How Indonesia’s Fires Are Choking the World

by Justin Worland  |  published on October 29, 2015

More than 100,000 land and forest fires in Indonesia have engulfed the country in a hazardous smoke, leading to an environmental and public health crisis that has affected every element of society in this sprawling Southeast Asian nation. Tens of thousands of people have been declared victims of respiratory conditions because of the smoke and the fires alone are now emitting as much carbon dioxide on any given day as emitted by the entire U.S. economy in the same time period.

Widespread fires are nothing new in Indonesia, where farmers regularly burn forests and peatlands to make way to produce palm oil, a key ingredient in a variety of food and consumer products, but experts say the scale of the damage is worse than it has been in a decade. This week Indonesian President Joko Widodo cut short his trip to the U.S. to deal with the problem.

“It’s not just an environmental issue. It’s a public health disaster as well,” said Nigel Sizer, global director of the World Resources Institute’s forests program. “When air is this poor quality, economic activity almost grinds to a halt.”

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  • KDC

    Uh, oh, where are the global warming chieftons?

  • Wolfman

    The whole article is geared toward fake climate change concerns….the earth’s atmosphere is like a train…. it can’t change direction quickly nor stop on a dime. Let’s look at the bright side …at least they are too distracted to burn down Christian Churches….and why not the same concern when the Muslims commit these ‘environmental crimes’ against the pagan god….Mother Nature…oh yeah I forgot the new MSM ‘ Christian Lives Don’t Matter’ movement ?? How about all the bombing and fires caused by ISIS in their construction by destruction of a new Caliphate?? Oh yeah I forgot the MSM and so called climate scientists are also all gutless automatons that pick and choose their fake crises carefully to make it the white guy’s fault!!

  • Luke

    Maybe a few billion of America’s tax dollars would lesson their pain and curb these ill affects of climate change.. LIARS

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