The Indian entrepreneur using technology to tackle air pollution

Call to Earth is a CNN initiative dedicated to environmentalism

This month on Call to Earth, CNN reporter Vedika Sud spotlights the work of Vidyut Mohan, an Indian entrepreneur hoping to cut air pollution in New Delhi using a new waste recycling technology.

Year after year, thousands of Indian farmers burn agricultural residues to clear their fields for winter crops. The result is a toxic haze of pollution that can be seen from outer space.

Mohan and his team at the Delhi-based firm Takachar have developed a small-scale portable machine that converts agricultural waste into biofuel and fertilizer instead.

“As compared to open burning of agricultural waste, our equipment prevents up to 98% of smoke emissions,” Mohan explains.

The technology could be a game-changer for the farming community in India and provide additional revenue.

Mohan’s efforts have already been recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme. He was also recently awarded Prince William’s inaugural Earth shot prize.

This story was produced as part of CNN’s Call to Earth Day, a day of action dedicated to conservation, environmentalism, and sustainability. Find out more about Call to Earth Day here.

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