Climate change, carbon black and regional resilience ”


Deposits of black carbon from factories, kitchens and vehicles are exacerbating the effects of climate change to accelerate the melting of Himalayan glaciers. A more aggressive reduction in black carbon emissions can slow the melting of glaciers and improve the security of water resources in the region, according to a new World Bank report.

Current policies in place to reduce black carbon emissions – by improving fuel efficiency standards, phasing out diesel vehicles, and promoting electric cars – while laudable, will still reduce black carbon deposits by just 23% , which is not enough to prevent an acceleration of releases of meltwater from glaciers in the region, according to Glaciers of the Himalaya: Climate Change, Black Carbon and Regional Resilience. However, new economically and technically feasible policies are at hand to contain the melting of glaciers to current levels.

At this webinar, Muthukumara Mani, Chief Economist of the South Asia Region of the World Bank and lead author of the report, will present the main findings of the report. This seminar will be held in English, without Japanese interpretation.

Date hour :

8 am-9am, Friday July 9, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

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Muthukumara Mani
Chief Economist, Office of the Chief Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank

Muthukumara Mani is Chief Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of South Asia with over twenty years of experience in leading environmental projects, policy dialogue, analytical work and capacity building activities. He has operational experience in both the World Bank and the IMF, leading the dialogue on green growth and climate change policies, including in field offices. It has delivered a number of high impact and policy relevant knowledge products in the area of ​​sustainable development.

He mainly works on issues of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water and environmental issues in the region. Prior to joining the South Asia region, he led the World Bank’s work on assessing the environmental implications of development policy lending reforms in the World Bank’s Environment Department. Prior to joining this post, Mr. Mani was an Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for analyzing the environmental implications of macroeconomic policies and programs and mainstreaming broader environmental considerations into country programs. from the IMF. Dr Mani has numerous books, journal publications and policy papers. a doctorate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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