Thursday, June 20, 2013

[biofuelwatch] Singapore pollution from Indonesian forest fires hits record levels





Singapore pollution from Indonesian forest fires hits record levels

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong advises Singaporeans to stay indoors as much as possible while the smog persists


Singaporeans have been urged to stay indoors as smoky haze from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia has worsened dramatically, causing unprecedented levels of air pollution.
Singapore's pollutant standards index hit a record reading of 371, above the "hazardous" classification that can aggravate respiratory ailments. The previous record before this week was in 1997, when the index reached 226.
The hazardous levels of pollution lasted for three hours before the index eased to 253 in the evening, a reading still classified as "very unhealthy".
Smog from Indonesian forest fires has hit Singapore and Malaysia many times, often in the middle of the year, but the severity of this week's conditions has strained diplomatic ties. Officials in Singapore have said Jakarta must do more to stop plantation owners and farmers staring fires to clear land cheaply on Sumatra island.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/singapore-pollution-record-levels







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