In a post-conference gathering someone said to me, “what a great job, like a vacation all the time.” Ya right. Who choses vacation spots based on their hazardous air ‘quality’?
A continued dry season, El Nino and the indiscriminate burning or cleared rainforest lands and peat swamp by plantation owners large and small across Sumatra and Kalimantan has pushed air conditions into the “Hazardous” zone for multiple days — including one day in Central Kalimantan where 1,995 PSI (Pollutant Standard Index) — 500 is considered top of the charts for Hazardous. Typical healthy PSI is sub 50.
Ah yes, heading for vacation!
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