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Indonesian forests are burning, and Malaysia and Singapore are choking on the fumes

Malaysian authorities distributed half a million face masks to residents on Tuesday after large-scale forest fires in Indonesia spread smoke and thick smog to neighboring countries. Intense forest fires have raged across the Indonesian regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan in … Continue reading

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Haze blankets Kuala Lumpur, Singapore as fires rage in Indonesia

A regional agency monitoring land and forest fires in Southeast Asia has raised the alert on the danger of haze from Indonesia, as neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore woke up to smoke-filled skies on Tuesday. The ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) … Continue reading

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Indonesian government under pressure to stamp out toxic haze

Rampant forest fires are causing polluting smog to travel to neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore, sending air quality plummeting in Southeast Asia Indonesian leader Joko Widodo warned Tuesday that officials would be sacked if they failed to stamp out rampant forest … Continue reading

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Air pollution can put a dent in solar power

Air pollution, especially in urban areas, can significantly reduce the power output from solar panels, and needs to be considered when design solar installations in or near cities. Ian Marius Peters, now an MIT research scientist, was working on solar … Continue reading

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Smoke from El Niño fires subdued dawn chorus in Singapore

In 2015 the El Niño drought brought severe fires to Indonesia’s forests and peatlands. The resulting air pollution spread across much of Southeast Asia. Now a study has linked the haze to changes in the dawn chorus some 300 km … Continue reading

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100,000 may have died but there is still no justice over Indonesian air pollution 

It started with a mild cough. Muhanum Anggriawati was just 12 years old when the cough began, transforming within weeks into a violent hacking that brought up a yellowish-black liquid. At the end of last year, her father told an … Continue reading

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Indonesian fires exposed 69 million to ‘killer haze’ 

Wildfires in Indonesia and Borneo exposed 69 million people to unhealthy air pollution and are responsible for thousands of premature deaths, new research has shown. The study, published today in Scientific Reports, gives the most accurate picture yet of the … Continue reading

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Indonesia dismisses study showing forest fire haze killed more than 100,000 people 

Authorities from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have rejected recent research on the number of early deaths caused by last year’s fires Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean authorities have dismissed research that suggested smoky haze from catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia last … Continue reading

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