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Where there’s smoke, there’s toxic gas

Scientists analyze the smoke spilling out of the smoldering peatlands of Central Kalimantan.
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Data gathered from analysis of the haze caused by peat fires in Central Kalimantan helps assess the extent of the problem. Louis Verchot/CIFOR
Data gathered from analysis of the haze caused by peat fires in Central Kalimantan helps assess the extent of the problem. Louis Verchot/CIFOR

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Asia Pacific - In mid-October, scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Indonesian and international universities traveled to the peat and forest fires in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, as part of a training workshop.

There, they used specialized equipment to measure the physical impact of the fires and the smoke. What they found shocked them – but the data they gather can be used for understanding the extent of the problem, and for supporting efforts to find solutions.

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For more information on this topic, please contact Louis Verchot at l.verchot@cgiar.org.
This research forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
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