Let’s Talk

New W.H.O norms
on Air Quality

What can India do for clean air?

October 11, 2021




Nidhi Razdan
Visiting Faculty, Kautilya
Former Executive Editor, NDTV

About the event

A recently released WHO report states that air pollution exposure is estimated to cause 7 million premature deaths globally every year! It further elaborates that almost all of the global population (99%) breathes air that exceeds WHO guideline limits. Further, the combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air
pollution have increased mortality rates from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,lung cancer, and acute respiratory infections.

In a bid to support countries to address air pollution, WHO has recently released stringent air quality guidelines, lowering the recommended levels of pollutants that can be considered safe for human health. The new guidelines recommend new air quality levels to protect the health of populations by reducing levels of key air pollutants, some of which also contribute to climate change. The goal of the guideline is for all countries to achieve recommended air quality levels, but the reality is far-fetched.

Will all countries and regions struggling with high air pollution levels be able to adapt to these guidelines?

In this Let’s Talk Policy session, we catch up with environmentalists Anumita Roy Chowdhury Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Centre for Science & Environment; Jyoti Pande Lavakare, Co-founder, Care for Air, and Bhargav Krishna, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research to understandhow different regions will be impacted.

The event will be moderated by renowned journalist, Nidhi Razdan.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panelists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Anumita Roy Chowdhury

Exec Dir., Research and Advocacy,
Center for Science & Env.


Anumita Roy Chowdhury is the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, at the Center for…

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Jyoti Pande Lavakare

Co-founder, Care for Air


Jyoti Pande Lavakare is a columnist,financial journalist and writer who has lived and worked….

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Bhargav Krishna

Fellow, Centre for Policy Research


Bhargav Krishna is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. His research interests span….

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Who should attend?

  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those who follow environmental issues closely – and are keen to hear from experts with relevant experience at the highest level

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