Indonesia’s Jokowi warns of economic calamity from forest fires

by Arys Aditya and Yoga Rusmana, Bloomberg


  • Wildfires in Indonesia prompted school closures and disruptions to ocean and air travel last year, which may have cost Indonesia $5.2 billion in economic losses
  • An estimated 709 million tons of carbon dioxide was released due to last years fire season
  • Indonesian President Jokowi ordered a permanent ban on forest clearing for farming after determining it was the main cause of major forest fires

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Australia fires won’t be contained for weeks

by DW

Bushfires in eastern Australia destroyed more than 50 homes and injured 13 firefighters on Wednesday, according to officials.

150 fires were burning across the states of New South Wales and Queensland. Police ordered more mass evacuations, including the population of the popular tourist destination of Noosa, north of Brisbane. Firefighters told people to “leave immediately.”
“Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement. “The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path.”

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