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Volume 14, No. 1, February 2014, Pages 422-430 PDF(555 KB)  
doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2013.01.0031   

Emission of Air Pollutants from Crop Residue Burning in India

Niveta Jain, Arti Bhatia, Himanshu Pathak

Centre for Environment Science and Climate Resilient Agriculture, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, India

 

Abstract

 

Agricultural crop residue burning contribute towards the emission of greenhouse gases (CO2, N2O, CH4), air pollutants (CO, NH3, NOx, SO2, NMHC, volatile organic compounds), particulates matter and smoke thereby posing threat to human health. In the present study a state-wise inventory of crop residue burnt in India and the air pollutants emitted was prepared using the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) national inventory preparation guidelines for the year 2008–09. Total amount of residue generated in 2008–09 was 620 Mt out of which ~15.9% residue was burnt on farm. Rice straw contributed 40% of the total residue burnt followed by wheat straw (22%) and sugarcane trash (20%). Burning of crop residues emitted 8.57 Mt of CO, 141.15 Mt of CO2, 0.037 Mt of SOx, 0.23 Mt of NOx, 0.12 Mt of NH3 and 1.46 Mt NMVOC, 0.65 Mt of NMHC, 1.21 Mt of particulate matter for the year 2008–09. The variability of 21.46% in annual emission of air pollutants was observed from 1995 to 2009.

 

 

Keywords: Crop residue; Air pollution; Biomass burning; Greenhouse gases.

 

 

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