AIR News


20 September 2019
Exposing the dirty footprint of the broken grid

A newly released report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) shows that fossil fuel-burning backup generators in developing countries produce as much energy as 700-1,000 coal-fired power stations, consume US$50 billion in annual spending, and emit dangerous chemicals into homes and businesses.  More

03 June 2019
Meeting Future Energy Needs in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

A recent book chapter analysing sustainable energy transitions in the Hindu Kush Himalayas - co-authored by Pallav Purohit, researcher with IIASA’s Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program - found that this region remains energy-poor despite its huge hydro-power potential of around 500 GW. Measures to enhance energy supply have had unsatisfactory results because of low prioritization and a failure to address the challenges of remoteness and fragility. Inadequate data and analyses are major barriers to designing context-specific interventions.  More

07 May 2019
Reducing carbon emissions while improving health is economically attractive

The findings of a study involving researchers from IIASA, Princeton, and several other institutions looked into the question of how much the current generation should invest in reducing carbon emissions for the benefit of future generations. Their findings support the climate targets of the Paris Agreement.  More

29 March 2019
Poor air quality to remain a problem in India despite pollution control policies

According to an independent study released today by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), more than 674 million Indian citizens are likely to breathe air with high concentrations of PM2.5 in 2030, even if India were to comply with its existing pollution control policies and regulations.  More

06 February 2019
Diffusing the methane bomb: We can still make a difference

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, causing the carbon containing permafrost that has been frozen for tens or hundreds of thousands of years to thaw and release methane into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to global warming. The findings of a study that included researchers from IIASA, however, suggest that it is still possible to neutralize this threat.  More

31 January 2019
Reductions of emissions from international shipping on European Seas bring important benefits

IIASA has completed a study on the potential for cost-effective air emission reductions from international shipping through designation of further Emission Control Areas on the European Seas with a focus on the Mediterranean Sea.  More

28 January 2019
UNEP air pollution report presented at high level Singapore political event

Researchers from the IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) program contributed significantly to a major report on air pollution in Asia that was presented at the third forum of ministers and environment authorities of Asia Pacific in Singapore on 23-25 January 2019.  More

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