Southeast Asia

A fog of suffocating smoke settles over the Indonesian countryside, sickening hundreds of thousands of people and triggering an environmental crisis.

In Peru, officials abandon plans to host the lucrative Dakar Rally and prepare instead for torrential rains and devastating floods.

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SMOKED: This 2013 photo of a peat fire near the Raja Musa Forest Reserve in Selangor, Malaysia is similar to what is happening in Indonesia right now. In such cases the fires are below the surface, where the peat is smoldering.

People in parts of Southeast Asia are struggling to breathe. Huge fires are burning out of control and a noxious yellow haze is hanging in the air. The majority of these fires are burning in Indonesia, but the smoke has been drifting across the neighboring countries of Singapore and Malaysia, affecting the health of millions of residents.

Read more: Huge fires and yellow haze in Southeast Asia


Without a concerted global effort, climate change could force over 100 million people back into extreme poverty by 2030. (Image: World Bank)

Climate change has the potential to push over 100 million people back into extreme poverty by 2030, says a new World Bank report, with Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia being hit the hardest. However, there is also a way to prevent this, the authors emphasize.

Read more: Climate change may push 100 million people back into poverty by 2030


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