by Larry Powell
A thick blanket of smoke again darkens skies over northern India. Every year, farmers light large numbers of small fires between September and December—after the monsoon season—to burn off rice stalks and straw leftover after harvest, a practice known as stubble or paddy burning. (A NASA satellite image.)
|Smoke from burning stubble hovers over a small town in southwestern Manitoba, CA. |
Nov. 2020. A PinP photo.
Canada is no stranger to the same practise. While "stubble-burning" in this country did not approach that of India's (at least not this year), numerous such fires were still common again this fall over the eastern prairies (See above) and in past years (below).
|Stubble-burning in Manitoba - circa 2005. Photos by PinP.|