Southeast Asia OKs toxic haze system

AFP-JIJI

Southeast Asian leaders on Wednesday approved a new system aimed at cracking down on illegal forest fires blamed for the region’s worst smog crisis in years.

The Haze Monitoring System, developed by Singapore, is intended to hold plantation companies accountable for controversial land clearance activities that cause the annual fires. It will use land concession maps and high-resolution satellite images of the blazes to determine the culprits.

Several large palm oil companies have been accused of lighting fires on their concessions to clear land on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra.

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    ASEAN also needs to come up with a Radioactive Sea Water Warning System.