Take a deep breath: The Indian Express (Opinion piece by Rajat Kathuria, director and chief executive, Icrier; and Nick Stern, member of the House of Lords, and co-chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and I.G. Patel professor at LSE

Screen shot 2015-04-15 at 10.54.49 AM“…There is a way to power the Indian economy and deliver strong, sustainable growth without the harmful side effects of air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and diesel. But it means revising old ways of thinking, making smart policy and investment choices now, and seizing a moment of opportunity…First, there needs to be a shift away from the old argument that taking action on climate would harm India’s economy. Not only is that a false premise, but we now have striking evidence that climate action can actually spur economic growth….Second, smart investment choices are needed now in order to power the economic growth that India aspires to and, indeed, deserves, and to provide electricity for the 300 million Indians who lack it. But its energy choices should not be mortgaged against the health of its children. It simply cannot come at the cost of the severe air pollution choking Delhi and other Indian cities today…” The Indian Express. Read it on delhiair.org.

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