berkeley, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Delhi. UrbanEmissions.info, a credible information centre providing research, and analysis related to air pollution, serves as the Centre’s knowledge partner.

With its Secretariat housed at TERI, New Delhi, CCAPC will focus on comparing and evaluating policy options for dealing with India’s health-damaging air pollution of all types, indoor, outdoor, rural, and urban. It will facilitate a platform for institutions to work together to make appropriate policy recommendations and provide actionable solutions to manage the problem.

By virtue of its nature of work, CCAPC will also work closely with but be independent of the Ministries of Health; Petroleum; New and Renewable Energy; and Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and Indian Council of Medical Research.

Apart from publishing policy papers that will help enhance the understanding of air pollution management, the activities of CCAPC will also involve running a post-doctorate programme with mentorship across all four partner institutes.

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Prof. Kirk Smith contributes to the The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

Prof. Kirk Smith contributes to the The Lancet Commission on pollution and health, which "addresses the full health and economic costs of air, water, and soil pollution. Through analyses of existing and emerging data, the Commission reveals pollution’s severe and underreported contribution to the Global Burden of Disease. It uncovers the economic costs of pollution to low-income and middle-income countries. The Commission will inform key decision makers around the world about the burden that pollution places on health and economic development, and about available cost-effective pollution control solutions and strategies."

http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/pollution-and-health

 

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Lancet paper: Prof. Remais and colleagues examine transport and health in rapidly changing China

In new research appearing in The Lancet, Prof. Remais' group in EHS, along with their international colleagues, examine the public health effects of transportation in rapidly growing (and increasingly mobile) China.

Prof Baoguo Jiang, MD, Song Liang, PhD, Prof Zhong-Ren Peng, PhD, Haozhe Cong, PhD, Morgan Levy, PhD, Qu Cheng, PhD, Prof Tianbing Wang, MD, Prof Justin V Remais. Transport and public health in China: the road to a healthy future. The Lancet. 2017.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31958-X

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Dr. Joan Casey studies noise exposure along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines in the United States

As the number of white residents in a neighborhood declines, noise rises. But noise pollution is inescapable in segregated cities, where it is worse for everyone, according to the first breakdown of noise exposure along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines in the United States.

The study, led by Berkeley's environmental health scientist Dr. Joan Casey, is the first to examine noise pollution nationally through the lens of racial disparities and the extent to which noise is exacerbated by living in segregated cities. The study does not examine how noise is linked to health, but previous studies have shown that it can be associated with acute health problems such as high blood pressure and loss of sleep.

See more information about the study here.

 

Prof. Remais launches environmental justice research on climate change impacts in California

With funding from California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Prof. Justin Remais' group in Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley has launched new research into the environmental health hazards associated with climate change in California, with a focus on disparities in potential hazardous exposures among California's diverse populations. The project will focus on the impacts of extreme precipitation and flooding, and will examine the potential for chemical releases associated with a more variable climate in the State. Researchers in Prof. Remais' group will estimate flood risks in California associated with past, present, and future climate conditions, and will examine the distribution of potential hazardous releases from facilities located in flood-prone areas in the presence of extreme precipitation, inundation, or storm surges.

The research will focus on communities in California that are low-income, have larger pollution burdens, and have population characteristics -- including poverty, linguistic isolation, and asthma rates -- that are associated with higher environmental exposures or risks, particularly among susceptible subpopulations such as children, elderly, or individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

The researchers aim to contribute to resilience planning efforts by communities in California where industrial and commercial facilities may be impacted by climate, and where adaptation strategies and infrastructure may be developed to increase population resilience.

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