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Indonesia's forest fires feed 'brown cloud' of pollution choking Asia's cities

Date of Release: 
Mar 22 2014

High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm plantations and rainforests. They look harmless as the monsoon winds sweep them north and east towards Singapore, Malaysia and deep into Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. But at ground level, south-east Asian cities have been choking for weeks, wreathed in an acrid, stinking blanket of half-burned vegetation mixed with industrial pollution, car exhaust fumes and ash.

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WALHI plans to sue government over forest fires

Date of Release: 
Oct 8 2013

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), a conservation group, has said that it will file a lawsuit against the government for failing to control the annual forest fires in Sumatra.

WALHI said that it would file the case at the Central Jakarta District Court through its ‘Pulihkan Indonesia’ (Restore Indonesia) advocacy team.

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