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  • Blog Post

    Reforming fossil fuel subsidies provides opportunity to better target government support towards women and children

    10 January 2017 | Shruti Sharma, Laura Merrill, Christopher Beaton, Lucy Kitson

    A new report from the Global Subsidies Initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) finds that Bangladeshi, Indian and Nigerian governments can significantly curb poverty among women and children in their countries by redesigning fossil fuel subsidies.   Fossil Fuel subsidies fail to reach households with greatest needs Globally,...

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    Clearing the air: The effects of transparency on plant pollution emissions

    24 November 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Rohini Pande

    India is choking on growth. Of the 20 cities in the world with the worst fine particulate air pollution, 13 are in India, meaning the average Indian loses about three years of his or her life due to the harm of this pollution There is also growing evidence that high levels of pollution lower labour productivity and, therefore, potentially economic growth. If good...

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    The cost of air pollution in South Africa

    22 November 2016 | Katye Altieri, Samantha Keen

    Developing countries like South Africa have a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in productivity losses and mortality due to high concentrations of air pollution, namely, fine particulate matter (PM). A recent IGC study indicates that 7.4% of all deaths in South Africa in 2012 were due to chronic exposure to fine PM, costing the country up to 6% of its GDP. High...

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  • Publication - Project Report

    Building environmental regulation that enables growth

    11 November 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Rohini Pande, Anant Sudarshan

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    Crowdsourcing to evaluate and improve electricity supply in Tanzania and Indonesia

    10 November 2016 | Davida Wood, Bharath Jairaj

    Tanzania faces energy access challenges and experiences issues with electricity unreliability in the form of frequent power deficits and blackouts. Based on 2012 figures, 6 power system blackouts caused a total outage duration of 20.3 hours. This translates to approxiately 1 day of productivity and related economic losses per year. Companies and household enterprises...

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  • Publication - Working Paper

    Recyclers at risk? Analysis of e-waste livelihoods and blood lead levels at Ghana’s recycling hub, Agbogbloshie

    7 November 2016 | Ebenezer Amankwaa, Kwame Alexander Adovor Tsikudo, Jay Bowman

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    Power politics and energy trade

    1 November 2016 | Mr. Ravinder, Deb Chattopadhyay, Morgan Bazilian

    The Himalayan divide In early October, the Indian Government declared its intention to sign the Paris Climate deal. By ratifying the agreement on October 2nd, India will always be remembered as a key country that helped push the global climate deal into force. Still, the work of limiting greenhouse gas emissions at a time where the country is growing and modernising...

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  • Project

    Smart meters for promoting energy efficiency in rural India

    27 October 2016 | Meredith Fowlie, Catherine Wolfram

    This project brings experimental and quasi-experimental research methods to bear on important issues confronting rural electrification initiatives. The overarching objective is to investigate how modular smart grid technology can be used to improve both supply and demand-side efficiency in rural settings. Specifically, we will investigate: (1) the extent to which the...

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  • Project

    Electricity crises in Zambia: Estimating the costs of unreliability at firm level

    19 October 2016 | Michelle Baddeley, Musiliu Oseni, Bernard Tembo

    As Zambia seeks to diversify its economy via growth in the manufacturing sector, rising demand for electricity from manufacturing firms is likely to impose additional constraints on the efficiency and sustainability of Zambia’s energy infrastructure. As a palliative measure, the Zambian government recently announced her decision to waive import duties on backup...

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    Access to solar electricity in rural Pakistan: impacts and sustainability

    19 October 2016 | Farah Said, Giovanna D'Adda, Massimo Tavoni

    Almost 70 million people in Pakistan (35% of the population) do not have access to electricity, as they live in mostly rural areas not reached by the grid. Over 75 million (38%) on the grid receive low quality energy and experience outages for more than 12 hours per day. In spite of the significant benefits of access to electricity, the long-run feasibility of grid...

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