The smoke caused by forest fires in Indonesia has caused a thick density of smog as far as Phuket in Thailand. Image: Panya Kuanun / Shutterstock.com

Indonesia's carbon bomb goes off, with emissions from peat fires reaching their highest levels in 1997-1998. According to the Global Fire Emissions Database, carbon emissions from Indonesia's fires have just topped the CO2 equivalent of a billion tons.

Read more: Carbon emissions from Indonesia’s peat fires exceed emissions from entire US economy


An Indonesian soldier drags a hose while fighting a peatland fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province on the island of Sumatra.PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesia is on track to become the world's third-largest greenhouse gas polluter this year, surpassing India, as raging forest and land fires pump out huge volumes of carbon dioxide and thick smoke.

Read more: Indonesia set to be world's No. 3 air polluter


A lone tree stands out amongst a patch of burnt land, in the haze hit Bangko Pusako district in Rokan Hilir, on Indonesia's Riau province, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/BEAWIHARTA

Indonesia promised on Thursday to curb its rising greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but a lack of detail made it hard to judge the magnitude of Jakarta's plan or how much it would help a U.N. push to combat climate change.

Indonesia, among the world's top 10 emitters of greenhouse gases, called the plan a "fair share" for a developing nation.

Read more: Indonesia to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions; details thin


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