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Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney & Director of Policy and Research, India Initiative, International Program, San Francisco

Avinash Kar
I grew up in India and Botswana, before I moved to the United States when I was 15, and those experiences are significant influences on my work and outlook. Today, I am a Senior Attorney and Director of Policy and Research with NRDC’s India Initiative on Climate Change and Clean Energy. Previously, I worked with NRDC’s Health & Environment Program for seven years, covering air pollution, antibiotics in livestock, toxics in consumer products, and other issues. Before joining NRDC, I worked on air pollution issues related to factory farms in the Central Valley of California, with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE). I received my law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law and my undergraduate degree from Williams College, where I studied abroad at Exeter College, Oxford University. In my spare time, I like to take pictures, read, watch movies, listen to music, hike, and enjoy the culinary and cultural delights of the Bay Area.

Recent Posts

India Green News: India's Goals in the Wake of U.S.-China Climate Deal, Energy Efficient Buildings, and Environmental Health Threats

Posted November 18, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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India Green News is a selection of news highlight about environmental and energy issues in India Compiled by Ariel Cooper Week of Nov. 9th-14th CLIMATE CHANGE After U.S.-China climate deal, focus on India to follow suit WASHINGTON/NEW DELHIAfter this week's...continued

Hydrocarbon Room Air Conditioners: Energy-Efficient, Commercially Viable and Safe

Posted November 6, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi (This is the third and final post in a series of blogs on environmentally friendly refrigerant alternatives for India’s room air conditioner (AC) sector. The first two posts...continued

An Energy-Saving and Commercially Viable Alternative for India and the Global Market: HFC-32 for Room Air Conditioners

Posted November 6, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi (This post is second in a series of blogs on environmentally friendly refrigerant alternatives for India’s room air conditioner (AC) sector. The first post is available here, and...continued

India Green News: India to talk HFCs under Montreal Pact; India will be renewables superpower says Energy Minister

Posted October 16, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India Compiled by Nehmat Kaur September 26 – October 16th CLIMATE CHANGE India to talk HFCs under Montreal pact NEW DELHI: The government agreed to...continued

Energy Efficient, Climate Friendly Refrigerants for Hot and Humid India: Moving into the Future

Posted October 9, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi This is the first in a series of blogs on this issue. (See the second and third posts in the series.) At the recently concluded bilateral India-US summit,...continued

Energy Efficiency Crucial to Achieving "Smart Cities" in India

Posted October 8, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Solving Global Warming

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Guest Blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative “Smart cities” is the most popular phrase making the rounds at the "Cities For All" XI Metropolis World Congress currently being held in Hyderabad. At the international gathering, the new state government...continued

Building energy efficient cities across India, with Hyderabad as a starting point

Posted October 7, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Solving Global Warming

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Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law & Policy Fellow Energy is a red-hot topic in India. Power Minister Piyush Goyal recently announced the Modi government’s goal of providing 24/7 access to power for homes and industrial, and commercial users...continued

Transitioning away from HFCs: An energy and climate change opportunity

Posted October 7, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Solving Global Warming

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Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity...continued

Lots of Energy in the US-India Partnership

Posted September 30, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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Earlier today, my colleagues and I were at the 5th Annual US-India Energy Partnership Summit in Washington DC, even as President Obama and Prime Minister Modi were meeting at the Oval Office, with climate change and clean energy a key part of...continued

Keeping India Cool: Tomorrow's Refrigerants Today

Posted September 29, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Solving Global Warming

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Guest Blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi Last week a number of the world’s most loved brands and the largest technology companies came together to pledge to eliminate use of high global-warming-potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)...continued

India Green News: India Plans Renewable Targets; Global Preparation for Climate Summit; Moving Towards Energy Efficiency

Posted September 23, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India.   Compiled by Ariel Cooper Week of September 12th-19th CLIMATE CHANGE Indian city of Surat anticipates worst effects of climate change Gujarat city on India’s...continued

India Green News: Centre to study climate change related extreme weather events; India's Power Trade Corporation to fund renewables in India

Posted September 12, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India Compiled by Nehmat Kaur Week of September 4th – September 11th CLIMATE CHANGE India has a leading role in the global fight against climate...continued

India Green News: Solar and Wind Potential Receives Investment Interest; Governments Partner to Tackle Climate Change

Posted August 29, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India.   Compiled by Ariel Cooper Week of August 25th-29th CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change is real and happening in India NEW DELHI: Ahead of the UN...continued

New World Health Organization report says antibiotic resistance getting worse. We need to be doing more.

Posted May 6, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Health and the Environment

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Last week brought yet another urgent warning from the healthcare community. The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday released a report, noting plainly that antibiotic resistance “is a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine.” The WHO...continued

Court ruling sets stage for California Department of Public Health to get it right on drinking water standard for cancer-causing chemical

Posted January 8, 2014 by Avinash Kar in Health and the Environment

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Last month, the Superior Court of Alameda set a deadline for the California Department of Public Health to issue a final drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, the carcinogen made famous by the film Erin Brockovich. The court imposed two...continued

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