Indonesian Forest Fires Producing More Pollution Daily than Entire US Economy

Claire Bernish November 2, 2015

 (ANTIMEDIA) Indonesia — One of the worst humanitarian and environmental disasters rages on as you read this, but chances are you’ve heard nothing about it: Indonesia is burning, literally. And despite the breathtaking size of this conflagration — the 5,000 km [nearly 3,107 miles] flaming swath of land daily produces more emissions than all economic activity in the United States — the media remains virtually silent.

As George Monbiot reported in The Guardian:

“A great tract of Earth is on fire. It looks as you might imagine hell to be. The air has turned ochre: visibility in some cities has been reduced to 30 meters [98.43 feet]. Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships; already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate. It is almost certainly the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century — so far.”

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