India air pollution ‘cutting crop yields by almost half’

A report by the Guardian highlights the effect that air pollution is having on India’s ability to produce food:

Worsening air pollution, caused by vehicles and cooking stoves, is having an increasingly negative impact on food production in India.  (Note: picture not taken in India, used as illustration. Image credit: skingsnort on freeimages.com)

Worsening air pollution, caused by vehicles and cooking stoves, is having an increasingly negative impact on food production in India.
(Note: picture not taken in India, used as illustration. Image credit: skingsnort on freeimages.com)

Air pollution in India has become so severe that yields of crops are being cut by almost half, scientists have found.

Researchers analysed yields for wheat and rice alongside pollution data, and concluded significant decreases in yield could be attributed to two air pollutants, black carbon and ground level ozone. The finding has implications for global food security as India is a major rice exporter.

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