Opinion | The smell of danger
Behavioural measures for curbing crop burning in India
If recent discussions on air pollution in India’s capital are anything to go by, there is danger in the air and we haven’t been able to stop it. Various reports document how particulate matter levels in Delhi and surrounding areas are at alarming levels, suffocating its residents and halting daily routines for millions. The problem of poor air quality is (of course) not new: these regions in particular see hazardous levels of pollution and smog in the months around the festive Diwali season. This is compounded further by emissions from fireworks used to celebrate the festival, but a majority of it continues to originate from burning crop residue in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana (both major contributors to rice and wheat production).
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