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EWC Seminar 03/16 : Prakash Bhave
March 16 @ 12:50 pm - 1:40 pm
Our EWC seminar on this Friday, Mar 16, will feature Dr. Prakash Bhave from ICIMOD. He will discuss “Smogmandu: Sources, Struggles, Solutions, and Progress in Nepal Air Quality.” An abstract and bio are included below. Please join us in Mann 304 from 12:50-1:40pm.
Abstract: The World Health Organization estimates that 7 million people die prematurely every year due to inhalation of air pollutants, and the vast majority of those deaths occur in developing countries. In addition, air pollution has a damaging effect on the sensitive mountain ecosystems of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. In recent years, a variety of attempts have been made to understand ambient air quality in the region and identify practicable measures to manage it. During this seminar, Prakash will share several lessons he learned while living and working in Kathmandu from 2014 – 2017. He will summarize results from the Nepal Air Monitoring and Source Testing Experiment (NAMaSTE), report on the mitigation of emissions from brick kilns after the great earthquakes of 2015, and describe how Nepali citizens were empowered to monitor their own air quality and subsequently raise public awareness throughout Kathmandu. He’ll also share some barriers encountered and the fixed mindsets that are inhibiting progress toward healthy air quality in the cities of Nepal and India.
Bio: Dr. Bhave earned his Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), specializing in computational modeling of atmospheric pollution with a focus on fine particulate matter. He then worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in RTP for 11 years, where he developed the particulate components of the Community Multiscale Air Quality model which was used to support various national-scale regulations of coal-fired power plants, motor-vehicle exhaust, and automotive fuel standards. He served as an Assistant Laboratory Director in the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory and as the Senior Science Advisor for EPA’s Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division. In 2013, Prakash began feeling that his knowledge and work experience should be applied to a larger problem than the relatively modest levels of air pollution in the U.S. He conducted a worldwide search for jobs, focusing on developing countries with hazardous air quality. He and his wife sold their home in Morrisville and left their jobs, moving with their 3 young children to Kathmandu, Nepal for a 3-year period. Since returning to the Triangle, Prakash enjoys sharing his overseas experiences and lessons learned with a variety of U.S.-based audiences.