Africa: Sugarcane burning code of conduct to be enforced

As sugar cane fires billow smoke along the North Coast there is a piece of good news for residents who want to stop the burning that environmental advocates say pollutes the air and causes health problems. Recent changes to the Code of Practice (COP) governing sugarcane burning have been implemented in an effort to regulate sugar cane field burning and protect communities living near canefields. While critics argue that everything from asthma attacks to itchy eyes are worsened by the burning, sugar industry leaders dispute air pollution concerns and health threats.