Singaporean: Crazy! The PSI is 300.
Indonesian: That’s nothing. It’s 1,800 here.
Malaysian: How do you breathe?
Indonesian: With great difficulty but we’re used to it.
Singapore: Why? Year after year after year…
Indonesian: Just be thankful…
Malaysian: Huh? Thankful for what?
Indonesian: For the 10 months of clean air we let you have every year.
18 December 2015
THE INDONESIANS ‘LOVE’ US SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN’T WAIT TO SEND US THEIR HAZE.
Expect their ‘love gift’ by March 2016.
Efforts to stop Indonesian haze fires may not work for 2016
BARCELONA – South Sumatra’s governor, Alex Noerdin, is adamant there will be a “significant reduction” next year in fires on deforested and peat land in his province.
Those fires have contributed to the haze crisis choking South-east Asia almost annually.
But many experts believe fires in Indonesia are likely to start up again when the rainy season ends in March. They say not enough has been done yet to head off the risks.
Slash-and-burn clearance of land – much of it to plant oil palm, and trees to make pulp and paper – is the main culprit fueling the fires that smoulder deep underground in peat. They have pushed up pollution levels, disrupting daily life from Indonesia to Singapore and Malaysia.
Who is responsible for starting the fires is unclear, although a finger is often pointed at small-scale growers of the palm that produces cheap, edible oil.
Mansuetus Alsy Hanu, national coordinator for Indonesia’s Palm Oil Smallholder Union, said his members are often unfairly blamed, and better mapping of the land would show some fires break out on larger holdings.
Still he admitted that financial pressure on small growers pushes them towards slash-and-burn clearance.
“Using fires is the cheapest method to prepare a plantation,” he told a recent discussion on the Indonesian fires on the sidelines of the Paris climate change talks. “When you have no money, you go (for) the cheapest way.”
Better access to bank credit and government support for growers could help alleviate the problem, he added.
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3 October 2015
Haze crisis set to be ‘one of the worst on record’ http://ebx.sh/1FNX01A
Palangkaraya, the capital of Central Kalimantan – one of the hardest hit by smoke from raging forest fires in Indonesia – yesterday had a Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) level that hit 1,936. In Indonesia, a PSI reading of 350 and above is considered hazardous.
Now I can’t even see Telekom Tower from here due to the worsening & persistent haze. Terima kasih Indonesia
Tungkus lumus kini Indonesia nak padam api hutan Sumatera & Kalimantan. Kapitalis yg membakar..rilek.
NEW POST on a Friday night! – It’s the famous swamp buffalo in Amuntai, South Kalimantan. http://indohoy.com/water-buffalo-in-the-haze-amuntai-south-kalimantan/ …
2 October 2015
Indonesia has enough resources, does not need Singapore’s help in fighting haze for now http://str.sg/Z6wk
1 October 2015
NEA serves notice on another Indonesian firm
A construction worker climbs over reinforcing bars on a building site as high-rise apartment buildings behind him are shrouded by haze on Sept 30, 2015. Source: Reuters
Tourists staying away from outdoor attractions, hitting businesses’ bottom lines
SINGAPORE — As the haze continued to cast a pall over businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector here, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) has issued a notice to another Indonesian company, directing it to take fire-fighting measures.
The company PT Bumi Mekar Hijau is the fifth to receive a preventive measures notice from the NEA under the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act.
Last week, the NEA issued a preventive measures notice to four Indonesian companies suspected to be causing the haze, and requested a fifth with an office here to provide more information, putting into action the powers of the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act for the first time since it was passed last year.
#Indonesia’s president orders swift action on haze crisis http://asiancorrespondent.com/135936/indonesias-president-orders-swift-action-on-haze-crisis/ … #haze
29 September 2015
Indonesia prata king, Juju flips his prata about the haze AGAIN!
14 September 2015
State of emergency declared in Indonesia’s Riau as forest fires worsen
The worsening air quality in Riau province in Sumatra prompted the Indonesian government to declare a state of emergency.
- POSTED: 14 Sep 2015 17:01
Indonesia declares a state of emergency in Riau province as Sumatra forest fires worsen http://bit.ly/1Y2lTfW
The worsening situation in Sumatra, west of Java, prompted the Indonesian military to step up efforts to extinguish the fires and assist residents facing health issues caused by the smoke.
An assessment is being made to determine if more troops should be deployed, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told Channel NewsAsia.
The government is serious about putting out the fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan but that it would take up to three weeks, she added.
More than 1,000 Indonesian troops will be sent to the provinces of South Sumatra and Jambi, two of the main hotspots, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.
If necessary, the agency would also send in additional helicopters to help water-bomb fires.
“We have mobilized national resources to put out the fires,” newly appointed BNPB chief Willem Rampangilei said in a press release.
10 September 2015
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE…
JUST IN: Indonesia deploys 1,000 soldiers to south Sumatra to put out ongoing forest fires
Green Business |
Indonesia investigates 10 firms over smog-causing forest fires
Indonesia is investigating 10 firms over worsening forest fires that have created a blanket of smog over Southeast Asia, threatening them with sanctions if they are found responsible, a government minister said on Tuesday.
