#Indonesian #peatlands are torched again as the #burning season gets underway

I wasn't expecting things to deteriorate quite as quickly as they have today.   Just in case readers aren't familiar with this Air Quality Index scale, readings are based on several factors but the figure 248 refers to parts per million of particles 2.5 microns in size.  These have a capacity to enter the lungs … Continue reading #Indonesian #peatlands are torched again as the #burning season gets underway

Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Smoke Haze

This story is from the Jakarta Post. I reproduce it with this brief comment. I find the reluctance of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry to make meaningful comment about the problem of transboundary haze very puzzling indeed. It leads me to wonder whether there is the will and capacity, at a national level, to tackle this … Continue reading Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Smoke Haze

#BookLaunch of ‘Seen & Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia & the #Pacific’

  This is a Chitter Media Production, produced and edited by Adrian Metlenko, camera operators Adrian Metlenko and Evan Darnley-Pentes.

#ElNino’s impact in #Asia looms as one of the most serious and is exacerbated by dams

In China the Mekong River is called the Lancang River. For some years I've been concerned about dam construction on the upper part of the Mekong that flows through China. International Rivers advises that Seven megadams have already been built, and over 20 more are under construction or being planned in Yunnan, Tibet and Qinghai.  … Continue reading #ElNino’s impact in #Asia looms as one of the most serious and is exacerbated by dams

A sampler of ‘Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia & the #Pacific’

Here is an overview of my book Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from Asia & the Pacific with a selection of images reflecting aspects of the stories that unfold in its pages. Both paperback and kindle versions of the book are available through Amazon. Further background on my book is also available on it's website.

The #smokehaze is likely to remain a problem in the face of an ineffective #Indonesian response

Channel News Asia reports Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya has been critical of recent comment from Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli who is reported as saying , on 15 April, that “Agro-forestry companies should take full responsibility for fire prevention and mitigation in their concessions." Speaking … Continue reading The #smokehaze is likely to remain a problem in the face of an ineffective #Indonesian response

The author on “Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia and the #Pacific”

Common views of Asia and the Pacific, from the outside, often confer undue prominence to such things as typhoons, tsunami, earthquakes, malaria or even magic. While these can be confronting realities in the Asia-Pacific region beyond such differences even more remains unseen and misunderstood. Frequently unacknowledged are the influences Asian and Pacific cultures exert far beyond their borders. … Continue reading The author on “Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia and the #Pacific”

Forest Burning and haze in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Living with the haze in Singapore. Thunder, lightning and rain were a blessing through the night. Listening to the gentle tapping of rain drops on the window confirmed I’d been right switching off the airconditioning and air filter last thing. Rain always brings an interlude of clearer atmosphere. This was no exception with the PSI dropping … Continue reading Forest Burning and haze in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

#Weather is not #climate, yet some #climatesceptics seem sadly ignorant of this basic #meteorological fact

As one might expect, climate sceptics are having a sadly ignorant field day on the back of the present dump of snow in south-eastern Australia. Fortunately, most junior secondary school geography students could set them straight. In Australia students learn about the basic differences between climate and weather. Most understand that climate is not to … Continue reading #Weather is not #climate, yet some #climatesceptics seem sadly ignorant of this basic #meteorological fact