Tag: Fire

Australia’s deadly relationship with heat


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By Phil Mercer BBC, Sydney January 31, 2017 As a homesick teenager in Britain in the early 1900s, the writer Dorothea Mackellar yearned for the “pitiless blue sky” of Australia. “I love a sunburnt country,” she declared in her timeless poem My Country, and more than a century […]

El Niño vs. the Amazon: researchers worry Brazil is not prepared


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16th December 2015 Ethan Harfenist The severe fires that have been ripping through Indonesia’s forests have rightfully been a focal point for international media this year, as reports of ecological disaster, innumerable greenhouse gas emissions and a looming health crisis filter through the haze that has covered vast […]

Weather bureau warns El Nino on track to hit record levels by Christmas


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By Anna Vidot Updated 18 Oct 2015, 9:06pm The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the current El Nino event now looks set to reach record levels and continue well into next year. Appearing at a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra, bureau director Dr Rob Vertessy said that while […]

The Worst Forest Fires


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The Jakarta Post | Editorial | November 01 2015 The forest and peatland fires and smog, billed the worst in Indonesian history, still dominated media headlines this week, with thousands of hot spots covering Sumatra and Kalimantan. At least 19 people in Sumatra and Kalimantan have died, and […]

Indonesian Carbon Emissions Set to Cross 2006 Crisis Level


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David Fogarty, The Straits Times/ANN | National | October 22 2015 Emissions from forest and land fires in Indonesia have rocketed in the past two weeks and will today surpass the total emissions for the 2006 fire crisis, the country’s second-worst on record, according to an analysis of […]

Indonesian fires are pouring huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere


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By Chris Mooney October 20 Thick haze blankets Indonesia   A fishing village is blanketed in haze in Indonesia after slash-and-burn agriculture practices and unusually dry conditions led to uncontrollable fires. (Reuters) Last week, I noted a staggering statistic: Raging fires in Indonesia — the result of both […]

Indonesia’s Fire Outbreaks Producing More Daily Emissions than Entire US Economy


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Nancy Harris, Susan Minnemeyer, Fred Stolle and Octavia Aris Payne – October 16, 2015           According to estimates released this week by Guido van der Werf on the Global Fire Emissions Database, there have been nearly 100,000 active fire detections in Indonesia so far […]