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Coverage of crop residues since June 28, 2021.

Vancouver man wins award for work aimed at improving air quality

"...“Biomass is a global challenge,” said Kung, noting that more than four billion tonnes of biomass residues are burned globally in open air each year, accounting for as many as 10 per cent of worldwide air pollution deaths. “Our goal is to end the practice of burning by turning costly residues into economic commodities. ”..."

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Farming for the climate future

"...“Hearing their digestive processes and the splosh, splosh into a bucket and realizing we’re still doing old-world stuff. ” At Linnaea, much of what’s old is being renewed again, as farmers and global agrifood systems — which generate a third of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions — struggle to adapt to the new climate future. 'Old world' tactics can tame future climate impactsLinnaea Farm stewards Adam Schick and Tamara McPhail have been using regenerative agriculture techniques for two decades..."

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A new fossil fuel subsidy is not the way to help farmers

"...What’s wrong with Bill C-234?A private member’s bill that recently passed third reading and has moved on to the Senate, proposes an exemption for farm heating fuels, removing the incentive to reduce pollution created by the federal carbon levy. Exempting heating fuels from pollution pricing might seem like a good way to recognize costs paid by farmers and make food more affordable, but it fails to deliver on those goals. What people are reading Environment minister disappointed after Bloc, NDP, Greens vote for carbon price exemption bill By Natasha Bulowski | News, Politics, Ottawa Insider | March 31st 2023 Price signals encourage innovative firms to develop and supply technologies that can be used to heat barns and dry grain with lower or zero emissions..."

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Feds announce funding for menstrual pads, textiles made from food waste

"...Canadians' food scraps and mouldy leftovers could soon find new life as bioplastics, solidified carbon — and even menstrual pads. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Monday announced more than $2. 4 million in funding for six tech startups trying to reduce food waste..."

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Saanich Commonwealth Place conversion to biomass fuel will dramatically cut GHGs

"...A plan to convert to biomass boilers at Saanich Commonwealth Place aims to reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent. (Courtesy District of Saanich)..."

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UBC’s Kevin Kung and Vidyut Mohan find solution for New Delhi’s pollution

"...Many farmers burn their crop residue, which has devastating effects on climate and human health through smoke pollution or by providing fuel to feed catastrophic wildfires. Using MiniTorr to transform the waste at the local level into fertilizer means farmers can improve their crop yields and invest the money into their daily operations—all while cutting down on carbon emission, improving air quality and reducing wildfire risk..."

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Smog chokes Indian capital as air pollution levels soar

"...Among the many Indian cities gasping for breath, New Delhi tops the list every year. The crisis deepens particularly in the winter when the burning of crop residues in neighbouring states coincides with cooler temperatures that trap deadly smoke. That smoke travels to New Delhi, leading to a surge in pollution in the city of more than 20 million people and exacerbating what is already a public health crisis..."

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Salvaging A Crop? Here Are Some Things To Consider When Valuing A Crop For Feed

"...With moderate to severe drought in many areas of Canada and the northern United States, many beef producers are looking for alternative feed sources to get their cattle through the coming months. With drought causing lower crop yields, many beef producers are hoping to work with neighbouring farmers to graze, bale, or silage crops. The question is how to value that feed in a way that provides value to both the farmer and the cattle producer..."

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Province says federal help coming for drought-stricken farmers

"...The request for aid was put to the feds Wednesday by Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as the prairies brace for worsening drought conditions..."

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Researchers: Let crop residues rot in the field -- it's a climate win

"...Too much carbon finds its way into the atmosphere. Should we fail to reverse this unfortunate trend, we will fail to achieve the Paris Agreement's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, according to CONCITO, Denmark's Green Think Tank..."

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De Salaberry issues burn ban

"...It says all issued burn permits are being revoked and no new permits will be issued until conditions improve. This applies to outdoor fires involving burning of grass, crop residue and bushes. Fires are only allowed in approved receptacles..."

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Personal networks are associated with clean cooking fuel adoption in rural South India

"...IMAGE: The use of poorly ventilated stoves and open fires for cooking inside dwellings adds to the devastating toll of air pollution in India. A new study led by Boston College..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention crop residues.

Canola School: Scout stubble for blackleg and sclerotinia

Duration: 3:56

"...As canola harvest wraps up for another season, it's an important time for growers and agronomists to get out into fields and scout for disease..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about crop residues.

Girls for Future and their fight against the global climate crisis | DW Documentary

"...Aged between 11 and 14 years, they are all directly affected by environmental destruction - from air pollution to water shortage - and its consequences..."

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Girls for Future and their fight against the global climate crisis | DW Documentary

"...Aged between 11 and 14 years, they are all directly affected by environmental destruction - from air pollution to water shortage - and its consequences..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about crop residues relevant to the latest news.

Analysis of carbon footprint and energy performance of biohydrogen production through gasification of different waste agricultu

"...This study investigated the carbon footprint and energy performance of biohydrogen production system through gasification of different waste agricultural biomass..."

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Promoting net-zero economy through climate-smart agriculture: transition towards sustainability

"...Land management practices, such as zero tillage, minimal tillage, crop residue decomposition, cover crops, and planting legumes, provide increased economic benefits..."

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A Novel Method of On-site Biochar Production from Crop Residues and Further Application to Soils for Improvement in Soil Charac

"...The emission of greenhouse gases during burning of crop residues is a prime factor responsible for deterioration of ambient air quality and environmental health hazard..."

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A Multicriteria Decision Making Approach for Evaluating Crop Residues for Sustainable Briquette Production in Ghana

"...Design: The study used the Bioenergy and Food Security Rapid Appraisal (BEFS RA) tool and Multicriteria Decision Making (MCDM) methods to achieve the research goal..."

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Scaling up of jujube-based agroforestry practice and management innovations for improving efficiency and profitability of land

"...In the present study, a traditional jujube/apple kul (Zizyphus mauritiana) orchard was converted into an agroforestry system by including summer vegetables (okra and Indian spinach) and spices (ginger and turmeric) with a view to achieving greater economic return, maximizing land use and providing food and nutritional support..."

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Evaluation of Pollutants Emitted from Open Field Crop Residue Burning in Punjab, India

"...Burning of crop residues emit heavy air pollutants like CO2, CO, NOx, SO2 and particulate matter..."

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A decision support system for the selection of sustainable biomass resources for bioenergy production

"...The proposed model was applied to biomass resource alternatives including crop residue, animal manure, forest residue, energy crops, and municipal solid waste..."

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Towards a clean production by exploring the nexus between agricultural ecosystem and environmental degradation using novel dyna

"...Agriculture, which serves as a lifeline for us, is unequivocally vital for an agriculture-dependent economy like Bangladesh, not only for its food supply but also because of its significant contribution towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2..."

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Greenhouse gas emission savings of electricity generated from biogas produced from corn stover

"...GHG emission savings are calculated inadequately for two reasons in the case of energy utilization of biogas produced from crop residues..."

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Evaluation MODIS and Sentinel-2 Data for Detecting Crop Residue Burned Area

"...Crop residue burning is one of the major sources of air pollution problems..."

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A comprehensive review on genetic modification of plant cell wall for improved saccharification efficiency

"...The focus is now on harnessing energy from green sources through sustainable technology to minimize environmental pollution..."

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