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Singapore smog worst in three years as forest fires rage

 

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FILE PHOTO: Public housing apartment blocks are shrouded by haze in Singapore September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Feline Lim/File Photo

 

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels on Saturday for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.

 

Every dry season, smoke from fires to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds the skies over much of the region, raising concerns about public health and worrying tourist operators and airlines.

 

The 24-hour Pollution Standards Index, which Singapore's NEA uses as a benchmark, was in a range of 87-106 in the afternoon. A reading above 100 is considered unhealthy.

 

This is the first time the 24-hour benchmark has breached 100 since August 2016, data shows.

 

"There has been a deterioration in the haze conditions in Singapore this afternoon," the NEA said in a statement.

 

"This was due to a confluence of winds over the nearby region that led to more smoke haze from Sumatra being blown toward Singapore."

 

Many people chose to stay indoors on Saturday as a grey haze shrouded the city.

 

Malaysia closed hundreds of schools and sent half a million face masks to Sarawak this week, after the smoke built up to unhealthy levels.

 

Air quality in Indonesian towns closest to the fires have risen to hazardous levels and on Wednesday thousands held mass Islamic prayer for rain.

 

Malaysia said this week that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad would write to Indonesia's leader to raise his concern about cross-border haze.

 

Indonesia rejected Malaysia's complaints, saying blazes were also raging in parts of Malaysia.

 

Singapore, which prides itself on its clean air, passed a cross-border air pollution law in 2014 that makes those who cause haze both criminally and civilly liable.

 

Next weekend is the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix road race, a marquee event that draws the world's attention to the wealthy tourist destination.

 

(Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Mark Potter)

 

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We must all act to stop this burning practice. There are many ways to provide and prosper in our world.

 

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7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels on Saturday for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.

You like to write bad news from abroad, look at your home first, the situation is daily disgusting! Waste that is burned in the street, factories that expel smoke discharge without any filter, fields that burn, and so on.

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2 minutes ago, vinniekintana said:

Can you elaborate?

 

It was just a feel good post.

 

Of course we could all go to the mosque and pray for rain?

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Keep purchasing food products with palm oil or palm oil by itself and more forest fire will be, stop to buy them and there will be no motif to burn down tropical forest!

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 m benchmark, whilst there; was when? will I be able to see the ground? from the 17th Floor... 

 

 

anyhows it isn't Singapore's Smog... but belongs to their over the Straits neighbour

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1 hour ago, rhyddid said:

Keep purchasing food products with palm oil or palm oil by itself and more forest fire will be, stop to buy them and there will be no motif to burn down tropical forest!

include soy products in that. the amazon is being burned because its now profitable to grow soy there thanks to trumps china tariffs

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