ICAS video: [Book Talk] Choked

Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on January 25, 2017. The speaker was Pallavi Aiyar, award winning foreign correspondent and author.

Event Description

Choked, tells the story of pollution in two of the world’s most polluted, yet economically successful, cities: Beijing and New Delhi. Part memoir and part investigative report, Choked is topical and urgent. Drawing on her experience of living and raising two small children in Delhi, Beijing and Jakarta, author Pallavi Aiyar describes the trajectory of the fight against air pollution, gets expert opinion on assessing poor air quality and how it affects the health, lists the lessons that Delhi can learn from Beijing’s successes and failures, and points out why short-term measures won’t work.


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