Saturday, June 29, 2013

No haze today in Malaysia but..

If you have just arrived in KL today, you wouldn't think we've had a bad case of the haze here in Kuala Lumpur just a week ago. We are having wonderful weather here in Kuala Lumpur today. Bright sunshine and blue skies as far as the eye can see. The PSI readings are looking good for the whole of Malaysia right now..
Although the haze seems to have cleared up, the fight against land clearing and peatland fires is not over, said the chief of an environment organisation.

Global Environment Centre director, Faizal Parish, expects the haze to worsen as the current drought continues until September.

The large-scale forest and peatland fires are still ongoing in Riau at the moment except that the winds are not blowing directly to Malaysia. The bad news is, should the wind direction change, the haze will come back.

Faizal stressed that to stop the haze, “we have to stop the fires”.

A campaign has been initiated for assigned personnel and volunteers to regularly patrol the areas to look out for land-clearing activities where the vegetation is left to be dried before they are being burned. The campaign also aims for awareness to let the people know the cause and prevention measures so that people can chip in to help.  Similar initiative is also taking place in Riau, Indonesia. The video below has more information.

1 comment:

  1. Hope they quickly put out the fire! I dun want the haze to come back!! Enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and clear skies these days!! : )