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.
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.
Indonesia's president is now slated to return early from an official trip to Washington due to a haze crisis caused by raging peat fires. Nearly 100,000 active fires have been detected in Indonesia so far in 2015.
The annual bout of smog returns to Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia while officials delay ordering an end to illegal forest fires. The air quality is predicted to worsen this year due to a prolonged dry season.
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