4 months Borneo forest fires as worse as Amazon’s Manilatimes |World
PEKANBARU: With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting that the Asian rage is comparable to the Brazil situation, which is over 16,000 kilometers away. The latest serious outbreak is in Indonesia’s Borneo island, where smog-belching fires started to clear land for agriculture are burning out of control, blanketing the region in toxic smog. Indonesia’s forest fires are an annual problem, but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia and triggered a diplomatic row.
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