Intense Forest Fires Threaten to Derail Indonesia’s Progress in Reducing Deforestation

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Indonesia’s forest fires have made headlines globally over the past few weeks. This year’s forest fires have affected millions of people. Schools have closed in some areas due to unsafe levels of air pollution, while many people are suffering from respiratory illnesses. The haze has spread so far as to affect Singapore and Malaysia.

While forest fires are cyclical, typically occurring in Indonesia every year from July through October, this year’s season is the worst since 2015, when fires resulted in $16 billion in economic losses and spewed more greenhouse gas emissions daily than the entire U.S. economy. The fires — most of which have been set intentionally to clear land — threaten to derail progress Indonesia has made in curbing its deforestation in recent years.

Sakinah Ummu Haniy, Hidayah Hamzah and Mirzha Hanifah writes in a blog post for the World Resources Institute.

Read it here.