Deliberate Forest Fires Killed An Estimated 90,000 Indonesians in 2015
Researchers say the premature deaths were caused by smog from fires set to clear land for crops.By Ryan Biek | September 19, 2016
Researchers from Harvard and Columbia blame forest fires in Indonesia for the premature deaths of 100,000 people last year.
Those researchers studied the health effects of smog created by intentional fires set in the Southeast Asian country.
The fires were set to clear land for crops. It's a practice that's used frequently — but flames often spread out of control, and 2015 saw drier-than-normal conditions.