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Burning down forests in Africa and South-East Asia causes ozone pollution in the air as far as the western Pacific Ocean, researchers say, calling for revision of global climate models to reflect their findings.

Read more: Pacific air pollution traced to Africa and Asia

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Every year, food vendor Suwadi dreads the rainy season – and the ensuing floods.

“During the last big floods in 2015, I couldn’t work for more than a week,” said Suwadi, who pushes his food cart through the neighborhoods of North Jakarta. “My house was flooded knee-deep, and the road to the market was worse. We could not do anything.”

Read more: Keeping Indonesia’s Capital Safer from Floods

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As President Obama and Indonesian President Joko Widodo meet today, climate change will be high on their agenda. A related, unexpected issue should also be on their radar: massive forest and land fires that have turned into a national, regional, and now global crisis for the new Indonesian administration.

Read more: 3 ways Obama could help fight Indonesia’s massive fires

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