MSTEP research on waste burning in India receives intern'l press attention

I am glad to share that our first major urban environmental field study on waste burning in Indian cities, conducted by STEP area post-doctoral researcher Ajay Nagpure, with Professors Ramaswami and Russell, was recently published in Environmental Science and Technology.
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.5b03243

The study results have has been widely circulated in news papers (Wall Street Journal, The Times of India and the Hindi Language paper Nav Bharat Times). Of interest is the impact of waste burning on air pollution and health, as well as on discoloration of monuments like the Taj Mahal, which the newspapers have picked up. We are excited by the wide community interest and policy impact of the paper, and have been in conversation with the Commissioner of Agra on ways to adderss the issue.

The Wall Street Journal: How Trash Is Adding to Delhi’s Air Pollution Problems, http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2015/11/03/how-trash-is-adding-to-delhis-air-pollution-problems/

The Times of India: Large-scale open burning of garbage damaging Taj: US study, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Large-scale-open-burning-of-garbage-damaging-Taj-US-study/articleshow/49567408.cms

The Times of India: High level of garbage burning to blame for Taj yellowing: US study , http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/High-level-ofgarbage-burning-to-blame-for-Taj-yellowing-US-study-/articleshow/49567499.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOI

The Times of India: Police lathicharge on colleagues’ kin for protesting against burning of garbage, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/Police-lathicharge-on-colleagues-kin-for-protesting-against-burning-of-garbage/articleshow/49620880.cms

The Times of India: Cops rain lathis on colleagues’ kin protesting dumping of waste, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/Cops-rain-lathis-on-colleagues-kin-protesting-dumping-of-waste/articleshow/49618755.cms

Navbhart Times (Hindi News ): कचरा जलाने से पीला हो रहा ताज : यूएस स्टडी

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/metro/lucknow/other-news/burning-garbage-yellowing-crown-us-study/articleshow/49584536.cms,

Navbhart Times (Hindi News ): Print published in All India



The project is part of our NSF PIRE grant, and conducted by UMN in collaboration with Gergia Tech, and with many hours of fieldwork by Ajay on othe ground in India. Congratulations to Ajay!
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Dr. Anu Ramaswami
Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair Professor of Science Technology & Public Policy
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Professor, Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
University of Minnesota

Ajay Singh Nagpure (PhD)
Post Doctoral AssociateCenter for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.University of Minnesota

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