Why Is Indonesia On Fire?

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Thousands of forest fires are raging through Indonesia creating a toxic haze over Southeast Asia. So what is the cause behind these deadly fires?

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Indonesia’s Fire Outbreaks Producing More Daily Emissions than Entire US Economy
“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 in 2015, which since September have generated emissions each day exceeding the average daily emissions from all U.S. economic activity.“

Indonesia’s fires have now razed more land than in the entire US state of New Jersey
“The fires in Indonesia that are creating hellish amounts of toxic smoke are also doing their job: clearing land.”

Indonesia arrests seven company executives for illegal forest fires
“Indonesian police arrested seven corporate executives on Wednesday in connection with illegal forest fires across Sumatra and Kalimantan, as part of a wide-ranging effort to stop the haze crisis.”

Indonesia’s economy
“The top exports of Indonesia are Coal Briquettes ($22.9B),Petroleum Gas ($17.4B), Palm Oil ($16.5B), Crude Petroleum($11.3B) and Rubber ($7.45B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification.”


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