Ban Agricultural Burning

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    Burning crop residue to clear land and fertilize the soil is a common practice around the globe. Though convenient for farmers, it also puts black carbon into the atmosphere. Shindell's team calculated that eliminating agricultural burning would reduce black carbon emissions by seven percent and methane emissions by one percent.

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    This slideshow highlights key emission control strategies that could help limit the release of black carbon and methane into the atmosphere. NASA's Drew Shindell and a team of colleagues from around the world have published a study in Science that highlights how various regions and countries would benefit by limiting emissions of the two pollutants.

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