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Indonesia’s smoke haze returns with land clearinng

Indonesia fires: Environmentalists urge authorities to act as smoky haze returns to islands  ABC Radio AM By South-East Asia correspondent Adam Harvey , 25 Aug 16 Smoke is rising once again from the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, one year after haze from Indonesian land-clearing fires caused major health problems across South-East Asia.

Key points:

  • Conservation scientist Erik Meijaard says there is a “laissez-faire approach” to combating fires
  • “Seriousness of political message hasn’t filtered through to the ground,” he says
  • Disaster Management Agency insists fires are under control, confident they will not escalate

Environmentalists have urged Indonesian authorities to make good on their promises to get serious about the burning-off.

So far, much of the haze seems to be coming from the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo.

Indonesia-based conservation scientist Erik Meijaard, with the group Borneo Futures, said he was not seeing much effort to extinguish the fires but was hopeful Indonesia would act more quickly.

“West Kalimantan is again on fire quite badly — there’s a few hundred fires at least throughout the province,” he said…….http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-25/indonesia-fires-environmentalists-urge-authorities-to-act/7782696

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August 26, 2016 - Posted by | climate change, Indonesia

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