Indonesian military personnel fighting a large peat fire near the city of Palangkaraya in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan on Borneo. (October 14, 2015, David Gaveau, Center for International Forestry Research)

For many people, the term El Niño foretells a cyclical weather pattern that brings increased rainfall and more intense storms. But not every place on Earth responds to El Niño with wetter conditions. In some locations, like Indonesia, the change in ocean temperatures and atmospheric patterns brought about by El Niño has the opposite effect—shifting thunderstorms eastward and causing extremely dry conditions. In 2015, this "drying out" effect triggered one of the most severe fire seasons on record in Indonesia.

Read more: El Niño a key player in severe Indonesia fires


Against global warming — School students and environmental activists stage a peaceful rally to protest land clearing using the slash-and-burn method, which has lead to land and forest fires in Riau.(Tempo/-)

Japan and Indonesia have agreed to team up on 28 projects under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), a bilateral carbon offset credit program signed in 2013 between the two governments, a senior official has said.

Read more: Japan, Indonesia team up on 28 projects to reduce CO2 emissions


PUTRAJAYA- It looks like Indonesia is keeping its word to contain incidents of transboundary haze with just a small number of hotspots found in the country.

Read more: Indonesia reducing transboundary haze


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