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Anti-haze damming has flow-on effect

A more sustainable approach is needed in draining peatlands in Riau

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Haze pollution in Singapore is commonly associated with the widespread burning of forests and agricultural lands in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Transboundary haze is a particular problem during dry seasons, especially during El Nino years of lower than usual rainfall when droughts are more pronounced and the risk of wildfires heightened. But the critical role of water as a means of preventing and suppressing haze-forming biomass fires is often overlooked.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2018, with the headline Anti-haze damming has flow-on effect. Subscribe