Forest Fire in Indonesia

Asean plots haze-free future by 2020

Date of Release: 
Dec 3 2015

PARIS – The Asean region is looking to become a haze-free zone by 2020, but reducing forest fires and fossil-fuel use causing the regional problem will take time, said Southeast Asian officials meeting on the sidelines of the international climate conference here.

Speaking at a news conference on Dec 2, Asean Secretariat representative Ampai Harakunarak said Southeast Asian countries set the ambitious 2020 goal as the have been under pressure since the 90s to solve their transborder haze problem, which includes large volumes of carbon dioxide.

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Haze in South rises beyond safety mark

Date of Release: 
Oct 5 2015

Songkhla governor Songpol Sawasditham Monday called an urgent meeting of agencies to combat the Indonesian forest fire smog in the southern province, which reportedly saw tiny dust particles rising to 173 micrograms per cubic metre - well above safety levels.

While many southern provinces' air quality readings were within the maximum safety standard of 120 micrograms, local authorities were on alert and monitoring the situation closely.

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