The paper notes that the illegal burning of forests generally happens from June to September each year -- during Indonesia's dry season.
"This recent smog is just the most visible part of the serious deforestation and human rights crisis sweeping Indonesia," Laurel Sutherlin of the Rainforest Action Network, a San Francisco-based environmental organization, told The Huffington Post via email Friday. "Widespread, illegal burning to clear rainforests and peatlands for palm oil and pulp and paper plantation expansion is unfortunately a well-established yearly ritual in Sumatra."
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