Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.
The three-hour PSI is at an unhealthy level of 159 as I write this. All day the streets have been shrouded in grey smoke, a mistiness that would have been atmospheric if it hadn’t smelt of burning and made people’s eyes water.
Between the forests and the peat in the ground, the fires in Sumatra continue to burn and smoulder, which means that we’re far from done with the smog that is blanketing our city. Singapore is not the only one suffering: parts of Indonesia and Malaysia are also covered with haze of varying degrees of awfulness.
This haze is not a new problem, nor is it the fault of Indonesia alone. As an article by Jessica Cheam in The Straits Times points out, global demand for palm oil and paper products have driven deforestationRead More »from COMMENT: The inequality of our haze