Indonesia is struggling to contain the raging forest fires that are causing the thick smog which is enveloping Singapore, parts of Malaysia and some Indonesian cities.
On Friday, the government despatched helicopters to the worst affected areas, in a bid to create artificial rain. The plan is to seed the clouds once the temperature is a bit cooler to induce rain over the burning forestland.
Slash-and-burn farming is a technique that involves cutting down vegetation and burning to clear land for cultivation
It is cheaper than using excavators and bulldozers
The illegal burning of forests to clear land for palm oil plantations has long been a problem in Indonesia – particularly during the dry season in the summer
Indonesia’s Environment Minister Balthazar Kambuaya has said the government is investigating several palm oil companies in this respect.
From the BBC
Some of my students told me that they could not be bothered recycling or doing anything to protect the environment because there were more important causes of pollution. Well they are right on one hand. However we must still do our best and keep on fighting for our planet.

Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’… God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

Genesis 1:26 and 28

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