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For any multi-pronged approach to work, there needs to be coordination between four groups: Farmers, states, Centre and scientists.(ANI)

Crop burning: No end in sight

UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 07:45 AM IST
In a year of farm protests, the issue becomes more complex. Innovate to tackle it effectively
Supreme Court on Friday said that the vehicle rationing odd-even scheme may not be a permanent solution in tackling air pollution.(AP photo)
Supreme Court on Friday said that the vehicle rationing odd-even scheme may not be a permanent solution in tackling air pollution.(AP photo)

Odd-even not a solution, says SC, summons top officers of 4 states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 01:37 AM IST
The observation came on the last day of the 15-day odd-day scheme in Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has put off till Monday the decision whether or not to extend the scheme. Supreme Court on Friday said that the vehicle rationing odd-even scheme may not be a permanent solution in tackling air pollution
Stubble burning seen in a village at Pehowa district, Haryana, on Thursday, October 31, 2019.(Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)
Stubble burning seen in a village at Pehowa district, Haryana, on Thursday, October 31, 2019.(Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)

No cost-effective alternative to manage crop waste, say Haryana farmers

Hindustan Times, Karnal | By Neeraj Mohan, Karnal
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 12:38 PM IST
Farmers in Haryana say setting their fields on fire was the best and cheapest way to get rid of tonnes of paddy straw (15 quintals per acre)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal distributing mask to a school student at an event in New Delhi on November 1, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal distributing mask to a school student at an event in New Delhi on November 1, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

‘Gas chamber’: Arvind Kejriwal blames crop burning in neighbouring states for pollution in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 12:30 PM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has held the Punjab and Haryana governments responsible for the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, saying farmers of the two states have been left with no option but to burn their stubble.
On Tuesday, the average Air Quality Index (AQI) value of Delhi at 4pm was 207, slightly better than Monday’s 249.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
On Tuesday, the average Air Quality Index (AQI) value of Delhi at 4pm was 207, slightly better than Monday’s 249.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Crop burning responsible for 19% of Delhi’s air pollution, finds SAFAR

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 01:10 AM IST
The raging farm fires in states bordering Delhi-NCR and those across the international border in Pakistan caused a 7% increase in the city’s air pollution due to stubble burning on Tuesday.
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HT Image

FARM FIRES: NGT rejects Punjab’s plea to direct Centre to pay incentive to farmers

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2019 12:22 AM IST
Tribunal asks Punjab, Haryana and UP to report daily on air pollution caused due to burning of paddy straw; seeks action-taken report by Nov 15
Dust on roads and from open storage of construction material could be spotted in many parts of Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Dust on roads and from open storage of construction material could be spotted in many parts of Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Fanned by weather change and crop burning, Delhi air borders on ‘very poor’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 03:41 PM IST
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, which collects data from 38 monitoring stations in Delhi-NCR, most pollution hotspots as well as other stations were in ‘very poor’ category.
Stubble burning is one of the major sources of pollution in the national capital during winter season.
Stubble burning is one of the major sources of pollution in the national capital during winter season.

Arvind Kejriwal writes to Haryana and Punjab CMs, calls for more action to stop stubble burning

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 12:04 AM IST
In his letter to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Union environment minister Javadekar, Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has already announced its action plan, including odd-even road rationing arrangement from November 4 to November 15.
Gurugram had only three good air quality days in all of 2018.(HT Photo)
Gurugram had only three good air quality days in all of 2018.(HT Photo)

Pollution a public health disaster, needs a concerted combat strategy

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Amit Bhatt
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2019 04:50 AM IST
The air pollution conversation in India usually develops around the start of winter. This coincides with two episodic events, i.e., Diwali and crop burning. The conversation ends around the new year, which again coincides with the change in weather.
We may have no option but to send our children out to play, but we should also be simultaneously working hard on long-term solutions(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
We may have no option but to send our children out to play, but we should also be simultaneously working hard on long-term solutions(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Our clean air plan is a missed chance

By Navroz K Dubash
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 10:41 AM IST
It sets a target without a realistic roadmap, proposes a city-based approach that downplays regional effects, and adopts a something-for-everyone laundry list approach rather than prioritising action.
The economic life years lost is estimated to be at least $150 billion over five years according to the IFPRI study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.(Reuters Photo)
The economic life years lost is estimated to be at least $150 billion over five years according to the IFPRI study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.(Reuters Photo)

Stubble burning cost $150 billion in 5 years: Study

Hindutan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 08:55 AM IST
The economic life years lost is estimated to be at least $150 billion over five years according to the IFPRI study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Even as Delhi’s annual winter pollution crisis has made residents aware of the harmful PM10 and the dangerous PM2.5 particulate matter, the tiniest and deadliest of these pollutants, PM1, shot up at least 12 times this November than what it is on the cleanest monsoon days, according to scientists monitoring air quality in the national capital.(HT PHOTO)
Even as Delhi’s annual winter pollution crisis has made residents aware of the harmful PM10 and the dangerous PM2.5 particulate matter, the tiniest and deadliest of these pollutants, PM1, shot up at least 12 times this November than what it is on the cleanest monsoon days, according to scientists monitoring air quality in the national capital.(HT PHOTO)

