Satellites Expose Just How Bad Indonesias Fires Are - Satellites like Germany's and NASA's MODIS are pretty good at finding things that are on fire. The post Satellites Expose Just How Bad Indonesias Fires Are appeared first on WIRED.
Fires at the peatland in the district of Kapuas in the Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island, Indonesia. Peatland soils store a massive amount of carbon. When peatlands are cleared and drained for plantations, they degrade and the carbon they store starts to release into the atmosphere as CO2 emissions. If peat soils catch fire, they can smoulder away below the soil surface, which is exceedingly difficult to extinguish. Haze in Central Kalimantan
Haze in Central Kalimantan Long tail monkeys rest in a tree where the air is engulfed with thick haze at a bank of Kapuas river in Kapuas district, Central Kalimantan province, Borneo island, Indonesia.