Indonesia’s toxic haze affecting Borneo’s orangutans – rescuers

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, a rescue foundation said Tuesday.

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Indonesia ‘doing everything’ to put out forest fires: President Joko Widodo

Indonesia ‘doing everything’ to put out forest fires: President Joko Widodo

Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit...

Indonesia arrests nearly 200 over raging forest fires

Indonesia arrests nearly 200 over raging forest fires

Indonesia has arrested nearly 200 people over vast forest fires ripping across the archipelago, police said Monday, as toxic haze sends air quality levels plummeting and sparks...

Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse undergound fires

Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse undergound fires

Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy -- underground fires that aggravate...

4-month-old baby dies in Indonesia, officials say respiratory infection from forest fire haze likely cause

4-month-old baby dies in Indonesia, officials say respiratory infection from forest fire haze likely cause

A four-month-old infant reportedly died in the city of Palembang, South Sumatra yesterday, with the suspected cause of her death being haze from forest fires that have choked the...

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Hundreds of people held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away the toxic...

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of...

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started...

Hundreds of schools shut as Indonesia forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia

Hundreds of schools shut as Indonesia forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia

Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia's rainforests -- some of the world's biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools across Southeast Asia,...

Aceh plans to punish those who endanger protected wildlife with up to 100 strokes of the cane

Aceh plans to punish those who endanger protected wildlife with up to 100 strokes of the cane

Aceh, the only province in Indonesia with special autonomy to enact sharia law, is often criticized by human rights activists for publicly caning those found guilty of...


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Coconuts Jakarta Environment

It’s certainly nothing to be proud of, but name any kind of pollution - air, water, land - and Jakarta has it in abundance. A population of over 10 million in a city is obviously going to leave a sizeable footprint, but it has long been argued that Jakartans - both the people and the government - can still do much more to keep the city clean. But the fact of the matter is exhaust fumes from millions of motorized vehicles pollute the city’s air daily, its waterways are often used as trash dumps, and litter is a problem in most areas of the capital. At the very least, efforts are being made by the current city administration to clean up the city, as evidenced by the fact that the city’s rivers and canals are now at their cleanest state in years, if not decades. It also seems like more and more Jakartans are becoming more conscientious regarding the state of the city’s environment, as evidenced by the rise of clean up activities throughout Jakarta.