The 2015 haze was blamed for the city-state suffering its dirtiest air in the past two decades, resulting to a spike in electricity use, found a report by the National University of Singapore. Has this changed amid the pandemic circuit breaker?
Satellite analysis has found that Asia Pulp and Paper-linked companies have cleared 3,500 hectares of peatland over the last two years, including since the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, according to a report by Greenpeace. APP denies the allegations.
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Forest-risk companies in Southeast Asia tend to rely almost entirely on debt financing. In view of this leverage, banks can be deemed directly accountable for deforestation and related offences committed by their borrowers.
To combat the fires in Indonesia and worsening haze, a Singaporean-based blockchain development company has launched the Global Ledger initiative to develop a coordinated regional and global response to such catastrophes.
According to data displayed on Global Forest Watch Fires, there have been 66,000 fire alerts in Indonesia from January through the end of September. While this is much lower than fire levels in 2015, it far exceeds those in the past three years.
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Indonesia has made significant progress in fighting the fires caused by slash-and-burn forestry that choke Southeast Asia annually with toxic air pollution. Eco-Business spoke to the chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) about what it will take to put the fires out permanently.
In a bid to prevent another haze crisis, Indonesian agribusiness firms have developed innovative ways to work with communities to stop burning land. Here's how the fire free village programme is tackling the issue, one village at a time.