Extreme conditions during this year's dry season are feeding fires in Indonesia. Dry peat additionally fuels the fires, which are also emitting enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and toxic gases.
Southern Europe and western parts of Canada and the US have been devastated by wildfires this year. And they're not the only ones - it seems like much of the world is ablaze right now. And this could be the new normal.
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.
Floods in South America and England, spring temperatures in Europe, tornadoes in the US - of all these weather phenomena, only the ones in the southern hemisphere can be linked to El Niño.
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