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Climate disaster: Indonesia fires a 'crime against humanity'


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:13 PM - Forest fires are raging across Indonesia, creating thick smog that's believed to be the caused of 500,000 respiratory infections. The conditions are so extreme that Sutopo Puro Nugroho, spokesperson for the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recently called the persistent haze a "crime against humanity," adding that 43 million people have been inhaling toxic fumes from the smoke for months.

President Joko Widodo shortened his visit to the U.S. this week to address the mounting health complaints.

He says he has put together a team to propose solutions to the public health disaster.

the fires are the result of large companies setting intentional fires to clear new land.

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