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Air quality in Kuala Lumpur plummets amid forest fires

Smoke from forest and peat-soil fires drove air quality to unhealthy levels in and around the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday, adding to the burden of water rationing after a month-long drought. The government’s air-pollution index climbed to as high … Continue reading

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Kuala Lumpur chokes on polluted air

The haze around the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur reached unhealthy levels on Tuesday as forest fires worsened in Indonesia’s Sumatra, a month after haze from fires on the island blanketed parts of Malaysia and Singapore. The air pollution index (API) … Continue reading

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South-East Asia’s smog: Unspontaneous combustion

SINCE the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is … Continue reading

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Haze update: First Malaysian death blamed on smog

Smog from slash-and-burn agricultural fires in Indonesia has been blamed for killing an asthmatic woman in southern Malaysia, the first reported death attributed to the crisis, a media report said Wednesday. The Sun newspaper said Li Cai Ling, a resident … Continue reading

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Smog nightmare continues for Malaysia and Singapore

A smoke haze from fires in Indonesia continues to cause havoc in Malaysia and Singapore. Two areas in the southern Malaysian state of Johor have declared a state of emergency after pollution levels reached 750. Conditions are considered to be … Continue reading

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Malaysia declares state of emergency in Muar and Ledang

Malaysia’s government on Sunday declared a state of emergency in two southern districts choked by smog from forest fires in Indonesia as air pollution levels reached 16-year-highs. Environment minister G. Palanivel said the air pollutant index (API) hit 750 – … Continue reading

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Singapore air pollution reaches lethal levels

Air pollution from forest fires in Indonesia’s Sumatra island reached severe levels in Singapore on Monday, triggering a health alert in the densely populated city-state. Skyscrapers including the famous Marina Bay Sands casino towers were shrouded in haze and the … Continue reading

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Kuala Lumpur: Haze drifting in from Riau

A Department of Environment statement attributed the bad air quality in the Klang Valley and Perak today to the haze coming in from across the border from Sumatera, Indonesia. The haze is expected to last for several days due to … Continue reading

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