One Atmosphere: Multi-scale Air Quality Management

Air pollution’s effects on public health, crop yields, and regional and global climate change are increasingly well documented, as is the extent of long-range trans-boundary transport of pollutants. Air quality management has traditionally been regarded as a local environmental and public issue challenge, but it is increasingly clear that it requires a more regionally and globally coordinated response. There are significant institutional design challenges in managing air quality at multiple scales (and for differing objectives), ranging from developing platforms for balancing climate and air pollution mitigation objectives on global scales to building links between environmental policy and local infrastructure investment decisions. Overcoming these challenges is especially important in India and other geographies where current investments will shape air quality outcomes for decades to come.

Recent Writings -

Ramanathan, V., Seddon, J., Victor, D. “The Next Front on Climate Change: How to Avoid a Dimmer, Drier World,” Foreign Affairs March/April 2016.

Luong, Amber & Jessica Seddon (2015). “Expanding Access to Clean Cooking Energy in India: A Roadmap for Leveraging Private Sector Experience in Cleaner Biomass Cookstoves,” DRAFT White Paper – For Comment. 


2014. Indo-California Air Pollution Mitigation Program. New Delhi: TERI. (V.Ramanathan, S.Sundar, S.Sharma, J. Seddon, S. Tripathi, R. Harnish, B. Croes, A. Lloyd, and others)

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2013. “Bottom Up Solutions to Mitigating Climate Change,” Stanford Social Innovation Review. Summer 2013. (with V. Ramanathan)

2012. “Air Quality Management in a New Global Era: Networks vs. States,” (with Terry Keating). Poster presented at Planet Under Pressure, London, March 2012.

2011. “Answers to Policy-Relevant Science Questions,” Report of the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution January 2011. (Contributing Author)

2010. “The Soot Opportunity,” Harvard Business Review, March 2010.

“Regional Response to Climate Change,” Presentation to the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly, Economic and Finance Committee in Thematic Forum on Global Challenges

2009. “The Other Climate Changers,“ Foreign Affairs August/September 2009 (with V. Ramanathan).

2009. “The Full Climate Change Tale,“ Mint (India affiliate of the Wall Street Journal), September 23.

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