[Guest feature] Why we should not burn dry leaves?

Come winter, and our streets, footpaths, building premises, rooftops, any horizontal surface in the sight is covered with dry leaves. From time to time, we sense acrid smoke coming from neighbor’s backyard, from the side of the street, where leaves are being burnt. But the leaves are bio-degradable and with time will eventually decompose to go back to soil. So, is there really a need to burn the dry leaves?

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Is there an eco-friendly alternative to stubble burning?

Leaving the residual stubble in the field to rot reases methane which is a greenhouse gas. Burning it instead it a quicker way to clear the fields but releases CO2. Is there really no other eco-friendly alternative for subsequent rice farming?

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