14 Jun '16, 10pm

Weather May Fix Singapore Haze as Indonesia Makes Scant Progress - Bloomberg

Weather May Fix Singapore Haze as Indonesia Makes Scant Progress - Bloomberg

Indonesian officials don’t expect a repeat of the forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in a thick haze last year, though that may be due more to favorable weather than progress in addressing the underlying causes of the blazes. Smoke rises from a forest fire in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg Satellite imagery showed 730 hotspots in the year to May, down from more than 2,900 in the first six months of last year, government data show. Last year’s fires raged out of control for months and unleashed smoke that closed airports and schools, for a time making Indonesia the world’s worst greenhouse gas polluter. "We have integrated fire patrol teams deployed in the villages where forest fires are an annual occurrence," said Raffles Brotestes Panjaitan, the Environment and Forestry Ministry official tasked with overseeing fire prevention. “Normal...

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