Stubble burning is so bad in india, that the smoke is visible from NASA’s orbiting satellite
01 November 2018|22 Safar 1440|India Times
It’s that time of year again, when farmers across Haryana engage in stubble burning.
It’s a banned practice now for sure, but some just don’t have the finances to pursue other methods to clear their fields. And so, Delhi is suffocating again.
There’s been an onset of thick smog in the national capital region lately, thanks to smoke and particulate matter from these stubble burning incidents flowing down towards New Delhi and surrounding regions.
In fact, it’s so bad you can actually see the effects from NASA’s WorldView satellite feed.
Here’s what the area looked like on September 28
For those of you that don’t know, stubble burning is when farmers clear their fields of the crop stubble by, well, burning it.
The method has been outlawed by the government, but is still practiced in North India. Despite the amount of pollution it causes, even farmers aware of the damage may not be able to switch methods, purely because they don’t have the financial means to pursue other alternatives.
And the state governments in largely farming states like Punjab and Haryana say they don’t have enough aid from the Centre to compensate farmers that need to undertake more expensive measures. So each year, Delhiites are forced to tromp through fog that deteriorates their lungs with every breath.