The Return of the Thin Haze due to Increased Risk of Fire in Indonesia

Bogor, September 24, 2008

Forest fires in Indonesia has increased.

The depiction of NASA satellite showed hundreds of hotspots in Sumatra, Borneo, and southern Papua. Each year, fires were made by landowners to clear bush and forests for plantation crops, especially palm oil. In the dry season, fires can burn for months, spread to an area of native forest and releasing a large volume of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The points of the fire will be monitored closely by Indonesia, Indonesia's neighbors, particularly Singapore and Malaysia, and environmental experts with regard to the impact of the widely once appeared in the previous fire season. The impact of fire in a few years cause damage to the health sector and the economy as well as causing the release of about 2 billion tons of CO2, where a fire in swamp land into the largest major emission sources.

In agreement with Singapore and Malaysia, Indonesia will reduce the number of fires by 50 percent in 2009, 75 percent by 2012, and 95 percent in 2025. A total of 144,000 hotspots were recorded in Sumatra in 2006, although the numbers are felt to be 35,000 in the year 2007 due to wetter conditions.

WWF, as a group care environment, will use satellite data MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) to record the progress of the Indonesian government to control fires. MODIS data in the form of signals recorded hotspots in real conditions will be provided through the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), University of Maryland.

Source: mongabay.com (26/08/08)

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