haze crisis - updates

Rappler's latest stories on haze crisis


Indonesia punishes firms over deadly forest fires

Dec 22, 2015 - 5:17 PM

It is the first time the government has revoked company licences over forest fires an annual occurrence caused by slash and burn land clearance

CHOKING HAZE. Commuters travel along a road as thick haze blankets Pekanbaru. AFP PHOTO / FORZA ALFACHROZIE

Indonesia orangutans attacked by villagers after fleeing forest fires

Nov 10, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Many apes have recently fled their forest homes which have been engulfed by fires set to clear land and headed to villages to find food but locals view them as pests and there has been an increase in human animal conflict

INFOGRAPHIC: The Southeast Asian haze crisis

Nov 01, 2015 - 7:18 PM

A quick guide to the Southeast Asia haze crisis

TOXIC AIR. Commuters travel along a road as thick haze blankets Pekanbaru on September 16, 2014.Forza Alfachrozie/AFP

ANALYSIS: Jokowi should use haze crisis to finally trigger reform in Indonesia

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:48 AM

Indonesia’s public health crisis and ecological calamity presents Jokowi with an opportunity to finally enact reforms in the forest and plantation sectors that his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono failed to implement

JOKOWI'S CHANCE. President Joko Widodo must use the forest fires as a trigger for reform. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Rains ease haze crisis, Australia sends boatpeople to Indonesia

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:14 AM

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BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

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Oct 29, 2015 - 8:30 PM

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Southeast Asia breathes sigh of relief as rains ease smog crisis

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Parts of Indonesia Malaysia and Singapore enjoyed their clearest skies in weeks while affected areas of the Philippines and Thailand also have seen an end to air pollution

HOPE. Rains are bringing hope that the haze crisis could end. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Haze death toll doubles, Indonesia rises in ease of doing business rankings

Oct 29, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include desperate residents fighting forest fires themselves and the Washington Post mistaking the Indonesian defense minister for President Joko Widodo

HAZE VICTIM. Kristian in Palangkaraya is one of many people suffering from the haze. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Death toll from haze nearly doubles

Oct 28, 2015 - 2:07 PM

The number of dead climbs from 10 to 19

HAZE VICTIM. Kristian in Palangkaraya is one of many people suffering from the haze. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Can't wait for gov't: Desperate residents fight forest fires on their own

Oct 28, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Communities worst exposed to the toxic smog are becoming increasingly frustrated at authorities in Jakarta insisting not enough is being done to aid their plight

FIGHTING FIRE. College students fight fires themselves. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Endangered orangutans sick, stressed after Indonesian fires destroy their habitat

Oct 27, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Many orangutans rescued from the fires are malnourished and dehydrated and terrified of humans after hostile encounters with villagers when forced to search further afield for food

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi meets Obama, deadly South Asia quake

Oct 27, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Other stories include warships arriving to help haze victims and updates on Asia stocks

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

Jokowi cuts US trip short to attend to haze crisis

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:20 PM

The Palace confirmed that President Joko Widodo is canceling the San Francisco leg of his trip due to the complaints from the public on the impact of the haze on their health

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

Warships arrive to help thousands affected by haze

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Our warships are ready to evacuate residents whether to these temporary shelters or even on board We are prepared for that

ON STANDBY. Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, one of the vessels ready for the evacuation plan. Photo by Adek Berry/EPA

'No escape': The desperate state of Indonesians living in haze

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:04 PM

Usually we just endured it even though we had headaches and felt nauseous But it has got so bad lately that I can t take it anymore I can t even breathe fresh air

EPICENTER. In Palangkarya, the smoke from forest fires are a thick, acrid yellow. Photo from EPA

Menorca’s ‘detention,’ Escudero-Binay meet, haze crisis | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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The wRap Indonesia: Haze victims may be evacuated, karaoke fire kills 12

Oct 26, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the cancelation of discussions about the 1960s massacre and the prevention of ISIS recruits

Singapore to ASEAN: Do something about haze

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:54 PM

ASEAN must take firm and decisive action through enhanced regional cooperation to help prevent the recurrence of this transboundary problem

POLLUTION. A man takes pictures of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Aceh to cane gays, haze reaches Thailand

Oct 23, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a recommended jail term for journalists doing illegal reporting in Indonesia and up and coming women leaders in the country s tech scene

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Oct 22, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Thai officials Thursday said air quality had dipped to unhealthy levels in 7 southern provinces with particularly high readings in southwestern Songkhla province where some flights have been delayed or turned back

SUFFOCATING HAZE. Haze suffocates parts of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Castration for pedophiles, greenhouse gases from forest fires

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:07 AM

Other news include the new hajj stampede death toll and the human trafficking crisis in Southeast Asia

Indonesia forest fires produce more greenhouse gas than all US economic activity

Oct 21, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The shock assessment came as Jakarta said the number of blazes was increasing across the archipelago despite a multinational fire fighting effort

GREENHOUSE GASES. The forest fires from Indonesia are emitting more greenhouse gases than all US economic activity according to a report. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Churches demolished, wildfire kills hikers

Oct 20, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the state of the rupiah and updates on the raging forest fires

CHURCHES DESTROYED. A photo of the church destroyed in Aceh during riots on October 14. Photo by EPA

'Indonesia fires can't be put out by human intervention'

Oct 19, 2015 - 6:55 PM

Even the multi nation effort now under way is not enough to put out the fires says a Malaysian minister

UNSTOPPABLE. A Malaysian minister says he does not believe the Indonesian forest fires can be put out. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Trial over alleged ISIS links, defense strategy

Oct 13, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the US dollars gains against the rupiah and an analysis on President Joko Widodo s government s deal with Freeport McMoRan

AIDING ISIS? Seven Indonesian men are accused of alleged ISIS links. File photo by AFP.

Malaysian premier vows to help Indonesia combat haze

Oct 11, 2015 - 9:31 PM

Malaysia is prepared to increase our assistance in dousing the fires The areas affected are widespread so certainly the challenges are very big said Prime Minister Najib Razak

WORKING TOGETHER. Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak agrees to help Indonesia combat forest fires. Photo by Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Orangutans lose habitat to forest fires

Oct 10, 2015 - 2:10 PM

The fires engulfed various areas of forest inhabited by orangutans forcing them to be moved

Singapore banks urged to curtail loans to haze-linked firms

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:00 PM

An umbrella group of local and foreign banks in smog hit Singapore has urged members to make sustainable development part of their lending requirements stepping up pressure on companies linked to land clearing fires in Indonesia

COMBAT FIRES. Indonesian military personnel extinguish the wildfire on a peat land in Pampangan, Ogan Komering Ilir, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia, 13 September 2015. EPA/TAMY UTARY

WATCH: Aerial footage shows devastating damage of Indonesia forest fires

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:08 PM

New aerial footage by Greenpeace shows the extensive damage of the forest fires in Indonesia smoke billowing from the forests and blackened trees

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian experts in Saudi, new mammal discovered

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the importance of Indonesia for the Trans Pacific Partnership Indonesia s defense of its haze fighting efforts and Malaysia s sanctions from FIFA

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

Indonesia insists it's doing all it can to combat haze

Oct 06, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Indonesia has rejected suggestions it is not doing enough with the country s disaster chief saying everything possible was being utilized

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA