India’s carbon dioxide emissions up 5%, Stubble burning menace emerges in Kuttanad, PSLV-C45 project will mark several firsts for ISRO

Stubble burning menace emerges in Kuttanad - The Hindu 

The practice, common in Punjab and Haryana, is a major threat to environment Paddy fields in Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, look black these days with some of them emitting plumes of smoke. Relatively a new phenomenon in this part of the region, setting paddy fields on fire after harvest by ‘padashekhara samitis’ and farmers is emerging as a major cause for concern. 

 It is posing serious health and environmental hazards. After the harvest of the puncha crop (first crop) began last month in Kuttanad, Fire Services and Rescue personnel and fire tenders have been pressed into action several times after the blaze went out of control, threatening to engulf even houses, life and property. 

In Punjab or Haryana, residue burning is rampant after harvest, resulting in heavy smog choking the region every year. 

 India’s carbon dioxide emissions up 5% - The Hindu 

IEA report shows China, U.S. & India together accounted for nearly 70% of the rise in energy demand.

PSLV-C45 project will mark several firsts for ISRO - The Hindu 

For the sheer number of ‘firsts’ to its credit, the PSLV-C45/Emisat mission scheduled for an April 1 lift-off from Sriharikota will be a memorable one for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). For one, it will be ISRO’s first attempt at placing payloads in three different orbits. 

The chief payload — the 436 kg Emisat — will be injected into a 749 km orbit. After that, the fourth stage of the rocket will be manoeuvred to a 504 km orbit for releasing 28 international satellites. 

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