Tag Archives: Malaysia

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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Smog In Korea 2015: Air Pollution From China Arrives Early In Seoul, Causing Dust Warnings

The annual autumn haze in South Korea has settled over Seoul earlier than usual this year. For the fourth day in a row Thursday, officials issued a fine dust advisory and urged residents to stay indoors to avoid severe air … 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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Smog from Indonesian forest fires blankets Thailand’s southern islands, including Phuket and Samui

Popular Thai holiday islands are being blanketed by haze from Indonesian forest fires, forcing several planes packed with tourists to turn back due to poor visibility. The travel disruptions came as Indonesia finally agreed to accept international help to fight … Continue reading

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Asian haze set to become worst on record

Malaysia has ordered all schools to close for two days as choking haze blanketing a large swathe of south-east Asia is on track to become the worst on record. The fog-like grey smoke caused by slash and burn techniques used to … Continue reading

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Air quality index in Shah Alam breaches 300, airports closed 

The smoke has deteriorated further this morning with the capital city of Selangor hitting the hazardous level in the air pollutant index (API) reading, while two airports in the country remain closed. At 9am today, the Department of Environment said … Continue reading

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Haze set to last till November as El Nino stretches dry spell

The haze, a result of forest fires in parts of Indonesia, is set to remain until November, due in part to the dry spell caused by the El Nino effect said to be among the strongest since records were kept … Continue reading

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Indonesia arrests executives of ‘haze-causing’ companies

Indonesia arrests executives from seven companies accused of being behind illegal forest fires causing air pollution in the region. Correspondents say such arrests are rare, but could result in fines and prison sentences of up to 15 years. Haze caused … Continue reading

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