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    Study: Indonesian Haze Caused 100,000 Deaths

    Authorities are gasping for air. Researchers at Harvard and Columbia concluded that toxic fumes caused 90,000 premature deaths last year in Indonesia and thousands more in Singapore and Malaysia — a tad higher than the Indonesian government’s official calculation of 19 deaths. Farmers typically set forest fires each year to clear land for palm oil and pulpwood plantations, but last year’s smog was unusually awful as monsoon winds carried the fumes to neighboring nations. The death toll was likely even higher, as the analysis didn’t include children, who are especially vulnerable.

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