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7 Mär 2014

Autor:
Kate Lamb, Voice of America

Indonesia Battles Raging Forest Fires, Takes Heat On Transboundary Haze [Singapore, Malaysia]

Forest fires in the Indonesian province of Riau continue to rage a week after a state of emergency was declared. From Jakarta, the central government makes efforts to fight the flames - and the thorny issue of transnational haze...[H]uge swathes of land have been destroyed, flights have been delayed and schools shut down. The levels of haze have also caused a spike in respiratory illnesses. Riau province, on the island of Sumatra, is a major palm oil producer and, despite a zero burning policy, forested land is regularly cleared through illegal burning to make way for new plantations…

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Forest fires from clearing of palm plantations in Indonesia cause destruction of land, school shutdowns & respiratory illnesses; transboundary impacts also looming in Malaysia & Singapore

Burning in palm oil plantations causes haze in populated cities in Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore