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Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force extinguish forest fires in Riau The haze disaster mitigation task force has claimed that they have successfully extinguished 173 hot spots that burned 19.766 hectares of land in Riau province between the February end and mid-March.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 March 2014 12:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for heavier punishment for arsonists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for heavier punishment for those who deliberately lit fires in forest, plantation and peat-soil areas. "The president has emphasized the importance of strict and indiscriminate legal enforcement. Light punishment for forest arson must be evaluated," the president tweeted on his account @SBYudhoyono on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 March 2014 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono encourages fire fighters in Riau President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with fire fighters in Riau here on Saturday in a bid to boost morale as they continue fighting forest and land fires that have caused haze to spread throughout the region.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 March 2014 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister expects immediate haze pollution ratification Environmental Affairs Minister Baltasar Kambuaya has expressed hope that the trans boundary haze pollution agreement will soon be ratified to handle the haze pollution from forest fires.

Posted in Forest fires @ 13 March 2014 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunting down four suspects in Riau`s land fires Police are hunting down four people suspected of setting fire to forested land in Riau province. "The four people who are now put on the polices wanted list are investors and sellers of conservation areas," Chief of the Riau Provincial Police Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said here on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau forst fire hot spot multiplied 150 times forest fire hot spots in Riau have multiplied 150 times, from 64 on Sunday (Feb. 23) to 1,234 on Monday, across eight districts and cities, as detected by Terra and Aqua Satellites, BMKG stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 February 2014 13:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dumai residents panic following oil refinery fire The fires that devoured the oil refinery of the state energy company, PT Pertamina, in Dumai, Riau Province on Sunday at 22.00 p.m., triggered panic among residents and irate officers of the company.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 February 2014 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick haze in Riau disturbs air transportation Planes heading to Sultan Syarif Kasim international airport, Pekanbaru, Riau province, are forced to circle around before landing due to decreasing visibility, a result of ongoing forest fire in the area, an official stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2014 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Liberalisation strengthens foreign domination: NGOs Two Indonesian non-governmental organisations have criticised APEC`s decision to boost liberalisation, claiming that it would only strengthen foreign domination in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2013 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra haze might affect Malaysia due to wind direction Haze from land-clearance fires in Riau Province, Sumatra Island, might affect Malaysia, with the wind blowing toward the neighboring country, said a weather analyst.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


297 hotspots for forest fires detected in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite has detected 297 hotspots for forest fires throughout the Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology, and geophysics station (BMKG).

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


103 inmates from Tanjung Gusta still at large Police are still searching for 103 out of 212 inmates including four terrorism prisoners who recently escaped from the Tanjung Gusta penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2013 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine choppers readied to put out land fires The National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) has again readied nine helicopters to put out land and forest fires in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 July 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights from Dumai cancelled due to haze Three flights from Dumai city are cancelled due to low visibility following haze that is still happening in the area, chief of Dumai airport`s authority, Catur Hargowo, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2013 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze raises respiratory disease sufferers by 20 pct The Health Monitoring Office (KKP) of Pekanbaru`s Port recorded increase in respiratory disease by 20 percent as a result of haze that hit Riau Province. The institution found the total increase when they conducted an integrated data collection and evaluation program (surveillance) of the illness type caused land fire`s haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 June 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Take firm action against forest fire perpetrators The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has asked the government to take the firmest possible action against forest and land fires perpetrators.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra`s fire hot spots drops significantly The NOAA satellite detected 21 hot spots from forest, plantation and peatland fires across Sumatra, including 13 in Riau Province, on Friday. "The number is much less than on the previous days," Tri Puryanti, an analyst of Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said here on Saturday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign firms allegedly involved in Riau forest fires Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya has alleged that a number of foreign firms are involved in the current forest and woodland fires in Riau province. "It seems that (the fires) also involved foreign firms," he said in the State Palace compounds in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders ministries to put out forest fires President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to put out forest fires in Sumatra in one month. "The President has given us directives that hotspots and haze in Sumatra should be overcome immediately," Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa told a press conference after a cabinet ministers` plenary meeting here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fire affects respiratory health Haze from forest fire in Sumatra has increased the number of respiratory problem cases in Dumai, Riau Province, over the past few weeks, a local office said. In the early June 2013, the number of respiratory problems was 351 cases and increased to 393 cases now, Marjoko Santoso, the head of the Dumai health office, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smog covers Dumai city, Riau Thick smog covered Dumai city affecting the visibility in the city`s main roads as low as 200 meters on Wednesday at around 10 am local time. The heavy smog affected the people`s daily activity especially those riding motorcycles due to the low visibility.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 17:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Artificial rain demand increasing The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) receives increasing demand of artificial rain to increase the water volume in a number of dams to anticipate an imminent dry season.

