The Haze


The view from my home office window is not gentle on the eye at the best of times. I am a regular witness to ExxonMobil’s direct contribution to global warming through its oil refinery at Jurong. Today, however, the view is much worse thanks to what Singaporeans commonly refer to as ‘The Haze’. Sadly, it is becoming a regular phenomenon because the Indonesian government does nothing to prevent land-clearing by burning. According to the Singapore Straits Times today, the Pollutants Standards Index (PSI) hit a high of 130 at 10am this morning which is considered ‘unhealthy’. Meanwhile, Greenpeace activists have staged a demonstration [RealPlayer required] outside the Indonesian foresty ministry in Jakarta, filling the building with smoke to make a point.