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INDIA GOVERNANCE REPORT

CASE STUDY

In Gangetic Plain, 600mn Indians Feel Effects Of Air Pollution, Changing Climate

The world’s fourth-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, India is home to 13 of the world’s 15 most-polluted cities as measured for PM 2.5, according to World Health Organization data. Pollution in these cities is affecting the climate, the changes evident in declining rainfall, rising temperatures and an increasingly uncertain monsoon over the Gangetic plain, which is home to 600 million people. This is the fifth in our series on India’s climate-change hotspots, reported from Varanasi, the Prime Minister’s constituency, where air quality is among the worst in the world.

SPOTLIGHT
This Toilet Saves Water, Money, But Is Ignored By Swachh Bharat Mission

Ecosan toilets are most suitable for water-scarce, flood-prone and rocky areas, but find few takers despite being listed in the Swachh Bharat Mission’s (SBM) guidelines. Ecosan has the added benefit of turning human waste into manure, helping farmers save money and water. The SBM has achieved 98.8% toilet coverage in rural India by focusing on unviable pit toilets, all in the name of declaring India open defecation free by October 2019. Our story on how the SBM is scoring an own goal by overlooking sustainable options like Ecosan.


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