Initial effects of the India lockdown on Delhi's poor and non-migrant workers: In a study of non-migrant workers in Delhi, researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of British Columbia observe widespread compliance with public health directives important in reducing the spread of the virus, as rates of mask usage, handwashing, and social distancing increase.
India’s Electricity Consumption Plummets by 19.7% in the First Month of Lockdown: In a month since India enforced lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, the electricity consumption has plummeted by 19.7%, finds a new data tracker developed by researchers at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. The tracker also finds an 11% drop in particulate pollution during this period.
Biodiversity conservation in India: Reviewing efforts and looking to the future: A new study by an international team of scientists from both academic institutions and conservation NGOs, and forest managers reveals that although India’s conservation program has its ups and downs, measuring its success depends on better monitoring and data from protected areas. The scientists, including those from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, and the University of Chicago, suggest that increased research on protected areas – to document biodiversity, assess conservation goals, and explore economic benefits for local people – can aid in successful conservation measures.
Jharkhand signs up for better monitoring of industrial air pollution: Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board partners with the University of Chicago Trust to announce Star Rating Program, which ranks industries based on their emission levels.
Bengaluru Innovation Challenge Winners Propose Innovative Environmental Solutions For The City: Winners to implement and test their ideas in close collaboration with the Government of Karnataka and the University of Chicago.
Kissa Kahani Unveils Digital Stories: In commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Ci3’s Transmedia Story Lab (TSL) presented digital stories from the Kissa Kahani project at a reception hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. TSL is part of the University of Chicago’s Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3).