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SEA Threatened by Haze Season

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Southeast Asian nations are getting ready to tackle the tougher-than-usual “haze” season, as the El Nino climate phenomenon raises the risk of soaring temperatures.

Ministers and officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met in Singapore last month, where they vowed to ramp up monitoring of wildfires and efforts to prevent air pollution and finalize a new plan to boost cooperation.

During the dry season in Indonesia, slash-and-burn clearance of forest and peatland to expand palm oil, farming, and pulp and paper production covers much of Southeast Asia in a choking haze for months most years.

Environmentalists are concerned that this haze season could be the worst in years after the World Meteorological Organization warned that temperatures are expected to surge across large parts of the world following the emergence of El Nino.

Read the full article HERE.

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