Indonesia is on fire. Fires are connected with slash and burn practices used to clear deforested areas in order to plant oil palm. Here is a series of pictures from NASA that depict the extent of fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Good thing I won’t be in central/southern for another month at least, hopefully the rain season will have arrived by then.
Image of South Kalimantan on fire, captured on October 19th by Jeff Schmaltz (LANCE MODIS Rapid Response) and Adam Voiland (NASA Earth Observatory). Image by NASA taken from this article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/10/indonesias-massive-haze-problem-is-jokowis-big-opportunity/
Picture of Earth taken by NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory DSCOVR, located ~1 million miles from our planet. The area above Kalimantan and Sumatra is covered by a grey cloud of smoke. http://epic.gsfc.nasa.gov/