Finer, deadlier PM1 shoots up in Delhi due to crop burning, crackers

Hindustan Times | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 11:59 PM IST
PM1, or particulate matter measuring less than 1 micron, is so fine that it can reach the blood stream and organs. Scientists say these particles are highly toxic as they are formed because of complex chemical reactions between pollutants in the air, and are at least 50-70 times finer than human hair.
The contribution from crop fires is usually between 10% and 30%, depending on the number of fires in the northern states and the wind direction, the IMD scientist said.(HT File Photo)
The contribution from crop fires is usually between 10% and 30%, depending on the number of fires in the northern states and the wind direction, the IMD scientist said.(HT File Photo)

Local pollutants, not just crop burning, responsible for poor air of Delhi: IMD

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 09:49 AM IST
IMD scientist, Vijay Soni said that winds over Delhi-NCR had changed from northwesterly to easterly, so there was hardly any influence from crop fires in Punjab and Haryana
Every year thousands die of pollution-related ailments in Delhi and NCR during the winters when the air is extremely foul(HT/File Photo)
Every year thousands die of pollution-related ailments in Delhi and NCR during the winters when the air is extremely foul(HT/File Photo)

Pollution chokes, kills you silently over a number of years: Experts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2018 09:22 AM IST
There is usually a rise in the number of people with upper respiratory tract infections in the end of August, it starts getting colder and then in October when temperature dips and crop is burnt.
The NASA image released by environment minister of Delhi Imran Hussian(Twitter/AAP)
The NASA image released by environment minister of Delhi Imran Hussian(Twitter/AAP)

NASA images of stubble burning released by AAP minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 11:19 PM IST
Burning of paddy straw in Punjab and Haryana from mid-October to November, the harvest season, is a major contributor to air pollution in the capital.
Amritsar: Smoke rises as a farmer burns paddy stubbles at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar, Friday, Oct 12, 2018. Farmers are burning paddy stubble despite a ban, before growing the next crop. (PTI Photo) (PTI10_12_2018_1000108B)(PTI)
Amritsar: Smoke rises as a farmer burns paddy stubbles at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar, Friday, Oct 12, 2018. Farmers are burning paddy stubble despite a ban, before growing the next crop. (PTI Photo) (PTI10_12_2018_1000108B)(PTI)

Delhi air quality deteriorates as crop burning begins; haze envelopes Mumbai

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2018 09:08 PM IST
Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi on Saturday afternoon was 300, which is considered poor.
A combination of satellite images by Nasa from October 3, 2017 (left) and October 3, 2018 show fewer red spots signifying farm fires in northern India.
A combination of satellite images by Nasa from October 3, 2017 (left) and October 3, 2018 show fewer red spots signifying farm fires in northern India.

Nasa satellite images show dip in crop burning cases in Haryana and Punjab

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2018 11:09 AM IST
Both Haryana and Punjab have banned stubble burning but farmers still do it because they don’t have the agricultural equipment to clear the fields quickly and manual field labour is expensive.
Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Road dust, vehicular emission and crop burning in neighbouring states are major sources of air pollution in the national capital, especially in winter months.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Road dust, vehicular emission and crop burning in neighbouring states are major sources of air pollution in the national capital, especially in winter months.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

NASA data to help monitor dust, smoke pollution in Delhi-NCR

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 10:58 AM IST
The speciated data from NASA’s Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols satellite will be useful for policymakers to identify and target different sources of air pollution on a real-time basis over the entire geographical location without adding more ground-based sensors.
During the monitoring period, officers of the agriculture department will demonstrate paddy harvesting practices and encourage farmers to adopt crop residue management.(PTi file photo)
During the monitoring period, officers of the agriculture department will demonstrate paddy harvesting practices and encourage farmers to adopt crop residue management.(PTi file photo)

Haryana to watch 30 villages known for crop burning

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 05:01 AM IST
During the monitoring period, officers of the agriculture department will demonstrate paddy harvesting practices and encourage farmers to adopt crop residue management.
The NGT had said two years had elapsed since its verdict in the Vikrant Tongad case, in which it had passed a slew of directions to stop crop burning, but the state government had shown a lethargic approach.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
The NGT had said two years had elapsed since its verdict in the Vikrant Tongad case, in which it had passed a slew of directions to stop crop burning, but the state government had shown a lethargic approach.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

Crop burning: NGT slaps Rs 2 lakh as costs on Delhi govt for not filing action plan

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 06:32 PM IST
The National Green Tribunal granted a week to the Rajasthan government for filing the action plan and posted the matter for hearing on April 20.
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