Monday, August 21, 2006

Smoke gets in your eyes

Reading media reports in the last few days, we may have to ask The Platters to modify the lyric of the popular song as follows...When your forest's on fire, You don't realise, Smoke gets in your eyes...

The recent report from said people in Pekanbaru, the capital city of Riau province inhale the smokes and fumes from burnt forests. reported officials blamed small-time farmers. Last year, Ministry of Environment was reportedly investigating 14 companies for forest fires in Riau and North Sumatra. The previous years, 10 companies, mainly run palm oil plantations, were also identified as suspects for setting forest fires. Unfortunately, it's not clear which companies have been punished.
Forest fires that ripped through East Kalimantan, Indonesia, in 1998 burned more than 12 million acres (5 million hectares). The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), based in Bogor, Indonesia, estimated that the economic loss to Indonesia exceeded US$9 billion and that carbon emissions were high enough to make the country one of the largest polluters in the world.
On Monday, Malaysia urged Indonesia to tackle the forest fires it blames for the choking haze that has engulfed the region, AFP reported.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said cooperation was ongoing with Indonesia over forest fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and Kalimantan on Borneo island, but placed responsibility squarely on Jakarta's shoulders. Regular diplomatic problem.



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