El Nino Could Make Asia’s Choking Haze Even Worse

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  • Air pollution from forest fires could match 1997 levels
  • Strengthening El Nino could delay wet season by 2-3 weeks

A firefighter covers his mouth as they extinguish the fire on burned peatland and fields in South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Photographer: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

The choking haze blowing across Southeast Asia from burning rainforests in Indonesia is worsening again and may last several more weeks as an unusually strong El Nino keeps away seasonal rain that would quench the fires.

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