23 Sep '11, 12pm

17,000 hotspots in Sumatra, Kalimantan so far

17,000 hotspots in Sumatra, Kalimantan so far

With several weeks still left to go in Indonesia's dry season, the number of hotspots in Sumatra and Kalimantan so far this year has hit 17,000 - more than double the total last year. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AGENCY By Nirmal Ghosh Thailand Correspondent In Bangkok With several weeks still left to go in Indonesia's dry season, the number of hotspots in Sumatra and Kalimantan so far this year has hit 17,000 - more than double the total last year. Revealing the figure on the sidelines of an Asean meeting in Bangkok on the haze situation, Singapore's Environment and Water Resources minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the number of hotspots indicates the size of the problem facing countries in the neighbourhood. In a bid to put pressure on companies involved in 'environmental vandalism,' ministers from the five nations in the regional grouping agreed to make publ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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