Friday, 18 September 2015

Forest Fires Put F1 Under A Cloud

Haze concerns before F1 night race
A cloud of smog hanging over Singapore is being monitored by organisers of next weekend's grand prix.

At this time of year the city-state is shrouded by a haze caused by farmers in neighbouring Indonesia burning forests to clear land for agriculture.

The smog is rated as being in the mid- to low-range of unhealthy air quality.

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F1 Race on Edge as Bad Haze Persists

Billowing smoke from Indonesian forest fires has worsened Singapore's air pollution, raising concern among organizers of this weekend's widely anticipated Formula One night race, as well as in schools that reopened Monday after a weeklong term break.

Large parts of neighboring Malaysia were also shrouded in the gray, acrid pall, and an Indonesian province declared an emergency that closed schools and set up health posts to treat those suffering respiratory problems.

The Pollutant Standards Index, Singapore's main measure of air pollution, rose to 222 in the early hours of Monday, the highest level in a year and above the official "very unhealthy" bandwidth of 200, according to the National Environment Agency. This is particularly taxing on young children, the elderly and those with heart or lung diseases.

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Haze engulfs Singapore as air pollution levels reach highest levels

Air pollution levels in Singapore have reached their highest level this year as smoke from Indonesian forest fires create a haze at the Marina Bay Circuit.

The Pollutant Standards Index, Singapore's main measure of air pollution, rose to 222 in the early hours of Monday, above the official "very unhealthy" bandwidth of 200, according to the National Environment Agency

Persistent haze over the weekend caused the cancellation of several outdoor events, and the organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix are keeping a close eye on the situation.

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Singapore GP chiefs monitoring haze situation

Air pollution levels in Singapore reached unhealthy levels ahead of this weekend's grand prix, as authorities continued to monitor the situation.

A state of emergency was declared in Indonesia as forest fires continued to worsen the air quality in the Riau province in Sumatra.

That has expanded to neighbouring countries Singapore and Malaysia.

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F1 race in Singapore on edge as bad haze persists

Billowing smoke from Indonesian forest fires has worsened Singapore’s air pollution, raising concern among organisers of this weekend’s Formula One night race, as well as in schools that reopened yesterday after a weeklong term break.

Large parts of neighbouring Malaysia were also shrouded in the gray, acrid pall, as an Indonesian province declared an emergency that closed schools and limited working hours yesterday.

The pollutant standards index – Singapore’s main measure of air pollution – rose to 222 early yesterday morning. It was the highest level in a year and above the official “very unhealthy” bandwidth of 200, according to the national environment agency.

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Forest fires put Singapore Grand Prix under a cloud

Billowing smoke from Indonesian forest fires has worsened Singapore's air pollution, raising concern among organisers of this weekend's Formula One night race.

Large parts of neighboring Malaysia were also shrouded in the gray, acrid pall, and an Indonesian province declared an emergency that closed schools and limited working hours on Monday.

The Pollutant Standards Index, Singapore's main measure of air pollution, rose to 222 in the early hours of Monday, the highest level in a year and above the official "very unhealthy" bandwidth of 200, according to the National Environment Agency.

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Haze could cloud F1 spectacle this weekend

As the Republic gears up to host the eighth edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix this week, the threat of haze continues to loom over the three-day event, particularly with the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hitting the range of “unhealthy” air quality over the past few days. The National Environment Agency has said that PSI levels are expected to remain in that range this week.

While Formula 1 fans here are worried about the health hazards posed by the haze, some told TODAY that they are determined to get their money’s worth, and others are adopting a wait-and-see approach. Tickets to the three-day motor racing and entertainment extravaganza cost between S$68 (single-day walkabout) and S$2,128 for a three-day premier grandstand pass.

“I do have my concerns about the haze affecting the race, as it might impair my view of the action,” said Mr Justin Cheong, 24, who will be seated in the pit grandstand. “But my main concern is that it might get uncomfortable in the stands, especially if people around me aren’t feeling well. I will definitely take precautions if the haze worsens, but I won’t sacrifice my ticket.”

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Singapore Grand Prix on alert over haze threat

Since the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, drivers have been routinely quizzed about how they would cope with a tropical downpour during the only Formula One race held entirely under floodlights.

After seven years of bone dry races, the answer still remains a mystery, but a different hazard could possibly threaten this year's race, scheduled for Sep 20.

A dense cloud of haze has been hanging over the city-state of Singapore for the past week, a result of farmers in neighbouring Sumatra burning forests to clear their land for agriculture.

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Hotels around Marina Bay gear up for F1 Singapore Grand Prix

The Formula One Singapore Grand Prix is taking place from Sep 18-20 and hotels around Marina Bay are gearing up for the event.

Marina Bay Sands already has a series of events lined up. It will be hosting "Road to Ultra", an electronic dance music event which will feature some of the top DJs from around the world.

Rooftop bar and restaurant Ce La Vi is also set to welcome a host of international celebrities, like in previous years. The venue offers a magnificent bird's-eye view of the Marina Bay street circuit.

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