NASA shares a frightening image of what North Indian pollution looks like from space

Local farmers such as Punjab and Haryana are using fire as a quick and cheap way to get rid of stubble while making the land more fertile.

We all are aware of the pollution that affects Delhi and its surroundings at the onset of winter. The pollution level in the national capital has remained at an alarming level for the last few years. This year’s pollution is so bad it can even be seen from space! Yes, the US space agency NASA shared a picture showing the level of air pollution and identified the problem caused by it. A photo tweeted by NASA Earth shows increased fire activity in northwest India as farmers burn excess rice straw after harvesting.

Local farmers such as Punjab and Haryana are using fire as a quick and cheap way to get rid of stubble while making the land more fertile. In a blog post, NASA wrote on November 11, a suite of visible infrared image radiometers to the engines on the Suomi NPP satellite, while prolonged monsoon rains have kept fire activity at a lower level for weeks than usual. . (VIIRS) said it has acquired nature-coloured image of a river of smoke flowing towards Delhi from fires in Punjab and Haryana. The blog post also said that the fires in northern Pakistan may have contributed to some of the smoke.

“Given the size of the plume and the area’s population density on November 11, conservative estimates suggest that at least 22 million people were affected by the smoke that day,” said Pawan Gupta of the University Space Research Association. Scientists at NASA’s Association for the Marshall Space Flight Center (USRA) said in a blog post.

In a Twitter thread, The Weather Channel India also cited an image of NASA to explain the entire incident. “Images captured by @NASA show the size of the #stubbleburning problem, which depicts a huge smoky river running towards Delhi from fires in Punjab, Haryana and even northern Pakistan. “We are pushing,” said a Twitter source on Weatherchannel India.

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