UPSC Current – Stubble burning share in Delhi
The share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution rose to 42 % on Thursday, the maximum so far this season, according to a central government air quality monitoring agency.
- Experts said raging farm fires and a fall in the wind speed and temperatures pushed air quality in Delhi-NCR to the worst levels
- Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, said the farm fire count in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and neighbouring areas increased significantly and stood at 4,135
- Stubble burning accountal ranged from 5% to 40% in last 1 week. But it peaked to 44%.
- PM10 levels in Delhi-NCR stood at 561 microgram per cubic meter (µg/m3).