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Air pollution: Reactive, band-aid solutions will not solve the problem
NEW DELHI, Nov. 2 -- The Supreme Court petition that asked to ban firecrackers also pleads to control pollution created from other sources, such as burning of crop stubble, garbage and vehicular emissions. Crop residue burning in farms around India's capital directly affects high population density urban centres like Delhi and NCR. Latest satellite images show that these fires have reduced in recent days. But they're still contributing to almost 5% of the total pollution. Farmers who burn crop residue in northern India do so knowingly and because they don't have an alternate economical and viable option. As the first inhalers of that choking smoke, much before it gets into any city dwellers' lungs, they're also early sufferers. But they con...
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