Where there’s smoke, there’s toxic gas

Scientists analyze the smoke spilling out of the smoldering peatlands of Central Kalimantan.
Data gathered from analysis of the haze caused by peat fires in Central Kalimantan helps assess the extent of the problem. Louis Verchot/CIFOR

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Asia Pacific - In mid-October, scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Indonesian and international universities traveled to the peat and forest fires in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, as part of a training workshop.

There, they used specialized equipment to measure the physical impact of the fires and the smoke. What they found shocked them – but the data they gather can be used for understanding the extent of the problem, and for supporting efforts to find solutions.

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