El Niño has hit Indonesia with extreme drought, crop losses and fires, estimated to cost the Asian country more than the $5billion in damage caused when the weather phenomenon struck the last time.
Forest fires last year resulted in record tree loss around the globe – climate change and El Niño were major factors. This is bad news for the world's carbon sinks, since fires release CO2 into the atmosphere.
Indonesia has regularly grabbed headlines with its forest fires that have caused health and environmental problems across Southeast Asia. Although the fires can be predicted, they haven't so far been prevented. Why?
Indonesia's leading Islamic clerical body has issued a fatwa against the willful starting of forest fires in a bid to prevent the choking haze that smothered it and neighboring countries last year.
Join us as we take a look through the lens at some environmental events from around the world over the past week, including the snake who swallowed a man whole, and the latest Trump administration executive order.
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