Indonesia to spend $10M on cloud-seeding scheme to slow haze
The Indonesian government will spend 100 billion rupiah — $10 million — on a cloud-seeding scheme to reduce the haze plaguing Sumatra, Singapore, and Malaysia. According to a statement released after a meeting between top officials, Indonesia will use airplanes to seed clouds with salt in an effort to increase condensation and rainfall over parched parts of Sumatra where peat fires are spewing particulate matter into the atmosphere. The operation is expected to last until the end of the dry season, which typically runs through late September or early October.
The Indonesian government also said that six water-bombing helicopters are currently engaged in fire-fighting efforts in Riau. More aircraft will join the effort soon.
Overall the Indonesian government has committed $25 million in emergency funds to combating the haze, which some analysts project could shave half a point of GDP for Singapore in 2013.
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