Research will be key to unlocking Indonesia haze crisis

Peatland, Indonesia, 2007.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 10 April edition of The Jakarta Globe

The smoke rising over Sumatra has started early this year, with peatland fires in Riau, Sumatra, creating a haze so thick that in March it grounded flights and closed schools; at least two deaths were attributed to the choking smoke. It was a grim reprise of June 2013, when windblown haze from peatland fires in Riau clouded Malaysia and Singapore, leading to Singapore’s highest air pollution measure on record.

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