Editorial As readers of Worldviews may already have noted, I have recently moved to work in the Philosophy Department at the University of Western Australia. My flight from London to Perth - which provided a variety of stunning 'worldviews' - stopped in Singapore. As we descended into Singapore at dawn, the aeroplane became full of the acrid smell of burning, and Singapore itself was hidden beneath a pall of yellow smoke. That pall continued for hundreds of miles as we flew over Indonesia, where sometimes it was possible to see only the mountain- tops through the smoke haze below. The effects of this vast haze, created by thousands of anthropogenic forest fires in Indonesia , have been widely publi- cised (in Australia at least). But whilst it is only on the ground that the unpleasant health effects of such a smog can be felt, it is perhaps only from the air that the scale of such an environmental disaster can be seen. The truly international and _ transboundary nature of many environmental problems is, from the air, all too evident. As the extent of the fires indicates, deforestation in Asia continues apace. Recent reports suggest that this is
Worldviews – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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