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New Tool to Predict Fire Risks Unveiled As Indonesia's Dry Season Takes Hold

A map using satellite technology to warn of fire risks aims at helping Southeast Asian governments better deploy their resources to combat raging blazes, which cloak the region in haze every year, an expert on forest fires said on Tuesday. Slash-and-burn agriculture, much of it clearing land for palm oil crops, blanketed Singapore, Malaysia and northern Indonesia in a choking "haze" for months last year. Updated daily, the Fire Risk Map calculates the risk of a fire catching and...

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