20 Jun '16, 5pm

No more fires in Indonesia?

No more fires in Indonesia?

In late 2015, Indonesia featured heavily in the global headlines. Parts of the country were burning so badly that the fires were coined “the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century” . Indonesia’s neighbors Malaysia and Singapore were complaining vociferously and clearly large parts of the South-East Asian region were suffering. Between June and November 2015, Indonesia experienced one of its worst fire and haze episodes ever. The most recent estimates indicate that some 116,000 individual fires burned up to 6.5 million acres of scrub and forest land in 2015. Air quality during high burning periods in villages near the fires regularly exceeded the maximum level of 1000 on the international Pollutant Standard Index (PSI)—this is more than three times the amount considered “hazardous.” In the wider region, some 110 million people were affected by the haze. The Wor...

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