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Wide Image: Indonesia’s ragtag firefighters on frontline of Borneo’s forest blazes

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PULANG PISAU, Indonesia (Reuters) – From soon after sunrise, a group of volunteers gathers every day on Indonesia’s portion of Borneo island to throw themselves into the desperate fight against the worst forest fires in years. Firefighters try to extinguish forest fires at Sebangau National Park area in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia, September Read More

‘We are now in a climate emergency’: Choked by air pollution

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Kuala Lumpur is choking. The city’s normally sparkling twin Petronas Towers now are smudged outlines, faint behind a thick layer of smog. As we flew into the Malaysian capital the haze was so dense that we couldn’t see the ground below until we were almost on the tarmac. It isn’t the only casualty. Fires on Read More

Fast facts about the smoky haze smothering Southeast Asia

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – During Southeast Asia’s dry season, farmers in Indonesia and other countries clear land using fire, often for palm and wood pulp plantations, with flames frequently raging out of control to produce a choking haze that spreads across the region. FILE PHOTO: A couple dines as the Singapore F1 Grand Prix night race Read More

Indonesia’s planned cigarette tax hike to lead to production cut, layoffs

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Plans by the Indonesian government to raise tobacco excise tax and minimum cigarette prices next year will force companies to cut production and potentially cause layoffs, industry associations said on Wednesday. Indonesia has one of the world’s highest smoking rates and tobacco was responsible for 14.7% of all deaths in the country, Read More

Smothered by smoke, Malaysia seeds clouds to bring rain relief

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – At an altitude of just 3,000 feet (915 meters), flares attached to both sides of the Cessna 172 aircraft lit up brightly, dispersing chemicals over Malaysia in the hope of bringing rain to clear the smoky air. The skyline of the central business district and a public apartment block are seen Read More

Asian gasoline retreats on Saudi reassurance it will restore output in 2 weeks

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Singapore — Asian gasoline cracks plunged mid-morning Wednesday from multi-month highs, after overnight news that Saudi Arabia will restore most of its crude production at its affected Abqaiq oil processing facility within two weeks. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now Based on indications from market participants at Read More

Oil soars after Saudi facility attacks, weak China data hits shares

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Oil surged to four-month highs on Monday after weekend attacks on crude facilities in Saudi Arabia sparked supply fears, while shares in Asia extended losses as bleak economic data from China sapped investors’ risk appetite. FILE PHOTO – Passersby are reflected on a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, Read More

‘Dangerous’ air pollution in Indonesia’s Borneo leads to school closures

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PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Schools in two cities in the Indonesian part of Borneo island will be closed for a week after smoke from forest fires caused air quality to hit “dangerous” levels, a local government official said on Sunday. Indonesia and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are regularly hit by smoke from slash-and-burn Read More

Singapore smog worst in three years as forest fires rage

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s air quality deteriorated to “unhealthy” levels on Saturday for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires. FILE PHOTO: Public housing apartment blocks are shrouded by haze in Singapore September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Feline Lim/File Photo Every Read More