Sourangsu Chowdhury is an atmospheric scientist researching air pollution, heat stress and human health.
Prior to joining CICERO Sourangsu was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, where he worked on modelling air pollutants using a global atmospheric chemistry model and satellite retrievals and assessing their impact on human health.
He received his PhD in 2019 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (Thesis title: Ambient PM2.5 exposure and associated premature mortality burden for India in present and future climate). During his PhD tenure, he was a Nehru-Fulbright fellow at School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley where he researched contribution of household air pollution to ambient air pollution.
Though Sourangsu works on multiple facets of air pollution research, his primary research interest is to quantify impact of particulate matter on human health using multi-pronged modelling techniques.
The oldest source of air pollution still prevails
Twenty-two years into the twenty-first century, the oldest source of air pollution still prevails. Despite the many policies implemented by national governments and promoted by global bodies, solid fuel remains by far the dominant fuel used for cooking in most low and middle-income countries of South Asia and Africa, while solid fuel (both biomass and coal) is used for heating in much of East and Central Europe and Northern China.
Climate impacts internationally | Health
In flames: Air pollution and human health
While air pollution from PM2.5-emissions have been reduced in Europe and North America, air pollution from wildfires is increasing. With climate change, we will see more wildfires, risking that the impacts of the efforts that have been made to mitigate air pollution and related negative health effects could be diminished.
Health | Atmospheric particles
New report from Lancet Countdown highlights increasing impacts of climate change on people’s health and wellbeing
Climate change is undermining every dimension of global health monitored, states the most recent Lancet Countdown report that is tracking the connection between health and climate change.
Climate impacts internationally | Adaptation | Air pollution | Heat waves | Health | Extreme weather
Clean cooking: A recipe for a better world
Switching cooking in developing countries to cleaner forms of energy will lead to better health and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The 4CImpacts project looks at how gas use can be scaled up in Tanzania, and what consequences it will have for the climate, health and society.
Adaptation | Energy consumption | Just transition | Health
Quantifying health risks from heat and air pollution (HEATCOST)
HEATCOST will quantify health risks attributable to heat and air pollution (with a particular focus on air pollution from wildfires) in main world regions under selected climate scenarios and socioeconomic pathways.
Climate impacts internationally | Adaptation | Temperature changes | Air pollution | Heat waves | Health
4CImpacts - Universal Energy Access: Clean cooking and climate change impacts
Lack of access to clean cooking technology is the single largest environmental risk factor for disease and disability in countries relying on traditional biomass fuels for household energy due to household air pollution.
Adaptation | Air pollution | Health
Increasing temperatures and heat waves due to climate change, combined with air pollution, constitute major health risks, and could cause an increase in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases across Europe. EXHAUSTION (Exposure to heat and air pollution in Europe – cardiopulmonary impacts and benefits of mitigation and adaptation) aims to quantify the changes in cardiopulmonary mortality and morbidity due to extreme heat and air pollution (including from wildfires) under selected climate scenarios.
EXHAUSTION has its own project website at EXHAUSTION.EU
Health | Air pollution | Heat waves