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Nisid Hajari

When You Can't See Singapore, It Looks Like Beijing

How to stop Indonesia from exporting smoke.
Where am I?

Where am I?

Photographer: Nicky Loh/Singapore via Bloomberg

Singapore is starting to look like Beijing or New Delhi. That's because you can't see it through the haze. Smog has disrupted outdoor events, forced schools to close and sent commuters running for their surgical masks.

Singaporeans know why. Every year during the dry season, farmers and plantation companies light fires on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo to clear land for farming and the production of paper and palm oil. Wind carries the smoke across the Malacca Strait and the South China Sea.