“A measure to conserve groundwater in northwestern India is causing added air pollution in the region already beset by haze and smog, according to a study that used time-series satellite data from NASA.

The study, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, reveals how water-use policies require farmers to transplant rice later in the year, which in turn delays harvests and concentrates agricultural burnings of crop residues in November, a month when breezes stagnate, leading to increased air pollution”. The Economic Times

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Northwest India suffers from two critical sustainability issues: air pollution and groundwater depletion