Stubble Burning Impact – UPSC Prelims

Impact of Stubble Burning:
  • Reduced Lung Function: Pollution from stubble burning has significantly reduced lung function and was particularly harmful to women.
  • High PM2.5 levels:┬áThe concentrations of PM2.5 (category of unburnt carbon particles considered most harmful to respiratory health) were found to increase more than twice between the two-time frames.
  • More Symptoms: During the crop residue burning period, a two to three-fold increase was noted in most of the respiratory symptoms. The highest number of respiratory complaints were reported by the elderly population (>40-60) and the lowest in the younger age group(>10-18).

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