Forest fires in Indonesia spark air pollution warnings in Malaysia

The Malaysia’s Meteorological Department (MMD) said on Thursday (Aug 1) that the west coast of the Malaysian peninsular and western Sarawak has begun to experience smoke haze due to forest fires in Indonesia. So far 30 to 40 hotspots have been…

Extended dry season sees forest fires spread rapidly in Indonesia

Fires had spread to more than 60ha of fields and forests in Aceh, Sumatra and some residents had been taken to hospital due to breathing problems due to the haze. Indonesia’s disaster agency has warned of an increasing threat of…

Understanding future fire danger

The risks of climate change were thrown into sharp relief this recent summer for Australia’s most southern state, Tasmania. A reduction in hydro-electric generation capacity due to dwindling dam storages was compounded by a failure of the main cable connecting…

Indonesian forest fires last year cost the country at least $16 billion in economic losses

Forest fires in Indonesia last year cost the country at least $16 billion in economic losses, equivalent to 1.9 per cent of its GDP, according to the World Bank. The haze had “a direct and palpable impact” on the nation’s…

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