Tag Archives: Riau

Haze this year ‘could be worse’ than last year’s record haze

If you thought last June’s record haze was bad, be prepared for it to get even worse this year. The Government is bracing itself against such a scenario, with a triple whammy of factors suggesting that Singapore may see pollutant … Continue reading

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Riau Forest Fire Triggers Worst Indonesia Haze Pollution

Forest fires in western Indonesia have intensified this month affecting the residents of Riau, West Sumatra and North Sumatra. The forest burning is also blamed for producing a thick haze to descend on neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. Fire hotspots have … Continue reading

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Air quality drops, health at risk

Residents living in a number of regions in Riau province have been reminded of the dangers of inhaling haze from forest and peat fires, which has caused air quality to drop. In Dumai city, the quality of air on Tuesday … 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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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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