Navigation Links
Northern Sumatra dealing with smoke from fires

On February 27, 2014, the Wall Street Journal and Southeast Asia Realtime reported that: "the plantation-rich province of Riau on Indonesia's Sumatra Island has declared a state of emergency as fires set for land clearing have sent pollution levels soaring and smoke made breathing difficult for thousands."

Tens of thousands of Riau residents are suffering from the effects of the smoke coming from dozens of fires set to clear land in Sumatra. Riau is the center of Indonesia's more than $20 billion palm oil industrythe world's largest. Fires occur with frequency in Riau due to farmers deliberately setting them to make way for the new planting season.

Residents of Riau, numbering more than six million, continue to struggle with the smoke and haze from those fires. Schools have had to close due to the smoke and haze in an effort to keep school children safe from the polluted air.

According to WSJ, "Clearing land by fire is illegal for all but the smallest landowners. After the haze crisis last June, Indonesia named 10 palm oil and pulpwood companies suspected of setting the blazes. The government said recently that legal cases against all are ongoing. Police in Riau have detained more than three dozen people suspected of starting the fires. None of them have been identified as being affiliated with plantation companies."

Riau is preparing aerial water bombing and ground-based firefighting operations to fight the fires.

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on February 28, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Fires in Northern Sumatra
2. The Secret Life of a Lake: The Ecology of Northern Lakes and Their Stewardship
3. Global ocean currents explain why Northern Hemisphere is the soggier one
4. Natural selection enables purple loosestrife to invade northern Ontario
5. Significant reduction in temperature and vegetation seasonality over northern latitudes
6. Active forest management to reduce fire could help protect northern spotted owl
7. A new species of wirerush from the wetlands in northern New Zealand
8. Loss of predators in Northern Hemisphere affecting ecosystem health
9. Study reveals how monarch butterflies recolonize northern breeding range
10. Unexpected crustacean diversity discovered in northern freshwater ecosystems
11. UMass Amherst wildlife researcher photographs rare Sumatran rabbit
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Northern Sumatra dealing with smoke from fires
(Date:9/30/2015)... , Sept. 30, 2015  The U.S. Court ... issued another key ruling in favor of Crossmatch ... Korean fingerprint scanner company Suprema and its U.S. partner ... 1930, a trade provision that declares it unlawful to ... by infringing two of Crossmatch,s patents, the 5,900,993 patent ...
(Date:9/28/2015)... YORK , Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced today that its expedited traveler service ... innovative platform transforms travel, bringing a frictionless ... its members. "CLEAR offers our ... enhances customer service," said Jim Smith ...
(Date:9/28/2015)... , Sept. 28, 2015 Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... solutions, today announced that Lenovo has selected Synaptics , ... FS4202, for its latest smartphone, the Vibe P1. The ... to unlock the device and provide swift access to ... The feature-rich Natural ID FS4202 sensor solution utilizes AES256-bit ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... ALBANY, New York , October 13, 2015 ... Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2015 - 2023 " ... bn in 2014 and is anticipated to reach US$7.59 bn by ... from 2015 to 2023. --> " Microbiology Culture ... 2015 - 2023 " , the global microbiology ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... TapImmune, Inc. (TPIV), a ... peptide and gene-based immunotherapeutics and vaccines for the treatment ... presenting company at the Dawson James Small Cap ... Jupiter, Florida on October 15, ... clinical-stage immunotherapy company specializing in the development of innovative ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 ... ... high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technologies, announced today that it received de novo ... 450 in the U.S. for the ablation of prostate tissue. Sonablate® is ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2015 , ... Spirax Sarco, ... the release of the CSM-C 600 compact clean steam generator . This ... that meets the requirements of HTM2031, HTM2010, and EN285 standards. The CMS-C 600 ...
Breaking Biology Technology: