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NASA shares image of Delhi’s poor air quality

October 17, 2019

One of the worst crisis faced today across the world is environmental pollution. The national capital of India, New Delhi, has been reported to be one of the most polluted cities in the world. The Delhi government on Tuesday shared an image of American space agency NASA showing intense stubble burning in adjoining cities of New Delhi adding to the pollution woes. This is not the first time that NASA has shared images of pollution owing to stubble burning in the capital city. Many people took to social media to share the image.

As Delhi air quality turns "very poor" due to stubble burning in neighbouring #Haryana and #Punjab, Delhi government shares the following #NASA image to prove its contention and helplessness. The red dots indicate stubble burning in Haryana and Punjab-Rajeev Sharma, Twitter User.

Reportedly, pollution levels in New Delhi on Tuesday was said to be extremely low. According to lawmakers, stubble burning is at its peak during October-November. With Diwali round the corner and people gearing up to burst firecrackers, pollution levels are only expected to rise which can lead to many health hazards.

Stubble burning is a practice of clearing the fields after harvest time. This happens mostly in rural areas of Haryana and Punjab, which lies close to New Delhi. Over the years, it has been noticed that this can cause harmful and toxic effects to the environment. Till date, no strict laws have been introduced to curb this practice. "Latest NASA image of North India reveals dangerous levels of large-scale crop residue burning, which has the potential to pose a great health hazard to citizens of Delhi #airpollution #DelhiGovernance", tweeted Roshan Shankar.

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