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Posted on on July 31st, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

Special Coverage of CIFOR – Center for International Forestry Research.

Indonesia Burning
New analysis: Sizable area of industrial plantations burned.

Fires burning since June in Sumatra have caused air-quality problems in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. In a new analysis, CIFOR scientists studied high-resolution satellite imagery and discovered that in the worst-hit area, 21% of the land surveyed was part of an industrial palm-oil or pulp plantation.

Fires in Indonesia: Causes, Costs and Policy … can be found at and on CIFOR sites.

Office address: Jl. CIFOR, Situ Gede, Sindang Barang, Bogor Barat 16680,
Indonesia. Tel.: +62 (251) 622622; Fax: +62 (251) 622100. E-mail: cifor@cgiar.

Related reading:

* Interactive web map makes facts behind Sumatra fires transparent
* Q+A: Fires and haze in Southeast Asia
* FACT FILE: Indonesia world leader in palm oil production

Innovation: Interactive web app lets users map forest carbon emissions activities.

A new online mapping tool for Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying (MRV) carbon emissions enables researchers and practitioners to better manage forest inventories, its creators say. The open access Forest Carbon Database can be used to share measurements of carbon pools — reservoirs with the capacity to store and release carbon. Designed to map wetlands as part of the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), the interactive tool has been updated; users can now register sample plots and input data on forest carbon stocks, including tree biomass, dead woody debris, soil and underbrush.

Years ago, in a similar situation, we argued that the air pollution in Malaysia was only indirectly connected to the burning going on yearly in Indonesia.
As the argument went, the hot air and smoke emanating from Indonesia creates a ceiling for the ongoing pollution in Malaysia so it cannot escape and accumulated to unbelievably high level of 500 on the scale that makes New Yorkers cringe when it reaches in New York City just 50.

Oh well – these are issues that cannot be hidden under the rug by contending that developing countries should not be viewed through the same lenses as earlier developed Nations. Air Pollution just does not know borders and its effect can be direct or indirect and in reality all are culprits.

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