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Indonesia considers national emergency over forest fires

Indonesia is considering declaring a national emergency over fires that have been smouldering across the archipelago for weeks, sending haze drifting across much of Southeast Asia, the vice president said on Tuesday. Indonesia is considering declaring a national emergency over … 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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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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Forest-Fire Haze Harming Air Quality in Indonesia, Singapore 

Smog caused by slash-and-burn agriculture in Indonesia is continuing to foul air quality as far away as Singapore, with readings in some parts of Sumatra island deemed “very unhealthy.” A gauge of tiny air-pollution particles was at 344.90 as of … Continue reading

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Smoke from Sumatran fires leads to air pollution warnings

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Pekanbaru, Riau, said that smoke from land and forest fires in several areas in Sumatra continued to cause the air quality to decline. “The air quality in several areas in Riau has … Continue reading

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Could controlling fire emissions in industrial plantations be key to improving air quality in Equatorial Asia? — ScienceDaily

Researchers have combined satellite observations with atmospheric modelling to calculate how fires associated with industrial concessions in the Sumatra and Kalimantan regions of Indonesia affect air quality across Equatorial Asia. Researchers have combined satellite observations with atmospheric modelling to calculate … Continue reading

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