El Nino, Indonesian fires and pollution

April 2007
Ecos;Apr/May2007, Issue 136, p6
The article reports on the effect of El Nino in Indonesia. According to the recent findings of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and rainfall data, El Nino may have increased wildfire activity in Indonesia, adding to pollution levels over the Indian Ocean. It measured associated increases in atmospheric carbon monoxide levels throughout the Southern Hemisphere. U.S. scientist David Edwards said that the unusually dry landscape allowed wildfires to spread quickly, releasing large amounts of carbon monoxide and fine particles known as aerosols.


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