Singapore Pollution Skyrockets

    SINGAPORE - JUNE 20: A woman covers her mouth and nose with a mask as she walks through Raffles Place in the central business district on June 20, 2013 in Singapore. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) rose to the highest level on record reaching 371 at 1pm. The haze is created by deliberate slash-and-burn forest fires started by companies in neighbouring Sumatra.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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    If you’re in Singapore, you should probably stay indoors. The pollution in the city-state has hit record levels, as the government blamed the smog on Indonesia’s practice of burning forests (a common way to get land ready for planting). Indonesia, however, isn’t taking this sitting down. “Singapore shouldn’t be like children, in such a tizzy,” one official said. Aside from everyone being told to stay inside, flight controllers are on high alert and some schools in Malaysia have been closed. The Pollution Standard Index is at 371—the previous high was 226. Anything over 300 is bad for you.

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