Posted in Weather @ 07 March 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to operate unmanned aircraft Indonesia plans to operate unmanned aircraft in 2013, manufactured by the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT), according to minister of research and technology Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

Posted in Military @ 30 December 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Disasters to be expected in Indonesia in 2013 The number of whirlwinds that hit Indonesia last year was 28 times higher than that of the year 2002 due to the impact of global warming, according National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2012 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wildfire rages on Mount Agung slopes A forest fire is burning on the northern slopes of Bali’s sacred Mount Agung volcano - near the villages of Ban, Munting and Kubu, approximately 50 kilometers from the City of Amlapura.

Posted in Forest fires @ 04 September 2012 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG detects drop in number of hot spots in W. Sumatra The Ketaping Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in West Sumatra said that in the last week there had been a drop in the number of hot spots in the area monitored by the satellite.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2012 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police storm Bali prison after riot Security forces have stormed a prison on Indonesia's resort island of Bali after rioting inmates temporarily took control of the facility, setting fires and throwing rocks at guards. The violence erupted Tuesday night at the Kerobokan prison following the stabbing of an inmate.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2012 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: 'Hundreds of police officers fired every year' Hundreds of police officers have been dismissed every year in Indonesia for various violations, a senior police official claimed on Thursday. The police force fires 200 to 500 officers each year for various offences, National Police Deputy Chief Commissioner General Nanan Sukarna Said during a visit to Palu, Central Sulawesi.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US satellite detects 61 hot spots in Sumatra The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has detected 61 hot spots on Sumatra Island, according to the Ketaping Padang meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG).

Posted in Environment @ 22 January 2012 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Klungkung clash over temple ground More than forty are reported injured, seven are in police custody and one dead after clashes broke out on Saturday, September 17, 2001, between the villagers of Kemoning and Budaga in Klungkung regency, northeast Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2011 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two churches burnt on Indonesia's Sumatra Two churches were burnt on Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Tuesday evening, the latest attacks against religious minorities in the country, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Violence @ 03 August 2011 17:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Three dead in Sukoharjo terrorism raid The National Police antiterror unit gunned down two alleged terrorism suspects in an arrest it made in Sukoharjo, Central Java, in the wee hours on Saturday. One resident, a food stall waiter, died of stray bullet during the shootout between the police and the suspects.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 May 2011 04:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog over Riau because of forest fires Forest fires once again burn forests in Riau province in southern Sumatra. Almost the entire provice is now covered in a curtain of smog. The Meteorologica, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG in the city of Pekanbaru has said that the most recent sattelite images show at least 50 hot spots in southern Sumatra alone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2011 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry fire finally extinguished with rising death toll at 28 Indonesian authorities are expected to begin full investigations into the ferry boat fire off the Sunda Strait that killed at least 28 after all of the fires were extinguished on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 February 2011 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead, damage after Papua earthquakes A series of powerful earthquakes rattled Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least three people, triggering landslides and demolishing dozens of homes. A tsunami warning sent panicked residents fleeing buildings to high ground.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2010 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.3 million hectares of Riau rainforest 'disappeared' The destruction of the tropical rain forest in Riau is just stunning. Of the 9.2 million hectares of rain forest existing in 1982, even before the provinces of Riau and Riau Islands were formed, only some 860.000 hectares is left now. In just 28 years some 8.3 million hectares has vanished completely.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2010 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mampang traditional market destroyed by fire A big fire at the traditional market of Mampang, along Jalan Bangka IX in Jakarta, has destroyed the market completely. The fire brigade received information about the fire around midnight local time and sent 17 fire trucks to the location to battle the flames. Around two o'clock in the morning, the fire had largely been put out and fire crew was busy cooling down the smoldering remains of the market.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 October 2009 00:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: 'Climate change worsening disasters' Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2009 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke affects South Sumatra and Kalimantan regions A thick smoke, caused by forest fires, covers Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and is getting even thicker now. The visibility in some areas of the city is less than 50 meters. Residents of Palangkaraya hope for any rain to come soon, some even held an exceptional istisqo prayer, in which one asks for rain.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 September 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau governor asks to pray for rain Forest fires are once more disturbing the normal way of life for many people in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Forest fires, lit by people to clear land for agriculture or by people who want to hide that they actually stole wood from the forest, are causing a dense haze over the area which even reaches as far as peninsular Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 August 2009 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New gas leaks near Sidoarjo mud flow catch fire Four places were gas emerges from the earth in the area of Siring Barat, in the subdistrict of Porong in Sidoarjo, have caught fire yesterday late in the afternoon. The fire reaches heights up to four meters. A spokesperson from the regional government, Dodi Irmawan, has said that the gas that escapes from the leaks is indeed highly flammable if there is open fire at a distance of a few meters. To put out the fires, local fire crews were called to the location.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 July 2009 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, especially to extinguish the fires in Sumatra.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 June 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke from forest fires threathen Medan flights Smoke from forest fires starts to cause problems for flights from and to the airport of Medan, Polonia. Normally there is a sight of around six kilometers, but this has now dropped to only three. Strong winds from the forest fires in the direction of the airport and rainfall have caused thickening smoke around the airport.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2009 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smoke forces schools in Riau to close down Thick smoke caused by forest fires in the province of Riau on the island of Sumatra has hampered school activities. A number of schools in the district of Rokan Hilir has been forced to close down. Already a number of schools has been closed down, also in the neighboring district of Bangko, where almost all elementary schools have been closed.

