Tag Archives: haze

NEA PSI REPORTING HAS A LONG WAYS TO IMPROVE!

HAZE reading on 19/10/15 night shows NEA reporting needs to improve. I happened to check the NEA haze reporting site on 19 Oct 15, Mon at 10pm. I was shocked to note that the 1 hr average PM2.5 reading was 442 microgram per cubic meter. (it hit 471 at 11 pm).

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HAZE TO CONTINUE INTO 2016 AFTER INDON FAILURE TO DOUSE FOREST FIRES

Environmental experts predict that the blanket of haze in South East Asia is expected to continue until next year as Indonesia is unable to put out the raging forest fires on time. ASEAN members are putting increased pressure onto Indonesia who failed to put out the fires and now face more hot spots in eastern Indonesia.

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INDONESIA FINALLY ACCEPTS SINGAPORE’S OFFER TO HELP WITH FOREST FIRES

After an eternity of wrangling, Indonesia has finally accepted SIngapore's offer to help Indonesia deal with its own forest fires, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced today. In a Facebook post, Dr Balakrishnan said that his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi had informed him of Indonesia's acceptance after a good discusion on Wednesday evening.

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ASIA PULP & PAPER GROUP PRODUCTS PULLED FROM NTUC SUPERMARKET

NTUC Fairprice has announced today that it would be pulling all paper products sold by Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). This follows the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) announcement that it would institute a temporary restriction on the use of the "Singapore Green Label" certification for the Indonesian paper firms' products. All APP-related products, including those from Paseo, NICE and Jolly, will be pullled by 5pm today.

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CONSUMERS ARE NOT INFORMED ENOUGH TO STOP THE HAZE

Today ten paper manufacturers have declared that they do not use products from five companies in Indonesia alleged to have contributed to the haze. More such declarations are needed for consumers to make conscious decision when purchasing paper and palm oil related products. If there is anyway to stop the haze, consumers must take the lead in refusing to buy such products; but this can only be done if companies are pressured to declare that their products do not harm our environment.

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S’PORE FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP FINALS CANCELLED DUE TO HAZE

Organisers of the Singapore leg of the Fina Swimming World Cup announced their decision to cancel the WC finals scheduled for 6pm after the 3-hour PSI reading escalated towards the unhealthy range. This is the first time the FINA World Cup had been cancelled in Singapore since its inception in 2007.

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INDONESIA AGAIN REJECTS SINGAPORE’S OFFER TO HELP FIGHT FOREST FIRES

During a meeting in Jakarta to discuss the haze issue, Indonesian officials told the Singapore delegation that they had enough resources to fight the forest fires and does not need Singapore's assistance at this time. Singapore repeated its offer of assistance including the sending of one Chinook helicopter to conduct water bombing and one C-130 aircraft for cloud-seeding operations. However, Indonesia stood firm and said it had enough resources to deal with the fires.

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IS THE GOVERNMENT PLAYING TAICHI WITH BIG CORPORATIONS OVER THE HAZE?

The opaqueness of the palm oil supply chain make it possible for the big companies here to claim that they are not responsible for the burning. If their money does not fuel the activities occurring at the plantation level, how on earth these Singapore registered and listed companies generate billion of turn over and profits? This is the Govt's classic way of dealing with the problem without antagonising the foreigners! Taichi to the market players!

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