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Open burning is common in the HKH and a convenient way for farmers to eliminate of large quantities of crop residue. This practice also serves to prepare fields for the next crop cycle – wheat in spring and rice in summer.


Jointly organized by International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) and ICIMOD, the conference is part of the project sponsored by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) that aims to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs)

of emissions produced by cook stoves are deposited on kitchen walls and ceilings, turning them black over time. This is a common sight in many villages in Nepal. This observation led a team supervised by Siva Praveen Puppala, an Atmosphere

Emission is a major determinant of air quality, and improving quantification and characterization of Emission sources in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is one of the main goals of the Atmosphere Initiative of the International Centre for

discuss the extent to which open burning of agricultural residue and waste causes black carbon emissions and to explore mitigation options, a two-day long conference titled ‘Mitigation of emissions from open Agricultural burning in the Wider

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Realizing the unavoidable effect of air pollution on health, visibilty and overall well being of people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, the Atmosphere Initiative of ICIMOD was established in January 2013. The initiative aims to improve our

Improving understanding of emissions of air pollutants within and upwind of the HKH region

by excessive vegetative burning. Anthropogenic fires — fires resulting from, or the influence of, human beings — have become the most economic tool for clearing native

The air in Kathmandu is extremely polluted, with fine particles (PM2.5) being the major cause of concern. If you ask the average resident where all the pollution is coming from, many will point the blame at vehicles. But when we look for ways to

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) meets in Kathmandu to tackle air pollution

Disseminating knowledge to the broad public through websites, articles, film, and other outreach activities, while building a network of scientists and practitioners across the region that share data and knowledge, and collaborate across borders.

Manisha Mehra, one of the Atmosphere Initiative’s PhD fellows, is currently pursuing her PhD from the Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development (IESD), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and Varanasi, India.

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