‘Breathing Cleaner Air’, by a task force of eminent Indian and international experts, outlines solutions that can significantly reduce air pollution, including critical near-term measures. The report synthesises available data on sources of air pollution, its transport over long distances, its impact on public health, food production, regional climate, to arrive at the solutions that can significantly help reduce air pollution in Indian cities and states. The report focuses on the winter season in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, as the winter season experiences the worst pollution episodes and these areas suffer adversely from air pollution. The strategic thinking is that if winter pollution can drastically reduced, the problem can be effectively solved for the entire year.
The report is the product of a self-organized task force report for the World Sustainable Development Summit, New Delhi, where an event on this topic was held on 6 October 2016. The CCAC provided financial and in-kind support to this report. The Coalition issued a press release for the launch of the final report on 16 November 2016.
Authors: S. Sharma, I.H. Rehman, V. Ramanathan, K. Balakrishnan, G. Beig, G. Carmichael ... P. Arora