Domestic travel bans can increase COVID-19 cases, find University of Chicago researchers: A new research paper by academics at the University of Chicago suggests that imposing travel bans can counter-intuitively increase the total spread of the disease, creating a lose-lose situation. The researchers show that if the net effect of a travel ban is to delay the movement of these people, rather than prevent it entirely, the policy can lead to more cases overall. The paper uses detailed data on rural-urban migration, travel ban policies, and Covid-19 cases to show that this lose-lose outcome occurred in India during the first wave, due to travel bans imposed on migrants wishing to leave Mumbai.
Several Books on Air Pollution Cite University of Chicago's AQLI: A few of the leading researchers and environmentalists worldwide have recently quoted Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) while giving a global perspective on air pollution. Using the interactive map of AQLI, anyone in the world can view the health gain they would experience if their community met cleaner air standards.
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.
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.
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).