Vehicle transport is a key source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Indian cities, and one in which power dynamics, occupational differences, as well as socioeconomic and cultural differences related to gender shape exposure for women and men.   Credit: USAID Clean Air Catalyst
Vehicle transport is a key source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Indian cities, and one in which power dynamics, occupational differences, as well as socioeconomic and cultural differences related to gender shape exposure for women and men.

Climatelinks July Newsletter Recap

By Climatelinks

Did you miss the Climatelinks July newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the July 2021 air pollution and climate change theme below. You won’t want to miss this short list of top programs, resources, and blogs from the month. Do you want to contribute to the Climatelinks community? Send us a resource, blog, or event.

In July, Climatelinks explored the important health and climate impacts of air pollution. 

As the world’s largest environmental health risk, air pollution contributes to approximately 6.7 million premature deaths each year. This is a significant development challenge, as low and middle income countries are at the highest risk for the greatest health burdens from poor air quality. USAID’s programs help people, communities, governments, and institutions implement solutions for mitigating air pollution to improve health around the world.

This month, we outlined what Short-Lived Climate Pollutants are and how USAID’s programs and partnerships are working to improve air quality––locally and globally. Our blog highlighted the links between air pollution and climate change in Nepal, as well as how air pollution affects women and girls differently in India. We also featured USAID-supported innovations to help combat and mitigate forest fires in Thailand, and the Clean Air Catalyst initiative, which aims to scale up effective, sustainable climate solutions to reduce air pollution in India.  

We recently closed the 2021 Climatelinks photo contest exploring Climate Change and People: The Challenges and Opportunities. We will be evaluating submissions that capture the human dimension of climate change, and in particular, social and economic responses to global change. Winners will be announced in September. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos!

July Blogs

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants: What They Are and Why They Are a Big Deal

Air pollution is a critical development challenge, and low and middle income countries experience the greatest health burdens from poor air quality. Low air quality is closely linked to global climate change because air pollutants and greenhouse gases often share emission sources, and certain air pollutants, collectively known as short-lived climate pollutants, directly contribute to climate change. 

Women, Transportation, and Air Pollution in India

Air pollution affects women and girls differently than men and boys. Yet there is very little research addressing the gendered effects of air pollution and how it can be effectively addressed in international development programming. To fill this knowledge gap for its work in India, USAID’s Clean Air Catalyst program, with help from USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub, commissioned a gender analysis for air pollution in the transport sector in Indore, the largest metropolitan city in Central India.

SERVIR-Mekong’s Geospatial Technology Helps Combat Forest Fires in Northern Thailand

Championing the use of geospatial data to monitor fire hotspots and formulate targeted interventions to put out fires, Dr. Nion Sirimongkonlertkul and her team from Thailand’s Rajamangala University of Technology are collaborating with SERVIR-Mekong, a partnership between USAID and NASA.


International Database of Efficient Appliances

This fact sheet provides an overview of the International Database of Efficient Appliances tool, which enables the Energy Efficiency for Development program to gather fragmented energy and performance data for appliances, electronics, and other equipment to evaluate the full impact of energy efficiency standards and labeling programs.

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Policy Analysis Modeling System

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Policy Analysis Modeling System, an easy-to-use software tool that helps decision-makers assess the costs and benefits of energy efficiency standards and labeling programs, and identify the most attractive targets for appliance efficiency levels.

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SERVIR Service Planning Toolkit

The Service Planning Toolkit promotes a collaborative and global effort to articulate the steps required to co-develop agriculture, water management, land use, and disaster management services. SERVIR identified four tools to walk service teams through an open consultation and planning process, and offered example agendas, templates, and approaches to generate need-based services. This Toolkit is a “living” resource that is updated as new solutions come to light, and in response to network needs.

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Climate Risk Management Spotlight

Climate Risk Screening and Management: Infrastructure, Construction, and Energy

USAID developed a suite of tools to support climate risk screening and management in strategy, project, and activity design. Along with the tools, sector-specific annexes like this one provide users with more information on the implications of climate change, in this case, for the infrastructure, construction, and energy sectors.

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On the Horizon

Share your resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme!  Our August theme celebrates the Links family of websites, and September’s theme on Climate Finance. Let us know if your climate change work relates to these themes. We would love to feature your work and share your resources.

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India, Nepal, Thailand
Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration
Emissions, Low Emission Development, Climate Change Integration, Climate Risk Management, Clean Energy, Grid Integration, Infrastructure, Green Infrastructure, Transportation, Urban



Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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