Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia have been plagued for weeks by smoke caused by smouldering forest fires in Sumatra and Borneo. Authorities are still struggling to contain the blazes.
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?
The situation really is bad: Indonesia's rainforests are on fire, threatening human health, endangered species and the global climate. But not only are the fires human-caused - humans can also make them stop.
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.
As Southeast Asia's haze crisis makes global headlines, DW speaks to CIFOR scientist Louis Verchot about the health and environmental impact of some of the worst fires Indonesia has seen in two decades.
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