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New tool to predict fire risks unveiled

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 05:50
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Haze from slash-and-burn agriculture, much of it clearing land for palm oil crops, blanketed Singapore, Malaysia and northern Indonesia for months last year.

Jakarta

A MAP using satellite technology to warn of fire risks aims at helping South-east Asian governments better deploy their resources to combat raging blazes, which cloak the region in haze every year, a specialist on forest fires said on Tuesday.

Slash-and-burn agriculture,