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INDIA APPROVES PLAN TO STOP FARMERS BURNING CROP RESIDUES

03/12/2018

To bring pollution levels down in and around New Dehli, India approved a two-year plan targeting agricultural mechanization to reduce crop residue burning. Burned crop stubble is a significant source of pollution in New Delhi, accounting for one-quarter of the capital’s air pollution last November. This plan may respond to some of the criticisms the New Delhi government received regarding the city’s air quality; Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described New Delhi as a “gas chamber.” Last November, United Airlines suspended flights to New Delhi because of the pollution. A month later, Sri Lankan cricket players vomited on the field mid-match due to Delhi smog. For the full story, see: https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-india-pollution/india-approves-plan-to-stop-farmers-burning-crop-residues-idUKKCN1GJ2JN.