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Indonesian govt taking action over over deadly forest fires

climate-changeIndonesia takes unprecedented move to punish firms over deadly forest fires, ABC News, 22 Dec 15 

Indonesia has announced it is punishing more than 20 companies for starting deadly forest fires that killed 19 people.

Three companies have been shut down permanently after having their licences revoked over their role in the blazes that choked vast expanses of South-East Asia with acrid haze and cost Indonesia $16 billion.

It is the first time the Government has revoked company licences over forest fires, an annual occurrence caused by slash-and-burn land clearance.

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The Environment Ministry also froze the operations of 14 companies and said they face closure if they do not meet the Government’s demands over fire prevention.

Several other companies have been given a strong warning and will be put under close supervision……..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-22/indonesia-punishes-firms-over-deadly-forest-fires/7049190

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December 23, 2015 - Posted by | climate change, Indonesia

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