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Dean's new book on air pollution and climate change is out!

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Dean's new book on air pollution and climate change, "Air: Pollution, Climate Change, and India's Choice Between Policy and Pretence," is out!  You can get a Kindle copy here and a print copy here.

Please share it widely online and in person!

From everyone at r.i.c.e., "Congratulations, Dean!"  We are so excited to read this in book form!

Here's the summary on the book jacket to pique your interest:

India’s air pollution is a deadly threat.  Will its politics meet the challenge?

Hundreds of millions of Indians live and die exposed to the world’s worst air pollution.  The harms are worse than you think.  Because pollution hurts growing children, it threatens the health and economy of the next generation.  No family can save itself from the collective danger of pollution.  That is the task of governments — which instead have enacted showy, ineffective policies while neglecting even to measure the problem.

With a smart package of policies, India could have healthier air.  In fact, some strategies could improve air pollution today, while also reducing India’s deep vulnerability to future climate change.  But to do so would demand an honest reckoning with both challenges: particles in the air and rising temperatures.  India’s children need a serious commitment to change — not empty reassurance.

There is no conflict between a healthy environment and economic progress.  The compelling stories and hard facts in this important book rebut that outdated, narrow debate.  It is time to clear the air.


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