Every day people burn more than 500 tons of charcoal and 700 tons of waste, which emit carbon dioxide, PM 2.5 and toxic gases. In December in the suburbs of Hanoi and northern provinces of Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, farmers burned grass and stubble to clear fields to prepare for a new crop. In the city itself, thousands of honeycombed charcoal stoves burn every day. All this means the air quality index is constantly at an alarming level. Smoking fields One late afternoon in mid-December fields in Vinh Phuc Province, 40 km from Hanoi, were covered in flames and smoke. Pham Thi Chuc had just finished burning four acres of fields to prepare it for plowing in spring. Fields in Vinh Phuc Province, 40km from Hanoi, in mid-December, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Tat Dinh. The 18-day streak of pollution from September 12-October 3, and the pollution period in early December coincided with the rice harvest and preparations to get the fields ready for the spring crop. Hundreds of thousands of hectares around Hanoi were simultaneously burned. According to Hanoi’s Department of the Natural Resources and Environment, some 300,000 tons of straw is burned annually. A survey by the Ministry of… Read full this story
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