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Firms behind smog to face music

Singapore said it would pursue local firms found to be involved in starting forest fires in Indonesia, as Greenpeace said the blazes were on palm oil plantations owned by Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean companies.

Indonesian fires worsen, Singapore smog sets record

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia deployed military planes on Friday to fight forest fires that blanketed neighbouring Singapore in record levels of hazardous smog for a third day in one of Southeast Asia's worst air-pollution crises.

Conquering 'Mt Infamy'

Despite little preparation, muddy trails and leeches, four newbies somehow make it up a tough mountain, thanks to help from a ‘wizard’.

Weatherman: Winds are strong and steady

PETALING JAYA: The Meteorological Depart­ment said the wind patterns are currently “strong and steady” and will likely continue to carry haze particles from Indonesia if the fires there continue to rage.

Two forest reserves reclassified

KOTA KINABALU: Tracts of forests surrounding one of Sabah’s remaining pristine areas are being upgraded as conservation zones, thus guaranteeing more protection for the precious resources.

Work together to tackle haze and air quality problems, Asean nations urged

PETALING JAYA: Asean nations need to work together to tackle the haze and air quality issues, said the Prime Minister’s Office.

Singapore economy chokes

SINGAPORE: The severe smog over Singapore caused by forest fires in Indonesia could hurt the city-state’s economy if it persists for weeks, economists said as the pollution index hit new record levels.

Bush fires are a serious threat during the current hot weather, says state fire department

THE State Fire and Rescue Department is advising the public to refrain from carrying out open burning to avoid bush or forest fires from occurring during the current hot spell.

Improvement in two areas in Johor but API still unhealthy

PETALING JAYA: Air quality in two areas in Johor which had been at the “hazardous” level on the Air Pollutant Index (API) saw a slight improvement, moving into the “very unhealthy” and “unhealthy” levels.

Dreaded haze expected to linger until August

PETALING JAYA: Based on the pattern in previous years, the haze is expected to last until August, according to the assessment of Indonesia’s largest environmental NGO.