Posted in Environment @ 26 May 2009 19:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group of wild orangutans discovered in Borneo Conservationists have discovered a large population of orangutans in the eastern part of the island of Borneo which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The most conservative estimates put the population count at several hundred, but biologists say it could possibly be in the region of 2,000.

Posted in Environment @ 12 April 2009 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


'Hari Nyepi' to bring absolute silence to Bali On that day the Balinese celebrate New Year or Nyepi - the Balinese equivalent of the word for silence. This is a day the Balinese Hindus dedicate to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing.

Posted in Religion @ 24 February 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New gas leaks emerge near Sidoarjo mud flow Quite a big number of gas leaks has emerged in the area of Siring Barat in Sidoarjo, eastern Java. The government body which handles the Sidoarjo mud flow (BPLS) has started working on these gas leaks to prevent accidents from happening. BPLS has forbidden residents to light a fire near the leaks or to use the gas as a place for cooking as it can be very dangerous. The local leader of BPLS, Ahmad Zulkarnaen, was given this information when he brought a visit to one of the new gas leaks in the sub-district of Siring Barat.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 January 2008 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake shakes town of Sorong An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter Scale shook the town of Sorong in western Papua earlier today. According to information from the Meteorology and Geophysics Office the earthquake that took place at 12:12 local time (GMT+9), was located at 78 kilometers southeast of the town of Sorong.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 January 2008 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 September 2007 17:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters battle forest fires on Sumatra Firefighters battle dozens of land-clearing forest fires on the island of Sumatra, officials told, as thick clouds of haze spread across parts of the region. Donny Osmon, head of a local firefighter agency, said that farmers and agricultural companies began setting the fires last Sunday, at the start of the dry season, to clear brush and peat lands for use as agricultural estate.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 July 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Funds for handling forest fires reach Rp300 bln Collected funds from different institutions to be used to avert and overcome forest fires amounted to 300 billion Rupiah (24.8 million euro) for this year, according to Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban. The minister told that the funds were collected from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People' s Welfare (100 billion Rupiah), the Forestry Ministry (66 billion Rupiah), while the rest found it's origins from provincial administrations. "Each province of the seven participating provinces provides Rp10 billion," the minister said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2007 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesa is worlds number three greenhouse gas producer Indonesia is only behind the United States and China in greenhouse gas emissions. A study showed released by the World Bank and the British government last Friday. It's high rank is primarily due to its high deforestation rate - about 85 percent (2,563 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent results from forest fires and clearing. Remaining emissions from energy, agriculture and waste only reach 451 million tonnes.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2007 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rehabilitation of Soeharto's peatland project The government plans to rehabilitate a large peatland in Central Kalimantan which was converted to an agricultural area during the reign of former president Soearto. This project has caused widespread damage to the environment, as was told by an official. "We have approval, in principle, from the president to rehabilitate the 'One Million Hectare Peatland' but we still are awaiting the necessary presidential decree to start," told Central Kalimantan governor Agustin Teras Narang.

Posted in Environment @ 12 March 2007 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite tracks wildfire plumes in Indonesia Scientists in the United States have linked the extreme weather caused by El Nino to the widespread wildfires in Indonesia. "Droughts over Indonesia are often brought on by a shift in the atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific associated with El Nino conditions," said David Edwards, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. "Although the current El Nino is rather weak compared to that of 1997-98, we have found dramatic increases in wildfire activity and corresponding pollution."

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 March 2007 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta wilts in unseasonal hot spell Well into what should be the rainy season, Jakarta is suffering through record-high temperatures, and experts warn residents they can expect more of the same.The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency says Jakarta has recently seen temperatures as high as 36 degrees Celsius. Normally, the temperature in the city stays below 32 degrees in January.R

Posted in Weather @ 14 January 2007 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 6 Quite a lot back in time, about two-and-a-half to three years already, but when I found these bills again there were certain memories returning to my mind. It's time once more to write down some of them here on this virtual paper, so I can reduce my current heap of entrance- and parking tickets and other useless prove of payment. I always keep all of them, just in case. But there is never a just in case until I find them again, like today.

