IISER Bhopal found a 75% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in India

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, have developed a new satellite technology that shows a 75 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural residue burning across India over the past decade.

To clear their fields for sowing the next crops, farmers burn about 87 million tons of crop residues annually, surpassing the production of agricultural waste in neighboring countries.

“Crop residue burning has significant impacts, as it releases pollutants and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing severe impacts on climate, public health and food security,” said Dhanya Lakshmi K Pillai, assistant professor at IISER Bhopal. And there are negative effects.”

The team, including those from CIMMYT and the University of Michigan, leveraged remote sensing technology to offer accurate insights into the scale of such emissions across the country.

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