Best of our wild blogs: 5 Aug 19

Fish Expedition Day 5 - Chek Jawa on super sampan
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Fish Expedition Day 4 - East Coast Park
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Demons of Singapore
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16 hotspots detected in Sumatra, 'slightly hazy conditions' possible: Met Service

Channel NewsAsia 4 Aug 19;

SINGAPORE: Sixteen hotspots were detected in Sumatra on Sunday (Aug 4), according to an update by the Meteorological Service Singapore.

"Persistent hotspots with smoke haze were detected in recent days over Sumatra as well as Kalimantan, which have been experiencing dry weather conditions.

"Due to cloud cover, a total of 16 hotspots were detected in Sumatra today and smoke haze from persistent hotspots continue to be observed in Riau and Jambi provinces of Sumatra," said the Met Service.

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Malaysia: Pasir Gudang factories directed to install emission data monitoring equipment

Bernama New Straits Times 4 Aug 19;

JOHOR BARU: All factories in Pasir Gudang have been ordered to install special equipment to enable direct data monitoring of emissions from its chimneys over a 24-hour period.

Johor Environment Department (DoE) director Wan Abdul Latiff Wan Jaafar said the equipment must have the latest technology capable of providing data directly to the department for online monitoring.

“At the same time, we will also be on the ground (factories) to verify the emission data, meaning that the factories must also have a good record-keeping system for verification,” he said.

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Malaysia: 39 haze hotspots identified

New Straits Times 5 Aug 19;

THIRTY-NINE hotspots were detected yesterday compared with 31 on Friday, which escalated the transboundary haze in the region.

Data from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) revealed 36 hotspots in Indonesia’s Kalimantan, namely 13 areas in its western region, central (10), southern (eight) and eastern (five).

Two hotspots were identified in Sulawesi and one in Keningau, Sabah.

The air quality readings nationwide up to 6pm yesterday were at moderate levels.

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Malaysia: Malayan tiger teetering on the brink of extinction; 23 left in Belum-Temenggor Forest Reserve

Zahratulhayat Mat Arif New Straits Times 3 Aug 19;

GERIK: The fate of the Malayan tiger in Belum-Temenggor Forest Reserve hangs in the balance as rampant poaching continues.

Perak State Parks Corporation (PSPC) general-manager Mohamed Shah Redza Hussein said the species could become extinct in the next six to seven years if no immediate and drastic measures are taken.

"About seven to eight years ago, we had more than 60 tigers in Belum-Temenggor. But the latest study showed that there are only 23 left in this rainforest.

"This shows that the population has declined by about 60 per cent. If we do not take action now, I am sure within the next two or three years, we would have less than 10 tigers left, which is not enough for reproduction.

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Indonesia: BRG to develop more peat rewetting infrastructure in Riau

Antara 5 Aug 19;

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) will develop infrastructure for peat rewetting in areas in Riau Province, with no record of land and forest fires.

"We have a mechanism to facilitate the development of infrastructure for peat rewetting in areas that earlier are not in our working plan," BRG Head Nazir Foead remarked here on Monday.

During a meeting with the Riau governor, regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD), and Environment and Forestry Office that better understand the condition in Riau, Nazir was informed that in areas prone to land and forest fires in the eastern coast of the province, less reports of forest and land fires were received this year.

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Indonesia: 700 Pekanbaru inhabitants suffer from respiratory illness due to haze

Antara 5 Aug 19;

Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA) - Some 700 people in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, currently suffer from respiratory illness as haze from forest fires has shrouded the city over the last several days.

The authorities had warned local inhabitants to stay indoor to prevent their health from being impacted by haze, Yohanes, secretary of the Riau Health Office, said here on Sunday.

At least 10 thousand face masks were distributed to motorbikers, drivers and pedestrians.

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Stop abusing land, scientists warn

Roger Harrabin BBC 5 Aug 19;

Scientists are to deliver a stark condemnation of the damage being done to the land surface of the planet.

Human activities have led to the degrading of soils, expanded deserts, felled forests, driven out wildlife, and drained peatlands, they will say.

In the process, land has been turned from an asset that combats climate change into a major source of carbon.

The scientists will say this land abuse must be stopped to avoid catastrophic climate heating.

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