The environmental history of
Southeast Asia as a whole
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- State of emergency in Malaysia
- From the Militant, 6 October 1997.
Brief news article re. shutdown of Sarawak because of the
Indonesian forest fires.
- Greed Fuels Disaster of World-wide Proportions
- David Harrison, Environment Editor, The
Observer, 7 October 1997. Argues that causes of the
forest fires in Southeast Asia are indifference to pollution,
powerful multinationals, lack of law enforcement, and official
corruption; basically the moral factor of greed.
- Suharto Fiddles While Indonesia Burns
- By James Balowski, Green Left Weekly,
15 October 1997. The Great Haze of 1997 that enveloped a significant
part of Southeast Asia, due to forest fires. Analysis of the
causes and the official reactions. Global warming. Economic
effects. The effect of mounting Market pressures. Corporate ties
to government prevented any response.
- Indonesian Crisis Prompts Fears of New Smoke
- By Michael Richardson, International Herald
Tribune 13 February 1998. Relation of the global fiscal
crisis and the threat of renewed smoke pollution like the great
haze of 1997. Impact on health and economy in Southeast Asia.
Ineffectiveness of the Indonesian government. IMF and reforestation.
- Global warming will create havoc in region, say
- By James East, Straits Times, 21
February 2001. ASEAN warned to start preparing for the effects
of climate change now, as extreme weather conditions will cause
calamities of biblical proportions in Southeast Asia, which
is acutely sensitive to its effects.