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From the haze to sustainability

Singapore   /   Fri, March 31, 2017   /  01:33 pm
From the haze to sustainability Burned down -- Thick smoke emanates from burned land in Sam-sam village, Kandis district, Siak regency, Riau. (Courtesy of the Riau Land and Forest Fire Post’s air task force/-)

Southeast Asia’s skies over the last twelve months have mostly been free of haze pollution. This is a relief for the warming planet as forest fires, particularly on peatlands, typically release huge amounts of carbon dioxide and cause acrid smog. Efforts by the Jokowi administration in Indonesia to tackle the fires at source are one reason for the improvement. Wetter weather conditions have also played a major part in the good results. But the weather is changing, and not all for the better. This year, experts predict the conditions will be drier than normal and fear that the extreme dry weather phenomenon called El Niño will return as early as July. Concerns arise, therefore, that severe fires will break out across plantation and forestry concessions across Indonesia, causing a return of the haze. Efforts to prevent that are being made. On Dec. 1, Indonesian Presid...

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