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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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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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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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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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Indonesian province declares emergency as forest fires flare 

Indonesia’s western province of Riau has declared a state of emergency over forest and land fires blazing on the island of Sumatra, a government official said on Tuesday (March 8). The fires, which send choking smog over Southeast Asia every … 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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