Indonesia haze - updates

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SEA Games: Malaysia urges Indonesia to keep a lid on haze

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin plays down fears that the games would be affected by haze

SEA GAMES VENUE. A bird's eye view of the Kuala Lumpur Sports City in Bukit Jalil. Photo from Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB).

Indonesia vows 'war' after haze investigators held

Sep 07, 2016 - 8:28 PM

The incident which saw 7 investigators held by a 100 strong gang allegedly hired by a palm oil company highlights the difficulty faced in tackling the raging blazes that cloak Southeast Asia with haze every year

Indonesian officials taken hostage while probing cause of haze

Sep 05, 2016 - 5:31 PM

The team arrives at a plantation where a company called Andika Permata Sawit Lestari APSL is suspected of using fires to illegally clear land according to a statement from the ministry

Indonesia in haze warning as fires flare

Aug 19, 2016 - 8:55 PM

While this year s fires have yet to reach the levels of 2015 the number has been rising in recent weeks as Indonesia heads towards its peak dry season in September

Singapore to pursue firms over fires, despite Indonesian ire

Jul 03, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Singapore has served notice to 6 Indonesian companies it believes may have cleared land by burning but could target others as investigations continue

POLLUTION. A man takes pictures of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore on June 19, 2013. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Indonesia plans peat monitoring system to curb choking haze

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Monitoring tools will send data real time to ensure that the restoration of peatland is being properly carried out

epa04946616 Indonesian Officers on burned peat land during Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, inspects their work of emergency services putting out forest fires in the village of Sakakajang,Jabiren, Pulang Pisau, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 24 September 2015. Accoridng to local officials Indonesian authorities have suspended the operations of four plantation companies over forest fires on Sumatra island. Police were questioning officials from two of the domestic companies for possible criminal prosecution, said Muhammad Yunus, Director for Enforcement at the Ministry of Forestry and the Environment, witht he penalty for causing pollution being up to five years in prison. Haze from forest fires on Sumatra and the Indonesian part of Borneo island is an annual hazard which authorities have blamed on the illegal practice of open burning by small farmers and plantation companies. burning by small farmers and plantation companies. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

INFOGRAPHIC: The Southeast Asian haze crisis

Nov 01, 2015 - 7:18 PM

A quick guide to the Southeast Asia haze crisis

TOXIC AIR. Commuters travel along a road as thick haze blankets Pekanbaru on September 16, 2014.Forza Alfachrozie/AFP

Aquino on haze: Help, don't blame, Indonesia

Oct 27, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The government is studying the phenomenon s effect on the country in order to come up with a plan of action says the Philippine president

AFFECTED. The haze from forest fires from Indonesia have begun to affect cities in Mindanao like Davao City. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Menorca’s ‘detention,’ Escudero-Binay meet, haze crisis | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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Roxas in N. Ecija, Binay’s guest candidates, Indonesia’s haze | 12PM wRap

Oct 21, 2015 - 12:33 PM

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Indonesia haze reaches cities in Mindanao

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Monsoon winds blowing northeast from Indonesia has brought haze to Davao and other parts of Mindanao

AFFECTED. The haze from forest fires from Indonesia have begun to affect cities in Mindanao. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Malaysian Muslims seek divine intervention to end haze crisis

Oct 08, 2015 - 4:36 PM

Religious authorities called on Muslims to hold special sessions to appeal to the almighty following the usual Friday afternoon prayers

SHROUDED. Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers are covered in haze in Kuala Lumpur on September 27, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Missing plane, Rohingya sexual assault claims

Oct 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

A passenger plane is missing two days after it lost contact with air traffic control police say sexual assault allegations by Rohingya women are false and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

Sports events in Singapore, Malaysia cancelled due to haze

Oct 03, 2015 - 11:35 PM

The first day of the Singapore leg of the FINA World Championships is cancelled while the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon set for Sunday will not be held as well

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA

NASA says Indonesia forest fires could be worst ever

Oct 02, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Scientists at NASA now warn this year s outbreak is on a trajectory similar to 1997 – widely regarded as the most serious haze event on record – and could exceed those unprecedented levels

STOP THE HAZE. Protesters in Malaysia demand action from Indonesian President Joko Widodo to do something about the haze. Photo from EPA

Indonesia denies help to fight forest fires: 'Everything is under control'

Oct 01, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Are we able to manage the fires? The answer is clearly a yes we are not overwhelmed we can manage it and there is progress says National Disaster Management Agency chief Willem Rampangilei

STOP THE HAZE. Protesters in Malaysia demand action from Indonesian President Joko Widodo to do something about the haze. Photo from EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian death toll, Social Good Summit

Sep 28, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The number of Indonesians who died in the hajj pilgrimage stampede continues to rise Rappler and the United Nations Development Programme host the Social Good Summit in Jakarta and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

Malaysia suffers 'very unhealthy' haze, closes schools due to Indonesia fires

Sep 27, 2015 - 4:44 PM

Pollution readings soar past the 200 point level in the Malaysian government s hourly air quality index a threshold that triggers automatic school closures during weekdays

STOP THE HAZE. Protesters in Malaysia demand action from Indonesian President Joko Widodo to do something about the haze. Photo from EPA

Singapore slams Indonesia over haze response

Sep 25, 2015 - 1:20 PM

Singapore is forced to close schools due to the worsening haze in the city state from Indonesian forest fires

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA

Students roast Binay, Senator Poe’s bid, Indonesia’s forest fires | 12PM wRap

Sep 16, 2015 - 1:03 PM

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The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 25, 2014

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:09 PM

The central government slashes official travel budgets President Jokowi goes on another blusukan this week and the Jakarta administration aims to get your IDs repealed if you litter during rainy season

Joint-conference from Change.org, Walhi, and Greenpeace, urging President Jokowi to conduct 'blusukan' to Riau. Photo courtesy of change.org

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 17, 2014

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:57 AM

Indonesia s ratification of the haze treaty how Indonesian universities rank globally what Indonesia s police chief knows about MH370 and more

HAZY FUTURE. Thick haze blankets Pekanbaru on Tuesday, September 16, the day Indonesia's legislature voted to ratify the ASEAN cross-border haze agreement. Photo by Forza Alfachrozie/AFP

Indonesia fires spark Singapore, Malaysia haze warning

Jun 25, 2014 - 6:50 PM

Fires in Indonesia s Riau province caused the worst outbreak of haze in Southeast Asia for more than a decade in June last year sparking a heated diplomatic row

BURNING FORESTS. An aerial photo shows thick smoke rising from burning peat land in Meranti, Riau province, Indonesia, in March 2014. Photo by Azwar/EPA

Indonesian farmers take legal action vs president over haze

Sep 12, 2013 - 6:43 AM

Environmental groups argue President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has not done enough to curb activities that lead to climate change and their lives are being deeply affected

ASEAN urges Indonesia to ratify haze pact

Jun 30, 2013 - 6:22 PM

Indonesia is the only member which has still not ratified an ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution brokered in 2002

Malaysian visitors at the Marina Bay Sands promenade wear face masks as haze envelopes Singapore, June 20, 2013. Photo by Rappler/Rupert Ambil