The thick haze from Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan islands has forced the repeated cancellation of flights in the area and pushed air quality to unhealthy levels in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.
Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said companies could face sanctions if found violating their permits.
The minister named only one of the 10 firms under investigation, a small private company called Tempirai Palm Resources. It was not immediately possible to reach it for comment.
The heavy smoke from slash-and-burn clearances often comes from the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, where large forest concessions are used by pulp and paper and palm oil companies, some of which are listed in Singapore.
The companies blame smallholders for the fires, but they have been criticized by green groups for not doing enough to stop the haze or the rampant deforestation and destruction of carbon-rich peatlands in Indonesia.
(Reporting by Bernadette Christina; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)
Singapore Solar Park Drowning In Haze Affecting 40M In Region Due To Clearing Of Forests In Indonesia For Palm Oil
9 September 2015
Wednesday September 9, 2015 MYT 7:41:11 AM
Thick haze back in southern Sarawak
KUCHING: Southern Sarawak is once again blanketed by thick haze after about a week of relatively clear sky.
The air pollution index (API) for Samarahan, 10km from here, was an unhealthy 102 at 2pm yesterday.
In the city centre, the API was 87 in the morning but visibility plummeted to 1.5km by noon.
As the day wore on, the API in Sri Aman – the worst affected by haze in the country last month when the API reached 129 – hovered in the high 80s.
Only Miri escaped – it had an API of 34.
8 September 2015
A PROMISE IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP…
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo warns individuals and plantation owners in Sumatra not to carry out land clearing activities by burning the forests from next year, or they could face legal action.
No land-clearing burns next year, says Jokowi http://bit.ly/1K49xho
Haze closes airport on Sumatra: Jakarta (dpa) – Thick smog from forest fires on Indonesia‘s Sumatra has paraly… http://bit.ly/1XELICN
Haze closes airport on Sumatra
Jakarta (dpa) – Thick smog from forest fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra has paralysed one of the island’s airports, officials said Tuesday.
At least 36 flights to and from the Sultan Thaha airport in Jambi province were cancelled Monday as visibility dropped as low as 90metres, said Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
The airport remained “paralysed” on Tuesday because of poor visibility, said Muhammad Suadi, disaster management chief in Jambi.
Sutopo said pollution indices in the area had reached “very unhealthy levels.” Fire-fighting aircraft that planned to drop water on the fires were unable to take off, said Sutopo.
Satellite images showed 413 hotspots indicating fires on Sumatra, he said.
“I can hardly see see anything, especially in the afternoon,” said Iko Matusunia, a resident who lives near the Jambi airport.
She said the situation was worsened by the prolonged drought.
“Wells in this area have run dry and we have to buy water from vendors,” she said.
We are so lucky to be surrounded by all the ash and haze! Thank you Indonesia for helping out #91.30fm
@ indonesia – thanks for burning your forests and making me pass out during cheer practice from the haze
Thick haze puts health, air travel at risk
The intensity of pollution produced by land and forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan continued to fluctuate over the weekend, putting the health of local residents at risk and disrupting activities in a number of airports on the two major islands.
On Sunday, as of 10 a.m. local time, the management of Sultan Syarif Kasim International (SSK) II Airport in Pekanbaru reported that there was no flight activity taking place at the airport, as the haze that blanketed the Riau provincial capital decreased visibility to only 300 meters.
SSK II officer-in-charge Hasnan Siregar said although the visibility had increased to around 1,000 meters by 9:30 a.m., most airlines had decided to cancel their morning flights to Pekanbaru over safety concerns.
“In fact, there should have been six flight arrivals from Jakarta and Bandung during that time,” Hasnan said. –
Indonesian President visits South Sumatra and stresses urgency of putting out fires
Indonesian President Joko Widodo goes to haze‘s ground zero, SE Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/jokowi-goes-to-hazes-ground-zero …
Short-wave infrared satellite via
@DigitalGlobe sees through smoke to locate Indonesian fires http://blog.globalforestwatch.org/2015/09/fires-heat-up-as-el-nino-develops-growing-health-concerns-as-haze-worsens/ …
#Indonesia spike to highest point since Nov 2014 http://blog.globalforestwatch.org/2015/09/fires-heat-up-as-el-nino-develops-growing-health-concerns-as-haze-worsens/ … #melawanasap via @WorldResources
Breaking news: Forest Fires, Haze Crisis Returning to Sumatra
#Indonesia with a Vengeance http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/forest-fires-haze-crisis-returning-sumatra-vengeance-disaster-official-warns/ …
Indonesian smog hits southern Thai provinces: Thick haze has affected the navigation of small fishing trawlers… http://bit.ly/1KhWjjc
Why is Malaysia still talking to Indonesia about the haze? I thought this problem has existed for many many years. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/08/27/Put-out-your-fires-fast-Wan-Junaidi-tells-Indonesia/ …
“Malaysia to discuss haze issue with Indonesia – The Straits Times” http://ift.tt/1MVqLzW