Planet Watch: Asia's Burning, And The Whole World Suffers

The forest fires raging on the island of Borneo have been giving Southeast Asians alarming flashbacks to the Great Haze of 1997. In some ways this year's blazes, stoked by the drought caused by El Nino, have been even worse, spreading into remote reaches of the virgin rain forest. Since January, hundreds of fires have claimed 700,000 acres of woodland, casting a pall of smoke over the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. While recent rains have quenched many of the fires, the situation remains volatile. Moreover, the whole world may feel the heat....

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