Kalikesh Deo, who has led much of India’s climate efforts, joined EPIC as a distinguished visiting fellow this spring quarter. While at the University, Deo is teaching a class with Anant Sudarshan, EPIC’s South Asia Director and a lecturer at Harris Public Policy. Through the class, ‘Energy in the Developing World,’ and other activities while on campus, Deo brings firsthand experience of one of the world’s largest economies to faculty, students and the wider university community.
A decade ago the United States nearly passed an economy-wide cap-and-trade program: the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009, or Waxman-Markey. New research co-authored by EPIC's Ashwin Rode finds lobbying by the companies who stood to be impacted by the bill reduced its probability of passing by 13 percent—representing $60 billion in expected climate damages that could have been avoided.
When President Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord in June 2017, it set in motion a series of commitments to meet the goals of the agreement by cities, states, businesses, universities and others. To explore the ability of non-federal actors in the United States to mitigate climate change, the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative hosted a conversation with Natural Resources Defense Council's Chris Wheat. EPIC’s Amir Jina, an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, moderated the discussion.
To reduce air pollution in India, transparency from polluting industries is key. The Star Rating Programs, pioneered by EPIC and partner organizations, are shining examples that should be expanded across India.
Globally, people are losing 1.8 life years due to particulate pollution, according to EPIC's Air Quality Life Index. This is almost equal to the life years lost due to cigarette smoking. Particulate pollution is caused by the excess of concentration of PM 2.5 in the air. Breathing PM 2.5 regularly can cause severe lung and heart diseases. DataBaaz explains more in a video that includes an interview with EPIC-India Executive Director Ken Lee.
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