18 May '18, 1pm

If you can stop the haze for sport, you can stop it for people and animals

If you can stop the haze for sport, you can stop it for people and animals

Organizers of the Asian Games in August are wary of the major sporting event being hit by haze from brush and peat fires, an annual occurrence in Sumatra, where one of the host cities is located. The government has called on pulpwood and oil palm companies with concessions in fire-prone areas to take steps to restore degraded peatlands and prevent fires during this year’s dry season, which runs from June through September. The companies are legally obliged to restore areas of deep peat, and some are fast-tracking their other fire-prevention programs in light of the Asian Games. KIRAM, Indonesia — The well-being of tens of thousands of athletes and spectators at Asia’s biggest sporting event later this year will depend on an unusual pair: palm oil and pulpwood companies. These industries dominate the landscape around the city of Palembang in South Sumatra province in Indone...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/05/indonesia-enlists-plant...

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