Today, leading experts on climate change, water sustainability and energy visited CEEW office for a round of learning, debate and discussion. The day kicked off with an interaction between the CEEW research team, Dr Veerbhadran Ramanathan- (Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego) and Dr Jessica Seddon (Founder and Managing Director, OKAPI Research and Consulting).
An important focus of the discussion was short lived climate polluters (SLCPs) with special reference to HFCs, which are high global warming potential gases. SLCPs including HFCs have been a focus of Dr Ramanathan's ongoing research work and mitigation of these SLCPs has significant potential of lowering future global temperature increase.
This interaction was followed by a presentation by Harnik Deol (M.Phil in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge) on "Water Sustainability in India's Breadbasket: A Case Study of the Punjab Preservation of Sub Soil Water Act". For this study, she had used a nexus approach using water, food and energy to study policy impact in Punjab. The study concluded that the Punjab Preservation of Sub Soil Act 2009 had not only succeeded in conserving groundwater but had also saved energy through surface irrigation abatement.