You may republish Mongabay content in your publication at no cost, Solomon Islands environmental defender faces life sentence for arson charge, Threatened species caught in crossfire of ongoing land conflict in Myanmar, Under cover of COVID-19, loggers plunder Cambodian wildlife sanctuary, Brazilian Amazon protected areas ‘in flames’ as land-grabbers invade, ‘Tamper with nature, and everyone suffers’: Q&A with ecologist Enric Sala, New paper highlights spread of organized crime from global fisheries, Study: Chinese ‘dark fleets’ illegally defying sanctions by fishing in North Korean waters, Game changer? The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has blasted this continued refusal to be held to account and take meaningful fire-prevention measures, as demanded by the plaintiffs, that it says could have staved off the disaster that’s currently unfolding. ... Singapore is also bracing for haze in the coming days, and has begun issuing its first daily haze advisories of the year. It has also drilled nearly 12,000 wells to provide easily accessible water for firefighting efforts as of 2018. The president is scheduled to travel to Malaysia and Singapore later this week, and said at a cabinet meeting on Aug. 6 that he felt embarrassed about going now that the haze was a headline issue in those countries. For the next few days, the prevailing winds are expected to continue blowing from the southeast or south and the weather over Sumatra is likely to remain dry. by Hans Nicholas Jong on 6 August 2019 . Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help to limit the ill effects of exposure to the haze, National Environment Agency (NEA) said. “If [the president] is still talking about investments, what else [does he] want to destroy?” he said. The haze situation in Singapore on Aug 6, 2019. As of 5pm, the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) was in the moderate range, between 62-67. Copyright © 2020 FMT Media Sdn Bhd. As of 4pm, the 24-hr Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading for the West area of Singapore entered the unhealthy range at 103, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. They can read the article in full after signing up for a free account. Every dry season, smoke from fires to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds the skies over much of the region, raising concerns about public health and worrying tourist operators and airlines. Do they have the courage to revoke [the permits of] companies with violations?”. Evidence for ways to conserve bats (commentary), Audio: The sounds of a rare New Zealand bird reintroduced to its native habitat, Eavesdrop on forest sounds to effectively monitor biodiversity, researchers say, Paper giant APP’s Sumatran road project cuts through elephant habitat, Study revealing New Guinea’s plant life ‘first step’ toward protection, Indonesian case highlights potential for long-term harms of corruption, Indonesia approves coal road project through forest that hosts tigers, elephants.