Tag Archives: Kalimantan

Forest fires hit Indonesia, as scientists warn blazes are ‘new normal’

Forest fires are once again sweeping across Indonesia, with academics warning that the blazes, which have become an annual event since the mid-1990s, have become the “new normal”. So far five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies as result of forest fires, according … Continue reading

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Haze Makes Unwanted Return in Kalimantan, Sumatra, Singapore and Malaysia 

Visibility levels in Sumatra and Kalimantan have decreased sharply as haze blanketed various parts of the islands and neighboring Singapore and Malaysia over the weekend. In South Kalimantan, the cities of Banjarmasin and Martapura were blanketed by haze caused by … Continue reading

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Air pollution is damaging to mental health

Earth Day helps create awareness on how environmental issues affect us all. And one of the biggest challenges we face today is the health effects brought by airborne pollution. Every year, the region’s air is choked by the haze. The haze … Continue reading

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Scientists warn of health damage from Indonesia’s haze fires 

Toxic fumes from the Indonesian fires that have spread a choking haze across Southeast Asia may be doing more harm to human and plant health than officials have indicated, scientists measuring the pollution say. Farmers are expecting a poor harvest … Continue reading

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Air pollution in Kalimantan, Sumatra at one of the lowest levels since August 

Cities across Kalimantan and Sumatra, which have been shrouded by the haze for months, are finally breathing easy with air pollution at possibly one of the lowest levels since the crisis started in August. On Monday morning, all but one … Continue reading

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Indonesia burning: forest fires predicted to be worst on record 

There are widespread forest fires in Indonesia almost every year during the dry season, but this year’s are proving particularly devastating, destroying vast tracts of jungle and blanketing neighbouring countries in toxic smog How serious are this year’s fires? Nasa … Continue reading

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Indonesia considers national emergency over forest fires

Indonesia is considering declaring a national emergency over fires that have been smouldering across the archipelago for weeks, sending haze drifting across much of Southeast Asia, the vice president said on Tuesday. Indonesia is considering declaring a national emergency over … Continue reading

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Haze Chokes Singapore Again as El Nino Helps Rainforest Burn

The choking haze blowing across Southeast Asia from burning rainforests in Indonesia is worsening again and may last several more weeks as an unusually strong El Nino keeps away seasonal rain that would quench the fires. Singapore’s air quality deteriorated Tuesday … Continue reading

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