Pollution Across Borders

Pollution Across Borders

Transboundary Fire, Smoke and Haze in Southeast Asia

Euston Quah, Tsiat Siong Tan


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This book is a collection of insights from experts of various fields, and will entail discussions of the recurring haze problem in Southeast Asia.

It discusses multiple aspects of the haze problem. What is the cause of the haze? Who are the perpetrators and victims? What are the impacts and costs of the haze? Why has the haze problem persisted for decades? Are there prospects of resolving the pollution? How should we analyze the issue? Which solutions are more or less effective than others? How can we involve the stakeholders? The book provides a wide range of views on the haze problem. Written in a simple and accessible manner, this book allows the readers to easily access across different fields and develop a deeper understanding of the haze.

  • Preface and Introduction:
    • Transboundary Haze in Southeast Asia: Dealing with Elusive Regional Solutions and Implications on ASEAN Community (Mely Caballero-Anthony)
    • Why the Southeast Asian Haze Problem Is Difficult to Solve (Parkash Chander)
    • Transboundary Haze: The Investor Dimension Perspective from Malaysia (Evelyn S Devadason)
    • The Role of the Polluter-Pays Principle in Managing the Haze in Southeast Asia (Preston Devasia)
    • Indonesia's Uphill Battle against Dangerous Land Clearance (Jackson Ewing)
    • Seeing the Big Picture through the Haze (Min Geh, Agus Budi Utomo and Sultana Bashir)
    • Innovation and Transboundary Haze (Alwi Hafiz)
    • A New Thinking to Cooperation in Tackling the Indonesian Haze? (Kheng Lian Koh)
    • The Palm Oil Industry and Southeast Asia's Haze: Outline for a Class Discussion (Linda Y C Lim)
    • Indonesia's Fires in the 21st Century: Causes, Culprits, Impacts, Perceptions, and Solutions (Erik Meijaard)
    • An Attempt at a Stakeholder Analysis (Joergen Oerstroem Moeller)
    • The Gross Underestimation of the Costs of Haze (Ng Yew-Kwang)
    • How Singapore Can Help Stop Haze: The Palm Oil Factor (P M Haze)
    • Partnerships and Long-Term Solutions Will Be Critical (Jose Raymond)
    • The Indonesian Transboundary Haze Game: Countering Free-Riding and Local Capture (Ridwan D Rusli)
    • The Southeast Asian Haze: Dealing with an Outcome of Global Climate Cycles and Change (Victor R Savage)
    • Can Responsible Corporate Behavior Clean up the Haze? (Asif Iqbal Siddiqui)
    • All the World's a Game: And All the Men and Women Merely Players. Or Not. (Christabelle Soh)
    • Singapore's New Transboundary Haze Pollution Act: Can It Really Work to Prevent Smoke Pollution from Indonesia? (Alan Khee-Jin Tan)
    • The 2015 Game Changer (Audrey Tan)
    • Battling the Haze of Cross-Boundary (Mis)Governance in Transboundary Air Pollution: A Perspective from Singapore (Eugene K B Tan)
    • Recent Forest Fires and the Effect of Indonesian Haze in the Philippines (Maria Luisa G Valera)
    • Singapore's Transboundary Pollution Act 2014: Prospects and Challenges (Helena Varkkey)
  • Editor's Contributions:
    • Tackling Haze with Cost Sharing (Parkash Chander and Euston Quah)
    • Pollution Controls as Infrastructure Investment (Euston Quah and Joergen Oerstroem Moeller)
    • What Can Singapore Do about the Haze? (Euston Quah and Tan Tsiat Siong)
    • What Can Indonesia Do about the Haze? (Euston Quah and Tan Tsiat Siong)
    • Facts and Figures (Euston Quah and Tan Tsiat Siong)

Readership: Graduates and researchers interested in environmental aspects, transboundary haze, and general public interested in knowing more about haze.
Keywords:Transboundary Pollution;Air Pollution;Pollution;Haze;ASEAN Haze;SEA Haze;Environmental Economics;Externality;Slash and Burn;Palm Oil Plantation;Pulpwood PlantationReview:Key Features:
  • Diverse set of contributors, each expert within their fields
  • First book of its kind looking at one specific case study, that has lasted for half a century, through very diverse, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Important, relevant and recurring issue of the SEA haze. Recent and timely update on the subject matter
  • Focuses on one case study from different fields of study, instead of the conventional way of many case studies from one field of study