Posted in Travel @ 01 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF: Scientists find over 50 new species in Borneo Dozens of new species of animals and plants including a catfish with protruding teeth and a tree frog with striking bright green eyes have been found in the past year in the forests of Borneo, a WWF report said on Tuesday. The discoveries include 30 unique fish species, two tree frog species, 16 ginger species, three tree species and one large-leafed plant species, the conservation group said.

Posted in Environment @ 20 December 2006 00:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesia sign pact to fight illegal logging The United States has signed a pact to help stop illegal logging in Indonesia, home to most of the world's orangutans and many other endangered species, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday. "A core part of our international trade agenda must be combating illegal trade, including protecting endangered species," U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in a statement. "The United States and Indonesia are partnering to combat illegal logging and the trade associated with it."

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shocking climate impact of wetland destruction in Indonesia Wetlands International and Delft Hydraulics present shocking information on climate change caused by wetland destruction in Indonesia. Huge areas of wet peatland forests are drained and logged. Drainage starts a rapid process of decomposition, made worse by annual peat fires that last for months. Together they contribute large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Recently calculated emissions of greenhouse gases unexpectedly reveal that Indonesia has the third largest emissions of the world.

Posted in Environment @ 04 November 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia says forest fires almost gone Indonesia said on Thursday 90 percent of forest and brush fires that have produced thick smoke blanketing much of Southeast Asia have died out as regional officials met to discuss plans to tackle the annual hazard. The smoke, known in the region as haze, has affected much of Southeast Asia for months, triggering fears of a repeat of the choking situation that hit the region in 1997-98.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 November 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia sends 2 amphibious planes for fighting fire Two Beriyev Be-200 amphibious planes of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry have left from Khabarovsk for Indonesia for putting down forest fires. Their mission will last for over a month. According to updated reports, 27 million hectares of forests are on fire in Indonesia, while haze has spread onto over 550,000 square kilometers, the press service of the ministry’s Far Eastern regional center said on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 October 2006 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open Airports closed by low visibility have reopened in Indonesia and the air is cleaner over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after rain doused forest fires spreading haze across the region, officials said on Friday. It was not immediately clear however if the improvement was temporary or whether the haze could return after a few days.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 October 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another jet skids off Indonesia runway in smoky haze A passenger jet skidded off the runway upon landing in thick haze in Kalimantan on Tuesday as forest fires in the country spread a pall of smoke around the region. A Boeing 737-200 jetliner skidded 50 meters (164 ft) off the runway in the town of Tarakan in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 October 2006 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring relief to some areas in haze-shrouded Indonesia Heavy rains brought relief to some areas of Indonesia shrouded in smoke by land-clearing fires, but blazes elsewhere Monday delayed flights and brought misery to residents. Skies were clear across parts of central Sumatra and west Kalimantan provinces on Borneo island, locals said. "Finally God has sent us rain to clear the haze," said Sadikin, a resident in Pontianak, the largest city in west Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 October 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia urges Indonesia to ratify cross-border haze pact Malaysia urged Indonesia to quickly ratify an agreement that would facilitate a regional response to smokey haze in Southeast Asia caused by brush fires on the sprawling archipelago, a news report said Sunday. Indonesia is the only country among the 10 member-Association of Southeast Asian Nations that hasn't ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which the grouping approved in 2002.

Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air quality in Singapore improves after PSI hit high of 150 Singaporeans woke up to clearer skies on Sunday morning after a hazy Saturday. Air quality in Singapore on Saturday moved into the "unhealthy" range for the first time this year. The 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 150 at 9pm, the highest this year. But it later eased to 136 at 12 midnight and on Sunday morning, the PSI dropped further to 57 at 7am. The highest 3-hour average PSI reading recorded was in September 1997 when it hit 226.

Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane skidds into swamp in Kalimantan amit smoke from forest fires A domestic passenger jet skidded off the runway into swampland after landing Tuesday at an airport in central Indonesia, an airport employee said. There were no reports of fatalities or major injuries. Visibility was very poor at Juwata airport in east Kalimantan because of smoke from brush-clearing fires that have delayed flights at other airports in the province in recent days, employee Alfan told el-Shinta radio station from the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 October 2006 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal forest fires blanket Indonesia and neighbors Smoke and ash from land-clearing fires in Indonesia blanketed a large swath of Indonesia's west Monday, sending air quality levels plummeting there and in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The smoke was shrouding an estimated 556,000 square kilometers of land on Sumatra and across Indonesian Borneo.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government hunting down haze culprits Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 August 2006 14:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to drop water bombs to douse forest fires Indonesia will drop water bombs and try to induce rain via cloud seeding next week in a bid to douse forest fires blanketing parts of Southeast Asia with choking smoke, officials said on Friday. Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie said water bombs, each containing between 1,000 and 3,000 litres, would be dropped from military cargo planes in fire-ravaged areas on Sumatra and Borneo islands.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 August 2006 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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