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Many fires, less water

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, August 23 2019   /  12:46 am

Precautionary measures to deal with severe drought and its impacts may have become routine for Indonesia, but the practice has not yet been made perfect. With climate change continuing to show its ill effects, Indonesia needs extra efforts to mitigate environmental disasters.The wildfires that are now raging in Brazil’s Amazon at a record rate serve as a fresh warning, if not a lesson, for Indonesia, which along with Brazil possesses the largest rainforests in the world. The governments of the two countries have come under criticism for not doing enough to stop deforestation, which results from, among other factors, forest fires. Forest and land fires remain unabated in Indonesia, especially now that the country is experiencing a long drought. This, however, is not to say that the dry season is to blame for the fire disaster because in many cases, it is humans who started the flames.Th...