REFILE-Stop burning fields to cut smog and boost profits, scientists tell Indian farmers

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By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Aug 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year, a choking smog descends on northwest India as the region's farmers burn their fields following the rice harvest - a phenomenon that has helped make New Delhi one of the world's most polluted cities.

Now, scientists have come up with a method that would allow farmers to sow their winter crop, usually wheat, without burning off the stubble left behind after the rice harvest.

Stop burning fields to cut smog and boost profits, scientists tell Indian farmers

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Aug 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year, a choking smog descends on northwest India as the region's farmers burn their fields following the rice harvest - a phenomenon that has helped make New Delhi one of the world's most cities.

Now, scientists have come up with a method that would allow farmers to sow their winter crop, usually wheat, without burning off the stubble left behind after the rice harvest.

Researchers tested 10 alternatives to burning, finding the biggest profits could be achieved with a machine called the Happy Seeder.

Planning a BBQ? Not if you want to save the planet

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, July 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Meat sizzling on the barbecue might be synonymous with summer, but consumers should re-think their menus to save the planet, a U.S.-based research group said on Wednesday.

If the biggest beef and lamb consumers reduced their weekly intake to 1.5 burgers by 2050, it could cut greenhouse gas emissions and save forests from becoming farmland, the World Resources Institute (WRI) said.

As glacial lake bursts, preparation saves live in Pakistan

By Zofeen T. Ebrahim

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to prepare Pakistani mountain communities threatened by the collapse of glacial lakes, as climate change brings faster glacier melt, paid off this week as a flood ravaged five villages in Chitral district but appeared to cost no lives, Pakistan and international officials said.

Top food firms spot supply-chain risks to forests in real time

By Michael Taylor

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food retailers and producers can monitor deforestation risks throughout their supply chains in real time using satellite images accessed via a new website, developers said on Tuesday.

Led by the Global Forest Watch team at the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI), the GFW Pro platform enables commodity producers and buyers, investors and green groups to act faster to protect forests.

FACTBOX-10 facts about air pollution on World Environment Day

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, June 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nobody is safe from air pollution, the United Nations warned on World Environment Day, with nine out of 10 people on the planet now breathing polluted air.

This has led to a growing, global health crisis, which already causes about 7 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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